Find cheap flights to Costa Rica from $79

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Best round-trip prices found by our users on KAYAK in the last 72 hours

MOST POPULARSan José
2+ stops from $180
1 stop from $234
1 stop from $243
Liberia
Nonstop from $211
Nonstop from $283
Nonstop from $363

Good to know

Low season

May

High season

December

Cheapest flight

$79

Good deal round-trip

$224

Good deal one-way

$96
Best time to beat the crowds with an average 5% drop in price.
Most popular time to fly with an average 15% increase in price.
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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Costa Rica

  • Looking for cheap airfare to Costa Rica? 25% of our users found tickets to Costa Rica for the following prices or less: From Fort Lauderdale $115 one-way - $269 round-trip, from Atlanta $127 one-way - $288 round-trip, from Newark $190 one-way - $412 round-trip
  • Book at least 2 weeks before departure in order to get a below-average price.
  • High season is considered to be January, November and December. The cheapest month to fly from the United States is May.
  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Costa Rica flight deals.
  • The choice of your arrival airport when booking your flight to Costa Rica depends on which part of the country you’re intending to tour, whether it’s military museums in the capital city or the pacific beaches in the west-southwest of the city of Liberia. Nevertheless, Costa Rica has two main international airports located in San Jose (SJO) and Liberia (LIR).
  • If you’re planning to visit multiple cities in Costa Rica, consider reserving a flight that arrives at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), which serves the country’s capital, San Jose. As the main getaway and the busiest airport in Costa Rica, it offers numerous connections to other destinations, and you are thus sure of getting a flight that fits your itinerary.
  • Are you planning to spend your time in Costa Rica touring east-central Costa Rica? In that case, it might be convenient to book flights that arrive at Cartago, which is one of the popular cities in this region. The town hosts Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ).
  • Travelers looking to explore the north-central part of the country might have Heredia as a possible destination. To this end, consider reserving a flight that lands at an airport that serves this region. Juan Santamaria International Airport is one such facility, as it lies about six miles away.
  • Flights with one-stop layovers from New York to San Jose usually make layovers in their respective capitals. For instance, Copa Airlines makes a stopover at Tocumen International Airport Panama (PTY) in Panama City, while Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is a major focus port for Spirit Airlines.
  • For most destinations throughout Costa Rica, flying into San Jose (SJO) is going to be quicker and more affordable than other airports. However, if you happen to be flying into Costa Rica specifically to go to the beaches in Guanacaste and the surrounding areas, it will be more convenient to fly into Costa Rica’s other international airport: Liberia Airport (LIR).
  • If you’re only traveling to Costa Rica, a flight into one of the major airports is the best option. However, if you’re looking to experience multiple cities, including the beaches in northern Costa Rica, it can be a good idea to fly into Managua, Nicaragua, and take the inexpensive bus to Liberia.
  • For travelers heading to the forest preserves in Monteverde, it can be confusing on whether to fly into San Jose or Liberia. Since Monteverde lies nearly an equal distance from both, it would be more convenient to fly into whichever city is closest to the other attractions on your Costa Rica itinerary.
  • There are many festivals that last several days in Costa Rica, and flight prices can skyrocket during these festivals. One of the most popular festivals is the Limón festival, which takes place over 2 weekends from October 11th through the 22nd. Unless you’re traveling specifically for the festival, you can save money by avoiding flights to Costa Rica during these weekends.
  • If you’re heading to Tamarindo, Costa Rica, you may be tempted to book a connecting flight from San Jose or Liberia Airport to the regional Tamarindo airstrip. A less expensive alternative to getting to the Tamarindo area from Liberia Airport is to take one of the shuttle buses that goes directly from LIR to Tamarindo.

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Top 5 airlines flying to Costa Rica

Scores according to KAYAK customer reviews
8.3
Alaska AirlinesOverall score based on 29427 reviews
83comfort
88crew
79food
85overall
79entertainment
85boarding
Airline reviews
Cons: "The seats barely reclinedwhich is the entire reason i fly business"
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Cons: "The seats barely reclinedwhich is the entire reason i fly business"
Pros: "The crew was amazing and easygoing. The best seat ever"
Pros: "I missed my flight."
Cons: "Help me get my money back for a miss understanding"
Pros: "Great premium class seats"
Cons: "Wish there were food options that didn’t include chocolate at every turn!"
Pros: "The flight was fine and comfortable"
Cons: "I just did not like that we were on flight for 6 hours and no food was given complimentary plus there was no vegetarian food at all to eat as we don’t eat meat at all"
Pros: "Good movies to watch"
Cons: "I was only offered a snack once. But drinks 3x."
Cons: "She was a very unfriendly woman Not apologizing for running into his foot He fell asleep and didn’t realize he nput his foot in walkway"
Cons: "My flight from nyc to Seattle was delayed nearly 2hrs resulting in me missing my connection to wenatchee on the last flight of the night. I was rebooked for a flight the next morning without being asked what time was best for me. I wasn’t offered any concessions for my 10hrs over night at the airport"
Cons: "Check in was a disaster. The kiosks were all broken. No one gave us any info. 2 people were checking in a long line. Not good."
Pros: "Other than the legroom, everything about the flight was great."
Pros: "Yes the crew was great."
Cons: "It was a short 2.5 hr flight. Jet blue provided packaged snacks and a soft drink at no additional charge. Other airlines charge for everything. A carry on and a handbag were also allowed which others don't. The seats are leather and have more room. Seems Jet Blue is the last one of those traditional airlines giving more for your money. Thank you Jet Blue ! I am sold."
Pros: "The crew was great and professional."
Cons: "No complaints. Everything was perfect from the boarding process to disembarking."
Pros: "Tv control broken with wires coming out of the arm rest in all seats of the same row."
Pros: "Very friendly crew and the plane arrived in Costa Rica 30 mins early!"
Cons: "I have a JetBlue credit card and I’m very disappointed that membership to the credit card does not offer priority boarding or zone A or zone B boarding. I was in seat 6C and had boarding zone E! Every other airline sponsored credit card I own offers some form of priority zone seating; even Spirit!"
Pros: "The general experience was mostly the same as usual except for the extremely long delay caused by weather (out of the airline's control)."
Cons: "JetBlue staff at ATL never once updated passengers on the delay. The overhead space filled up too quickly during boarding and I was forced to check carry-on without time to secure or gather my effects. JetBlue baggage claim staff at JFK were then purposefully misleading and evasive."
Cons: "Flight was 3 1/2 hours delayed. In-flight entertainment system didn’t function. They didn’t perform a beverage/snack service. Very poor overall. Disappointing."
Pros: "Crew was very pleasant and flight was on time."
Cons: "The tray tables were all broken and hinging in my row. The aux port for headphones needs to be updated to support new types of headphones, like Bluetooth or lightning connection."
Cons: "Two hour delay between boarding and then sitting on the runway."
Pros: "Our flight was delayed a grand total of 5 hours"
Cons: "They could’ve had a backup plane more readily available"
Cons: "Nobody speaks english. Announcement also in Portuguese. Very difficult for foreigners. Gate people are awful."
Pros: "Not one of my good experiences with Delta. Two hours delay in the flight"
Cons: "Information on the flight delay as communication was. at least very poor. Also A 220 was ok but First Class was so so"
Pros: "Super friendly staff, great service and delicious food. The competition has nothing compared to Delta. We’re switching"
Cons: "Really packed together seats...more room. Crew spoke very loudly on plane...jarring"
Pros: "It’s nice to be in a plane fitted with modern conveniences. Great entertainment options."
Cons: "I didn’t have a window at all. The staff didn’t offer any snacks to us. My bag was the only one that didn’t make it while I had a plenty long layover."
Pros: "Horrible delay with unruly customers on the plane. But the flight attendants did great handling them"
Cons: "sat on the tarmac for 3 hours because the pilot was late."
Cons: "The delay was totally unexpected and frustrating particularly when no bad weather around!"
Pros: "The crew was communicative and courteous."
Cons: "There was a flight delay in LAX due to a maintenance issue. The captain and crew informed us before we boarded the plane which was excellent. However, they could not figure out what was wrong with the planed and delayed the boarding for another 3 hours, putting our 1900 departure time to 2100."
Pros: "You're kidding!!!"
Cons: "Seating 3 across. the passenger on the isle seat got served and the other passenger and myself were ignored. NO SERVICE!"
Pros: "The crew was great."
Cons: "The flight and crew were great. But I was not able to choose my seat because I purchased an economy flight. I was very uncomfortable. But I was luck that that people that were sitting with me were great."
Cons: "The seats are very tight, no tv, the rest of it wonderful"
Pros: "The crew was amazing."
Cons: "A better movie and the check in was grueling. They did not have enough staff and one person spent 30 minutes helping someone repack at the check-in desk while we all waited. Pretty unacceptable."
Cons: "Same thing from previous flight. The crew is not capable to attend passengers traveling with toddlers or kids. We had an emergency on board with a 3yo and the plane had no emergency kit for children. The seats for toddlers and children are not adequate for their height or weight. Seatbelts don't fit a child. They travel in such uncomfortable seats and conditions. The aircraft was a 190, too small to make passengers feel comfortable, and this is how Copa always manages their flights to all cities in Central America. Very poor service and old aircrafts. People are paying for a quality service not to be treated like cattle. You need to improve your services."
Pros: "Boarding process, inflight service"
Cons: "Flight was canceled, was booked on flight 812, that flight was also canceled. I didn’t get to Quito until 24 hours later. Customer service was terrible in terms of providing accurate information to passengers."
Pros: "Good price compared to direct flight on United"
Cons: "The check in process..there seems to be no benefit in doing the early check in online because there is only one Copa attendant helping the premium and early check in customers while there are four Copa attendants helping the regular check in customers and that line moves twice as fast! Seems idiotic"
Pros: "Nothing"
Cons: "Air flight attendant was rude and Had an attitude with some passengers"
Pros: "Flight was great and crew was very nice as usual."
Cons: "When I got to Guatemala I was told I couldn't check in unless I had a ticket leaving Costa Rica. I have never had a problem with this in the past. I had to have someone purchase a ticket last min out of costa Rica so I could check in. When I got to CR they didn't even ask me for my ticket or proof"
Pros: "I paid extra for a seat in the exit row. It had a lot of legroom and was comfortable. The flight was smooth. It left on time and arrived on time."
Cons: "The food was mediocre."
Pros: "They give me a lot of food with no extra money , that’s so great even beers :)"
Cons: "Everything was awesome keep doing the same great job thanks :)"
Pros: "The check in team and the on board crew were all outstanding."
Cons: "My seat was tight and when the person in front of me leaned back, I was unable to open my computer on my lap."
Pros: "The personal at counter very helpful."
Cons: "Some information on website is unknown for call center people, like issues dealing with disabled people."
Pros: "The crew was attentive"
Cons: "The aircraft needs better maintenance. My table was tilted and the seatbelt was twisted"
Pros: "Absolutely nothing"
Cons: "Even though there were flight/seats available, Avianca did not make them availability to flight changes and only for new reservations. Extremely disappointed at you fraudulent business practices."
Cons: "I'm tall and I hace no problems because there is a lot of space between files"
Pros: "The attention of the staff and punctuality at the departures"
Cons: "The food"
Pros: "Seats comfort"
Cons: "Crew attention. Food. Airport assistance. Boarding times. Take off on time"
Pros: "Good service from the crew and the boarding process was made quick and punctual."
Pros: "Just anything. I have better trips taking a crowded bus."
Cons: "They had 3 boarding trips in the same gate it was a mess, the saddest sadwichch with the mediocre orange juice was the best option, angry crew."
Pros: "Entertainment system, boarding"
Cons: "Bogotá Avianca baggage handling. It took 45 minutes to get the bags"
Cons: "Our trip was from NY to Cartagena connecting to Medellin. Our original lay over was suppose to be for 2 hours it became 7 hours!!! I missed the time in renting my car. That office closed at 8pm We also missed most of the remaining day to our day at the hotel Los Recuerdos in Guatape. Just awful!!"

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10/24Tue
2 stopsMultiple Airlines
9h 00mMIA-SJO
10/27Fri
2 stopsMultiple Airlines
8h 15mSJO-MIA
$180
8/14Mon
nonstopFrontier
2h 55mMIA-SJO
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6/22Thu
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6/24Sat
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6/26Mon
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7/19Wed
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7/11Tue
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7/7Fri
1 stopMultiple Airlines
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7/17Mon
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9h 32mSJO-LAX
$234
9/13Wed
1 stopVolaris Costa Rica
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1 stopVolaris Costa Rica
15h 34mSJO-LAX
$236
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nonstopFrontier
2h 55mMIA-SJO
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nonstopFrontier
3h 01mSJO-MIA
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15h 34mSJO-LAX
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8/3Thu
1 stopCopa Airlines
14h 42mSJO-MIA
$262
11/1Wed
nonstopJetBlue
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11/6Mon
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4h 46mSJO-JFK
$269
7/27Thu
1 stopCopa Airlines
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8/5Sat
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$272
11/7Tue
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12/2Sat
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$281
10/21Sat
nonstopUnited Airlines
5h 03mEWR-LIR
10/28Sat
nonstopUnited Airlines
5h 13mLIR-EWR
$283
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9/22Fri
1 stopAmerican Airlines
10h 18mSJO-LGA
$284
10/2Mon
1 stopDelta
7h 31mJFK-LIR
10/11Wed
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8h 16mLIR-JFK
$298
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6/19Mon
nonstopSpirit Airlines
2h 54mFLL-SJO
$79
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2h 55mMIA-SJO
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7/26Wed
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7/22Sat
1 stopVolaris Costa Rica
14h 57mLAX-SJO
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8/27Sun
nonstopUnited Airlines
5h 17mEWR-SJO
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8/22Tue
nonstopJetBlue
5h 20mJFK-SJO
$119
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18h 23mJFK-SJO
$120
9/25Mon
1 stopDelta
17h 44mLGA-SJO
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9/29Fri
1 stopAvianca
10h 30mJFK-SJO
$135
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20h 14mFLL-SJO
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8h 53mLGA-SJO
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