Monteverde Costa Rica
Taxi-Boat-Taxi Monteverde to Arenal
or Arenal to Monteverde
Duration: approx 4 Hours
The taxi-boat-taxi service (or sometimes called jeep-boat-jeep, although nobody uses jeeps anymore, vans and buses are much more common) is a one-way transfer between Monteverde and Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna. Or vice versa.
The two places are only about 136km apart but the shortest direct route by road is not possible because of the mountain ranges. But we offer a beautiful shortcut using our approved partners such as like Aventuras El Lago.
By taking a motorized, covered boat ride across the Arenal Lake you can save time driving or riding the bus. This shuttle departs twice daily traveling from Monteverde to Arenal, or Arenal to Monteverde. The trip lasts 3 - 4 hours and provides door to door service for most hotels.
Morning Leaves at 8:00 am from Monteverde and at 8:30 am from La Fortuna / Arenal.
Afternoon Leaves at 2:00 pm from Monteverde and 2:30 pm from La Fortuna / Arenal
Private Anytime before 3:30pm from Monteverde or 4:00pm from La Fortuna/Arenal
The price of the collective service is $29* per person. Or $25pp* if you up book any other transport/hotel/tour with us. Note that you do have to carry your own luggage to and from the boat (and there is a bit of a hill). You can ask the driver for assistance.
*note to some hotels that are way out of the transport zone it is $20 more (not per person but per transport) for example to the Observatory Lodge.
We also have an Express Service that is a little quicker (more like 3 hours instead of 4). This has less people and offers a more personalized service (but it is not a completely private service) and the driver will help with the bags. This is $50 per person.
The private service is $200 in total, not per person (up to 5 people in your family/group). $25 extra for more people on top of the 5.
As the name suggests, the trip consists of a taxi ride (usually using minivans or micorbuses as they are FAR more comfortable than using a small jeeps on these bumpy roads) to Arenal Lake, a boat across the Arenal Lake, and then another taxi on to your hotel. In total, this breaks down into about 3 hours by microbus and 30 mins by boat.
The alternative route to La Fortuna involves going around Arenal Lake, via Tilaran and Nuevo Arenal, which takes almost 4.5 hours of solid driving (assuming you don't get lost or fall into a bus sized pot hole.) The public bus can take almost 8 hours due to a lay over in Tilaran. This shortcut is a true time saver! The service is sometimes called the Jeep Boat Jeep, but the name is misleading since the actual land transportation is generally by minivan (also called a microbus).
Send an email for more information (pick-up times from your hotel or a reservation form.)
The boat ride is pleasant with the chance of a spot of birding watching, as there are often king fishers, flycatchers and other tropical birds on the edges of the lake. The boats are covered, medium-sized, include life jackets, and are fully inspected by the transportation department. There is a similar route available via horseback. Read more about this amazing ride here. We can arrange special Taxi - Boat - Taxi services at other departures times upon request.
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