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Fly to Costa Rica with British Airways

Costa Rica.

Fly direct from London Gatwick (LGW) to San José (SJO) to enjoy everything that Costa Rica can offer. In less than 11 hours, you will be discovering the capital city San José before heading off onto your tropical rainforest adventure.

British Airways flights operate from London Gatwick to Juan Santamaria Airport twice a week in the summer season and three times a week during the winter. Costa Rica is a perfect place for tropical beaches, volcanic peaks and lush forests. From spotting wildlife in the mangroves to surfing along the coast, you’ll find what you are searching for. Find a flight that suits your budget and requirement needs. Why not use the Low Price Finder to guarantee the cheapest fares?

Costa Rica flight facts

Duration of your flight to Costa Rica
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Duration of your flight to Costa Rica

Fly from Gatwick Airport (LGW) to San José (SJO) in 10 hours 50 minutes with British Airways. We fly on Wednesday and Saturday during the summer months and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday in the winter. You can choose to travel in World Traveller, World Traveller Plus or Club World. If you take advantage of the award-winning British Airways service – with complimentary food, drinks and newspapers on-board, the time will fly. You can check in 23kg of hold luggage and take two bags on-board with our package holidays.

Flying to San José with British Airways
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Flying to San José with British Airways

Fly to San José with British Airways and combine regular flights with award-winning service and fantastic benefits. Let us take care of everything, from flights to accommodation and airport transfers. Our World Traveller fares include free seat selection 24 hours in advance, complimentary on-board food and bar service and the ability to check-in online, on your mobile or at the airport. Club World travellers can also enjoy lounge access and priority boarding, alongside a spacious seat, which converts into a fully flat bed.

Getting around San José
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Getting around San José

Juan Santamaria Airport is located just 12-kilometres away from San José. If you’re staying in San José we’d recommend pre-booking a transfer. You’ll be given the opportunity to add a private door-to-door transfer once you’ve booked your flight or holiday. If you don’t book a transfer, then Taxi Aeropuerto are a reliable way into the city and can be booked directly outside the airport. You can get to the centre for around $25-30. You can also get street taxis into the city, but these will vary in price, sometimes wildly depending on traffic.

Costa Rica departure tax
Costa Rica jungle.

Costa Rica departure tax

Please be aware that there is a standard local departure tax (or exit tax), payable in US dollars or Costa Rican Colones, upon departure from San José. The charge is $29 per passenger, and must be paid prior to checking in, either at your hotel (check this in advance) or at any of the Bancrédito kiosks to the right as you enter the departures area of the airport.

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Why fly BA?

Fly with British Airways and enjoy award-winning service, excellent value for money and no hidden charges:

  • Free seats selection 24hrs in advance*
  • Inclusive 23kg checked baggage allowance**
  • Airport, online or mobile check-in
  • Manage your travel plans with the British Airways app

*Except on Basic short haul fares. **Long haul economy allowance.