There are 7 ways to get from Tijuana to Costa Rica by plane, bus or car

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Fly Tijuana to San Jose  •  7 h 48 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to San Jose (SJO) TIJ - SJO

$172 - $653

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Fly Tijuana to Liberia  •  8 h 22 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Liberia (LIR) TIJ - LIR

$292 - $1,003

Fly San Diego to San Jose  •  11 h 4 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to San Jose (SJO) SAN - SJO

$216 - $467

Bus, drive  •  3 days 18 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Huixtla ADO Ado
  3. Drive from Huixtla ADO to Coatepeque
  4. Take the bus from Coatepeque to San Salvador
  5. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10

$232 - $386

Bus TAP  •  4 days 0 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Tapachula
  3. Take the bus from Tica Bus Tapachula to Tica Bus Guatemala
  4. Take the bus from Tica Bus Guatemala to San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito
  5. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10

$233 - $394

Bus  •  4 days 15 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Matamoros
  2. Take the bus from Matamoros to Tapachula
  3. Take the bus from Tica Bus Tapachula to Tica Bus Guatemala
  4. Take the bus from Tica Bus Guatemala to San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito
  5. Take the bus from San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente to San José Terminal 7-10

$304 - $487

Drive  •  2 days 15 h

  1. Drive from Tijuana to San José 3433.7 miles

$500 - $750

Questions & Answers

No, there is no direct bus from Tijuana to Costa Rica. However, there are services departing from Tijuana and arriving at San José Terminal 7-10 via México Central Norte, Tica Bus Tapachula, Tica Bus Guatemala and San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4 days 0 h.

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The distance between Tijuana and Costa Rica is 4180 km. The road distance is 5493.9 km.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to Costa Rica without a car is to bus which takes 4 days 0 h and costs .

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It takes approximately 7 h 48 min to get from Tijuana to Costa Rica, including transfers.

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Tijuana to Costa Rica bus services, operated by TAP, depart from Tijuana station.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to Costa Rica is to fly which takes 7 h 48 min and costs . Alternatively, you can bus, which costs and takes 4 days 0 h.

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There is no direct flight from Tijuana Airport to San Jose Airport. The quickest flight takes 7 h 30 min and has one stopover.

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Tijuana to Costa Rica bus services, operated by Transporte del SOL, arrive at San José Terminal 7-10 station.

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Costa Rica is 2 h ahead of Tijuana. It is currently 4:57 PM in Tijuana and 5:57 PM in Costa Rica.

Yes, the driving distance between Tijuana to Costa Rica is 5494 km. It takes approximately 2 days 15 h to drive from Tijuana to Costa Rica.

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Map of how to get from Tijuana to Costa Rica.
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  • Distance: 2612.7 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 48 min

What companies run services between Tijuana, Mexico and Costa Rica?

Interjet, Aeroméxico and four other airlines fly from Tijuana to Alajuela hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Tijuana to San José via Mexico, México Central Norte, Tapachula, Tica Bus Tapachula, Tica Bus Guatemala, San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito, and San Salvador Hotel Sheraton Presidente in around 4 days 0 h.

Airlines
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to San Jose via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 5 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Tijuana to San Jose via Leon/Guanajuato, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 20 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Tijuana to San Jose via Guadalajara, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
10 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$300 - $1,100
Flights from Tijuana to Liberia via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 59 min
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$350 - $1,300
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
7 h 43 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
11 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
12 h 30 min
When
Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $1,000
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
8 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
8 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Miami
Ave. Duration
10 h 27 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $950
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
9 h 25 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via San Antonio, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Las Vegas, Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
9 h 51 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
11 h 22 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$320 - $800
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to San Jose via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
8 h 50 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Alaska Airlines, Inc.
Website
alaskaair.com
Flights from San Diego to San Jose via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
8 h 13 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,300
Bus operators
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from México Central Norte to Huixtla ADO
Ave. Duration
17 h 45 min
Frequency
4 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $80
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$50 - $75
Economy
$45 - $70
Bus from México Central Norte to Tapachula
Ave. Duration
18 h 45 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$45 - $85
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$55 - $80
Economy
$45 - $70
Bus from Matamoros to Tapachula
Ave. Duration
30 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$70 - $160
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$75 - $110
Economy
$70 - $110
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 Tica Bus Tapachula to Tica Bus Guatemala
Ave. Duration
6 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
ticabus.com
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ticabus.com
Bus from Tica Bus Guatemala to San Salvador Tica Bus Terminal San Benito
Ave. Duration
5 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$18 - $26
Schedules at
ticabus.com
Book at
ticabus.com
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana to Matamoros
Ave. Duration
44 h 55 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$120 - $210
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx

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Interjet and Aeroméxico offer flights from Tijuana Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 54+ hotels available in Costa Rica. Prices start at $33 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Tijuana to Tijuana Airport is to taxi which takes 10 min and costs .

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