Juan Santamaria International Airport is the primary point of entry into Costa Rica and the main airport servicing San Jose. Located in Alajuela (12 miles west of San Jose), the airport bears the name of Costa Rica's national hero. For many years Juan Santamaria Airport was the nation's only international terminal but today there is also an international terminal in Liberia. Both airports offer direct flights to North and Central America as well as to destinations in Europe. The main difference between Costa Rica's two major airports is that SJO provides service to South America and the Caribbean.
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SJO is the largest airport in Costa Rica and it is also the busiest. Boosted in recent years by a surge in eco-tourist traffic, the airport has seen a steady increase in passenger traffic since it opened in 1958. Juan Santamaria Airport offers two VIP lounges (the VIP Santamaria and the Copa Club) and boasts two terminals. Terminal D accommodates domestic travel via Sansa Airlines and Terminal M accomodates all international flights.
As a large international airport, the San Jose terminal is used to accommodating a steady flow of tourist traffic. Juan Santamaria offers travelers a streamlined, efficient customs and immigration process. While there are plenty of taxis and a bus stop outside the airport, the most cost-effective option is to book a private rental car or to consider Auto Europe's chauffeur and transfer services. This usually costs about the same amount as a taxi but it's safer and much more comfortable. If you're renting a car in Costa Rica you'll also enjoy an easy drive to San Jose.
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Location: Juan Santamaria International Airport is located in Alajuela (12 miles west of San Jose).
|Juan Santamaria International Airport
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Alajuela, Alajuela Province, 20102
IATA Code: SJO
ICAO Code: MROC
General Information: Juan Santamaria International Airport is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. The airport is located in the city of Alajuela, 20 km (12 miles) west of downtown San José. It is named after Costa Rica's national hero, Juan Santamaría, a courageous drummer boy who died in 1856 defending his country against forces led by US-American filibuster William Walker.