San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna

This route comes to you from an awesome intrepid traveller from Canada.  Have a read through her advice:

Be sure to read more about the buses on each page for San Juan del SurPeñas Blancas, Liberia for Cañas schedule, Tilaran, La Fortuna

 

“San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua to La Fortuna, Costa Rica route info (way easier than it sounds). We left San Juan del Sur at around 7:30am in a collective (50C) and asked him to drop us off at the crossroads. From there we grabbed a chicken bus to the border (20C). From the Peñas Blancas border, we had missed the direct bus to La Fortuna (leaves at 6:30am or 2pm), so we made our own route. (Editors note: another traveller has told us there is no direct bus at 2pm, but one that goes to San Carlos at 2:30pm and wont get you all the way to La Fortuna, the better option to do is to go from Peñas Blancas to Cañas and then on to Tilaran -> La Fortuna). 

 

Here is another from a helpful gal named Vianney: (Feb 2018)

– From San Juan del sur I caught a bus at 8:45 a.m to Rivas, 40 cordobas if you have a bag. 45min
– Rivas bus 10 a.m to Penas Blancas, 30 cordobas if you have a bag. 1 hour.
– At the Nicaragua boarder I caught a Ticabus to Canas for 8$, he left at 12:00 from the Costa Rica immigration.
I arrived at 13:45 in Canas.
– Then i walked to the bus terminal, 15min, i caught a bus at 2 p.m for Tilaran. 600 colones, 45min.
– Tilaran to Fortuna, bus at 3:30 p.m (the last one !!) 2765 colones, i arrived at la Fortuna at 5:15 p.m
So be sure to catch the last bus !!
You have to leave before 2:30 p.m from Canas or you’ll miss the last bus in Tilaran.

Cheers. Vianney. 39 countries.

 

Another traveller wrote this about Cañas to La Fortuna:

“We took the first bus to Liberia leaving around 9am ($3), from Liberia straight on to the bus to Cañas ($3), from Cañas straight on the bus to Tilaran at 12pm (~$1.50), from Tilaran straight on the bus to La Fortuna at 12:30pm ($4) and arrive around 2pm. (We missed the direct connection in Tilaran because we were getting food, so we got the next one at 3:30 and arrived around 5).”

 

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5 travel tips for San Juan del Sur to La Fortuna - share your tips below!

  1. Vianney

    I want to share with you my day :
    (sorry for my bad english)
    – From San Juan del sur i caught a bus at 8:45 a.m to Rivas, 40 cordobas if you have a bag. 45min
    – Rivas bus 10 a.m to Penas Blancas, 30 cordobas if you have a bag. 1 hour.
    – At the Nicaragua boarder i caught a Ticabus to Canas for 8$, he left at 12:00 from the Costa Rica immigration.
    I arrived at 13:45 in Canas.
    – Then i walked to the bus terminal, 15min, i caught a bus at 2 p.m for Tilaran. 600 colones, 45min.
    – Tilaran to Fortuna, bus at 3:30 p.m (the last one !!) 2765 colones, i arrived at la Fortuna at 5:15 p.m
    So be sure to catch the last bus !!
    You have to leave before 2:30 p.m from Canas or you’ll miss the last bus in Tilaran.

    Cheers. Vianney. 39 countries.

  2. Scott

    Well the direct bus to La Fortuna at 2pm isn’t really true. It’s actually a 2:30 bus to San Carlos and has many, many stops along a terrible road. The closest it comes is Tanque and it arrived around 8pm. From there you can catch a taxi or wait for another bus to come by.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for the info, Scott! I will make a note above. Sorry to hear you had a long day, pretty classic Costa Rica bus travel in the past!

  3. Josh

    Just did this route and it was went smoothly. the buses are fairly nice and everyone we came across was helpful. we know enough Spanish to get by and it was easy enough to verify with people which bus was to where and at what time. we got finished going through the boarder at around 10am and so we also caught the 3:30pm bus from Tilaran to La Fortuna (we didn’t see this bus listed online anywhere except for here). Overall it was a good day of travel and wasn’t as daunting as I thought it was going to be!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Josh, great to hear the trip went so smooth. If you do any other trips we would love to hear about them and if you want to write something about how to get from La Fortuna to xxxx, then I’d be stoked to put it in the routes section to help others.

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