To Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna, Costa Rica
There are many ways to get to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails at Arenal Volcano, by the town of La Fortuna. Here are other options besides driving in your own vehicle or rental car.
If you do not have your own vehicle at our Arenal hotel, there are taxi services, a local Shared Shuttle from/to La Fortuna, and many tour companies that provide transportation.
Private Transfers provide you with a comfortable, private transportation service between destinations in Costa Rica. The service is more expensive than shared vans or public buses, but the difference is that you will have a bilingual driver, only you (and your group) in the vehicle, and no time limitation; you can stop anywhere, anytime.
Please contact us at (506) 24791070 to coordinate the service.
Approximate Departure Times
Towards La Fortuna, Costa Rica
May vary according to the location of the hotel
|San Jose downtown||Arenal – La Fortuna||4 hours|
|SJO Airport||Arenal – La Fortuna||4 hours|
|Liberia Airport||Arenal – La Fortuna||5 hours|
|Playa del Coco||Arenal – La Fortuna||5 hours|
|Guapiles||Arenal – La Fortuna||3 hours|
|Jaco Beach||Arenal – La Fortuna||4 hours|
|Manuel Antonio||Arenal – La Fortuna||5 hours|
|Monteverde||Arenal – La Fortuna||3 hours|
|Papagayo Gulf||Arenal – La Fortuna||5 hours|
|Potrero Beach||Arenal – La Fortuna||5 hours|
|Puerto Viejo & Cahuita||Arenal – La Fortuna||5.5 hours|
|Samara & Carrillo||Arenal – La Fortuna||5.5 hours|
|Sarapiqui||Arenal – La Fortuna||3 hours|
|Tamarindo||Arenal – La Fortuna||5.5 hours|
|Conchal||Arenal – La Fortuna||5.5 hours|
|Flamingo||Arenal – La Fortuna||5.5 hours|
Public Bus Service
From San José to Arenal and La Fortuna
Costa Rica offers good, convenient public bus service all over the country. There is regular bus service daily from San José to La Fortuna. Once you arrive in La Fortuna, you can take a taxi to Arenal Observatory Lodge – directions to the hotel are not even necessary as all the taxis are familiar with our lodge.
Autotransportes Venecia is the bus company for San José and La Fortuna (Phone numbers: (506) 2519-9743 or (506) 2519-9744).
The bus station is located in Terminal 7·10 in San José.
|San Jose||Arenal & La Fortuna||4 hours|
Between La Fortuna/ Arenal Volcano and San Jose, Costa Rica
Domestic flights in Costa Rica are a low-cost alternative to save time traveling between destinations. The Costa Rican airline Sansa Airlines offers flights from San José to La Fortuna / Arenal Volcano. After landing, we can coordinate your transportation at a cost of $55.00 (maximum 5 people per trip) to get to the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails.
Important Information to get to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails
When heading to Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, it is a good idea to call us to check the current road conditions (+506-2479-1070). Weather in Costa Rica can change fast, especially in the rainy season.
For security reasons, the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Trails main gate is open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.