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Flights to Costa Rica in 2023

Flight route prices based on searches on Cheapflights within the last 3 days, monthly prices based on aggregated historical data.
Popular inDecemberHigh demand for flights, 10% potential price rise
Cheapest inFebruaryBest time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop
Average priceC$ 793Average for round-trip flights in January 2023
Round-trip fromC$ 594From Toronto to San José Juan Santamaria Intl
One-way fromC$ 276One-way flight from Toronto to Costa Rica

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Cheap flights to San José
12 Feb. - 10 May
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

1 stop

9h 41m
SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

13h 55m
C$ 669

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/1

12 Feb. - 10 May
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

1 stop

21h 32m
SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

2 stops

11h 35m
C$ 687

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 24/1

12 Feb. - 8 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

2 stops

18h 06m
SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

1 stop

26h 25m
C$ 690

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 23/1

Cheap flights to Liberia
28 Feb. - 6 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

LIR

Liberia

Nonstop

5h 36m
LIR

Liberia

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

Nonstop

5h 25m
C$ 654

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Deal found 25/1

22 Feb. - 6 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

LIR

Liberia

Nonstop

5h 45m
LIR

Liberia

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

Nonstop

5h 25m
C$ 655

Air Transat

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Deal found 25/1

25 Feb. - 6 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

LIR

Liberia

2 stops

20h 00m
LIR

Liberia

YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

Nonstop

5h 25m
C$ 658

Multiple Airlines

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Deal found 25/1

One-way flights to Costa Rica

The cheapest one-way flights to Costa Rica
26 Mar.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

SJO

San José Juan Santamaria Intl

Nonstop

5h 45m
C$ 297

Air Transat

Pick Dates

Deal found 23/1

11 Apr.
YYZ

Toronto Pearson Intl

LIR

Liberia

Nonstop

5h 32m
C$ 276

WestJet

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Deal found 25/1

What is the cheapest month to fly to Costa Rica?

The cheapest ticket to Costa Rica found for each month in 2023 based on historical flight searches by Cheapflights users.

January

C$ 860

February

C$ 914

March

C$ 750

April

C$ 718

May

C$ 701

June

C$ 750

July

C$ 1,030

August

C$ 891

September

C$ 798

October

C$ 800

November

C$ 839

December

C$ 924

Currently, the cheapest month for flights to Costa Rica is May. The most expensive month for flights is July. The cheapest prices are shown above but prices will vary according to departure times, airlines, class and how early you book.

When is the best time to fly to Costa Rica?

Average Costa Rica flight ticket prices and weather conditions for 2023 and 2024 by month

YTO - SJO

Price

C$ 701 - C$ 1,370

SJO

Temperature

18 - 21 °C

SJO

Rainfall

0 - 300 mm

When is the best time to book a flight to Costa Rica?

To ensure you get the cheapest price possible for a flight to Costa Rica, you should look to book at least 46 days in advance of your intended travel date. The price of your flight may increase if you delay and leave booking until a week or so before departure.

Which day is cheapest to fly to Costa Rica?

At the moment, Tuesday is the most economical day to take a flight to Costa Rica. Saturday is likely to be the most costly.

What time of day is cheapest to fly to Costa Rica?

At the moment, flights at noon are likely to offer the best value for money for your Costa Rica trip. A flight in the evening will more often than not be of higher cost.

When to fly to Costa Rica

Peak Season:
January through May, the dry season, is the best time to book cheap flights to Costa Rica.

Off Season:
The rainy season – May to November/December – gets sun in the mornings and rain showers from afternoon through evening. This is not a good time to go if you are hoping to travel around. Secondary roads can become flooded during this time.

Overview

Almost a quarter of Costa Rica is in national parks and protected areas. Verdant rainforests give way to white-sand beaches and its diverse landscape features volcanoes, forests, mountains and marshy lowlands.

The Central American country has Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the south, the Pacific Ocean on the west and Caribbean Sea on the east. Costa Ricans are friendly and welcoming, living in a stable democracy so peaceful that the army was abolished in 1949.

The capital is San Jose, a modern and bustling city offering a great introduction to tourists just off cheap flights to Costa Rica. After exploring its districts – El Pueblo for the bars, restaurants and galleries or Calle de la Amargura, a lively area of bars and cheap eateries – and perhaps the Gold Museum, most tourists head out of town to the parks and beaches.

One such park is the Corcovado National Park, renowned internationally for its biodiversity and abundance of wildlife. There are others equally bounteous including Tortuguero National Park and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

How long is the flight to Costa Rica from Canada?

Flying to Costa Rica from Canada takes a flight time of approximately 10h 45m for a one-stop flight. Direct service from Toronto to Costa Rica has a duration of 5h 15m, so travellers should be aware of the vast difference in flight times as compared to fares. Flight times will vary depending on the city of departure and arrival, as well, with some flights taking as long as 19h 32m. While Costa Rica travel deals may offer discounted fares, beware of extra stopovers and additional travel time.

Which cities offer direct flights to Costa Rica from Canada?

Direct flights from Canada to Costa Rica fly into Liberia, leaving from Toronto International Airport in Toronto. Montreal also offers nonstop service with one flight available. Vancouver, Calgary, and Ottawa offer indirect service to Costa Rica. Flights are available from Air Canada, WestJet, Avianca, Lufthansa, Air France, and Copa airlines. Flights may also arrive in San Jose, and service is also available from United and American Airlines.

What is the best way to travel around Costa Rica?

Most travellers to Costa Rica choose to rent a car when they arrive. Rental cars are easy, cheap, and the roads are fairly well-designed. There are some remote destinations that require an SUV or travel by air or water. Public buses are available for those on a budget, but they can be time-consuming and some routes are surprisingly more expensive than other forms of travel. In Costa Rica, tourist minibuses and taxis are also available, but the exact method of travel that is preferred by visitors depends on where you are in the country and where you want to go.

What are some things to do in Costa Rica?

Costa Rica is known for outdoor activities, from adventures to relaxing beaches. The country is home to ziplining tours, plenty of lush vegetation, snorkeling and scuba adventures, and more. Sunset cruises are popular, as are private boat tours of the Gulf of Papagayo, where there are hidden islands and beaches to explore. Some of the best surfing in Latin America is found in Costa Rica, as well, at Pavones, Jaco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Grande, and a number of other popular surfing beaches. The Buena Vista Combo Tour in Guanacaste offers a waterslide taking you 400 meters through jungle territory. There are also a number of national parks to explore. Visit the cities to check out local cuisine and cultural attractions, and to explore popular nightlife destinations and tourist areas.

Do I need a passport to fly to Costa Rica from Canada?

All Canadian citizens flying to Costa Rica from Canada will need a valid Canadian passport to enter the country. Passports must not expire for at least one month after your expected departure date. Tourists that are Canadian nationals will not need to apply for a visa if they are staying less than 90 days. However, visas are required for all business and student travellers flying to Costa Rica from Canada.

Costa Rica climate

Costa Rica is a tropical country with little variation in temperature throughout the year. You will encounter a lot of rain if you visit between May and November, the significantly rainy season. The coastal temperatures are hotter at an average of 32 C, but sea breezes make it much more comfortable. The highland areas are cool at night and warm during the day.

Getting around Costa Rica

Sansa Regional Airline and Nature Air offer cheap flights around Costa Rica.

As the majority of Costa Ricans do not own cars, public transportation is good. The country is well connected by buses – public buses and private tourist buses. The remotest areas may be linked just once a day however.

Car rental is a great, independent, way of travelling. The biggies – Dollar, Budget, Alamo – all have offices around Costa Rica.

What is good to know if travelling to Costa Rica?

  • In 2007 Costa Rica’s government stated that it wishes Costa Rica to be carbon neutral by 2021 making it the perfect destination for eco-tourists.
  • Tortuguero National Park is home to several types of monkey – spider, howler and white-throated Capuchin. The three-toed sloth lives there too, with 320 species of birds, and a variety of reptiles. It is most famous for the nesting of the endangered green turtle. It is the species’ most important nesting site. Other turtles nest there too including the giant leatherback, hawksbill, and loggerhead turtle.
  • The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve: home to about 2,000 plant species including numerous orchids, more than 400 types of birds and over 100 species of mammals.
  • Costa Rica, and parts of Panama, are home to the highly endangered Red Backed Squirrel Monkey.
  • Volcano country – Mount Arenal lay dormant for many years and became active again in recent years. At Arenal National Park, about a five-hour drive from San Jose, you can view the giant. At night, dine in a restaurant at the foot of the volcano. Molten lava spills from its peak, outlining the volcano in fiery red.
  • Canopy tours are a wonderful way to enjoy Costa Rica’s wildlife. They also provide a decent shot of adrenaline. Adventurous types climb up ladders onto platforms tied around tree trunks, then zip along in a climbing harness, before rappelling back down to the ground.

How popular are flights to Costa Rica this year?

There has been a 109% increase in demand for Costa Rica flights over the last year.

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