Airways / Domestic Flights

Considering its convoluted topography and the poor condition of some of Costa Rica's main thoroughfares, domestic flights are a sensible and popular means of travel within the country. For the price of a domestic flight, an entire day to road travel can be readily exchanged with a 30-minute journey by plane.

SANSA and Travelair are the major domestic airlines. These planes travel to all major destinations within the isthmus for competitive fares.

Travelair has a maximum luggage allowance of 25 kilos per passenger, and charges $15 each way for oversize items like surfboards or bikes. SANSA allows 12 kilos per passenger and charges $7 for oversized items.

SANSA

Throughout the year, SANSA offers daily service from San José to the following destinations. Round-trip fares range from US$88 for shorter, more popular flights to US$132 for flights to remote destinations. One-way fares are half the price of a round-trip ticket.

Barra del Colorado

 

Punta Islita

Coto 47

 

Quepos

Golfito

 

Samara

Liberia

 

Tamarindo

Nosara

 

Tambor

Palmar Sur

 

Tortuguero

Puerto Jimenez

   

 

TRAVELAIR

During the high-season (December 1 - April 16), Travelair offers daily service from San José to the following destinations. High-season round-trip fares range from US$87 for shorter, more popular flights to US$185 for trips to remote destinations like Carate. One-way fares are half the price of a round-trip ticket.

During the low-season (April 17 - November 30), Travelair offers daily service to the following destinations, excluding the flight to Nosara. Low-season fares are almost exactly the same price as high-season fares.

Barra del Colorado

 

Palmar Sur

Carate

 

Puerto Jiménez

Carrillo

 

Punta Islita

Drake Bay

 

Quepos

Golfito

 

Tamarindo

Liberia

 

Tambor

Nosara

 

Tortuguero

There are a number of companies that offer private charter planes. The costs depend on the number of passengers, plus landing fees and the time the pilot waits for the return trip.

To learn more about international flights, visit our Flights section.

 


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