There are 4 ways to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica by plane, bus 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  •  2 h 6 min

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

$78 - $184

Cheapest option

Bus Tica Bus  •  20 h 37 min

  1. Take the bus from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos to Managua Tica Bus Tourist / ...
  2. Take the bus from Managua, Managua to Cantón San José, Provincia San José, Costa Rica

$60 - $78

2 alternative options

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

Drive  •  13 h 13 min

  1. Drive from San Salvador to San José 573.2 miles

$85 - $130

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
Monday to Saturday
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
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

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Questions & Answers

The distance between San Salvador and Costa Rica is 673 km. The road distance is 917 km.

The cheapest way to get from San Salvador to Costa Rica is to bus which costs $60 - $80 and takes 20 h 37 min.

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

No, there is no direct bus from San Salvador to Costa Rica. However, there are services departing from San Salvador Tica Bus San Carlos and arriving at Cantón San José, Provincia San José, Costa Rica via Managua, Managua. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 20 h 37 min.

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