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How To Get From Tortuguero to La Fortuna – All Possible Ways

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We will tell you how to get from Tortuguero to La Fortuna. The distance from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is 163 kilometers. The travel time from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is around 3 hours by car from La Pavona where you can get the boat coming from Tortuguero. If you go by bus and boat the travel time will be around 10 hours.

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is by bus plus boat $16 USD. If you go by taxi, Uber or private transportation prices will be around $180-200 USD. You can rent a cat at La Pavona too. Read here how to get from La Fortuna to Tortuguero

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WHERE TO STAY IN LA FORTUNA

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 La Fortuna. A double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.

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TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA

BOAT PLUS BUS FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is by bus plus boat. First you will have to ride the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona and later a few buses: La Pavona to Cariari and Cariari to San Jose and getting a bus to Ciudad Quesada and La Fortuna.

BOAT SCHEDULE FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA


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The boat schedule from Tortuguero to La Pavona is starting at starting at 5 30 am, 9 am, 11 am and 2 45 pm. The boat fare from La Pavona to Tortuguero is around $5 USD and it includes a suitcase/backpack.

The boat ride from Tortuguero to La Pavona 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 Tortuguero to La Pavona.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM LA PAVONA TO CARIARI

There are only 4 daily buses leaving from La Pavona to Cariari. The bus schedule from La Pavona to Cariari is starting at 7 30 am, 10 30 am, 1 pm and 4 30 pm. The bus from La Pavona to Cariari travel time is around 2 hours and the bus fare is around $2 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM CARIARI TO SAN JOSE

Once in Cariari you will have to take a bus from Cariari to San Jose. The bus schedule from Cariari to San Jose is running every 15 minutes. The bus travel time from Cariari to San Jose is around 2 hours and the bus fare is around $4 USD.

BUS SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO LA FORTUNA

The bus from San Jose to La Fortuna is leaving from San Jose Transportes San Carlos. There is only one direct bus from San Jose Costa Rica to La Fortuna leaving at 6 15 am and getting to La Fortuna at 11 30 pm. You will not be able to get a direct bus from San Jose to La Fortuna. So you will have to ride the bus from San Jose to Ciudad Quesada where you can transfer to La Fortuna.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE TO CIUDAD QUESADA

The bus schedule from San Jose to Ciudad Quesada with San Jose Transportes San Carlos is starting at 5 am, 5 30 am, 6 15 am, 7 40 am, 8 40 am, 10 15 am, 11 30 am, 12 45 pm, 2 pm, 3 30 pm, 4 40 pm, 6 15 pm and 7 30 pm. The bus travel time from San Jose to Ciudad Quesada is around 2 hour and 30 minutes and the bus fare is $4 USD.

BUS SCHEDULE FROM CIUDAD QUESADA TO LA FORTUNA

The bus schedule from Quesada to La Fortuna is leaving every hour. The bus fare from Ciudad Quesada to La Fortuna is $2 USD and the travel time Ciudad Quesada to La Fortuna is around 1 hour.

The total travel time from Tortuguero to La Fortuna by boat plus buses is around 10 hours and the bus fare is around $16 USD included the boat from Tortuguero to La Pavona.

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TAXI FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA

If you go from Tortuguero to La Fortuna by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 3 hours from La Pavona where you are coming with the boat from Tortuguero. The taxi fare from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is around $180 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depending on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA


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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fare than taxis. You can expect going from Tortuguero to La Fortuna leaving La Pavona the fare is around $180-200 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.

CAR RENTAL AT LA PAVONA


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There are many options for renting a car in La Pavona. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in La Fortuna or you would love to move around. It will take you 3 hours to get from La Pavona where you will get with the boat coming from Tortuguero to La Fortuna with a private car plus the boat. There are a few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro available for $30 USD per day.

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PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA

Hotel transfers are also very easy and convenient but can be a little bit pricey. The transfers are usually available 24 hours and is 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.

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BEST WAY FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA FORTUNA

The best way from Tortuguero to La Fortuna 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 included the bus coming from San Jose, Cariari, La Pavona to La Fortuna and the boat from Tortuguero.

If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tortuguero to La Fortuna is around $200 USD and 3 hour s travel time to reach from La Pavona to La Fortuna.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN LA FORTUNA

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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 are also available, mostly for about $20-25 USD a night. Double room hostels can costs up to $30-40 USD a night while mid-range hotels costs more or less $80 USD a night.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN COSTA RICA


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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 then enough decent meals. Costa Rica is little bit pricey comparing to the 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), rains are almost non-stop. For most tourists best time to visit Costa Rica is  from December to April because of easier transport. 

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CASH AND ATM 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 RicaKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!

Hanna

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Hallo, Ich möchte nur anmerken, dass die Zeiten der Busse überhaupt nicht stimmen. Letztendlich sind wir in San Jose gelandet und mussten von dort mot dem Taxi nach La Fortuna was unglaublich teuer war.

Ruben Arribas

Wednesday 2nd of March 2022

Hanna sorry to hear this! Which schedule was changed? I would love to update the blog post to provide the best information.

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