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Costa Rica Transportation - Arenal

This online listing of transportation costs, schedules and routes will help you plan and book your transportation to/from Arenal.
Our company offers safe and comfortable transportation to the Arenal Volcano and between all other destinations in Costa Rica. Transportation options include shuttles, private services, flights and coaster buses. For more information about our Costa Rica transportation services, please email us at info@arenal.net

This online listing of transportation costs, schedules, and routes will help you plan and book your transportation to/from Arenal. Our company offers safe and comfortable transportation to the Arenal Volcano and between all other destinations in Costa Rica. Transportation options include shuttles, private services, flights, and coaster buses.

Features of our Service

  • - We are proud to have operated more than 4,000 ground transfers since 1998. We have maintained a superior safety record while doing so.
  • - All vehicles are recent, comfortable, air conditioned, fully insured, and government inspected.
  • - Our expert local drivers know their routes and road conditions; they drive these routes daily.
  • - All drivers carry a cell phone and pager, and you can call our office at anytime should something come up.
  • - All vehicles are checked daily. Most private transfer drivers own their vehicles, and as such, will drive safely and work hard to keep their vehicle in great shape.
  • - All rates are in US dollars and include tax. (Questions about Costa Rica's currency? Read this Costa Rica Money Guide.)

Additional Service Details

  • - Space is limited and routes are often fully booked 3 days in advance. Please make your reservations as early as possible to ensure a spot.
  • - Our Costa Rica transportation shuttles are half-rate for children under 12. (Note: child seats are not common. We suggest bringing your own for the comfort and safety of your child.)
  • - Vehicles have a sturdy roof rack. There is a $10 charge per surfboard or bicycle; other items should be packed in a box and made as small as possible. Please let us know if you have bulky luggage so that our drivers can be advised.
  • - If you would like to stop for lunch or photos, or are delayed at the time of your pick-up, not to worry — all private transfers include 1 hour of free wait time. There is, however, a $10 fee for each additional hour.
  • - If you would like to add side trips to your private transfer, we can assist you with this when you are planning your trip and when your holiday is underway.
  • - Blocking roads is a popular form of peaceful protest in Costa Rica, as there is oftentimes only one route between two destinations. Should this occur, we will send another vehicle to meet you at the opposite end of a roadblock. Rest assured, you will not miss your plane or waste vacation time while traveling with us.
  • - The rainy season often produces mudslides that may block the road between Arenal and Liberia. This has not stopped us from getting our clients to their destinations. We have vehicles on both sides, and if necessary, we will use our boats on Lake Arenal to bridge the gap.
  • - If you plan on making a hotel reservation with Arenal.net, you may send transportation and tour questions together with the hotel request. We will reply in a single email. The more information you include (number of people, age of children, name of hotels, time, etc.) the more complete our reply will be.

› Learn more about the country's rugged terrain in "What Is The Landscape of Costa Rica Like?"

› Pack accordingly! Read "What Is The Weather Like In Costa Rica?" and "Getting Started Guide: What To Pack for A Trip To The Tropics."

A Special Note About Pricing:

Rest assured that you are receiving a fair price. The cost of vehicles, parts, and gas is higher in Costa Rica due to the nation's small market. Maintenance and insurance costs are also higher because of the rough, rugged roads frequently encountered throughout the country. You won't find cutthroat rates, poorly maintained vehicles, and underpaid, unhappy drivers at our company. Costa Rica's roads are too treacherous and the welfare of our clients is too important for us to sacrifice quality transportation service on any level — a happy driver is a safe driver!

› After a day of hiking through nature, rappelling, or exploring coffee and cacao fields, you'll be glad to let someone else safely and conveniently drive you back to the comfort of your hotel.

Arenal Volcano to / from the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Our Horseback Adventure or Taxi-Boat-Taxi will transport you between Arenal and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. See our Arenal Volcano to Monteverde transport page for more information.

We also offer transfers by land. These take about 4 hours and cost around $170. That said, the shortcuts are faster, cheaper and much more fun!

› Going on holiday with the whole family? Safe transportation isn't all you'll need! Here are "8 Things You MUST Prepare for A Family Adventure Vacation."

All Transportation Destinations from Arenal, Costa Rica

Check out our Liberia Costa Rica website for lodging and transportation near the Liberia Airport. To book transportation for other Costa Rica destinations visit our main Costa Rica website at Anywhere.com, and explore our main Cost Rica transportation page — distance doesn't have to limit where you can go and what you can do during your Costa Rica vacation.

Public Bus Schedule - to and from La Fortuna

- Route 211 FORTUNA (Arenal Volcano) from San José - DEP. every day from Terminal Atlántico Norte at 6:15 AM, 8:40 AM, 11:30 AM; RET. 12:45 PM; 14:45 PM. 130 km, 5 hours total. Cost is $3.76 ** Auto-Transportes San José-San Carlos company. Tel. 2-255-4318

- Route 286 FORTUNA from Ciudad Quesada - DEP. every day from Parada Municipal at 6:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 3:30 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:00 PM; RET 5:00 AM, 8:00 AM, 12:15 PM, 3:30 PM. There are 4 different routes and we recommend Chachagua at DEP. 6:00 AM and 10:30 AM and RET 8:00 PM, 12:15 PM. Ask for details at the station. 40 km, 1 hour total. Cost is $0.95 ** Auto-Transportes San José-San Carlos company. Tel. 2-255-4318

- Route 1202 FORTUNA from Tilarán - DEP. every day at 7:00 AM, 12:30 PM; RET. 8:30 AM, 5:30 pm. 101 km, 4 hours total. Cost is $2 ** Auto-Transportes Tilarán company. Tel. 2-222-3854