Private flights

Regular domestic flights are perfect if you don’t have much time in your itinerary, or if you don’t like long road trips. Save time and enjoy Costa Rica as if you were a bird!

There are two domestic airlines that offer regular scheduled flights within Costa Rica: Nature Air and Sansa. Both airlines use Juan Santamaria International Airport as their hub, and offer regular flights to and from the same airstrips located in the most popular destinations of the country.

Important Information: luggage restrictions

  • Checked luggage: 1 piece with maximum weight of 40 lbs./18kgs
  • Carry-on luggage: 1 piece with maximum weight of 10 lbs./4.5kgs
  • Excess baggage have an extra charge according to airline policies, and is charged at the airport.
  • Check-in at the airport for domestic flights must be 45 minutes prior the flight departure.
  • Golf and fishing equipment, surfboards, bicycles and musical instruments are subject to space and have an extra charge per piece.
  • Some other policies on baggage are applied.

Driving times vs Flight Times

In the following chart you can find the comparison between driving times and flight times from San José to the most popular Costa Rica destinations:

**Flight times are approximate

  • SJ – Quepos: 3 hours - 17min
  • SJ – Tamarindo: 3 hours - 31min
  • SJ – Arenal: 3:30 hours - 17min
  • SJ – Puerto Jimenez: 8 hours – 37 minutes
  • SJ – Tortuguero: 5 hours - 17min
  • SJ – Tambor: 5 hours - 17min

*** It is also possible to book private charter flights, using airplanes and helicopters. Please contact one of our agents to know more about these luxury services.


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