Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

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How to get from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a popular national park and beach town in Costa Rica’s Puntarenas Province. It boasts a diverse rainforest, which is home to a great variety of flora and fauna. Among its most famous inhabitants are the white-faced capuchin monkeys and three-toed sloth.

But the main draw of Manuel Antonio’s is actually its beaches – white sand, turquoise waters – the perfect ending after hiking through its jungle. Playa Manuel Antonio is the most beautiful, but also usually the most crowded. Keep in mind that the national park is closed on Mondays!

New to Manuel Antonio? Our compact Manuel Antonio guide shows you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Manuel Antonio!

3 ways to get from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan4-5 hours$44 (27,000 CRC)Check Minivan Tickets
Indirect Bus6 hours$8 (5,000 CRC)Read article for more info
Private Transfer5 hours$191 (115,000 CRC)Check Private Transfers

There are 3 ways you can travel the 185 km distance from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio: via a 4 to 5-hour minivan, a 6-hour bus, or a 5-hour private transfer. Rates range between $8 (5,000 CRC) and $191 (115,000 CRC).

The minivan is a convenient way to get from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. You won’t have to worry about any transfers because it’s a door-to-door ride. It’s a bit pricey, though. Ticket prices start from $44 (27,000 CRC) for the 4 to 5-hour journey.

On a budget? The bus is a cheap alternative. There are no direct buses from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio so you’ll actually have to take three buses. The transfers are easy though; the only thing you’ll have to worry about is whether your connecting bus is available as soon as you arrive at the bus stations. Still, with combined bus rates from $8 (5,000 CRC), the 6-hour journey may be worth it.

Are you travelling in a group? A private transfer from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio can be cheaper than a shared minivan when you split the cost. Rates start from $191 (115,000 CRC) for a car that can fit up to 6 people.

Where to stay in Manuel Antonio?

Still looking for accommodation? Don’t forget to check out our favourite places to stay in Manuel Antonio at the bottom of this page.

Itinerary from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by Minivan

Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: $44 (27,000 CRC)
Duration: 4-5 hours
Cost: $44 (27,000 CRC)

The minivan is the most convenient option when travelling from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. You will be picked up from your hotel in Monteverde and dropped off at your hotel in Manuel Antonio. No need to worry about any other transfers or finding your way to and from bus stations.

There are at least four trusted minivan companies you can choose from:

  • RideCR
  • Interbus
  • Monteverde Shuttle Bus
  • Tropical Tours Shuttle

Fares start from $44 (27,000 CRC) and travel time is 4 to 5 hours.

Minivan schedule from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio

Minivan OperatorScheduleCosts
RideCR08:00-13:0027,190 CRC ($44)
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Interbus08:00-12:00$51 (31,000 CRC)
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Monteverde Shuttle Bus08:00-12:30
$50 (30,000 CRC)
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Tropical Tours Shuttle08:00-12:30
$70 (42,000 CRC)
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Book your tickets online so you won’t have to visit their office for reservations.

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by Indirect Bus

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $8 (5,000 CRC)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $8 (5,000 CRC)

The bus is a much cheaper option compared to the minivan, but there are no direct buses from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio. You’ll have to take three buses: one from Monteverde (Santa Elena) to Puntarenas, another one from Puntarenas to Quepos, and then finally Quepos to Monteverde.

Travel time is around 6 hours, excluding the possible waiting time for your connecting buses. It’s a really budget-friendly alternative though with combined fares from $8 (5,000 CRC).

Step 1: Monteverde to Puntarenas by Bus

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $3.30 (2,000 CRC)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $3.30 (2,000 CRC)

Buses bound for Puntarenas depart from Santa Elena, particularly at Centro Commercial Monteverde. Depending on where you’re staying around Monteverde, you can get here via a 10 to 20-minute walk or a short taxi ride.

Transmonteverde operates at least two trips daily with a travel time of around 2 hours. Keep in mind that most buses depart early in the morning!

Bus schedule from Santa Elena to Puntarenas

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
TransmonteverdeEvery day at
04:20 and 15:20
Additional on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at
Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from
2 hours$3.30 (2,000 CRC)
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Since not all buses are available daily, we recommend booking your tickets online at least a day before to be assured of a seat at your desired time.

You can buy your tickets through the Transmonteverde website for $3.30 (2,000 CRC). If you don’t mind taking a risk of tickets being sold out, then you can also buy your tickets at the bus station for about $1 cheaper.

Buses park at Puntarenas Bus Terminal.

Step 2: Puntarenas to Quepos by Bus

Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: $4.50 (3,000 CRC)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Cost: $4.50 (3,000 CRC)

From Puntarenas, you’ll then have to take another bus going to Quepos, located 140 km southeast. Transportes Quepos Puntarenas offers several trips from 04:30 to 17:30. Depending on the time of your arrival at Puntarenas, you may have to wait a few hours for the connecting bus.

Travel time from Puntarenas to Quepos takes around 3.5 hours and a ticket costs $4.50 (3,000 CRC).

Bus schedule from Puntarenas to Quepos

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Transportes Quepos Puntarenas04:30-08:00
$4.50 (3,000 CRC)

The last stop is at Quepos Bus Terminal.

Step 3: Quepos to Manuel Antonio by Bus

Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: $0.60 (0 CRC)
Duration: 25 minutes
Cost: $0.60 (0 CRC)

Quepos is a town and transport hub located beside Manuel Antonio, just about 4 km north. There are already plenty of hotels and guesthouses around town. And if you’re staying in Quepos, you may be able to simply walk to your final destination.

But if you’re hotel is located in Manuel Antonio, then you can take a short bus ride to get there. Buses from Quepos to Manuel Antonio depart every 30 minutes from 05:45 to 19:00 and then every hour onwards. A ticket costs $0.60 (0 CRC) for the 25-minute journey.

Alternatively, you can take a 15-minute taxi for around $6 (4,000 CRC).

Monteverde to Manuel Antonio by Private Transfer

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: from $191 (115,000 CRC)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: from $191 (115,000 CRC)

Travelling in a group from Monteverde to Manuel Antonio? Taking a private transfer may be even cheaper than a shared minivan when you split the cost.

BookAway offers various private vehicles with rates from $191 (115,000 CRC) for a 6-seater minivan. Split the cost and that’s just about $32 per person.

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Our favourite places to stay in Manuel Antonio

Millenium Manuel Antonio - Treating yourself

You can’t really ask for a better location in Manuel Antonio than this one. Millennium Hotel is only 100 metres from the national park! That also means that you’re super close to the beach too.

The hotel has its own outdoor swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing swim after walking around the national park. The rooms are spacious and offer everything you could need during your stay. Breakfast is also offered for free in a nearby restaurant.

  • The best location
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Breakfast included
  • Friendly and helpful staff

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Tico Tico Villas - Treating yourself

Tico Tico Villas tick all of the boxes. Swimming pool, modern and beautifully designed rooms and a cosy terrace area surrounded by nature. All your needs will be fulfilled here.

Especially thanks to the friendly and helpful staff who will make your stay perfect. You can even enjoy a BBQ as there are facilities available in the hotel./p>

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Amazing staff
  • Close to Manuel Antonio National Park

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Peace of Paradise - Mid-Range

Peace of Paradise feels exactly that. All you have to do to see wildlife from here is sit on your balcony and wait. Before long, you may be able to see monkeys, toucans, birds and maybe a sloth passing by.

The rooms are large and spacious, offering their own kitchen facilities. You can simply make yourself a coffee or cook a full-blown meal. The hotel has a great location in Manuel Antonio though. Not far from bars and restaurants which may be more tempting than cooking your own meals.

  • Abundant wildlife around the hotel
  • Great location
  • Private balconies
  • Private kitchen facilities

Double rooms between $50-$80 per night

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Hostel Plinio - Budget Friendly

Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or in a group, Hostel Plinio will suit your needs. There are both dorms and private rooms available, depending on what you’re looking for.

With the outdoor swimming pool and onsite Mexican restaurant, the place feels more like a mini-resort than a hostel. The breakfast in the morning will set you up perfectly for the day ahead, especially the delicious gallo pinto. And don’t forget to try out their Taco’s!

  • Onsite Mexican restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shared kitchen
  • Breakfast included

Double rooms between $15-$50 per night

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