Transportation to La Fortuna & Arenal

Transporation Services

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.

There are taxi services, and many tour companies that provide private transportation.

Private 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 downtownArenal – La Fortuna4 hours
SJO AirportArenal – La Fortuna4 hours
Liberia AirportArenal – La Fortuna5 hours
Playa del CocoArenal – La Fortuna5 hours
GuapilesArenal – La Fortuna3 hours
Jaco BeachArenal – La Fortuna4 hours
Manuel AntonioArenal – La Fortuna5 hours
MonteverdeArenal – La Fortuna3 hours
Papagayo GulfArenal – La Fortuna5 hours
Potrero BeachArenal – La Fortuna5 hours
Puerto Viejo & CahuitaArenal – La Fortuna5.5 hours
Samara & CarrilloArenal – La Fortuna5.5 hours
SarapiquiArenal – La Fortuna3 hours
TamarindoArenal – La Fortuna5.5 hours
ConchalArenal – La Fortuna5.5 hours
FlamingoArenal – La Fortuna5.5 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 JoseArenal & La Fortuna4 hours

Domestic Flights

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.