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Flights to Costa Rica

The best price found from United States to Costa Rica is on May 7th, 2018, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $118.00
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 US.

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 US, 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 Colombian-owned airline is regarded as the national airline of Costa Rica and flies to the US and Latin America, including Cuba.

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.
  • If fees are not included in your ticket, travelers will not be allowed through airport security without paying.

Central & Latin America

  • American Airlines (www.aa.com), Delta (www.delta.com) and United (www.united.com) have connections to Costa Rica from many Central and Latin American countries. Avianca 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.

  • Avianca offers direct flights to Caracas (Venezuela), Guatemala City (Guatemala), Panama City (Panama) and San Salvador (El Salvador). TACA and Mexicana have daily flights to Mexico City, and COPA also has multiple 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 US, 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, routes usually go through the US or Mexico. Fares are highest in June and July, even though this is the beginning of the rainy season in Costa Rica.