La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

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What to expect when visiting Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is a town on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is home to Manuel Antonio National Park, a lush rainforest teeming with flora, fauna, and wildlife. Its easy trails offer sightings of squirrel monkeys, howlers, sloths, over 350 species of birds, and more.

Manuel Antonio’s main draw is, however, its beaches. Turquoise waters and white sand shores backdropped by a rugged jungle, it’s no wonder both local and foreign tourists are attracted to Manuel Antonio more than any other national park in the country.

Keep in mind that Manuel Antonio National Park is closed on Tuesdays. Schedule your visit accordingly!

How to get from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

There are 3 ways to travel the 220 km from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio: a 5.5-hour direct minivan shuttle, a 5-hour private transfer, or a 6.5-hour indirect bus. Rates range from $13 (8,000 CRC) to $45 (27,000 CRC).

3 ways to get from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio (Sorted by popularity)

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Minivan5.5 hours$45 (27,000 CRC)Check Minivan Tickets
Private Transfer5 hours$251 (152,000 CRC)Check Private transfers
Bus6.5 hours$13 (8,000 CRC)Read article for more info

The direct minivan is our recommended option for solo travellers. With a minivan, you will be picked up from your accommodation in La Fortuna and dropped off at your hotel in Manuel Antonio. You won’t have anything to worry about during the 5.5-hour journey.

If you’re with a group, taking a private transfer is a cost-efficient way to travel from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio. If you are in a group of at least 4 people, the costs will be similar to taking a minivan when you split the fare. Rates start from $251 (152,000 CRC) for a 6-seater private transfer.

Travelling by bus will be exhausting because there are no direct buses from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio. You’ll have to take 4 buses. And when you include all the waiting time at the bus stations, the entire journey will take close to 9 hours! On the other hand, the prices of this bus journey only cost around $13 (8,000 CRC).

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!

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 La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio by Minivan

Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: $45 (27,000 CRC)
Duration: 5.5 hours
Cost: $45 (27,000 CRC)

Taking a minivan is the most convenient way to get from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio. That is if you’re travelling solo or with just one or two other companions.

With a minivan, you will be picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna and dropped off at your accommodation in Manuel Antonio. Minivan fares start from $45 (27,000 CRC).

All minivan companies offer free hotel pick-up and drop-off. This means you won’t have to worry about anything for the 5.5-hour minivan ride from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio. Keep in mind that the driver will pick up and drop off many other passengers along the way and it may add to the travel time.

RideCR, Paradise Shuttle, and Interbus are some of the popular companies offering minivan rides for this route. All of them get great reviews so you can expect a comfortable ride from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio.

Minivan schedule from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio

Minivan OperatorScheduleCosts
RideCR08:00-14:00$45 (27,000 CRC)
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Paradise Shuttle08:00-13:30$54 (33,000 CRC)
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Interbus07:45-13:15$58 (35,000 CRC)
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For easy booking and the best rates, we recommend buying your tickets online beforehand through BookAway.

La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio by Private Transfer

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $251 (152,000 CRC)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: $251 (152,000 CRC)

Are you travelling in a group? If yes, then it will be more cost-efficient to just take a private transfer from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio.

Rates start from $251 (152,000 CRC) for a car that can fit up to 6 people. Divide the cost and that’s just about $42 per person. Not a bad rate for a door-to-door transfer!

The journey from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio by private transfer takes around 5 hours. You can arrange a taxi ride through your hotel or you can book a private transfer through BookAway.

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La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio by Bus

Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: $13 (8,000 CRC)
Duration: 6.5 hours
Cost: $13 (8,000 CRC)

The bus is hands down the cheapest way to get from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio, but it’s also the least convenient.

There are no direct buses for this route so you’ll have to take at least four buses to complete this journey from La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio.

Combined travel time by bus is 6.5 hours. But keep in mind that your connecting buses will not always be immediately available. When you include the waiting time at the bus stations, then the entire journey may take up to 9 hours.

With combined fares from $13 (8,000 CRC), it’s up to you to decide whether it’s worth travelling this route by bus.

Step 1: La Fortuna to San Ramon by Bus

Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $5 (3,000 CRC)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: $5 (3,000 CRC)

First, you have to take a bus from La Fortuna to San Ramon, a town located 70 km south.

Compañia Carbachez is the main bus operator for this route. Its buses depart five times a day from 04:30 to 16:00. If you want to complete this bus journey in a day, make an early start from La Fortuna. That means that you have to depart no later than 09:00 in the morning.

This bus journey takes 2 hours and a ticket costs around $5 (3,000 CRC). You can buy your tickets at the bus station.

Buses depart from the bus terminal in La Fortuna and arrive at the bus station in San Ramon.

For the latest schedules, check out Compañia Carbachez on Facebook.

Step 2: San Ramon to Puntarenas by Bus

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

From San Ramon, you will then have to travel 55 km going west to reach Puntarenas. Buses depart from the Municipal Market of San Ramon. This is about 500m from the bus station you arrive at from La Fortuna.

Empresarios Unidos operates about 16 trips daily, almost every hour from 04:00 to 21:00. These buses depart from San Jose, make a stop in San Ramon, and then go on their way to Puntarenas.

Travel time by bus from San Ramon to Puntarenas takes about 1.5 hours. Ticket prices start from $3 (2,000 CRC). You can check out the Empresarios Unidos website for more details.

Buses park at the Empresarios Unidos Bus Station in Puntarenas.

Step 3: Puntarenas to Quepos by Bus

Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $4 (2,000 CRC)
Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: $4 (2,000 CRC)

Next, you’ll have to travel 140 km southeast from Puntarenas to Quepos. From the bus stop of Empresarios Unidos in Puntarenas, walk 5 minutes to the west to find the Transportes Quepos Puntarenas Bus Station.

Transportes Quepos Puntarenas operates 8 daily trips for this route. These buses depart every 1 to 3 hours from 04:30 to 17:30.

A bus ticket costs about $4 (2,000 CRC) for the 2.5-hour journey. Visit the Transportes Quepos Puntarenas website for the latest rates and schedules.

Buses park at Quepos Bus Terminal in Quepos town centre. If your hotel is already located in town, then you should not have a hard time finding it on foot. But if you choose to stay within Manuel Antonio, which is definitely more scenic, then read on for the final step.

Step 4: Quepos to Manuel Antonio by Bus

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $1 (1,000 CRC)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: $1 (1,000 CRC)

Quepos is the main gateway to Manuel Antonio, which you can find some 5 km further south.

From the bus station you arrive at, you can easily transfer to another bus that will take you to Manuel Antonio in around 30 minutes. A ticket costs about $1 (1,000 CRC).

Alternatively, you can take a taxi for around $6 (4,000 CRC). This way, you will be brought straight to your hotel.

PRO TIP: Bus travel in Costa Rica is prone to petty thieves. Always be mindful of your luggage. When putting your suitcase in the luggage compartment, wait until it is inside before boarding the bus. And don’t forget to get your luggage ticket from the driver! As for your smaller bags, put them where you can see them at all times, preferably on your lap or between your feet.

 

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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