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San Jose Costa Rica Airport Information

Juan Santamaria International Airport & Tobias Bolanos Airport

The primary San Jose Costa Rica airport is called the Juan Santamaria International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaria in Spanish). Most international flights arrive at this airport, though more and more flights are arriving at Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia.

Juan Santamaria international is a relatively new airport that is located approximately 15km northwest of San Jose in the city of Alajuela, you can see it on the map below.


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San Jose Costa Rica Airport Hotels

Click above for a list of Alajuela hotels near the airport. Or look at San Jose Hotels.
Getting to and from Juan Santamaria International is easy. Taxis cost around $10-15 and will take you from Juan Santamaria airport to downtown San Jose about twenty minutes, or more than double that time during rush hour. Official airport taxis are orange and they charge a flat rate in advance.

Public buses provide a cheaper alternative and run regularly from 5am to 11pm. The cheapest is the red Tuasa bus which costs less than one dollar and takes about 45mins to get to San Jose.

The Interbus shuttle is another option that is quick and comfortable and costs less than a taxi, maybe $5-10. You must call ahead to arrange your pickup (506/283-5573).

For domestic flights you may be using the Tobias Bolanos airport, which is located in Pavas, just 4km outside of the capital city. This airport handles flights for NatureAir, one of Costa Rica's two domestic airlines, the other being SANSA. NatureAir is slightly more reliable, though more expensive than SANSA.


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