Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 09:12 pm
How To Get From Manuel Antonio To Tortuguero – You can go by bus, van, car and private transfer. The distance from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is 288 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips
The travel time from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is around 5 hours and 30 minutes by car. Read here how to get from Tortuguero to Manuel Antonio
The cheapest way from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is by bus for $19 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 9-10 hours.
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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 MANUEL ANTONIO TO TORTUGUERO
BUS FROM MANUEL ANTONIO TO TORTUGUERO (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is by bus plus boat. First you will have to ride Tracopa Bus leaving from Manuel Antonio to San Jose, Cariari, La Pavona and the boat to Tortuguero.
BUS SCHEDULE MANUEL ANTONIO TO SAN JOSE COSTA RICA
The Tracopa Bus from Manuel Antonio to San Jose is leaving every 1-2 hours starting from 4 am, 6 am, 7 30 am, 9 30 am, 10 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 30 pm and 5 pm. The bus fare from Manuel Antonio to San Jose is around $9 USD.
The travel time from Manuel Antonio to San Jose by bus is 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you take the colectivo will take 2 hours more since is stopping and getting passengers the whole way. Check here Tracopa Bus schedule and route!
BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE TO CARIARI
Once in San Jose you will have to get walking distance to Grand caribe Bus Terminal to get the bus 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 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 Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is around 8-9 hours by bus plus boat. The total bus and boat fare from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is $19 USD.
TAXI FROM MANUEL ANTONIO TO TORTUGUERO
If you go from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is around 5 hours and 30 minutes to La Pavona and 1 hour more the boat to Tortuguero.
The taxi fare from Manuel Antonio to La Pavona before getting the boat to Tortuguero is around $270 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM MANUEL ANTONIO TO TORTUGUERO
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect going from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero reaching La Pavona around $260-280 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.
CAR RENTAL AT MANUEL ANTONIO
There are many options for renting a car in Manuel Antonio. 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 30 minutes to get to La Pavona from Manuel Antonio with a private car plus the boat. A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION MANUEL ANTONIO 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 $300 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $75 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM MANUEL ANTONIO TO TORTUGUERO
The best way from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is by bus plus boat if you go on a budget for a total of 9-10 hours travel time. You will pay around $19 USD including the bus coming from Manuel Antonio, San Jose Costa Rica to La Pavona and the boat to Tortuguero.
If you wish for more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Manuel Antonio to Tortuguero is around $270 USD and 5 hours 30 minutes travel time.
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 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), 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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