Monteverde is a nature lover’s paradise in the Cordillera de Tilarán mountain range. Named one of the Seven Wonders of Costa Rica, a trip to the iconic Monteverde Cloud Forest is a must when exploring this beautiful country.
With its lush mountains forever touching the clouds, Monteverde is rich in flora and fauna – 2,500 species of plants, 400 types of birds, and 100 varieties of mammals! This district is green, moist, and beautiful all year round, but if you want to explore it with a bit of sunshine, time your visit in summer (June to September).
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The best way to travel the 150 km distance from Playas del Coco to Monteverde is by minivan shuttle, which takes 4 hours and costs around $44 (27,000 CRC). Alternative options include a 4-hour private transfer with rates from $175 (106,000 CRC) and a 4-hour indirect bus for $77.30 (47,000 CRC).
The minivan shuttle is a direct and convenient way to get from Playas del Coco to Monteverde. You won’t have to worry about any transfers as you will be picked up and dropped off at your hotels. Ticket prices start from $44 (27,000 CRC) for the 4-hour journey.
Are you travelling with family or friends? If you’re in a group of at least 4 to 5 people, then taking a private transfer might be cheaper than a shared minivan when you split the cost. Rates start from $175 (106,000 CRC) for a 5-seater car and $230 (139,000 CRC) for a 10 to 15-seater minivan.
Looking for a cheaper transport option from Playas del Coco to Monteverde? It’s also possible to take an indirect bus, but it can’t take you all the way to Monteverde. You’ll have to take two buses plus a taxi. So costs start from $77.30 (47,000 CRC). Unless you’re in a group of at least three people, then you won’t really save on costs by taking the bus.
The minivan is a convenient way when travelling from Playas del Coco to Monteverde. It’s a shared ride, but you’ll still be picked up and dropped off at your hotels. Travel time is around 4 hours and rates start from $44 (27,000 CRC).
You can choose from at least four minivan operators: Tropical Tours Shuttles, Interbus, Costa Rica Shuttle, and ShuttleBusCR. Online booking is possible via their respective websites. We also highly recommend purchasing your tickets beforehand for guaranteed seats.
Minivan schedule from Playas del Coco to Monteverde
Are you travelling in a group? If so, you can also consider taking a private transfer from Playas del Coco to Monteverde. Depending on the number of people in your group, a private ride might be cheaper than a minivan shuttle when you split the costs.
For smaller groups, we recommend renting a ride from Casa Batsu. A 5-seater car costs $175 (106,000 CRC). If you’re in a larger group, Tropical Tours Shuttle offers 10 to 15-seater minivans for $230 (139,000 CRC).
There are no direct buses from Playas del Coco to Monteverde, and you also can’t complete this journey by bus alone. You’ll have to take two buses and then an expensive taxi. You won’t really get to save much money, unless you’re in a group of at least three people.
For that reason, we don’t recommend taking a bus for this route. Sure, you might get to save a few bucks, but is it worth the hassle? You can decide for yourself through the step-by-step guide below.
Step 1: Playas del Coco to Liberia by Bus
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $1.40 (1,000 CRC)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: $1.40 (1,000 CRC)
First, you’ll have to take a bus to Liberia, a transport hub located 35 km northeast of Playas del Coco. The bus ride takes around an hour and a ticket costs $1.30 (1,000 CRC).
Buses should be available every hour, on the hour, from 06:00 to 20:00. It’s best to arrive at the bus station about 15 minutes prior to departure time to secure a seat.
Reyna del Campo is the main bus operator from Liberia to Cañas. Its buses depart once or twice every hour from 05:25 in the morning to 21:30 at night. A ticket costs about $1 (1,000 CRC) for the 45-minute journey.
From Cañas, the best way to travel the remaining 65 km southeast to Monteverde is by taxi. This is why we think you won’t get to save much by taking the bus for this route.
A taxi ride from Cañas to Monteverde takes 2 hours and costs around $75 (45,000 CRC).
You can still save on costs if you’re in a group of 3 or 4. But if you’re travelling solo or with just one other person, then we highly recommend taking a more convenient and direct shared minivan instead.
This place is a real treat. You can even book a room that has its own private jacuzzi. If you don’t want to splash out that much, you can still enjoy their covered heated pool, spa and beautiful gardens.
You don’t have to leave the hotel as their onsite restaurant offers super tasty meals. They combine both local products from Monteverde and exotic ingredients to create exciting and delicious flavours. The rooms as well as their staff are both fabulous.
If what you’re looking for is complete relaxation, then here is the place! Calathea Lodge is situated slightly further from the main town, but still only a walk away from the main town.
The rooms are bright, open and comfortable. All coming with a private patio or balcony where you can sit and observe nature. The staff is super friendly and will help you organise your activities in Monteverde. They also provide a superb breakfast to set you up right for the day.
Eddy’s Place in Monteverde is a guarantee of good value for your bucks. This small family-run hotel only has 4 rooms, with Freddy the main host, making you feel at home immediately. His breakfast every morning is delicious and very filling.
The rooms are nice and big, with exceptionally comfortable beds. You’ll definitely be getting a good night's sleep here. In the morning you’ll awake to an array of wildlife living in the jungle around the hotel.