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San José Juan Santamaría Airport

General information

San José Juan Santamaría Airport is Costa Rica’s busiest airport, named after the national hero Juan Santamaría. The airport has two terminals and one runway, and is located a short distance from San José, Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago, the four largest cities in the country. San José Juan Santamaría Airport (5.2 million passengers in 2019) is the busiest airport in Central America after Panama City Tocumen Airport (16.6 million passengers in 2019).

Location

Where is San José Juan Santamaría Airport situated?

The airport is located northwest of San José and is easily accessible by car.

How many terminals does San José Juan Santamaría Airport have?

San José Juan Santamaría Airport has two terminals, namely Main Terminal and Domestic Terminal. All international flights depart from Main Terminal. On the ground floor of the international terminal, you will find the check-in desks on the right and the security check on the left. Terminal Domestica – SJO is reserved for domestic flights operated by Sansa Airlines and Costa Rica Green Airways with smaller aircraft. The terminals are not interconnected, but the walking distance is only 5 minutes.

Airport Map


Transportation

Car

The distance from San José Juan Santamaría Airport to the centre of San José is 18 kilometres. By car, it takes 30 minutes to get to the centre of San José.

From SJO Airport to San José City centre by Car
18 km
30 min

Travel by car

Public transport

It is possible to travel to and from San José Juan Santamaría Airport by public transport. Visit the San José Juan Santamaría Airport transportation page for the possibilities.

Public transport

Taxi transfer

A taxi is the quickest and most comfortable way to get to and from San José Juan Santamaría Airport. The price for a taxi ride from the airport to the centre of San José is about CRC 15000.-. Book your taxi at San José Juan Santamaría Airport and discover the comfort of pre-booked taxis.

From SJO Airport to San José City centre by Taxi
18 km
25 min
CRC 15000.-

Book a taxi

Car rental

At San José Juan Santamaría Airport you can rent a car from car rental companies Dollar (The Hertz Corporation), Budget, Alamo (Enterprise Holdings), Enterprise, Hertz, National (Enterprise Holdings) and local providers. It is most convenient to find and book a car well in advance. By doing so, you can save money and time at the airport.

Airport parking

San José Juan Santamaría Airport offers various official parking options, from premium to low cost. In addition, alternative parking options are available near the airport. If you want to park as cheaply as possible, it's wise to book online!

Book your parking space

At the airport

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Services

Flights

Departures and arrivals

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Flight tickets

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Which airlines fly from and to San José Juan Santamaría Airport?

We offer you a list of airlines at San José Juan Santamaría Airport. The main airlines at the airport are:

  • Avianca
  • Copa Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Volaris

Accommodations

Hotels near the airport

Looking for the best hotels near San José Juan Santamaría Airport? We have selected the best hotels near the airport in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

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Courtyard by Marriott San Jose Airport Alajuela, Alajuela City

A convenient stay at the favorite hotel for travelers with complimentary transportation to and from the Juan Santamaria International Airport. Surrounded by a variety of dining options. Next to Mango Plaza and Walmart.

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Toucan Hostel, Alajuela City

Toucan Hostel is situated in Alajuela City, 3 km from City Mall Alajuela and 3.1 km from Alejandro Morera Soto Stadium. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared kitchen, along with free WiFi throughout the property.

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Holiday Inn Express San Jose Airport, an IHG Hotel, Alajuela City

Situated just 1.5 km from San Jose Airport, this modern hotel offers a free 24-hour airport shuttle, an outdoor pool and a gym. The bright rooms include free Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Hotels in San José

Looking for the best hotels in San José? We have selected the best hotels in the city in different price ranges. Take a look at our accommodations page for more information.

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Hotel Colonial, San José

Featuring neo-colonial architecture, a terrace, garden and swimming pool, Hotel Colonial is located 600 metres from San José main square and 5 minutes’ walk from the National Museum.

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Hilton Cariari DoubleTree San Jose - Costa Rica, San José

Featuring an outdoor pool surrounded by a garden and luxurious facilities, Doubletree offers a casino and a beauty salon in Costa Rica. Private parking and Wi-Fi is free in all rooms and public areas.

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Gran Hotel Costa Rica, Curio Collection By Hilton, San José

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica is operated by the hotel group Elite Hotels and Resorts of Costa Rica. It is the only hotel in San José declared by the government as a historical and architectural monument.

Things to do

It is possible to book tickets, activities and tours in the city and near San José Juan Santamaría Airport. You can avoid queues and save money by buying your tickets online. Planning a trip and wondering what to do, we give you some inspiration!

Ticket

San José: Guided City Bus Tour With Lunch & Welcome Drink

Discover the city of San José in the comfort of a double-decker bus. Visit museums, parks and the main shopping streets, then enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch in a local restaurant.

Activity

San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

Visit the summit of the highest active volcano in Costa Rica, at an elevation of 3,432 meters, followed by a visit to the city of Cartago and the Orosi Valley.

Tour & transport

San José: Irazú and Turrialba Volcanoes with Guayabo Tour

Indulge your eyes in the picturesque views of the Cartago Province farmlands. Experience a unique history and culture, shaped by the tallest and most active volcanoes in Costa Rica.

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