• From Europe There are several direct flights from Europe to Costa Rica with Iberia, Condor and Air Berlin.   There are also... VIEW

    There are several direct flights from Europe to Costa Rica with Iberia, Condor and Air Berlin.

     

    There are also other flights to Central America, where you can make connections in the region with Avianca Taca Airlines or, if you prefer, connect by boat or motor coach

     

    Stopover in USA:

     

    Several companies fly to Costa Rica. Including: American Airlines (http://www.aa.com) and US Airways (http://www.usairways.com/) through Denver, Philadelphia or Miami.

    Flights from Europe:

     

    Iberia Airlines has daily flights to Costa Rica.

     

    To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at:  www.iberia.com.

     

    Condor: Flies from Frankfurt to Costa Rica Mondays and Thursdays.

     

    To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: www.condor.com

     

    Avianca Taca Airlines has daily flights with frequent departures connecting the seven countries of Central America and offering excellent service.

     

    To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: www.aviancataca.com

     

  • From CentroAmerica You can travel from Costa Rica to the other countries of Central America (Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras,... VIEW

    You can travel from Costa Rica to the other countries of Central America (Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá):

     

    By air:

     

    There are daily flights with frequent departures to the seven countries of the region, offering excellent service.

    - Copa Airlines: has flights connecting Costa Rica with Panamá, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

       To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://www.copaair.com

     

     - Avianca Taca Airlines: have daily flights with frequent departures to the seven countries of the region, offering excellent service.

     

    To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at:  www.aviancataca.com

     

    By sea:

     

    Given the number of rivers that run through the country, you can leave Costa Rica for its neighbouring countries by boat:

     

    To Nicaragua: leaving the border territory of Los Chiles, you can take a launch on río Frío to San Carlos (Nicaragua). This service runs only from Mondays through Fridays.

     

    To Panamá: From Cahuita (Puerto Viejo) to Bocas del Toro, you can take a motor launch for a pleasant trip of about 3 hours. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://caribeshuttle.com/

    By land:

     

    Another possibility is to travel from Costa Rica to the other Central American countries by motor coach. Several companies offer this service:

     

    Tica Bus: connects the country to Panamá, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras (Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula) and Guatemala. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://www.ticabus.com/

     

    Transnica: connects Costa Rica with Nicaragua and Honduras. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://nuevo.transnica.com/

     

    Costa Rica Shuttle: travels from Guanacaste to Managua and Granada (Nicaragua) (http://www.costaricashuttleservice.com/rates.html)

     

  • Inside Costa Rica By air:   Costa Rica has various international airports, the most important being Juan Santamaría (SJO), in... VIEW

    By air:

     

    Costa Rica has various international airports, the most important being Juan Santamaría (SJO), in San José. Others include son el Tobías Bolaños international airport (SYQ), also in San José, Daniel Oduber international airport (LIR), in Liberia and  Limón international airport (LIO), in Limón.

     

    It also has numerous national airports: Barra del Colorado (BCL), Buenos Aires (BAI), Carrillo (PLD), Coto 47 (OTR), Drake Bay (DRK), Golfito (GLF), Guápiles (GPL), La Fortuna (FON), Los Chiles (LSL), Nosara (NOB), Palmar Sur (PMZ), Puerto Jiménez (PJM), Punta Islita (PBP), Quepos (XQP), San Isidro de El General, Tamarindo (TNO), Tambor (TMU), Tortuguero (TTQ) and Upala (UPL).

     

    The national airlines, Sansa Regional (http://www.flysansa.com/) and  Nature Air, (http://www.natureair.es/) facilitate the connections between the different national airports and are a great help as you get to know the country.

     

    You can also contract aero taxi services with Air Charter Service for taking you to several tourist destinations.  (http://www.airchartercentralamerica.com/)

     

    By Water:

     

    Costa Rica has 6 cruise ship ports,  4 on the Pacific Coast (Caldera, Puntarenas, Golfito and Quepos) and 2 on Caribbean (Moín and Limon). A number of shipping lines and cruise ship companies call at Costa Rican ports, such as Royal Caribbean (http://www.royalcaribbean.es/), Carnival Cruises (http://www.carnival.com/) and Princess Cruises (http://www.princess.com/).

     

    The country also has piers for small craft, such as Playa de Coco, Los sueños, Bahía Pez vela/Quepos, Papagayo and Flamingo.

     

    By land:

     

    The Inter-American or Pan-American Highway crosses Costa Rica from North to South, from La Cruz on the border with Nicaragua, to Paso Canoas on the border with Panamá. The country has a network of paved roads that facilitate communications with every corner of the national territory and the rest of Central America, the principal routs being, National Route 32 connecting the Province of Heredia with Port Limon.

     

    There are several motor carriage companies that travel to Costa Rica’s principal cities. These include:

     

    - Interbus ( https://www.interbusonline.com/ ),

    - Gray line (http://www.graylinecostarica.com/),

    - Costa Rica by bus (http://www.costaricabybus.com/),

    - Costa Rica Shuttle (http://www.costaricashuttleservice.com/rates.html)

     

    If you prefer to rent an automobile, there are numerous rental companies, both local and international:

     

    - Europcar (http://www.europcar.co.cr),

    - Avis (http://www.avis.co.cr/)

    - Budget (http://www.budget.co.cr),

    - Vamos (http://vamos4x4.com),  

    - National car (http://www.natcar.com/main.cfm),

    - Tricolor rental (http://www.tricolorcarrental.com/)

    - Mapache rent a car (http://www.mapache.com/)

     

    There are details you must be aware of when renting an automobile:

     

    - The minimum age for renting a vehicle is 21 , although some companies require a minimum age of 25 years.

     

    - Upon delivery and use of a vehicle you are required to present a passport and a valid driver’s license.

     

    - Upon delivery of the vehicle, the company will require you to make a deposit, estimated between US$750 and  US$2000, depending on the company and type of vehicle. The deposit must be made with a credit card, they do not accept cash or debit cards.

     

    - A basic insurance policy is mandatory (LDW), depending on the vehicle and rental company.

     

    - There are other policies available. Ask the agent about these before receiving the vehicle and make sure you are well aware of what the policy covers and what it does not cover.

     

    - Rental vehicles may only be used within the territory of Costa Rica. If you want to leave the country, you should consult the possibility with the rental company, it is not always permitted.

     

    - Each of the persons that are authorized to drive the vehicle must be registered upon signing the rental contract. There may be a cost per additional driver.

     

    Costa Rica has a large fleet of taxis all over the country, which are identified by their red colour, including rural taxies with four-wheel drive. The taxi service for the Juan Santamaría international airport is differentiated by their orange colour.  For more information: http://www.costaricataxi.com/

    How to travel between the main tourist destinations:

     

    San José -Tortuguero: there are several ways of getting to one of the most important tourist destinations of Costa Rica. The trip by road will take around 5 hours. Take National Route 32 from San José to Guapiles. From there take the highway towards Cariari, which is a river port, from where you have access to Tortuguero by launch.  Nature Air also has a daily, 30-minute flight from Tobias Bolaños International Airport.

     

    San José – Southern Pacific coast: The Inter-American Highway connects these points, however it is a 7 to 10 hour trip. The Nature Air and Sansa airline companies offer flights to several tourist destinations in the Southern Pacific zone, such as: Bahía Drake, Osa Peninsula , Puerto Jimenez and Golfito, which greatly shorten your travelling time.

     

    Southern Pacific coast- main destinations: due to the dense vegetation in the region, we strongly recommend using one of the tour guide services, specialized in the zone.

     

    Palmar Sur to Puerto Jimenez: This trip can take over 2 hours (depending on weather conditions). Take highway 2 to Chacarita and highway 245 to Puerto Jimenez.

     

    Palmar Sur to Golfito: This route can take over an hour (depending on weather conditions). Take highway 2 to Guaria and highway 14 to Golfito.

     

    Manuel Antonio – Southern Pacific coast: to travel between these two natural parks, you can go by road, taking highway 34 to Palmar Sur. If you prefer flying, Nature Air and Sansa offer this connection.

     

    Tortuguero - Arenal: You can catch a launch from the dock at Caño Blanco to Guapiles and there take a series of highways (32, 4, 126, 140, 250, 751 and 142). Since you have to change roads so many times, we highly recommend you always travel with a map or  GPS, should you wish to get there on your own.

     

    San José – Puntarenas - Playa Tambor: travelling to Playa Tambor from San José, you can take the Inter-American Highway to Puntarenas and a ferry to Playa Tambor.(http://www.nicoyapeninsula.com/)

     

    Puntarenas – Nicoya Peninsula: There is a ferry service that communicates Puntarenas to several parts of the Peninsula of Nicoya. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://www.vivacostarica.com/

     

  • Local Tours

    Information about companies that offer local tours in Costa Rica:

  • Car rental

    Information about car rental companies around the area:

     

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