How to get to Santa Elena-Monteverde? By Public Bus: FROM SAN JOSE: public bus leave everyday from San José at 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Trip takes 5 hours. and cost is ¢2,200.00 ($4) per person. FROM PUNTARENAS: public bus leave every day from Puntarenas at 7:00 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Trip takes 4 hours and cost is ¢1,200.00 ($2,2) per person. (if you are in Montezuma, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, Manuel Antonio, Jacó, you need to go to Puntarenas and catch the bus.) FROM TILARAN: public bus leave everyday from Tilarán at 4:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Trip takes 3 hours and cost is ¢1.000 ($1,8) per person). (If you are in Arenal Volcano area, La Fortuna, you need catch the bus to Tilará.) From Santa Elena-Monteverde to:
- San José: Bus leave at 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- Puntarenas: 4:30 a.m., 6:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. (You make connection to Montezuma, Mal Pais, Santa Teresa - First you catch the Ferry, Manuel Antonio, Jacó, Dominical, Tamarindo, Sámara and other destinations)
- Tilarán: bus le ave at 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (You make connection to La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano area.)