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How To Get From Tortuguero to Monteverde – All Possible Ways (Updated 2023)

Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 01:53 pm

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How To Get From Tortuguero to Monteverde – You can go by bus, van, taxi and private transfer after taking the ferry. The distance from Tortuguero to Monteverde is 260 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips

The travel time from Tortuguero to Monteverde is around 5 hours and 45 minutes by car from La Pavona where you can get the boat coming from Tortuguero. Read here how to get from Monteverde to Tortuguero

What Is The Cheapest Way From Tortuguero to Monteverde?

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Monteverde is by bus plus boat $16 USD. If you go by bus and boat the travel time will be around 12 hours.

You can rent a cat at La Pavona or private transportation prices will be around $300 USD.

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WHERE TO STAY IN MONTEVERDE

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 Monteverde. 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 TORTUGUERO TO MONTEVERDE

BOAT PLUS BUS FROM TORTUGUERO TO MONTEVERDE (CHEAPEST WAY)

The cheapest way from Tortuguero to Monteverde 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 get a bus to Monteverde.

BOAT SCHEDULE FROM TORTUGUERO TO LA PAVONA

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The boat schedule from Tortuguero to La Pavona is 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 from La Pavona to Cariari 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 from Cariari to San Jose is around $4 USD.

BUS SCHEDLE FROM SAN JOSE COSTA RICA TO MONTEVERDE

The bus from San Jose to Monteverde is leaving from Bus Terminal 7-10. The bus schedule from San Jose to Monteverde is leaving twice daily first one at 6 30 am and the last one at 2 30 pm.

The bus fare from San Jose to Monteverde is around $6 USD and the travel time from San Jose to Monteverde is around 5 hours. Check here Transmonteverde Bus schedule and route!

The total bus fare from Tortuguero to Monteverde is $16 USD and the total travel time is around 12 hours and it can be longer with the waiting time connecting buses.

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TAXI FROM TORTUGUERO TO MONTEVERDE

If you go from Tortuguero to Monteverde by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi is around 5 hours and 45 minutes from La Pavona.

The taxi fare from Tortuguero to Monteverde is around $300 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.

UBER FROM TORTUGUERO TO MONTEVERDE

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Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect to go from Tortuguero to Monteverde starting from La Pavona the fare is around $300 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 Monteverde or if you would love to move around. It will take you 5 hours and 45 minutes to get from La Pavona where you will get with the boat coming from Tortuguero to Monteverde 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 MONTEVERDE

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.

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BEST WAY FROM TORTUGUERO TO MONTEVERDE

The best way from Tortuguero to Monteverde 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 San Jose, Cariari, La Pavona to Monteverde and the boat from Tortuguero.

If you wish for more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Tortuguero to Monteverde is around $300 USD and 5 hours and 45 minutes travel time to reach from La Pavona to Monteverde.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN MONTEVERDE

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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 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.

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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 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. 

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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 RicaKnow real-time currency exchange here!

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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