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Arenal Sky Tram Aerial Tram: Everything You Need To Know

Arenal Sky Tram Aerial Tram: Everything You Need To Know

Last updated on July 19th, 2021 at 05:19 pm GMT-6 (Costa Rica time)

Written by Nikki Solano

Nikki is the CEO of Pura Vida! eh? Inc. (Costa Rica Discounts), and the author of the guidebooks Moon Costa Rica (2019, 2021, 2023, and 2025 editions) and Moon Best of Costa Rica (2022 edition) from Moon Travel Guides. Together with her Costa Rican husband, Ricky, she operates the Costa Rica Travel Blog, created the online community DIY Costa Rica, built the Costa Rica Destination Tool, oversees the brand-new (summer 2023) Costa Rica Travel Shop, and designed the Costa Rica Trip Planning 101 E-Course. Also, Nikki wrote the Costa Rica cover feature for Wanderlust Magazine's sustainability-focused Travel Green List issue, showcased Costa Rica destinations and experiences on Rick Steves' Monday Night Travel show and podcast/radio show, and served as the Costa Rica Destination Editor for Essentialist, a luxury travel brand. Want to show your appreciation for her free article below? Thank Nikki here. ❤️️

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We know the Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram well because we’ve ridden it more than once

As we mentioned in our related blog post Sky Adventures Arenal: Ziplining, Hanging Bridges, And Tram Rides In La Fortunawe’ve been visiting Sky Adventures‘s Arenal (La Fortuna) and Monteverde (Santa Elena) adventure parks and experiencing the company’s adventure and nature tours for more than a decade. In that article, we detailed Sky Adventures‘s entire Arenal operation, including their Arenal Sky Trek canopy ziplining tour, their Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram ride, their Arenal Sky Walk hanging bridges, their Arenal Sky Limit obstacle course, their Arenal Sky River Drift tubing tour, their Arenal Sky Wild kayaking tour, their Arenal Sky Wild biking tour, and their on-site facilities including free lockers, free parking, dining opportunities, and more. If you’re interested in learning about the various tours, activities, and services that are available at the Sky Adventures Arenal Park, please see the article linked to above. If you’re specifically interested in learning about Sky Adventures‘s Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram ride, please continue reading below.

Arenal Sky Tram experience

Unlike the scenery you’ll be treated to at the Sky Adventures Monteverde Park, which includes endless views of cloud forest ecosystems, the view you’ll get while riding the Arenal Sky Tram is one that spans the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Sky Tram rides are a great way to view Costa Rica’s treetop canopy from above, which often surprises viewers with sightings of playful monkeys and tropical birds.

At the Sky Adventures Arenal Park, you can ride the Sky Tram on its own or as part of the Sky Trek canopy ziplining tour. On its own, you’ll ride the tram up to the top of the rainforest and down again, ending where you departed at Sky Adventures‘s operations center. As part of the Sky Trek canopy ziplining tour, after riding the tram in one direction (up to the top of the rainforest), you’ll zipline down to Sky Adventures‘s operations center.

Arenal Sky Tram duration and tour times

Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour average duration Approximately 1 hour
Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour times 8:00am, 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:30am, 11:30am,
1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm

Arenal Sky Tram tour costs

Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour cost per adult original cost $48.00
discount available here
Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour cost per student (13-25 years) original cost $40.00
discount available here
Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour cost per child (6-12 years) original cost $33.00
discount available here
Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram tour cost per child (0-5 years) $0.00
details here

Arenal Sky Tram logistics

A one-way Sky Tram ride at the Sky Adventures Arenal Park lasts approximately 20 minutes when counting from the moment the tram compartment departs from Sky Adventures‘s operations center until the moment the tram compartment arrives at a platform at the top of the rainforest.

If you’re experiencing the Sky Tram ride as part of the Sky Trek canopy ziplining tour, you’ll only ride the tram one way (to the top of the rainforest). Once you disembark at the platform at the top of the rainforest, you’ll begin the ziplining portion of the tour and you won’t return to (or ride) the tram again.

If you reserve the Sky Tram ride only (i.e., if you do not plan to participate in the Sky Trek canopy ziplining tour), you’ll ride the tram both ways (to the top of the rainforest and back down again). You’ll be given approximately 20 minutes to explore the platform at the top of the rainforest. During that time, you can take in beautiful views of the rainforest, snap photos, and scan the forest canopy for birds and wildlife. Just off the platform is a short nature trail that you’re welcome to explore on foot. The trail will introduce you to flora native to the area, including large elephant-ear plants, cecropia plants (a sloth’s favorite!), and striking heliconias. Once you re-board the tram compartment, you’ll spend approximately 20 minutes riding it back to the operations center. The ride will complete your 1-hour Sky Tram aerial tram experience.

Arenal Sky Tram minimum age limit

There is currently no minimum age limit imposed on individuals who are interested in riding the Sky Tram.

Arenal Sky Tram maximum weight limit

There is currently no maximum weight limit imposed on individuals who are interested in riding the Sky Tram.

Young travelers and travelers with disabilities

Sky Tram rides are family-friendly. What’s more, children (ages 0-5 years) are welcome to ride the Sky Tram in Arenal for free with a paying adult.

The Sky Tram aerial tram compartments at the Sky Adventures Arenal Park are spacious and accessible to people with a variety of disabilities, including individuals who use walkers and/or wheelchairs. The platform at the top of the cloud forest, which boasts an incredible view of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding rainforest, is also wheelchair accessible.

Arenal Sky Tram discounts

Don’t miss our Sky Tram aerial tram ride discounts:

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride (Arenal)
Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride and Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Arenal)

Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (includes one-way tram ride) and Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Arenal)

QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you experienced the Arenal Sky Tram aerial tram ride before? If so, what did you enjoy about the experience?

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Arenal Sky Tram Aerial Tram: Everything You Need To Know
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