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

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Fly Cartagena to San Jose  •  6 h 14 min

  1. Fly from Cartagena (CTG) to San Jose (SJO) CTG - SJO

$211 - $431

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Bus to Barranquilla, fly to San Jose  •  8 h 28 min

  1. Take the bus from Cartagena to Barranquilla
  2. Fly from Barranquilla (BAQ) to San Jose (SJO) BAQ - SJO

$105 - $513

2 alternative options

Fly Cartagena to Liberia  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Cartagena (CTG) to Liberia (LIR) CTG - LIR

$131 - $701

Ferry, bus  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to San Blas Islands
  2. Take the ferry from San Blas Islands to Cartí
  3. Take the bus from Chepo to Panama City
  4. Take the bus from Panama Albrook to San Jose Terminal Tica Bus

$724 - $780

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica is to bus and fly which costs $100 - $550 and takes 8 h 28 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $210 - $440 and takes 6 h 14 min.

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The distance between Cartagena and Costa Rica is 936 km.

The best way to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica without a car is to ferry and bus which takes 2 days 1 h and costs $700 - $800.

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It takes approximately 6 h 14 min to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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There is no direct flight from Cartagena Airport to San Jose Airport. The quickest flight takes 3 h 41 min and has one stopover.

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Costa Rica is 1 h behind Cartagena. It is currently 11:43 PM in Cartagena and 10:43 PM in Costa Rica.

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

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There are 56+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cartagena to Cartagena Airport is to bus which takes 26 min and costs $1.

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Map of how to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica.
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  • Distance: 585.2 miles
  • Duration: 6 h 14 min

What companies run services between Cartagena, Colombia and Costa Rica?

Copa Airlines, Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and two other airlines fly from Cartagena to Alajuela hourly.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 12 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 11 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
8 h 15 min
When
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 44 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
6 h 23 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
4 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
8 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
Flights from Cartagena to Liberia via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 59 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Bus operators
Panamá Regional Buses
Bus from Chepo to Panama City
Ave. Duration
56 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from Panama Albrook to San Jose Terminal Tica Bus
Ave. Duration
14 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Ferry operators
Blue Sailing
Phone
(57) 310 704 0425
Email
bluesailinginfo@gmail.com
Website
bluesailing.net
Ferry from Cartagena to San Blas Islands
Ave. Duration
28 h 37 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$363
Schedules at
bluesailing.net
San Blas Adventures
Email
contact@sanblasadventures.com
Website
sanblasadventures.com
Ferry from San Blas Islands to Cartí
Ave. Duration
2 h 30 min
Frequency
On demand
Estimated price
$302
Schedules at
sanblasadventures.com

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