San José's Aeropuerto Internacional Juan Santamaría is in the center of the country, so it's especially convenient for destinations in the Central Valley and along the Central Pacific. The closest destinations are less than an hour away. The only other international gateway is Liberia's Aeropuerto Internacional Daniel Oduber Quirós in the western part of the country. Flying here makes sense if you're planning to spend most of your time in the North Pacific region.
A relatively small number of travelers arrive in Costa Rica by road, especially with the difficulties taking rental cars between countries. Long-distance buses travel directly to San José from the larger cities in Nicaragua and Panama, but these are arduous journeys. The Managua–to–San José route takes between 8 and 10 hours.
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