KLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 21 Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7945 times:
I promised a friend of mine to look up the best option to travel
to S.Jose. Are there any non-stop flights from Europe? Perhaps LHR,CDG or FRA. Not out of AMS that I know of.
I case not, what would be the best carrier to choose for.
I guess some US-carrier transferring in lax or iah or something.
Any help is welcome here!
AirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 895 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7894 times:
I flew from Europe to Costa Rica (San Jose) twice :
First Time: CDG-MIA-SJO-MIA-CDG
CDG-MIA-CDG with AF
MIA-SJO-MIA with AA
(Now I think AF has an agreement with TACA but I'm not sure).
Second Time: CDG-IAH-SJO-IAH-CDG
All flights with CO.
I think Continental has the best offers in flying within Central America. The service is very good, the food is OK, for me it's the best North American Airline, and the easiest way to fly to this region.
You can fly with CO from all the main European cities to Newark and then to SJO (they fly daily EWR-SJO), or from LGW and CDG to IAH and then to SJO.
It's a great airline (better than AA).
Marcopolo747: AM isn't flying to SJO, MEX-SJO it's Mexicana.
Spinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1148 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7896 times:
you can also fly to EWR or IAH via Continental and continue on through them. Also, Costa Rica is very popular with German tourists, so you may be able to find something through Lufthansa or via a charter from Germany.
Lj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4514 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7816 times:
Martinair is the only airline flying direct scheduled between Europe and Costa Rica (the flights has a stop in MIA). If you don't want to fly Martinair the only scheduled option is to transfer at a US airport (EWR, or MIA).
Cayman From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 7802 times:
If you want a decent price and to avoid US transit problems try AC through YYZ......might have to overnight on one leg....but I know someone who did it from LHR and preferred it immensely to MIA.....last week 3 hours to clear immigration at MIA...
Plane Holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 480 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7784 times:
Aren't taxes twice as high when you connect/change planes with an American airline? You'll certainly have to check.. US Airline taxes are getting sky high these days and doubled after 11.09 when flying from EU to Costa Rica..
MAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33445 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7665 times:
Iberia does not fly MAD-SJO. Iberia's flights to SJO are all from Miami. There are no non-stops between Europe and San Jose, there are three direct services, however. Martinair AMS-MIA-SJO and AMS-MCO-SJO and Condor/Thomas Cook FRA-MCO-SJO.
EddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7647 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 7588 times:
I don't know if you want him/her to go first to LAX en route to Costa Rica. It is way too west. I am sure that some airline from Europe must fly non-stop to SJO. Probably AF or LH. If not, you can tell your friend (s)he can also fly LH from FRA to MX), Mexico">MEX and then fly MX to SJO (and get LH miles on both). I believe the LH flight from FRA to MX), Mexico">MEX arrives around 18:45 and the MX), Mexico">MEX-SJO flight leaves MX), Mexico">MEX at 19:40, so (s)he won't lose a lot of time in the airport.
Another option is DL. They have non-stop flights from BRU, AMS, CDG, MXP, MUC, ZRH, FRA and STR to ATL and then non-stop flights from ATL to SJO and to a city in Guanacaste, Costa Rica called Liberia (LIR).