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Best Way To Costa Rica From Europe  
User currently offlineKLMCedric From Belgium, joined Dec 2003, 812 posts, RR: 22
Posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7549 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!

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User currently offlineMarcopolo747 From Brazil, joined Mar 2001, 460 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7523 times:


Fastest, easiest way (maybe not the cheapest though):

KL to MIA and on with TACA (LR is now part of the group) One-stop
BA to MIA and on with TACA (all within OneWorld but 2 stops)
AM all the way from CDG.


User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined exactly 11 years ago today! , 892 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7498 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.



User currently offlineSpinkid From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1131 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7500 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.

User currently offlineCO737800 From Canada, joined Dec 2003, 545 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7497 times:

Fly Co all the way from Amsterdam or England

User currently offlinePlane Holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7476 times:

Did I misread your question? Don't you want to fly out of AMS? I think you can fly direct with Martinair. check their website http://www.martinair.nl , you can book it online.

regards, Plane Holland

[Edited 2004-01-10 21:55:59]

User currently offlineRamprat74 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1546 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7440 times:

You can fly UA, LHR-LAX-SJO

User currently offlineMia777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2002, 1165 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7432 times:

You have a few options from AMS through Miami. Both KLM and Martinair offer service to MIA and TACA and AA serve SJO.

Don't fly to LAX...



MIA777
User currently offlineLj From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4477 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7420 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).

User currently offlineCayman From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 905 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7406 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...

User currently offlineBicoastal From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7398 times:

In February, United begins non stop flights from Dulles to Costa Rica, too. That's much better than flying all the way to Los Angeles.

User currently offlinePlane Holland From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7388 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..

regards, Plane Holland


User currently offlineGhost77 From Mexico, joined Mar 2000, 5236 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7368 times:

Hi KLMCedric

Try LH498 FRA-MEx (LH got the cheapest fares from Europe to Mexico)
And then connect with Mexicana take the MEx-SJO. And same thing for your return!

ghost77  Smile




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User currently offlineLfutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3356 posts, RR: 31
Reply 13, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7331 times:
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Take CO to EWR and connect to SJO
OR Martinair through CO / KMCO), USA - Florida">MCO to SJO OR
Iberia through MAD and MIA to SJO OR
UA through IAD to SJO

Leo/ORD

[Edited 2004-01-11 00:40:08]


Leo/ORD -- Groetjes uit de VS! -- Heeft u laatst nog met KLM gevlogen?
User currently offlineKevin From Canada, joined Dec 2000, 1146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7316 times:

Air Europa flies direct from Europe as well I guess

User currently offlinePlus ultra From Spain, joined Aug 2001, 22 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 7282 times:

IB would be good option too.

BRU-MAD-SJO


User currently offlineMAH4546 From Sweden, joined Jan 2001, 33278 posts, RR: 71
Reply 16, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 7269 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.


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User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7632 posts, RR: 42
Reply 17, posted (10 years 11 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 7192 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).



Next flights: MEX-GRU (AM 77E), GRU-GIG (JJ A320), SDU-CGH (G3 73H), GRU-MEX (JJ A332).
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