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There are 6 ways to get from Cancún to Costa Rica by plane, bus, ferry or car

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Fly  •  4 h 56 min

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

$144 - $570

Cheapest option

Bus via Belize City  •  46 h 34 min

  1. Take the bus from Cancún Terminal ADO 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

$135 - $269

4 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  36 h 27 min

  1. Take the bus from Villas del Mar Multiplaza Chedraui to Tulum
  2. Take the bus from Tulúm to Belize City
  3. Take the ferry from Belize City to Puerto Cortés
  4. Take the bus from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa
  5. Take the bus from Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda to San José

$385 - $499

Bus, ferry via Managua  •  37 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Cancún Terminal ADO 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 Managua
  5. Take the bus from Managua to San José

$272 - $318

Bus  •  2 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Cancún to San Cristóbal de las Casas
  2. Take the bus from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Guatemala City
  3. Take the bus from Tica Bus Guatemala to San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito
  4. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10

$197 - $275

Drive  •  31 h 35 min

  1. Drive from Cancún to San José 1285.6 miles

$190 - $290

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The cheapest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to bus which costs $2600 - $5500 and takes 46 h 34 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $2700 - $11000 and takes 4 h 56 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cancún to Costa Rica. However, there are services departing from Cancún Terminal ADO and arriving at San José via Belize City, Flores - Santa Elena, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 46 h 34 min.

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The distance between Cancún and Costa Rica is 1248 km. The road distance is 2056.9 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 36 h 27 min and costs $7000 - $10000.

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It takes approximately 4 h 56 min 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 Terminal ADO station.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 4 h 56 min and costs $2700 - $11000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $2600 - $5500 and takes 46 h 34 min.

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The quickest flight from Cancun Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 2 h 19 min.

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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: 779.9 miles
  • Duration: 4 h 56 min

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 46 h 34 min.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
4 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,500
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from Cancun to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 19 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 29 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Bus operators
Autocar Cancún
Phone
+52 (998) 1-93-35-00
Email
opina@autocarcancun.com
Website
autocarcancun.com
Bus from Villas del Mar Multiplaza Chedraui to Tulum
Ave. Duration
2 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
autocarcancun.com
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Tulúm to Belize City
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $40
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$27 - $40
Economy
$18 - $26
Bus from Cancún Terminal ADO to Belize City
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$22 - $45
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$30 - $45
Economy
$22 - $35
Viana
Phone
(504) 2225-6583 - (504) 2516-1644
Website
vianatransportes.com
Bus from San Pedro Sula to Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Schedules at
vianatransportes.com
Economy
$28
Executive
$46
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
1 h 22 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Bus from Belize City to Flores - Santa Elena
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$11 - $25
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
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Bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$22 - $40
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Nica Bus
Phone
(506) 2221-2679, (506) 2221-2581
Bus from Managua to San José
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
nicabus.com.ni
Travel Mundo Maya
Phone
+501.2231200
Email
mundomayatravels@yahoo.com
Website
travelmundomaya.com
Bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
10 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$50
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
Transportes Caballero S.A de C.V
Phone
+52 998 122 3684
Email
sergiocaballero-06@hotmail.com
Bus from Cancún to San Cristóbal de las Casas
Ave. Duration
16 h 6 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$34
Schedules at
facebook.com
Transport Guatemala
Website
transportguatemala.com
Bus from San Cristóbal de las Casas to Guatemala City
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$80 - $150
Schedules at
transportguatemala.com
Book at
transportguatemala.com
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from Tica Bus Guatemala to San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Transporte del SOL
Website
transportedelsol.com
Bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10
Ave. Duration
20 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$65
Schedules at
transportedelsol.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
5 h 30 min
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$150
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com

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Costa Rica is 1 h behind Cancún. It is currently 11:36 AM in Cancún and 10:36 AM in Costa Rica.

Yes, the driving distance between Cancún to Costa Rica is 2057 km. It takes approximately 31 h 35 min 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 55+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $33 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 $70 - $400.

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