Costa Rican Domestic Airlines
There are two choices for domestic air travel in Costa Rica, SANSA and
Their rates, routes, equipment, and schedules are similar, and we've
had good reports and bad about each. The rates posted on the schedules
subject to change, and the current rates are available
through each airlines online reservation system. SANSA is typically a
little cheaper, and uses a satellite terminal at Juan Santamaría
International Airport see map. Travelair operates
from Tobías Bolaños
Airport (Pavas - San José) see map.
See our tips on domestic air travel to
minimize the possibility that you will have a bad experience.
schedule of flights-
part of the TACA group.
Reservations & Ticketing
online, Telephone: (506) 221-9414, Fax: (506) 255-2176, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Most flights are in Cessna Grand Caravan 208-B 14 passenger aircraft,
but SANSA operates flights in 10-36 seaters.
SANSA has lockers in their terminal at Juan Santamaría airport,
something the main international terminal doesn't provide.
schedule of flights -or-
of Destinations- AKA Nature Air.
& Ticketing online, Telephone: (506) 220 30 54, Fax: (506) 220
04 13, e-mail: email@example.com
flights are in Twin Otter Vistaliner 19 passenger aircraft.
Tips and recommendations
for domestic air travel
reservations in advance. You might get on at the last minute,
but you might end up wasting most of a couple of days trying to get
on a flight.
All flights are to or from San José. Currently
(March 2004) SANSA uses a satellite terminal at Juan Santamaría
International Airport & Travelair operates from Tobías
Airport (Pavas - San José).
Baggage space and weight is limited to 25 lbs. per passenger. This
is about half of what international flights allow. You must make advance
arrangements for oversized items like surf boards, bicycles,
and scuba and
gear. It is also a good idea to arrive at the airport early if you have
unusual baggage so you can get it on the plane before they decide it's
Some of the displayed flights are not available all the time. Not
all of the flights shown on either companies schedule or route map (see
La fortuna on Travelair's site for example) are necessarily going to
be available when you are traveling. Use the online reservation forms to
make sure you can fly where you want to, when
you want to before you plan your whole trip around the flight!
Keep your camera with you. Don't pack your camera
away, the views are spectacular. In fact it would be easy to forget
are flying for transportation and not on a sightseeing trip.
Leave some extra time. These are small airlines, they
don't have the highest runway priority in San José where all their
flights originate, and heavy weather can be a factor (especially in the
rainy season). Most of the problems we've heard of could have been minor
irritations rather than trip ruining disasters with better planning. Unless
your karma is infallible it's not reasonable to plan a departure for Panama
on TACA an hour after you are supposed to be delivered to San José by SANSA.
Regional & Central American international airlines
Costa Rica's regional international airline,
serving Central, North, and South America.
The regional airline for Panama.
Costeña- The regional airline for Nicaragua.
The regional airline for Honduras.
The regional airline for Guatemala.