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Top tips for finding cheap flights to San José
- Looking for cheap airfare to San José? 25% of our users found return tickets to San José for the following prices or less: From Manchester £499, from London £518
- Book at least 1 week before departure in order to get a below-average price.
- High season is considered to be June, July and August. The cheapest month to fly to San José is October.
- When booking your flights to San José, you will fly into the primary airport, the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), located about 30min from San José, near Alajuela. There is a secondary airport, Tobías Bolaños International Airport (SYQ), however this airport does not receive flights from the UK.
- If you need to purchase some local currency, the Costa Rican Colón, after your flight to San José, you can find Global Exchange foreign exchange services near luggage carousels 3 and 5 in the baggage claim area.
- To avoid unnecessary roaming charges on your mobile devices, you can purchase local, prepaid SIM Cards at the San José Airport. The ICE Kölbi communications company can be found near luggage carousel 2 in the baggage claim area and is open from 6:00 – 22:25.
- For those who have booked a rental car to explore Costa Rica, you can find the registration counters beside the customs counters in the San José Airport Arrivals Area. Here you can find companies Economy, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Payless, Solid, Budget, Alamo and Dollar. Counters are open between 5:00 – 23:00.
- If you’re looking for something to eat after your flight to San José, you can find the restaurant Malinch in the arrival area. Here you can take a seat and enjoy some local Costa Rican cuisine or order a cup of coffee.
FAQs - booking San José flights
How long is the flight to San José?
|Flights from London||10h 54m|
What is the cheapest flight to San José?
The cheapest airline ticket to San José from United Kingdom in the last 72 hours was £444 return on the route London to San José. The most popular route is London to San José and the cheapest ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was £455 return.
How far is San José airport from central San José?
San José Airport is 9 miles from the centre of San José. View on map.
What is the name of San José’s airport?
San José is served by San José Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, also commonly referred to as Juan Santamaria, Juan Santamaria Intl, Juan Santamaria Intl Airport, San Jose Juan Santamaria, or simply San José Airport. The airport code is SJO.
How do I travel from San José Airport into the city?
There are a number of different buses you can catch from the airport into the city. The big red TUASA bus can be found at the bus stops along the parking building. You can purchase tickets on the bus for around ₡500 (£0.60). Alternatively, you can find taxis at the curb outside the terminal.
Are there any passenger lounges at San José Airport?
If you are travelling in economy class, you can access either the Santamaria VIP Lounge on the Upper Level near Gate 5 or the VIP Lounge Costa Rica on the Lower Level. If there is space, you can pay approximately ₡18,000 (£22) to enter the lounges. The VIP Lounge is well equipped for those travelling on business, offering printing and scanning services, conference facilities and premium Wi-Fi. This lounge also has a sushi restaurant and bar.
What hotels offer an airport shuttle to San José Airport?
For those looking to stay close to the airport, the Costa Rica Airport Lodge and the Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport are both within 5min from the airport terminal and offer an airport shuttle to help get you and your luggage to and from your flights. If you want to stay in nearby Alajuela, the Courtyard by Marriott and Hotel Guaria Inn & Suites also offer an airport shuttle. In downtown San José, Hotel Presidente and the Holiday Inn San Jose Aurola both offer a shuttle service.
What shops are there at San José Airport?
As you arrive at the airport, you can finish your duty-free shopping at Duty Free Social Program near luggage racks 5 and 2 in the baggage area. These stores are open from 5:00 – 20:00. If you are in transit at San José Airport, you can find a range of stores in the departure area of the airport, including the Colibrí Craft Store or Terra Verde for local gift ideas or Britt Shop Costa Rica for a range of souvenirs and convenience products.
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Pros: Seat was comfortable and the entertainment was good.
Cons: Honestly, almost everything was good. At the meal time, the flight attendants spilled a lot tomato sauce on my white sweater. Of course it was very uncomfortable, they apologized and try to clean the mess and my sweater, but obviously they couldn’t make it. It was very embarrassing for me. I had to take off my sweater and wear only my winter coat. I suggest they should be more careful.
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