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How to get to the Arenal Volcano Inn from San Jose

The Arenal Volcano Inn hotel is located 6.5 kilometers north west of La Fortuna. From La Fortuna go west on route 142.

Our GPS coordinates are: 10.495684 north latitude, -84.687625 west longitude.

There are several ways to get here:


Shared Shuttle transportation

The rates for this method of transportion range from 40 to 50 USD per person. These are one-way prices.


Private transportation with driver

This service is usually provided in an air-conditioned minivan that can pick you up in the airport or in any location in Costa Rica. Prices can vary according to the location and time of year that you plan to travel. If you are traveling from the San Jose area, including San Jose International Airport (also referred to as Juan Santamaría International Airport), this service will cost 165 USD for a minivan of up to 7 passengers.

Extra US$35.00 charge for pick-ups at the Juan Santa Maria International Airport from 5 p.m to 5 a.m. 


Local Flights

Nature air offers regional flights from the San Jose area to a private airport located 20 minutes from La Fortuna. The smaller planes of Nature air depart to and from the Arenal Volcano area several times a week. Please take into consideration that you must add two local transfers to the total trip cost, one from your hotel in San Jose to the Pavas airport and the other one from the El Tanque private airport to the Arenal Volcano Inn.



This option is used by many tourists that prefer to rent their own car; some simply use a map to orient themselves, but a GPS rental is also offered by most car rental companies and are often well worth the extra money spent. See the driving directions from San Jose or Liberia below.


Self-drive directions from Juan Santamaria International Airport

This route starts at the Juan Santamaria International airport
1 Take the Pan-American Highway toward Guanacaste
2 Atenas intersection 10.2 km
3 Grecia intersection 18.9 km
4 Public toll and gas station 23 km
5 Naranjo intersection 27.5 km
6 Palmares intersection 35.8 km
7 San Ramon intersection, make a right turn here 40.7 km
If you have any problems please call the hotel for assistance 2479-1122.
We will restart the route at the 0 kilometer mark from the entrance to San Ramon; this is where we leave the Pan-American Highway and the take a secondary road to the Arenal Volcano Inn.
8 Go straight until the road ends  
9 Straight all way to the end of the road 1.7 km
10 Make a left then go one block, until you reach a traffic light  
11 Make a right at the light; you will be facing the hospital  
12 When you reach the small town of San Juan you will come to a green church; make a left 3.4 km
13 Pass the Los Angeles Norte town police station and a school 10.5 km
14 Pass the first bridge that crosses the La Balsa River and a school 14.5 km
15 Pass a second bridge that crosses the La Balsa River 19.9 km
16 Canopy San Luis and restaurant 22.5 km
  This is a good pit stop for clean restrooms that are free to use  
17 Pass the La Montaña, Christian camps 23.9 km
18 Pass the bridge over the Los Lagos River, with a small lake to your right 29 km
19 Intersection and old voluntary toll 40.4 km
  Make a right just a few meters before the toll  
20 Santa Clara town, Los Maderos bar and soccer field 46.2 km
  Make a left at Los Maderos bar  
21 Javillos town intersection, Javillos soda and bar, keep going straight 54.6 km
22 Los Angeles town, (Panaderia) Los Angeles bakery 65.6 km
23 Quarry (Quebrador) Rio la Fortuna 68.2 km
  The local airport is located here; it looks like an abandoned plantation  
24 El Tanque town, El Colono Store, follow the road 69.5 km
25 La Fortuna town (Arenal Volcano town) 76.7 km
26 La Fortuna cemetery 78.4 km
25 Arenal Volcano inn 83.2 km

Route from the International Airport to the Arenal Volcano Inn


Self-drive directions from Liberia International Airport

This route starts in Daniel Oduber International Airport
1 Town of Liberia  
2 Rincon Rio Corobici or Los Pumas Zoo 41.8 km
3 Cañas town 46.2 km
4 Cañas CCSS Hospital 48.2 km
5 Tilaran town 67.1 km
6 Gas station 70.6 km
7 Nuevo Arenal town 95.1 km
8 El Tapon dam in Arenal Lake 122.6 km
9 National Park and La Fortuna downtown intersection 125.3 km
10 Tabacon Hot Springs Resort 127.7 km
11 Arenal Volcano Inn Hotel and Spa 132.7 km

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