MONTEVERDE MAP-HOW TO GET MONTEVERDE CLOUD FOREST-SAMARA
ADVENTURE COMPANY-On this page you can find directions to Monteverde by
bus or by car from points all over Costa Rica. We are here to help you
every step of the way!
If you´re traveling by bus...
From San José:
to Monteverde leave San José at 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM. The stop – which is known
locally as the old Puntarenas bus stop – is located at Calle 14 and Avenida 11
and 9. The morning bus passes by Sardinal around 9:00 AM and arrives in
Monteverde at 11:00 AM. The afternoon bus passes by Sardinal at 4:45 PM and
arrives in Monteverde at 7:00 PM. Travel time is approximately 4.5 hours
(although it will take somewhat longer during the wet season) and the cost is
There are two buses to Monteverde. A 1:00 PM bus (via Las Juntas)
passes by La Irma at 2:30 PM and arrives in Monteverde at 5:00 PM. A direct
bus at 2:00 PM passes by Sardinal at 3:00 PM and arrives in Monteverde at 5:00 PM.
From Guanacaste, Liberia, Northern Costa Rica areas:
are buses from Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playa del Coco,
Montezuma, Samara, Hermosa, the Nicaraguan border, and Liberia. Taking one of
these buses, you can go to Lagartos or La Irma and then hop a bus to
From Southern Pacific Beaches:
traveling from the Ballena National park, Uvita, Dominical, Matapalo, Quepos,
Manuel Antonio, Jacó or Herradura, take a bus to Puntarenas and then catch
another bus to Monteverde.
From La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano):
bus leaves at 8:00 AM for Tilarán. This ride takes 3 hours. From Tilarán, the
bus to Monteverde leaves at 1:00 PM and arrives in Monteverde at 3:30 PM (although
it takes longer during the wet season). In total, the bus ride from La Fortuna
to Monteverde takes 8 hours (during the dry season; longer in the wet season).
There are, however, alternative ways to get between these destinations. Such as
the Taxi-Boat-Taxi, or a horseback ride (see Arenal page for more info!).
If you´re traveling by car...
From San Jose:
onto the Pan-American Highway going north. This will take you through Alajuela
towards the town of San Ramon. Continue north through Miramar and keep an eye
out for a restaurant called the “Caballo Blanco.” This restaurant has a large
white horse on its sign and is along the right side of the road. Here, there
will be signs on the right for Monteverde, Sky Trek and Selvatura. Follow these
signs towards a turnoff along the right side that is just beyond a gas station.
The road is paved for a few kilometers and then turns into a dirt road. From
here on out, the road is bumpy and windy and continues to go up. Stay along
this road and follow the signs to Monteverde (including signs to Sky Trek and
Selvatura). Eventually, you will pass a cemetery. 30 minutes past this
cemetery, the road will be paved and lead you into Santa Elena.
This trip takes around 3.5 hours.
From La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano):
onto the road that leads away from La Fortuna and towards the Arenal Volcano.
Driving around the north side of the volcano, you will pass several hotels.
Continuing on this road, you will cross the ICE Dam. Stay along this same road
for another hour and a half. As you make your way around Lake Arenal towards
Tilarán, the road is windy. Once you get through Tilarán, follow the signs
towards Santa Elena and Monteverde. You wind your way up the mountain along a
bumpy dirt road. You will pass many signs for hotels and canopy tours; keep
going until you come to a large plaza with a soccer field on the right side.
Continue straight, and when the road splits, take a right to head into downtown
This trip takes around 4 hours.
From Liberia, take the Pan-American Highway south towards San José.
Along the way, you will pass through Bagaces and then Cañas. Continue on for
approximately 25 minutes until you see the entrance to "Las Juntas.” Turn
left here and proceed for an hour and a half until you get to Monteverde.
Alternatively, instead of taking the Las Juntas turnoff, you can continue
further south to the entrance of Sardinal and then turn left. This route takes
slightly longer, but the road conditions are much better.
This trip takes around 3 hours.