Domestic Carriers

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.


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    


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.


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