Monteverde to Santa Teresa

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How to get from Monteverde to Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa is a laidback coastal town in the Nicoya Peninsula. With a growing number of cosy cafes, boutique hostels and yoga retreats, it attracts many travellers to this side of Costa Rica.

Santa Teresa’s main draws are its pristine waters and strong waves. Backdropped by hills and jungles, its beautiful beaches have become a surfer’s paradise in recent years.

New to Santa Teresa? Check out this Santa Teresa, Costa Rica guide to find the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss, and many more tips for your visit to Santa Teresa!

5 ways to get from Monteverde to Santa Teresa (Sorted by popularity)

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan4 hours$64 (39,000 CRC)Check tickets
Private Transfer4 hours$246 (149,000 CRC)Book a private transfer
Bus6 hours$8.50 (5,000 CRC)Read article for more info

There are 3 ways to travel the 220 km from Monteverde to Santa Teresa: a 4-hour minivan, a 4-hour private transfer and a 6-hour indirect bus. Rates range from $8.50 (5,000 CRC) to $246 (149,000 CRC).

If you’re looking for convenience, we recommend taking a minivan from Monteverde to Santa Teresa. Ticket rates start from $64 (39,000 CRC). With this price, you will get a direct 4-hour transfer as well as free hotel pick-up and drop-off.

When travelling in a group, you can save a few dollars if you split the cost of a private transfer. Rates start from $246 (149,000 CRC) for a 4-seater car from Monteverde to Santa Teresa.

Are you on a budget? The bus is the cheapest way to get from Monteverde to Santa Teresa. It’s also the least convenient because there are no direct buses for this route. You’ll have to take 3 buses plus a ferry. Combined rates start from $8.50 (5,000 CRC) and travel time is at least 6 hours.

Where to stay in Santa Teresa?

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

Itinerary from Monteverde to Santa Teresa

Monteverde to Santa Teresa by Shared Minivan

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $65 (39,000 CRC)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $65 (39,000 CRC)

A minivan ride from Monteverde to Santa Teresa is very cost-efficient for solo travellers.

This service will pick you up from your hotel in Monteverde and take you straight to your accommodation in Santa Teresa. Travel time is 4-5 hours.

Minivan ticket prices start from $64 (39,000 CRC).

Minivan schedule from Monteverde to Santa Teresa

Minivan OperatorScheduleCosts
Interbus09:00-13:00$64 (39,000 CRC)
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Suntrails07:00-12:00$74 (45,000 CRC)
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Zuma Tours09:00-14:00$70 (42,000 CRC)
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If you’re travelling with Interbus and Suntrails, you can book your ride online beforehand through BookAway, which offers excellent customer support.

Zuma Tours can only be booked through its own website. Note that with Zuma Tours, there is a minimum of 3 people per booking.

Monteverde to Santa Teresa by Private Transfer (Taxi)

Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $246 (149,000 CRC)
Duration: 4 hours
Cost: $246 (149,000 CRC)

When travelling in a group of at least 4 people, you can save on costs by taking a private transfer. You can ask for your hotel’s assistance to book a car, or book through BookAway.

Rates for a 4-seater car from Monteverde to Santa Teresa start from $246 (149,000 CRC) when booked with BookAway. That makes it about $61.5 (37,000 CRC) per person, a few dollars cheaper than taking a shared minivan.

Book a Private Transfer with BookAway

RideCR also offers private transfers from Monteverde to Santa Teresa, with rates starting from $286 (173,000 CRC). You can book your ride directly through the RideCR website.

The journey by private car from Monteverde to Santa Teresa takes around 4 hours.

Monteverde to Santa Teresa by Bus

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $8.50 (5,000 CRC)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: $8.50 (5,000 CRC)

Travelling by bus from Monteverde to Santa Teresa is definitely the cheapest. But it also takes the longest and includes several transfers. You’ll have to take 3 buses and 1 ferry to complete this journey.

If you take this route, the total journey time will be at least 6 hours. That’s excluding the time you have to spend while waiting for your connecting buses and ferry.

But if budget is your priority, read on for a detailed guide on how to get from Monteverde to Santa Teresa by bus!

PRO TIP: Do not ever lose sight of your belongings. Luggage thieves are notorious in bus stations and buses in Costa Rica. Make sure your bigger bags are inside the luggage compartment before boarding the bus and don’t forget to get your luggage ticket. As for your smaller bags with valuable belongings, it’s better to put them in front of you or between your feet instead of the overhead bin.

Step 1: Monteverde to Puntarenas by Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $2.50 (2,000 CRC)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $2.50 (2,000 CRC)

First, you’ll travel by bus from Monteverde to Puntarenas, a coastal town that you can find 65 km south.

Transmonteverde operates 5 daily bus trips for this route. A bus ticket costs around $2.50 (2,000 CRC).

Buses depart from the Transmonteverde Bus Depot in Monteverde town centre. Travel time to Puntarenas takes around 2.5 hours.

Bus Schedule from Monteverde to Puntarenas

Bus OperatorScheduleCosts
Transmonteverde04:20-06:50
05:30-08:00
07:45-10:15
10:15-12:45
15:00-17:30
$2.50 (2,000 CRC)

We recommend arriving at the bus station at least 30 minutes before departure time so you’ll have enough time to buy your tickets and get good seats.

You can also pre-book your tickets on the Transmonteverde website, although it’s not user-friendly and you might just end up wasting time.

Step 2: Puntarenas to Paquera by Ferry

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $1.50 (1,000 CRC)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $1.50 (1,000 CRC)

Buses park at the bus station in Puntarenas centre. Note that this is still 2.5 km away from the ferry port. You can get to the pier via a short taxi ride or a 30-minute walk.

From Puntarenas Port, there are at least 5 ferries departing daily for Paquera.

A ferry ticket costs $1.50 (1,000 CRC) for the 1.5-hour journey. Ferries dock at Paquera Port.

Ferry Schedule from Puntarenas to Paquera

FerryScheduleCosts
Naviera Tambor04:00-05:30
08:00-09:30
12:00-13:30
16:00-17:30
20:00-21:30
$1.50 (1,000 CRC)
Check tickets

It should be easy enough to get your tickets at the port. But if you prefer to buy them beforehand, you can do so via Quickpay.cr.

Step 3: Paquera to Cobano by Bus

Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $3 (2,000 CRC)
Duration: 1.5 hours
Cost: $3 (2,000 CRC)

Upon arrival at Paquera Port, look around for buses bound for Cobano. They’re usually available and waiting for passengers every time a ferry arrives.

You can buy your ticket on the bus for around $3 (2,000 CRC). Travel time to Cobano Bus Stop is 1.5 hours.

Step 4: Cobano to Santa Teresa by Bus

Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: $1.50 (1,000 CRC)
Duration: 40 minutes
Cost: $1.50 (1,000 CRC)

In Cobano, you’ll simply have to transfer to another bus going 15 km southwest to Santa Teresa.

Transportes Mal Pais operates on this route every hour from 06:00 to 19:00 daily.

This bus journey takes around 40 minutes and you can get a ticket for $1.50 (1,000 CRC).

Bus Schedule from Cobano to Santa Teresa

Bus OperatorScheduleDurationCosts
Transportes Mal PaisHourly trips daily from
06:00 to 19:00
40 minutes$1.50 (1,000 CRC)
 

Our favourite places to stay in Santa Teresa

La Posada - Mid-Range

Santa Teresa is a place for connections, and La Posada is the place to do that. It’s inevitable that you’ll meet some amazing people here. Whether it’s whilst swimming in the pool, having a game of snooker, or just making the most of the chill out spaces.

If you need some privacy, don’t worry, the hostel also has lovely private rooms.

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Great location
  • Including breakfast

Double rooms between $50-$80 per night

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Salty Enthusiasts Share House & Villas - Budget Friendly

It’s not easy to find budget-friendly accommodation in Santa Teresa, especially somewhere that’s actually nice to stay in. Salty Enthusiasts won’t break the bank, yet it’s still a beautiful place to stay.

The hotel feels like a large treehouse, meant for relaxing and providing comfort. You can opt for either a dorm bed or a private room. Both are super clean, comfortable and thoughtfully designed.

It’s a great place to meet other people too. They have lots of communal areas to chill out, and a shared kitchen.

  • Close to the beach
  • Sociable atmosphere
  • Choice of dorm or private room
  • Shared kitchen

Double rooms between $15-$50 per night

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