Local Flights in Costa Rica

Flying is one of the easiest ways to get around in Costa Rica, particularly to more remote regions such as the Osa Peninsula or Nosara, saving time and hours driving. There are two major airlines in the country, Sansa and Nature Air, they provide reasonably priced domestic air travel and scheduled daily flights.

Sansa and Nature Air regularly schedule flights to at least 15 destinations across the country connected from San Jose. Both of these Costa Rica airlines use a selection of small prop planes that carry between 9 and 25 passengers. With these airlines you can fly not only to major cities like Liberia International Airport or Limon Domestic Airport, but you can get flights to remote regions such as the Puerto Jiménez Airstrip in South Pacific or Tortuguero in the Caribbean.

Sansa and Nature Air ’s hub of operations (their main terminal) are located just steps from the Juan Santa Maria International Terminal.

Besides with Nature Air you can also fly to Bocas del Toro, Panamá and Managua, Nicaragua, so is a perfect way to make an itinerary including the three countries.

Here you will find the destinations

Flight Time Effective Departure Arrival
SJO – Tamarindo 50 min Daily 3 times 3 times
SJO – Quepos 25 min Daily 3 times 3 times
SJO – Arenal 20 min Daily 11:05 11:35
SJO – Drake bay 40 min Daily 09:25 10:15
SJ- Puerto Jimenez 50 min Daily 3 times 3 times
SJO – Golfito 50 min Daily 2 times 2 times
SJO – Tortuguero 25 min Daily 05:50 06:45
SJO – Limon 30 min Daily 05:50 06:20
SJO – Punta Islita 40 min No May to November 1 time 1 time
SJO – Liberia 45 min Daily 7 / 12 / 15
SJO – Tambor 35 min Daily 8/12/14
SJO – Palmar 55 min Daily 06:00  06:55
SJO-Bocas del Toro 60 min Daily 7:25 / 14  08:25
SJO to Managua 90 min mo-we-fr 07:35 09:00


  • Infants and children up to the age of 2 fly for free.
  • Nature Air allows between 15 lbs. and 40 lbs. of checked baggage per person.
  • Sansa / Taca Regional permits 1 piece with limit weight of 30 lbs./14 kgs and up to 45 linear inches / 114 cm. (length + height + width)
  • Excess baggage has additional charges.
  • Surfboards are often treated as excess baggage, so it is better contact the airline before hand and find out.
  • The price of excess baggage is subject to change.
  • Passengers who weigh more than 250 lbs. must purchase 2 tickets. Any passenger purchasing 2 tickets will be allotted the total baggage allowance for both seats.

Another great way to fly is to charter a flight to get to the destination of your choice, while they are considerably more expensive, they are a excellent alternatives to traveling on your own schedule.