Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO)

The Juan Santamaria International Airport (IATA code: SJO, ICAO code: MROC), is Costa Rica's main airport. It is located in the city of Alajuela, 18 km west of the city of San José.

The air terminal has a modern infrastructure, where about 4.4 million passengers a year transit. It is considered the third best airport in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. In this guide, passengers will find the information they need.

Contact Information


IATA code: SJO
ICAO Code: MROC
Address: Panamericana Hwy, Province of Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: (+506) 2437 2400
Website: sjoairport.com

Flight departures and arrivals


Flight departures from Juan Santamaria Airport

Flight arrivals at Juan Santamaria Airport

Transport


The bus stops at the Juan Santamaría International Airport are located on the edge of one of the most traveled highways in the country, such as: El anillo de Circunvalación, the General Cañas highway, among others. The transportation companies Transportes Unidos Alajuelenses, S. A. (TUASA) and Station Wagon offer the public transportation service in Costa Rica.

Buses at the Juan Santamaría International Airport

The Juan Santamaría International Airport has an official company that offers cab service to and from the airport. The units are orange in color and are correctly numbered and labeled with the company's logo on the side doors. This company has a module in the car rental area.

United Taxis
Phone: (506) 2221 6865 / (506) 2221 6865
  Website: taxiaeropuerto.com
Taxis at the Juan Santamaria International Airport

The Juan Santamaria International Airport has a car rental service, located in the area of national and international arrivals.

Transportation and travel at the Juan Santamaria Airport

Alamo
Phone: (506) 2242-7733
Budget
Phone: (506) 2436 2018
Dollar Rent a Car
Phone: (506) 2443-2950
Hertz
Phone: (506) 2221 1818 / (506) 2443-4645

Car rental at Juan Santamaria International Airport

Airport facilities


Juan Santamaria International Airport provides service to airlines flying to Central America, North America, South America and Europe. Local aviation traffic is mostly reserved for Tobias Bolaños International Airport, 18 km away. Due to its number of annual passengers (4.9 million) and the variety of airlines that use it, the airport has been growing rapidly in relation to Central American trade.

The airport has Terminal A, which has 10 gates (1-10) and is specialized for long haul aircraft; and Terminal B, which has 6 gates (11-16) made for small planes and light aircraft.

The terminal consists of a unique space, where the counters of the different airlines are located, the rows, telephones, restrooms, space to pay exit taxes and others. It is structured by three-dimensional trusses of round steel tube, in white, and closed by a blue-green glass window, which regulates the passage of light from the outside.

Inside the Juan Santamaría International Airport you will find 4 foreign exchange establishments operated by the company Global Exchange. The company's staff will attend you in Spanish, English and French 24 hours a day. Also, the airport offers you different banks and ATMs, located on the first level and ramp.

Exchange offices

Global Exchange
Phone: 800-456-2259
Location:

Office international departures. Boarding room. PO Box 5026-1000 Liberia - 50101 Alajuela (Guanacaste)
International arrivals office - Customs area. PO Box 5026-1000 Liberia - 50101 Alajuela (Guanacaste)
International arrivals office. Luggage collection area.
International departures office. Airline check-in area.

Banks

Rapibanco BAC
Location: First level - Lobby
Bancrédito
Location: First level - Lobby
Exchange offices at the Juan Santamaría International Airport

The parking areas at the Juan Santamaría International Airport are located in the building adjacent to the Terminal Building, allowing you to move on foot in a few minutes from one point to another. It operates 365 days a year 24 hours a day and has a space for approximately 400 vehicles on 2 levels (upper level - without roof // lower level - under roof).

Rates:

  US $2.48 per hour
  US $35.00 per day
  US $200.00 per week

Parking lots at Juan Santamaría International Airport

In the surroundings of the Juan Santamaría International Airport, you will find several hotels where you can stay. These hotels have several facilities that will provide you with comfort.
Hotels near the airport

Mango Hotel
Location: 500 mts. East of Juan Santamaria International Airport, Alajuela, 00215, Costa Rica.
Phone: +506 2443 1200

JM International Hotel
Location: Av. 8, Province of Alajuela, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2441 0941

Mi Tierra Hotel
Location: 350 m east of the North side of Parque Juan, Airport International Juan Santa Maria, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2441 1974

Berlor Airport Inn
Location: 2 km East from International Alajuela, San Jose, Alajuela, 251-3009, Costa Rica
Phone: +506 2431 4414

The Juan Santamaría International Airport has within its facilities medical services since it has a Red Cross post open 24 hours a day. This post is staffed by a paramedic team and has constant connection with the Alajuela Hospital. The airport has defibrillators in different areas of the airport. These are signposted so that they are easy to find.

Medical Services
Location: First level in front of Q Corner.

If you need a place to rest or maybe you want to get away from the stress of the flights for a moment, the Juan Santamaría International Airport has comfortable VIP lounges that have a series of services for every need of the visitor.

VIP Lounge: It allows access to minors under 18 years old. To enter you must present at the entrance your Mastercard Black card and your boarding pass valid for the same day. In addition, you are entitled to two guests who can enter free of charge. It has TV, Wi-Fi, computers and power outlets for recharging electronic equipment. Also, lounges provide unlimited complimentary snacks and refreshments, as well as other restaurant services for a fee.

Location: lower level in front of Gate 4.
Web: VIP Lounge

VIP Mastercard Black Lounge: Exclusive for guests over 18 years of age. It includes a complimentary beverage of your choice between alcoholic beverage or specialty coffee with different options subject to availability. It also has TV, Wi-Fi, computers and power outlets for recharging electronic equipment. Rooms also offer unlimited complimentary snacks and soft drinks, as well as other restaurant services for a fee.
Location: lower level across from Gate 4.
Website: VIP Mastercard Black Lounge

Airports near San José (SJO)

Aeropuerto de San José-Tobías Bolaños (9km)
Aeropuerto de Fortuna (54km)
Aeropuerto de Quepos (61km)
Aeropuerto de Tambor (94km)
Aeropuerto de Tortuquero (97km)

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