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Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

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Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

Hi,

Me and my boyfriend are travelling to CR and will be arriving May 6th at 5:06 A.M.

From there, we are travelling to Arenal/La Fortuna and we are looking for the best transportation.

Would love to take the bus to save money, shuttles seem so expensive and renting a car is not an option. Looking at the schedule (http://www.thebusschedule.com/cr/index.php) it seems like they leave at 6:50 A.M. ("Transp S Carlos - S José Bus: duration: 3:25hr 2255-4300") My questions are, how much will this bus be, do we need to pay in colones and how do we find this bus? Minimal Spanish skills and first time for both of us in CR. Thanks for any help! :)

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1. Re: Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

Looks like that bus doesn't have a transfer like others too which is nice if that's correct.

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2. Re: Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

You can get the bus to La Fortuna at a bus station near the airport. The airport is actually located in Alajuela, about 30 minutes from San Jose.

Take a taxi at the airport and tell the driver you want to go to "La Radial." Buses going north from San Jose make a stop at this station to pick up more passengers. You will pay the driver in colones - you can get colones from an ATM at the airport before you exit the terminal.

You can get that bus - or - just get any bus that says "San Carlos" on the front. On the busschedule.com website, it's listed as "Cuidad Quesada" but most everyone just calls it "San Carlos." In San Carlos, you can transfer to the bus for La Fortuna.

A direct bus is nice - but - it's not a big deal to transfer buses in San Carlos. Just use your destination as a question "La Fortuna?" and someone will point where to get the bus. Or if there are people standing in line, you can do the same thing to see if they are standing in line for the bus to La Fortuna. The fare from San Jose to La Fortuna is around 2500 colones (about $US5)

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3. Re: Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

Thanks HattieCostaRica, that helped a lot.

Do you happen to know what time buses start running to San Carlos/Cuidad Quesada?

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4. Re: Airport SJO - Arenal/La Fortuna

Oh, sorry - I should have given you this website! www.thebusschedule.com/cr/

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