Air Travel in Costa Rica

Airport in Costa Rica

Costa Rica has two main airports which receive international and internal flights. Plus there are numerous smaller airports which you can get to via a short internal flight. The two main airports are the Juan Santamaría Airport in the Alajuela Province and only 20km from San José city, and the Daniel Oduber Airport, near the city of Liberia in the Guanacaste Province. It is necessary to pay a departure tax of $26USD.

Major Airlines

Grupo TACA is the main Latin American airline which operates throughout North, South and Central America.. The Costa Rican internal strand is called SANSA ( and LACSA ( operates throughout the U.S and Latin America.

Juan Santamaría Airport is useful for starting off your trip in San José or anywhere in the Central Valley or for heading towards the caribbean coast. Flights to and from the US, Canada, Europe and Latin America use this airport.

Air Canada

Air Comet (Madrid)

Air Panama

American Airlines

Condor Airlines (Frankfurt, Germany)

Copa Airlines (within Latin America)

Cubana de Aviación (Cuba)

Iberia (Madrid and London)

Martin Air (Amsterdam & U.S)


Virgin Atlantic (UK package deals)

Daniel Oduber Airport is perfect for exploring the Pacific coast and the Nicoya Peninsula, it is also popular with tour companies running package deals..

Air Canada

American Airlines

Continental Airlines (U.S)

Delta Airlines (U.S & Latin America)

First Choice (UK Package deals)

Sky Service

Domestic Flights

  • Sansa (
  • Paradise Air (
  • Nature Air (

These are all popular airlines for taking short internal trips. Using light aircraft or helicopter, these companies can pick up and drop off all over Costa Rica. Although not the most economical option, it does save a lot of time and cuts a 5 hour bus journey into a 40 minute plane ride!

Eco-Friendly Air Travel

  • Nature Air is a particularly good choice if you are interested in doing your bit for the environment. Since 2004 Nature Air has been compensating for all C02 emissions by investing the dollar equivalent in the restoration of rainforests in Costa Rica and therefore helping Costa Rica work towards being a completely sustainable country.

Flights with Nature Air from San José leave from the Tobías Bolaños Airport.