The bus station in La Fortuna is quite simple with only one bay and a few bus routes. As you can see from below, there are only three buses to Tilaran from La Fortuna each day – 7:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m and 5:00 p.m. We caught the 7:30 a.m. bus out of town. The fare was c5375 for both of us or about $10 or $5 each.
I don’t trust schedules. The bus actually came at 8 a.m. not 7:30 a.m. and got to Tilaran at 10:00 a.m. Still, we enjoy hanging out next door at the little soda I wrote about here San Jose to La Fortuna.
The bus was modern and comfortable enough but I don’t recall it having AC so make sure that the seat you select has a window that will open.
The Trip (bring Dramamine)
Ok, I have been dreaming about this trip for a while. The map below shows the route around the lake. I had a vision of having panoramic views of the lake so I sat on the left side facing forward. Well, the google map below hides the fact the road is quite curvy and many times the lake view is obscured by trees. I could live without the view but the trip was too curvy for me to want to take it again. The bus got me from point A to B but I won’t be choosing this route again, if I can help it.
Arriving at Tilaran
Tilaran is a nice, small little town with a small bus station from the limited time I spent there. I think you can get to Canas, San Jose and Monteverde from here.
A few pictures of the town center and main church and park that are traditional in Costa Rica towns.
Tilaran to San Jose
The bus home to San Jose was modern and comfortable. It left at 9:30 a.m. and cost c3,950 or about $8 per person. The bus stopped at the airport (SJO) if you need to catch a flight out.
Recent photo of “current” schedule