There are 5 ways to get from Cancún to Costa Rica by plane, bus, ferry or car

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

Recommended option

Fly  •  4 h 55 min

  1. CUN - SJO

$144 - $560

4 alternative options

Bus, ferry  •  36 h 24 min

$315 - $425

Bus  •  42 h 19 min

$180 - $253

Bus via Managua  •  46 h 43 min

$166 - $213

Drive  •  31 h 35 min

  1. 1285.6 miles

$190 - $290

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 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cancún to San José via Belize City, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda in around 42 h 19 min.

Airlines
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $1,500
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cancun to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
4 h 21 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$360 - $1,500
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from Cancun to San Jose
Ave. Duration
2 h 18 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$55 - $340
Bus operators
Transporte Foráneo Cancún-Playa del Carmen
Phone
(52) 998 8886990
Website
taxistascancun.com
Bus from Cancún to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
taxistascancun.com
Sindicato de taxistas Lázaro Cárdenas del Río
Phone
01 984 267 3111
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Playa del Carmen to Tulum
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Every 5 minutes
Estimated price
$3
Schedules at
facebook.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
$17 - $35
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Bus from Cancún Terminal ADO to Belize City
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$21 - $45
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
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
Transportes Manabre
Phone
+501 223 1200 / 663 5957
Email
mundomayatravels@yahoo.com
Bus from Belize City to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
12 h
Frequency
Once a week
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
travelmundomaya.com
Autobuses Mayab
Phone
55/5133-2424 or 01800/702–8000
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Cancún Terminal ADO to Chetumal ADO Bus Station
Ave. Duration
5 h 20 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$13 - $19
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
San Juan Travel
Phone
+502 7926 0042 / 79248018 / 55542218 / 55541719
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Chetumal to Flores
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
belizebus.wordpress.com
Autobuses FDN
Phone
+502 79477070, +502 22513817, Whatsapp: +502 47397438
Email
info@transportesfuentedelnorte.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Flores - Santa Elena to San Pedro Sula
Ave. Duration
9 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$23 - $40
Schedules at
lineadorada.info
Nica Bus
Phone
(506) 2221-2679, (506) 2221-2581
Bus from Managua, Managua to Cantón San José, Provincia San José, Costa Rica
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$25
Schedules at
nicabus.com.ni
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
$80
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
travelmundomaya.com

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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cancún and Costa Rica is 1248 km. The road distance is 2057 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to bus which costs $3200 - $4200 and takes 46 h 43 min.

The quickest way to get from Cancún to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 4 h 55 min and costs $2800 - $11000.

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, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa Hotel Alameda. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 42 h 19 min.

It takes approximately 4 h 55 min to get from Cancún to Costa Rica, including transfers.