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Interbus or private transfer service to/from Arenal,Monteverde and MA?

Interbus or private transfer service to/from Arenal,Monteverde and MA?

Old Mar 15th, 2004, 03:58 AM
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Interbus or private transfer service to/from Arenal,Monteverde and MA?

Anyone have experience traveling around CR using Interbus, or know of any reputable private transfer services that can take us from San Jose to MA, Arenal and Montverde? How much does it cost per trip?
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Old Mar 15th, 2004, 09:27 AM
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Juliegirl,
We used Interbus for most of our travel in Feb. 2004. It is around $25/ per person. Based on my experience, I would use them again. It ended up to be easy and convenient. I wrote a report Costa Rica #1 w/info. and tips about booking Interbus and MA (search under Costa Rica). I hope this helps!
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We used Sunset Tours based in La Fortuna for a private transfer from the Tobias Bolanos airport in San Jose to Arenal, including a long stop at La Paz Waterfalls. The entire cost, including entrance fees and lunch for 4 at La Paz was $245.00. I think it would have been 150.00 without the stop. We weren't rushed and the driver was with us from 10:45 AM to about 6:00 PM.

I recommend them highly for transportation. The driver was waiting for us when our flight arrived - he was very nice and the van was relatively new and very clean.

contact info: Hilda Sandi at: [email protected]
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We took interbus from Arenal to San Jose. We got carsick, and it was one of the scarier drivers. But then again, if you look at some of the other poasts in the past couple of days, most of the drivers in Costa Rica are scary.
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We used private transfers arranged through our hotels.

From SJO to Monteverde was $110 for two of us. Monteverde to Arenal area was $25 each for the car-boat-car transfer. Arenal to SJO was $100 for the two of us. Taxis were cheap and easy to get everywhere we went--usually around $5.

We enjoyed having a driver--we learned a lot about the countryside and CR in general chatting with them on these long trips. Plus they stopped when they saw animals or came to scenic vistas.
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Old Mar 26th, 2004, 04:12 PM
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We (two of us) would like to use private transfers from SJO to Arenal on 4/14. If anybody else is arriving that day around noon and is interested in sharing a van to Arenal, please let me know! It would be approximately $25 per person - exactly how much it is to use Interbus but faster

Same goes for Monteverde to Manual Antonio on 4/18 (around 8am)
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We enjoyed our Interbus from the Hampton Inn in Alajuela (San Jose) to Arenal. Tabacon arranged it for us. We just got off our Sansa flight at noon, so catching the 1:30 pm Interbus at the Hampton Inn was perfect (Hampton Inn has free shuttle rides from the Airports - so you pretend you are a guest & get a ride there). It was a navy van & my hubby & I were the only ones on it, so it was like a private transfer for $25 each! I was never afraid of how he, (Freddie) drove, the roads weren't busy our day I guess because I don't recall being bothered & I certainly agree bad driving is terrifing. The roads are very curvy in areas but we went slow & I felt fine. Freddie stopped when requested (I wanted cow photos And he was happy to point out various crops etc. His English & our Spanish are limited so we didn't have lengthy conversations. It took 3 hours & that was including a stop at a road side gift/munchie shop. Our ride back was with the bigger white Interbus & we had 6 other passengers. Everyone had fun discussing their trips thus far. We would use Interbus again.

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