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Travellers often go through Tilarán on their way to or from La Fortuna. A huge thank you to adventure bus traveller Brian Driscoll for updating photos and prices on this page for 2017.


Tilarán to San Jose

Schedule as of June 2017 – 5am (except Sundays and Holidays), 7am, 9:30am, 2pm, 5pm. See photo below. Trip costs 4020₡ and takes about 5hrs.


San José to Tilarán: Head to the Pulmitan de Liberia station in San José. Buses to Tilarán leave at 7:30am, 9:30am (except Sundays and Holidays), 12:45pm, 3:45pm, 6:30pm. See photo of schedule below.  The trip to Tilarán takes almost 5hrs and as May 2017 costs 4020₡. This bus passes the airport enroute.


Tilarán to La Fortuna

There are 3 buses each day for La Fortuna:

from Tilarán to La Fortuna: 7:00am, 12:15pm, 3:30pm

from La Fortuna to Tilarán : 6:30am, 11:30pm, 3:55pm

The cost as of June 2017 the cost is 2750₡ and takes 2-2.5 hours. See photo of schedule below from June 2017.


Tilarán to Monteverde

Here is the schedule for Monteverde

4:00am, 8:30am, 12:30pm, 5:00pm.

5:00am, 7:00am, 11:30am , 4:00pm

The cost as of Jan 2019 is 1300₡. The trip takes about 2hrs and 15min.


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We do not 100% guarantee that all schedules, times and prices are exact. The information in this website is based on personal experience and by information submitted by other travellers. Information has been gathered from station schedules, station managers, bus drivers and driver helpers. We have done our best to get as much accurate up to date information as possible, but prices and times change. Also, remember that you are responsible for your own health and safety. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!



Photo June 2017

Photo June 2017

Photo June 2017

Schedule for Tilarán - Nuevo Arenal
Schedule for Tilaran - Fortuna
Photo June 2017

Tilarán - Monteverde
Photo June 2017

Tilarán - San José
Tilaran - Cañas
Photo June 2017

Photo June 2017

Photo: 2016

Photo: 2016


22 travel tips for Tilarán - share your tips below!

  1. Éamonn

    The bus from Tilaran to Monteverde leaves at 13:00 now but the timetables haven’t been updated.

    • Kirsten

      I just took the 12.30 bus yesterday. Might leave a little later due to a delay but the scheduled time is still 12.30.
      I took a taxi to Tilaran from Liberia for 17.000 colones (had to negociate pretty tough). If shared, not to expensive and saves a bit of time.

  2. Hsin

    Tilaran to LA Fortuna is 2970 colones.

  3. Ashley

    The return bus from La Fortuna to Tilaran does not leave at 6am, but rather at 8am. (Updated at La Fortuna bus station, and confirmed by catching it).

    • Ashley

      I should have included: the shown timetable at Tilaran still says 6am from La Fortuna – it has not been updated.

    • Lana

      Ashley, do you know how long does the bus take to get from La Fortuna to Tilaran?

  4. Batman

    Tilaran => Monteverde/Santa Elena

    Cost: 1300 Colones
    Duration: ±2.5hrs
    Times: 0430, 0930, 12:30, one later in afternoon I do not remember exact time

    IMPORTANT! There is only ONE bus on Sundays, it leaves Tilaran at 12:30.

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