Fly direct from London to San José (SJO) to enjoy everything that Costa Rica can offer. Arrive in the capital of San José in less than 11 hours, then venture beyond to the shores of the Pacific or Caribbean oceans.
British Airways flights operate from London to Juan Santamaria Airport. Book your holidays to Costa Rica, the perfect place for tropical beaches, volcanic peaks and lush forests – spot wildlife in the mangroves or go surfing along the coast. Choose from one of our many hotels and find yourself in an exotic paradise.
Due to Covid-19, schedules and airports are subject to change. For the latest information, check our timetable.
Costa Rica isn’t the cheapest place in Central America to visit, but you can travel there on a budget if you plan your holiday during off-peak times of the year (May–November). Save money on food and drink by researching where the locals eat, or find the best deals when you book a holiday package with British Airways.
Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) is located just 12 km away from San José, Costa Rica’s capital. If you’re staying in San José, we recommend pre-booking an airport transfer. You can choose this option once you’ve booked your flight or holiday.
If you’re looking for a taxi, make sure you always book an official one – these are regulated by the government and have set fares. Taxi Aeropuerto are a reliable way into the city centre and can be booked directly outside the terminal. Official airport taxis are orange, while the ones found in the city are red.
Or if you prefer the freedom of exploring on your own time, book a car hire with British Airways and receive great benefits – with all mandatory charges included and 24-hour customer support. Collect Avios points on every rental.
Breathtaking landscapes, lush rainforests, unspoiled beaches and a myriad of wildlife – Costa Rica is a dream destination for nature-lovers. Hike to picturesque waterfalls at La Paz Waterfall Gardens, zipline through clouds at Monteverde, go surfing at Santa Teresa or spot toucans, macaws, sloths, turtles and monkeys at Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. Or go explore the trails and soak in the hot springs around Costa Rica’s active volcano – Volcán Arenal. Visit the cosmopolitan capital, San José, and immerse yourself in the city’s lively restaurant and street art scene. Wherever you go in this tropical paradise, it’s impossible not to relax amongst the country’s otherworldly landscapes.
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.
*All bookings made after 2 January 2017 are not required to pay the local departure tax, as this is now included in the price.
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