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Thursday, June 04, 2009

How to get to | Costa Rica

This is part of a series of blog entries on how to get to countries and places. Here is a link to the index. I plan to eventually cover every country and some other places. If you have a request for a particular country or place please use the email me link at top right, or leave a comment.

Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia

Visitors to Costa Rica can arrive by cruise ship, by bus from Panama or Nicaragua (some buses originate in a few other Central American countries), and by air. Several airlines fly to Costa Rica (San Jose and Liberia except where noted) including:

  • Star Alliance - Air Canada, Continental, United (Liberia only), US Airways
  • Oneworld - American, Iberia (San Jose only), Mexicana (San Jose only)
  • Sky Team - Delta
  • Other selected - TACA

TIP Be careful flights are booked to the correct San Jose. The Costa Rican San Jose has an airport code of SJO, whereas the Californian one has an airport code of SJC.

TIP - some fares to Costa Rica are common-rated with other Central American destinations. This means if there is a cheap fare advertised to say San Salvador (El Salvador) or Managua (Nicaragua) there may also be cheap fares to Costa Rica.

TIP - the market is fairly competitive from many major US cities. When TACA has a sale other airlines typically match.

UPDATED November 2009 - Mexicana joins Oneworld and Continental switch from Sky Team to Star Alliance. No change to advice.

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