map of costa rica air routes

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There are four international airports in Costa Rica; Limon International Airport, Juan Santamaria International, Tobias Bolanos International Airport, and Daniel Oduber Quiros.

Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO), Alajuela

The oldest and largest airport in Costa Rica is Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) located 16km from San Jose in Alajuela and services the Central Valley region north of San Jose. The airport was named after the nation’s hero, Juan Santamaria, who died fighting in the Battle of Rivas, against US-American filibuster William Walker. It was recently ranked as the third top airport and the most improved airport within Latin America.

There are over 20 airlines that operate out of this airport and nonstop flights to 44 cities. The major operator is Avianca, followed by Copa Airlines. If you’re traveling to Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, or the Caribbean coast, you should fly in to San Jose. The airport offers a variety of souvenir shops such as ‘Tico Corner’ and “Britt Shop Costa Rica’, cafes, duty free stores, and a fast food court.
-There is a $26 tax for departing flights.-

The VIP Lounge Costa Rica is a business located on the lower level of the main terminal. It is reserved for Priority Pass members, business travelers and first class passengers from certain airlines and companies. Telephones, fax, television, newspapers, and magazines are accessible in the VIP Lounge Costa Rica.

San Jose is a popular location to start just about any travel journey in Costa Rica. In fact, most travelers fly into SJO and use the extensive public bus system to travel to virtually any city in Costa Rica.

From North America, the airlines with direct flights to Costa Rica are as follows: Air Canada, American Airlines, Continental, Delta, Frontier, Grupo Taca, JetBlue, Spirit Air, United, and US Airways. Most flights from the United States last between 3 and 7 hours.

If you are traveling from Europe, Lberia is the only airline with regular routes to San Jose.

Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR), Liberia

Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia is convenient for travelers to the Guanacaste region and Nicoya Peninsula.

Despite its small size, this is the second most important international airport in Costa Rica. The airport is named after the first Costa Rican president Daniel Oduber Quiros. If you’re heading towards the beach, it is better to fly into Liberia to avoid the hassle of making connecting flights or driving from San Jose, which can last up to 5 hours in a car or, by bus. It features a variety of services such as a migration office, emergency medical department, refueling service, a fire brigade department, Internet, and cafeteria. The airport recently constructed an international terminal between April 2010 and October 2011. It opened in January 2012.

Liberia airport receives daily flights from places around Costa Rica and the entire world. There are 16 airlines that operate from Liberia airport. Outside of domestic flights, the most frequent connections are between the US and Canada.

map of airports in Costa Rica

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Juan Santamaria International Airport, Alajuela

Daniel Oduber International Airport, Guanacaste

Air Canada Air Canada
Air Transat American Airlines
American Airlines Avianca
Avianca Copa Airlines
Condor Delta Airlines
United Airlines Jet Blue
Aeromexico Frontier Airlines
Copa Airlines United Airlines
Delta Airlines US Airways
Frontier Airlines WestJet
Interjet Air Transat
JetBlue Sun Country Airlines
Spirit Airlines Sunwing
US Airways Avianca El Salvador
Air Panama Sansa Airlines
Avianca Costa Rica Nature Air
Sansa Airlines
Sunwing Airlines


Domestic Airlines
Nature Air


Contact information for major airports in Costa Rica:
Juan Santamaria (SJO) Airport Telephone: 2437-2626
Liberia (LIR) Telephone: 2668-1010

Airline Contact
Air Canada 1-506-2441-8025
America West 1-506-2430-6690
American Airlines 1-506-2442-8800
Continental Airlines 1-506-2442-1904
Copa 1-506-2441-4742
Delta 1-506-2440-4805
Spirit 1-800-2756-7117
TACA 1-506-2443-3555
US Airways 1-506-2430-6690


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City served


Airport name

Liberia Guanacaste Daniel Oduber International Airport
Limón Limón Limón International Airport
San José San José Juan Santamaría International Airport
San José San José Tobías Bolaños International Airport
Barra del Colorado,Pococí Limón Barra del Colorado Airport
Carrillo Guanacaste Carrillo Airport
Coto 47 Puntarenas Coto 47 Airport
Drake Bay Puntarenas Drake Bay Airport
Golfito Puntarenas Golfito Airport
Guápiles,Pococí Limón Guápiles Airport
La Fortuna Alajuela La Fortuna Airport
Los Chiles Alajuela Los Chiles Airport
Nosara Guanacaste Nosara Airport
Palmar Sur Puntarenas Palmar Sur Airport
Puerto Jiménez Puntarenas Puerto Jiménez Airport
Punta Islita Guanacaste Punta Islita Airport
Quepos Puntarenas Quepos La Managua Airport
San Isidro de El General San José Pérez Zeledón Airport
Tamarindo Guanacaste Tamarindo Airport
Tambor Puntarenas Tambor Airport
Tortuguero Limón Tortuguero Airport
Upala Alajuela Upala Airport
Buenos Aires Puntarenas Buenos Aires Airport
Cabo Velas Puntarenas Cabo Velas Airport
Chacarita Puntarenas Chacarita Airport
Dieciocho Puntarenas Dieciocho Airport (military)
El Carmen de Siquirres Limón El Carmen de Siquirres Airport
Finca 63 Puntarenas Finca 63 Airport
La Flor Guanacaste La Flor Airport
Las Piedras Guanacaste Las Piedras Airport
Laurel Puntarenas Laurel Airport
Nicoya Guanacaste Nicoya Guanacaste Airport
Nuevo Palmar Sur Puntarenas Nuevo Palmar Sur Airport
Palo Arco Guanacaste Palo Arco Airport
Pandora Limón Pandora Airport
San Alberto Limón San Alberto Airport
Santa Clara de Guapiles Limón Santa Clara de Guapiles Airport
Santa Maria de Guacimo Limón Santa Maria de Guacimo Airport
San Vito de Java Puntarenas San Vito de Java Airport