How to get from La Fortuna to San Jose

Are you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed after spending some quality time in the mineral hot springs at the base of the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna? Head down to San Jose where you can experience the lively rhythm of the Costa Rican capital. With museums, fantastic restaurants, and a fun night scene, you’ll be ready to explore Costa Rica’s concrete jungle. But what is the best way to get from La Fortuna to San Jose?

How Do I Get From La Fortuna to San Jose?

San Jose and La Fortuna are about 130 km apart and driving time is about 2 hours and 40 minutes.

There are a couple ways to get from San Jose to La Fortuna, while there is no train, nor a local airport in La Fortuna, you have the option of taking one of the local bus companies or using a private car service. For travelers on a budget, the local buses will be the cheapest option, but if you prefer convenience and comfort, a private transfer is recommended. 

La Fortuna to San Jose by Bus

When taking one of the local bus companies, it is important to note that even direct buses will stop along the way to drop off and pick up other passengers. This can lengthen the journey from 2 hours and 40 minutes to about 4 hours. There are between three and four buses that depart La Fortuna throughout the day, we recommend checking the bus schedule online if your itinerary is not very flexible. To buy your ticket, we recommend buying in advance, or you will need to go to the bus station in La Fortuna and go to the ticket office. The company you will be looking for is AutoTransporte San Jose-Venecia with the first bus leaving at 7:30 AM and the last bus leaving at 2:45 PM and the tickets cost about 5 EUR. 

Time IntervalsAbout 4 buses at intervals between first and last departure
First/Last Departure7:30 AM/2:45 PM
Average Price€5
Distance ~130 km
Duration~4 hr
Operating CompaniesAutoTransporte San Jose-Venecia

La Fortuna to San Jose by Taxi

Going from La Fortuna to San Jose by taxi is recommended if you prefer a convenient and comfortable option for traveling place to place. You will be picked up at your accommodation in La Fortuna and be driven to your destination in San Jose, no bus stops, no crowding, no confusion. Daytrip is a great option since they let you choose to stop and see some sites along the way! A trip from La Fortuna to San Jose can include stops at…

  • La Fortuna waterfall
  • Proyecto Asis
  • Else Kientzler Garden
  • Los Chorros waterfalls
  • Museo Historico Cultural Juan Santamaria

With comfort, convenience, and adventure, it is clear that a private transfer is the best option! To book a private transfer from La Fortuna to San Jose, click here!

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