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Flights to Costa Rica

The best price found from United States to Costa Rica is on November 15th, 2016, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

DCA
Washington Ronald Reagan
from $142.00
SJO
San Jose Juan Santamaria

Getting around by air

Costa Rica is well connected by air to other Central and South American countries, as well as the USA.

Airports & Airlines

  • Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría International flights arrive here, 17km northwest of San José, in the town of Alajuela.

  • Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós This airport in Liberia also receives international flights from the USA, the Americas and Canada. It serves a number of American and Canadian airlines and some charters from London, as well as regional flights from Panama and Nicaragua.

  • Avianca (part of the Central American airline consortium Grupo TACA; www.avianca.com) The national airline flies to the USA and Latin America, including Cuba.

  • The US Federal Aviation Administration has assessed Costa Rica’s aviation authorities to be in compliance with international safety standards.

Tickets

Airline fares are usually more expensive during the Costa Rican high season (from December through April); December and January are the most expensive months to travel.

Departure Tax

  • There is a US$29 departure tax on all international outbound flights, payable in dollars or colones, though most carriers now include it in the ticket price.
  • At the Juan Santamaría and Liberia airports this tax can be paid in cash or by credit card; Banco de Costa Rica has an ATM by the departure-tax station. Note that credit-card payments are processed as cash advances, which often carry hefty fees.
  • Travelers will not be allowed through airport security without paying.

Central & Latin America

  • American Airlines (www.aa.com), Delta (www.delta.com), United (www.united.com) and US Airways (www.usairways.com) have connections to Costa Rica from many Central and Latin American countries. Grupo TACA usually offers the most flights on these routes.

  • Nature Air (www.natureair.com) flies from Liberia to Managua (Nicaragua). Note that rates vary considerably according to season and availability.

  • Grupo TACA offers daily direct flights to Caracas (Venezuela), Guatemala City (Guatemala) and San Salvador (El Salvador). TACA and Mexicana have daily flights to Mexico City, while both TACA and COPA have several flights a day to Panama City. Rates vary considerably according to season and availability.

Other Countries

  • Flights from Houston, Miami or New York are most common.
  • From Canada, most travelers to Costa Rica connect through US gateway cities, though Air Canada has direct flights from Toronto.
  • From the UK, Costa Rica is served by British Airways and Virgin, typically with at least one stop.
  • Flights from the UK and Europe connect either in the USA, Mexico City or Toronto. High-season fares may still apply during the northern summer, even though this is the beginning of the Costa Rican rainy season.
  • From Australia and New Zealand, travel routes usually go through the USA or Mexico. Fares are highest in June and July, even though this is the beginning of the rainy season in Costa Rica.