Last updated on January 11th, 2023 at 09:52 pm
How To Get From Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo – You can go by car, van, bus and private transfer. The distance from Puerto Viejo De Talamanca to Tamarindo is 474 kilometers. Click here to book online Costa Rica activities and Day Trips
The travel time from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is around 8 hours and 30 minutes by car. Read here how to get from Tamarindo to Puerto Viejo De Talamanca
The cheapest way from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is by bus $21 USD. If you go by bus the travel time will be around 12 hours depending on the transfers and waiting time.
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WHERE TO STAY IN TAMARINDO
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 Tamarindo. 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 PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA TO TAMARINDO
BUS FROM PUERTO VIEJO TO TAMARINDO (CHEAPEST WAY)
The cheapest way from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is by bus. First you will have to ride a bus from Puerto Viejo going to San Jose Terminal MEPE in city center and transfer to a bus going from San Jose to Tamarindo.
BUS SCHEDULE PUERTO VIEJO TO SAN JOSE COSTA RICA
The bus schedule from Puerto Viejo to San Jose is leaving a few times per day. The buses from Puerto Viejo to San Jose are leaving every 2-3 hours starting from 4 50 am, 7 30 am, 9 am, 11 am, 1 pm and 4 pm. Check here MEPE Bus schedule and route!
The bus fare from Puerto Viejo to San Jose is around $11 USD. The travel time from Puerto Viejo to San Jose is 4 hours and 30 minutes. The bus from Puerto Viejo to San Jose will stop at Cahuita first short stop and longer stop at Puerto Limon.
BUS SCHEDULE FROM SAN JOSE COSTA TO TAMARINDO
Once in San Jose you can go 10 minutes walking distance between Bus Terminals to get the bus from San Jose to Tamarindo. The bus schedule from San Jose to Tamarindo is leaving from San Jose Empresa Alfaro. The buses are leaving starting from 7 am, 11 30 passing by Liberia to 3 30 pm.
The bus fare is around $10 USD and the travel time from San Jose to Tamarindo is 5-6 hours. Check here Alfaro Bus schedule and route!
The bus from San Jose to Tamarindo will stop at the city center where you can go walking to most of the places for accommodation.
The total bus fare from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is $21 USD and the total travel time is around 12 hours including the transfer and waiting time.
TAXI FROM PUERTO VIEJO TO TAMARINDO
If you go from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo by taxi is the most comfortable, available 24/7 and fastest way. The travel time by taxi from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is around 8 hours and 30 minutes.
The taxi fare from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is around $450 USD. The prices and travel time aren’t fixed and it will depend on traffic and your final destination.
UBER FROM PUERTO VIEJO TO TAMARINDO
Uber App can be useful for traveling around Costa Rica but they have similar fares to taxis. You can expect going from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is around $450 USD depending on the traffic or time of the day.
CAR RENTAL AT PUERTO VIEJO
There are many options for renting a car in Puerto Viejo. It’s the most convenient option if you have a place to park your car in Tamarindo or if you would love to move around. It will take you 8 hours and 30 minutes to get to Tamarindo from Puerto Viejo in a private car. A few agencies like Hertz, Avis, Centauro are available for $30 USD daily.
PRIVATE TRANSPORTATION PUERTO VIEJO DE TALAMANCA TO TAMARINDO
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 $500 USD and you will be able to fit up to 4 people. It could be $125 USD per person.
BEST WAY FROM PUERTO VIEJO TO TAMARINDO
The best way from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is by bus if you go on a budget for a total of 12 hours travel time. You will pay around $21 USD including the bus coming from San Jose and going to Tamarindo.
If you wish more comfort taxi, Uber or private transportation from Puerto Viejo to Tamarindo is around $450 USD and 8 hours and 30 minutes travel time.
ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN TAMARINDO
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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