Map to Monteverde from Arenal
Getting to Monteverde from La FortunaBy Car
It's around 3 hours and a half to get to Santa Elena's town from La Fortuna de San Carlos (Arenal). First you will have to pass by the community of Tilaran (1 hour and 30 minutes from La Fortuna), then continue to the town of Quebrada Grande. About 50 meters before arriving at this town, you will find an entrance on your left, from that point it is around 40 kilometers of gravel road (approximately 2 hours of driving).
It is advisable to take a high wheel car or rent a 4X4 car, due to the road conditions.
You will have to take a bus depaturing at 8:30AM from La Fortuna Bus Station towards Tilaran. It's around 3hrs driving (90km). Then at the Tilaran Bus Station you will need to take another bus in route to Monteverde, which leaves at 12:30PM. It is 46 kilometers in total, 12km of paved road and 34km of gravel road. The bus will take 2 more hours to arrive.
The bus from Monteverde to Tilaran leaves at 5:30AM.
This is the faster way to get to Monteverde from La Fortuna.
For more information please visit the Car-Boat-Car Monteverde to Arenal