Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 01:47 pm
How To Get From Monteverde To Tortuguero – You can go by bus, van, taxi and private transfer plus the ferry. The distance from Monteverde to Tortuguero is 260 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips
The travel time from Monteverde to Tortuguero is around 5 hours and 45 minutes by car to La Pavona where you can get the boat to Tortuguero. Read here how to get from Tortuguero to Monteverde the reverse way
What Is The Cheapest Way From Monteverde to Tortuguero?
The cheapest way from Monteverde to Tortuguero is by bus plus boat $16 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 12 hours from Monteverde to Tortuguero.
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WHERE TO STAY IN TORTUGUERO
There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8-10 USD a night if you want the cheapest option in Tortuguero. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.
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HOW TO GET FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO
BUS FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Monteverde to Tortuguero is by bus. First you will have to ride a local bus TransMonteverde going from Monteverde to San Jose Costa Rica getting to Terminal 7-10 in city center.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM MONTEVERDE TO SAN JOSE
The bus schedule from Monteverde to San Jose is twice daily with TransMonteverde. The first bus from Monteverde to San Jose is leaving at 5 30 am and the second one at 2 30 pm.
The bus fare from Monteverde to San Jose Costa Rica is around $6 USD. And the travel time from Monteverde to San Jose is around 5 hours. Check here Transmonteverde Bus schedule and route!
BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO TORTUGUERO
The bus from San Jose to Tortuguero is leaving from Grand Caribe Bus Terminal. The buses are leaving early morning on the way to Cariari where you will have to transfer to another bus going to La Pavona. You will have to get an early bus if you want to reach Tortuguero on the public boat.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE TO CARIARI
The bus schedule from San Jose to Cariari with Grupo Caribeños (leaving from Grand Caribe Bus Terminal) is starting at 6 30 am, 9 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm, 3 pm, 4 30 pm, 6 pm and 7 pm. The bus travel time from San Jose to Cariari is 2 hours and the bus fare from San Jose to Cariari is $3 USD.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM CARIARI TO LA PAVONA
The bus schedule from Cariari to La Pavona is starting at 5 am, 9 am, 11 30 am and 3 pm. The bus travel time from Cariari to La Pavona is around 1 hour and 30 minutes and the bus fare from Cariari to La Pavona is $2 USD.
BOAT FROM LA PAVONA TO TORTUGUERO
Once in La Pavona you will have to get a boat. You can buy the tickets in the restaurant and it will be a shared boat up to 20 people going from La Pavona to Tortuguero. The boat fare from La Pavona to Tortuguero is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.
The boat departure schedule from La Pavona to Tortuguero is starting at 6 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 3 pm and the last one at 4 30 pm (when the bus from Cariari to La Pavona is getting).
The boat ride from La Pavona to Tortuguero will take around 1 hour (it can be less or more). Outside these boats schedule (estimated time not fixed) there are also private boats (more expensive) going from La Pavona to Tortuguero.
The total travel time from Monteverde to Tortuguero is around 12 hours by bus plus boat. The total bus and boat fare from Monteverde to Tortuguero is $16 USD.
TAXI FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO
If you go from Monteverde to Tortuguero by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 5 hours and 45 minutes to La Pavona and later you will have to ride the boat to Tortuguero.
The taxi fare from Monteverde to Tortuguero is around $300 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect to go from Monteverde to Tortuguero reaching La Pavona for around $300 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.
CAR RENTAL AT MONTEVERDE
There are many options for renting a car in Monteverde. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in La Pavona or if you would love to move around. It will take you 5 hours and 45 minutes to get to La Pavona where you will get the boat to Tortuguero from Monteverde with a private car plus the boat. A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO
Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and are only ideal if you have the budget and you really want comfort. Prices are around $400 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $100 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM MONTEVERDE TO TORTUGUERO
The best way from Monteverde to Tortuguero is by bus plus boat if you go on a budget for a total of 12 hours travel time. You will pay around $16 USD including the bus coming from Monteverde to San Jose Costa Rica and Cariari to La Pavona with the boat to Tortuguero.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from San Jose to Tortuguero is around $300 USD and 5 hours and 45 minutes travel time to reach La Pavona.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN TORTUGUERO
There are dormitory rooms that you can rent the bed for as low as $8 USD a night if you want the cheapest option. AirBnb is also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double-room hostels can cost up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels cost more or less $80 USD a night.
FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA
Breakfast will be the cheapest meal of the day and you can load up on Gallo Pinto, tortillas, eggs, fried plantains and some fresh fruit too for around $3-4 USD per person. At lunch you might want a chicken sandwich for $8-10 USD salad, burger and pizza with a fresh fruit drink for $3 USD.
You can have a budget of $15-20 USD a day and it can already get you more than enough decent meals. Costa Rica is a little bit pricey compared to other countries like Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua in Central America.
BEST TIME TO VISIT COSTA RICA
In Costa Rica their summer (December to April), there are fewer rains than normal. In their winter (May to November), the rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is from December to April because of easier transport.
CASH AND ATMS IN COSTA RICA
The currency of Costa Rica is called Colòn and as of now, $1 USD is worth 600 Colòn. Do not exchange your currency at the airport because you’ll get less than what you’ll get with the city’s exchange. Anyway if you are bringing USD you can use them while traveling around Costa Rica no need to exchange them.
Bank or debit cards in an ATM are the recommended way to access your funds while traveling in Costa Rica. Know real-time currency exchange here!
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