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There are 5 ways to get from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) by plane, train or car

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Fly from Washington Dulles  •  7h 33m

  1. Fly from Washington Dulles (IAD) to San Jose (SJO) IAD - SJO

Cheapest option

Train to Richmond, fly  •  12h 38m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station
  2. Fly from Richmond (RIC) to San Jose (SJO) RIC - SJO

3 alternative options

Train to Baltimore, fly  •  7h 29m

  1. Take the train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
  2. Fly from Baltimore (BWI) to San Jose (SJO) BWI - SJO

Fly from Reagan Washington  •  8h 58m

  1. Fly from Reagan Washington (DCA) to San Jose (SJO) DCA - SJO

Drive  •  3 days 1h

  1. Drive from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) 6002.4 km

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Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) is to fly which costs $170 - $1,000 and takes 7h 33m.

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The quickest way to get from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) is to train and fly which costs $140 - $430 and takes 7h 29m.

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It is 3291 km from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO). It is approximately 6002.4 km to drive.

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It takes approximately 7h 33m to get from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO), including transfers.

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The quickest flight from Washington Dulles Airport to San Jose Airport is the direct flight which takes 4h 55m.

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San Jose Airport (SJO) is 1h behind Washington. It is currently 12:00 PM in Washington and 11:00 AM in San Jose Airport (SJO).

Yes, the driving distance between Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) is 6002 km. It takes approximately 3 days 1h to drive from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO).

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Volaris Costa Rica, Delta, American Airlines and three other airlines offer flights from Washington Dulles Airport to San Jose Airport.

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There are 272+ hotels available in San Jose Airport (SJO). Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Washington to Washington Dulles Airport is to bus which takes 38 min and costs $3 - $8.

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  • Distance: 3291.3 km
  • Duration: 7h 33m

What companies run services between Washington, DC, USA and San Jose Airport (SJO), Costa Rica?

United Airlines, Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A. and four other airlines fly from Washington to San Jose Airport (SJO) hourly.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 43m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $650
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 27m
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Miami
Ave. Duration
8h 16m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
9h 30m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$310 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Miami
Ave. Duration
7h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 22m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
7h 49m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 10m
When
Monday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$220 - $900
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 4m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Miami
Ave. Duration
7h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
7h 37m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 17m
When
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
9h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
11h 14m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $850
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Charlotte, Miami
Ave. Duration
8h 55m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $750
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Monday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
8h 5m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$310 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
8h 34m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$220 - $1,200
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
7h 41m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
8h 46m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9h 47m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Newark
Ave. Duration
8h 13m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $800
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
9h
When
Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $750
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Houston
Ave. Duration
9h 42m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $800
JetBlue Airways
Website
jetblue.com
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$250 - $850
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$270 - $900
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Ave. Duration
7h 45m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$260 - $850
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Orlando
Ave. Duration
9h 44m
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$260 - $900
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via New York JFK
Ave. Duration
8h 8m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $950
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 4m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$160 - $480
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $460
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
7h 44m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
8h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Avianca - Aerovías del Continente Americano S.A.
Website
avianca.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
7h 12m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$170 - $700
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Guatemala City
Ave. Duration
6h 45m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $700
Copa Airlines
Website
copaair.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via Panama City
Ave. Duration
8h 3m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$190 - $1,000
Spirit Airlines
Website
spirit.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International
Ave. Duration
7h 20m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Miami
Ave. Duration
9h 44m
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,100
Flights from Richmond to San Jose via Orlando
Ave. Duration
6h 32m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $550
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose
Ave. Duration
4h 55m
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$130 - $380
Flights from Reagan Washington to San Jose via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
8h 25m
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$190 - $550
Volaris Costa Rica
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Washington Dulles to San Jose via San Salvador
Ave. Duration
6h 52m
When
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Frontier Airlines
Website
flyfrontier.com
Flights from Baltimore to San Jose via Orlando
Ave. Duration
8h 37m
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $900
Train operators
Amtrak Northeast Regional

Amtrak’s Northeast Regional train service serves the US’ busy northeast corridor from Virginia to Massachusetts; major stops include Boston, Providence, New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Baltimore. Amenities include Wi-Fi, a quiet car, cafe and business-class seating, and travelling with a small dog or cat is permitted. Book at least 14 days in advance for a cheaper Saver Fare.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-523-6590
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
26 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$12 - $70
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$12 - $40
Reserved Coach Seat
$24 - $70
Business Class Seat
$35 - $95
Train from Washington Union Station to Richmond Main Street Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$16 - $95
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Child 2-12 with paid adult
$16 - $50
Reserved Coach Seat
$30 - $95
Business Class Seat
$50 - $130
Maryland Transit
Phone
1-866-743-3682
Website
mta.maryland.gov
Train from UNION STATION MARC Washington to BWI RAIL STATION MARC nb
Ave. Duration
34 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $8
More information at
Maryland Transit
Senior / Disability
$2 - $4
Amtrak Acela Express

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
20 min
Frequency
5 times a day
Estimated price
$15 - $80
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Business Seat - Child 2-12
$15 - $40
Business Seat - Seniors and Active Military
$26 - $75
Business Seat - Adult
$29 - $80
First Class - Child 2-12
$50 - $85
First Class - Senior Citizens and Active Military
$95 - $150
First Class - Adult
$100 - $160
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

Rome2rio's guide to Amtrak
Contact Details
Phone
+1 800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Washington Union Station to Bwi Thurgood Marshall Airport Station
Ave. Duration
25 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$22 - $35
Schedules at
amtrak.com
Book at
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$22 - $35
Premium
$180 - $250
Flexi Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Business Seat
$28 - $40

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