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There are 4 ways to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  2 h 6 min

  1. Fly from San Salvador (SAL) to San Jose (SJO) SAL - SJO

$78 - $184

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Bus Transporte del SOL  •  20 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10

$66

2 alternative options

Bus Tica Bus  •  20 h 38 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Managua Tica Bus Tourist San Salvador / ...
  2. Take the bus from Managua to San José Terminal Tica Bus Tourist Managua / ...

$67 - $103

Drive  •  13 h 13 min

  1. Drive from San Salvador to San José 573.2 miles

$85 - $130

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The cheapest way to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica is to bus which costs $65 - $66 and takes 20 h 38 min.

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The quickest way to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica is to fly which costs $75 - $190 and takes 2 h 6 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Salvador to Costa Rica station. However, there are services departing from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos and arriving at San José Station Wagon via Managua and Tica Bus Office. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 38 min.

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The distance between San Salvador and Costa Rica is 673 km. The road distance is 917.1 km.

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The best way to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica without a car is to bus which takes 20 h 38 min and costs $65 - $110.

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It takes approximately 2 h 6 min to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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San Salvador to Costa Rica bus services, operated by Tica Bus, depart from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos station.

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The best way to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 2 h 6 min and costs $75 - $190. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $65 - $66 and takes 20 h 38 min.

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The quickest flight from San Salvador Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 1 h 18 min.

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San Salvador to Costa Rica bus services, operated by Tica Bus, arrive at San José Terminal Tica Bus station.

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Map of how to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica.
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  • Distance: 420.9 miles
  • Duration: 2 h 6 min

What companies run services between San Salvador, El Salvador and Costa Rica?

Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and Skytrans fly from San Salvador to Alajuela 4 times a day. Alternatively, Transporte del SOL operates a bus from San Salvador to San José once daily. Tickets cost $65 and the journey takes 20 h 30 min.

Airlines
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from San Salvador to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$80 - $350
Skytrans
Website
skytrans.com.au
Flights from San Salvador to San Jose
Ave. Duration
1 h 35 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$45 - $310
Bus operators
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
Tica Bus
Website
ticabus.com
Bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Managua Tica Bus
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$35 - $55
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Bus from Managua to San José Terminal Tica Bus
Ave. Duration
8 h
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$28 - $50
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com

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Yes, the driving distance between San Salvador to Costa Rica is 917 km. It takes approximately 13 h 13 min to drive from San Salvador to Costa Rica.

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Skytrans and Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. offer flights from San Salvador Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 54+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $34 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Salvador to San Salvador Airport is to drive which takes 41 min and costs $2 - $4.

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