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Recommended option

Fly Cartagena to San Jose  •  6 h 25 min

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

$210 - $430

Cheapest option

Bus to Barranquilla, fly to San Jose  •  8 h 39 min

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

$116 - $528

4 alternative options

Fly Cartagena to Liberia  •  7 h 41 min

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

$130 - $700

Ferry, bus Tica Bus  •  2 days 0 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

Ferry, bus via Changuinola  •  5 days 17 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
  2. Take the bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
  3. Take the bus from Albrook to Changuinola
  4. Take the bus from Sixaola to San José

Ferry, bus Marvelus Bus & Shuttle  •  5 days 21 h

  1. Take the ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
  2. Take the bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
  3. Take the bus from Panama City to San José

$528 - $529

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 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Cali, Bogota
Ave. Duration
7 h 42 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Bogota, San Salvador
Ave. Duration
9 h 6 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$220 - $700
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Bogota
Ave. Duration
5 h 26 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $550
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Medellin Jose Marie Cordova, Bogota
Ave. Duration
8 h 14 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, Wednesday and Friday
Estimated price
$210 - $650
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 56 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Cartagena to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
8 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $950
Flights from Cartagena to Liberia via Panama City
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$130 - $700
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
5 h 4 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$95 - $490
Flights from Barranquilla to San Jose via Panama City, Tegucigalpa
Ave. Duration
8 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
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
13 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$40 - $90
Schedules at
ticabus.com
UTRACOLPA
Phone
+(507) 983 9091
Bus from Sabanitas to Panama City
Ave. Duration
1 h 14 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
grantnt.com
Union de Buses Panama Changuinola
Phone
+(507) 303 6326
Bus from Albrook to Changuinola
Ave. Duration
7 h
Frequency
On demand
Schedules at
grantnt.com
Autotransportes MEPE
Phone
2257-8129, 2758-1572
Website
mepecr.com
Bus from Sixaola to San José
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12
Schedules at
mepecr.com
Marvelus Bus & Shuttle
Phone
+502 77620120
Email
marvelustravel@gmail.com
Website
marvelustravel.com
Bus from Panama City to San José
Ave. Duration
18 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$75
Schedules at
marvelustravel.com
Book at
marvelustravel.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
Ferry from Cartagena to Portobelo
Ave. Duration
5 days 0 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$450
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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Questions & Answers

The distance between Cartagena and Costa Rica is 936 km.

The cheapest way to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica is to bus and fly which costs $110 - $550 and takes 8 h 39 min.

The quickest way to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 6 h 25 min and costs $210 - $430.

It takes approximately 6 h 25 min to get from Cartagena to Costa Rica, including transfers.