Taxi-boat-taxi Monteverde to Arenal or vice versa, just 3-4 hours.
The taxi-boat-taxi service (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.
By taking a motorized, covered boat ride across 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 8:00 am from La Fortuna / Arenal.
Afternoon Leaves at 2:00 pm from Monteverde and 2:00 pm from La Fortuna / Arenal
Private Anytime before 3:30 pm from Monteverde or 4:00 pm from La Fortuna/Arenal
If your tour is last minute, we may be able to accept cash payment on the day. Please contact us.
Prices of the shared service are from $28 per person (2023). 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 some hotels are way out of the transport zone and there is an extra charge, please inquire.
As the name suggests, the trip consists of a taxi ride (in the form of minivans or coasters as they are FAR more comfortable than using a small jeep on the 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 pothole.) The public bus can take almost 8 hours due to a layover 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).
The boat ride is pleasant with the chance of a spot of birding watching, as there are often kingfishers, 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. We can arrange special private Taxi - Boat - Taxi services at other departures times upon request.
What to Bring?
All transport (land and boat)
Please take in consideration before booking
8.00am and 2.00pm from Monteverde to Arenal
8.00am and 2.00pm from Arenal to Monteverde
Min of 4 people in the afternoon, please check with us
Prices without tax
Minimum of 4 people in the afternoon. Please check with us if a service is available.
Please inquire about private tours
From hotels outside the pick-up zone or drop-off zone, there may be an extra charge. Please inquire.