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Book a shared shuttle or private car
from San Jose to La Fortuna

  • Door-to-door in 2 h 44 min from €28
  • World-class customer service
  • Safe, licensed driver
  • Up to 70% less emissions

Daytrip offers a perfect solution for every budget and travel style - a shared shuttle departing five times a day with a small group of up to 10 passengers, or a private car where you're in charge of the itinerary and schedule. Both options will get you from San Jose to La Fortuna, door-to-door, in about 2 hours 44 minutes in unmatched safety and comfort.

Trip Information

Meet-and-Greet at your accommodation in San Jose
Comfortable, air-conditioned car or van with a professional, English speaking driver and complimentary bottled water
Drop-off at your accomodation in La Fortuna
World-class, English-speaking customer service team at your disposal
  • 2 h 44 min
  • 131 km
  • door-to-door

Optional sightseeing itinerary

Private service only

Stops available with a private car

Britt Coffee Tour

Britt Coffee Tour

How is coffee made and why is Costa Rica's so delicious? Find out on a fun and informative tour at this eco-friendly plantation. The Magical Fruit 

Museo Historico Cultural Juan Santamaria

Museo Historico Cultural Juan Santamaria

Costa Rica’s history, and especially the life of its national hero, is detailed in this fascinating free museum. A Hero’s History 

Los Chorros Waterfalls

Los Chorros Waterfalls

Two powerful cascades roaring in the lush jungle. The Jets 

Else Kientzler Garden

Else Kientzler Garden

This lush botanical garden is home to tropical plants from around the world. Transnational Tropical Treats 

Proyecto Asis

Proyecto Asis

This nonprofit help preserve wildlife, and lets visitors pitch-in themselves. Wild Assistance 

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

One of Costa Rica’s most iconic waterfalls paints a postcard-perfect picture of jungle beauty. A Jungle Gem 

Why people love Daytrip

TripAdvisor rating10 May, 2023

Great site for booking transport, very easy

Really great site, I highly recommend it if you’re looking for long transport. You’re paying for convenience and being able to book on your own time, in advance and not have to wait for public transit. We booked 3 rides in Costa Rica: San Jose to La Fortuna, La Fortuna to Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio to San Jose. The communication before and during the trip was great, very easy process. Our driver for the first and last ride was Cesar Matamoros, he was great! He spoke English and Spanish and was very knowledgeable about the country. We learned a lot from him! Our other driver for the second trip was named Jason and he mainly spoke Spanish. We added a stop during the ride at a beautiful garden and he waited for us while we explored. And he added a bonus stop for us to the crocodile bridge!

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TripAdvisor rating23 Oct, 2023

Seville to Tarifa Trip - Excellent Experience

We were visiting Seville with the next stop on our vacation being Tangier, Morocco. Unfortunately, there were no trains to take us from Seville to the Port of Tarifa to board the ferry to Morocco. We could take the train to another city, and then a bus, or take a bus direct to Tarifa. Neither appealed to us and a friend recommended DayTrip for a personal driver to take us to the port. The booking experience on their website was extremely easy to follow and they even offered several tours we could add to our trip. Unfortunately, the timing didn't line up and we had to go straight to the port. A few days in advance, I received an email with the driver's information, his car information, and a picture. The morning we were checking out, our driver arrived early but we got locked out of our room with our luggage inside due to a faulty door lock. Our day started out very stressful, but our driver, Pedro, assured us that we were not an inconvenience and that we had plenty of time to make it to the port. After resolving the issue with the door lock, Pedro took our bags and loaded up the car. He was dressed very professionally and had water waiting for us. During our drive, he offered some small talk and pointed out a few interesting sites. He also stopped at a roadside cafe for my friend to get a much-needed coffee. He drove safely for the entire three hours and never once made us feel unsafe. I am so grateful we chose to use DayTrip rather than the bus. First, we would have missed the bus because of our door issue, and second, it was much less stressful being able to sit in the back of a nice car while being driven the three hours. Pedro was so very kind to us the entire trip. Yes, it was more expensive to use DayTrip than the bus, but the benefits outweighed the cost. We were able to decide what time we wanted to be picked up, if we wanted, we could have added additional stops, and we could relax rather than sit amongst 2-3 dozen other people on a cramped bus. Had we not already had transportation scheduled for our trips in Morocco, we would have booked DayTrip again.

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Good to know

Traveling with children

If you're traveling with children, please let us know in the booking so we can get the appropriate child seats or boosters ready.

Pets and service animals

While pets are not allowed on the shared shuttle service, they can generally be accommodated on our private service from San Jose to La Fortuna. For inquiries about service dogs, please contact us before booking.


Gratuity isn’t included or required, but if you really enjoyed your trip, you can show your driver your appreciation with an optional tip (10% is sufficient).

Tickets & cancellations

Private trips can be changed or canceled up to 24 hours before departure.

For shared shuttles, we offer a range of ticket types to suit every traveler's needs (and budget).

Super-flexible: You're covered in case of train/plane delays or any other unexpected changes; reschedule (subject to availability) or get a full refund up to 15 minutes before departure!

Flexible: Change or cancel up to 24-hours before departure, but you won't receive a refund if you miss your pick-up.

Non-refundable: No changes or cancellations, and you won't receive a refund if you miss your departure.


  • Big luggage
  • 29x21x11 inches
  • 74x53x28 cm
  • Small luggage
  • 22x14x9 inches
  • 56x36x23 cm

Each passenger is allowed to have one checked bag and one carry on. If you're traveling with more bags or oversized luggage, take a private car.

Booking and payment

Ride availability is shown in real-time and bookings are confirmed instantly. Pay securely online with your major credit card.

You can also purchase tickets directly from the driver in cash if seats are available.


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