There are 4 ways to get from Cancún to Costa Rica by plane, bus, ferry or car

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Fly  •  4h 51m

  1. Fly from Cancun (CUN) to San Jose (SJO) CUN - SJO

$82 - $428

3 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  37h 54m

  1. Take the bus from Cancún to Belize City
  2. Take the ferry from Belize City to Puerto Cortés
  3. Take the bus from Puerto Cortés to San Pedro Sula
  4. Take the bus from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa
  5. Take the bus from Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda to San José

$201 - $281

Bus  •  45h 44m

  1. Take the bus from Cancún to Belize City
  2. Take the bus from Belize City to Flores - Santa Elena
  3. Take the bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
  4. Take the bus from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa
  5. Take the bus from Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda to San José

$152 - $263

Drive  •  34h 4m

  1. Drive from Cancún to San José 2197.8 km

$200 - $300

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Travel Advice

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The cheapest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $1800 - $9500 and takes 4h 51m.

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The quickest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $1800 - $9500 and takes 4h 51m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cancún to Costa Rica. However, there are services departing from Cancún and arriving at San José via Belize City, Flores - Santa Elena, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 45h 44m.

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The distance between Cancún and Costa Rica is 1248 km. The road distance is 2197.8 km.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica without a car is to bus and ferry which takes 37h 54m and costs $4400 - $6500.

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It takes approximately 4h 51m to get from Cancún to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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Cancún to Costa Rica bus services, operated by ADO, depart from Cancún station.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 4h 51m and costs $1800 - $9500. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $3300 - $6000 and takes 45h 44m.

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The quickest flight from Cancun Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 2h 15m.

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Cancún to Costa Rica bus services, operated by Trans Nica, arrive at San José station.

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Map of how to get from Cancún to Costa Rica.
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  • Distance: 1247.8 km
  • Duration: 4h 51m

What companies run services between Cancún, Mexico and Costa Rica?

Skytrans, Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Copa Airlines fly from Cancún to Alajuela 3 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cancún to San José via Belize City, Flores - Santa Elena, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda in around 45h 44m.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
4h 9m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $440
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from Cancun to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2h 15m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$50 - $330
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5h 28m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $550
Bus operators
ADO

Autobuses de Oriente (ADO) is one of Mexico’s largest bus companies, mainly operating south of Mexico City and into the Yucatan Peninsula. Choose from three bus classes: ADO (first class), ADO GL (luxury class) and ADO Platino (platinum class and the most expensive). All buses are comfortable, with reclining seats, blackout curtains, air conditioning and a toilet; ADO Platino offers additional amenities such as extra legroom, onboard Wi-Fi and individual screens.

Contact Details
Phone
+52 555 784 4652
Email
solucioneshola@ado.com.mx
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Cancún to Belize City
Ave. Duration
8h 30m
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$29 - $60
Schedules at
belizebus.wordpress.com
ADO
$29 - $45
ADO GL
$30 - $50
Autobuses FDN
Phone
+502 79477070, +502 22513817, Whatsapp: +502 47397438
Email
info@transportesfuentedelnorte.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Puerto Cortés to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
1h 22m
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
facebook.com
Bus from Belize City to Flores - Santa Elena
Ave. Duration
5h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$12 - $27
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
Book at
facebook.com
Bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$24 - $40
Schedules at
facebook.com
Travel Mundo Maya
Phone
+501.2231200
Email
mundomayatravels@yahoo.com
Website
travelmundomaya.com
Bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
Ferry operators
Starla International
Phone
+504 9545-9322
Email
starlaferry@gmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Ferry from Belize City to Puerto Cortés
Ave. Duration
5h 30m
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$80
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com

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Costa Rica is 1h behind Cancún. It is currently 8:49 AM in Cancún and 7:49 AM in Costa Rica.

Yes, the driving distance between Cancún to Costa Rica is 2198 km. It takes approximately 34h 4m to drive from Cancún to Costa Rica.

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Skytrans, Copa Airlines and Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. offer flights from Cancun Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 50+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Cancun Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs $40 - $170.

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