Liberia International Airport (LIR), Guanacaste

Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa RicaLiberia International Airport is the second most important airport in the country. This is because it is the main entrance for those traveling to the province of Guanacaste. Daniel Oduber Quiros is the name of this airport and honors the former president who donated the land where it is located.  

The Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste is the best terminal in Latin America and the Caribbean in quality of services to travelers according to the Airport Service Quality Awards. The Liberia International Airport received the award in the category of terminals with under 2 million passengers a year.  

In the past, the airport used to be very basic but the actual airport opened in 2012 with amazing buildings and services for all the visitors. 


Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa Rica (3)Distance to the beaches: 

Just 25 minutes away you can find heavenly destinations such as Playa Hermosa, Playas del Coco (Coco Beach), Ocotal and Playa Panama. Here you will find the Occidental Papagayo, Secrets Papagayo, Bosque del Mar, and El Mangroove Resort hotels, among others. Also, 30 minutes from the airport are the hotels of the Papagayo Peninsula, Andaz Papagayo, Planet Hollywood Guanacaste, and the Four Seasons Peninsula. 

60 minutes from Liberia Airport have located beaches like Tamarindo, famous for its nightlife and surfing. Playa Flamingo and Playa Conchal famous for their white sands. And there is also Potrero Beach and Las Catalinas complex. A little further away are the beaches of Samara, Nosara, Hazelnuts, Carrillo, among others.  


Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste, Costa RicaWhy fly to Guanacaste: 

Without a doubt, if your vacation is going to be taken only on a beach in Guanacaste, your best option is to take your flight to Guanacaste. You will save the traffic and about 4 to 5 hours on the way from San Jose where the main airport of Costa Rica is located, the Juan Santamaria International Airport. 

This way you will be only minutes from your place after the landing. Although the air ticket can be cheaper when you fly to San Jose but you have to take into account the distance and time in addition to the money you could spend on a transport to the Guanacaste area. As well as places as Monteverde and Arenal have the same distance and driving time from Guanacaste and San Jose. 

Now if Guanacaste is not your destination and you are going to visit other places it is best to take your flight to the Juan Santamaria airport located in San Jose and closer to places like Manuel Antonio, Santa Teresa, San Jose, and the Caribbean.  


Airlines: 

The following airlines fly to Liberia International Airport: 

  1. AeroMexico 
  2. Alaska Airlines 
  3. United Airlines 
  4. Southwest Airlines 
  5. American Airlines 
  6. Delta Airlines 
  7. Jet Blue Airway 
  8. KLM 
  9. AVIANCA 
  10. Westjet 
  11. Sunwing 
  12. Air France 
  13. Swift air 
  14. Sun Country Airlines 
  15. Air Canada 

These in addition to the local lines that fly between secondary airports.  


Transportation from the airport: 

Our recommendation is to have your transport booked before your arrival in the country. You can book your transfer with us to the following email info@papagayotours.com. Now if you come with nothing booked at the exit gates of the airport you will find many types of transport offering their services, mostly in minivans, who all operate with their respective permits. 

You will also find Taxi service (Red or Orange Cabs), they are the only legal persons that can work inside the airport. However, this option may not be correct. Since they could raise the rate and charge you exaggerated prices. 

Buses from the airport are simply not an option. Regular buses start from 5.00 am until 9.00 pm each hour but you would have to take the bus that takes you to the city of Liberia and from there return to take another or more buses depending on your destination. 

Most Rent A Car agency is very close to the airport. If you booked a rental car it is very likely that you will find your representative in the luggage room or at the airport exit. They will take you to their offices where you can finish the paperwork. If you need help to reserve a car for your vacation write to us and we will gladly help you.