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Liberia International Airport, Guanacaste.

Second most important airport in Costa Rica.


Daniel Oduber International Airport(LIR - Liberia international airport code) better known as Liberia Airport was inaugurated in 1995 and it is located approximately 8 kilometers from the city of Liberia ( 10 minutes driving distance) and is 220 Km (136 miles) northwest of  the capital city of San José. If you are planning on driving from San Jose to the Liberia airport it may take almost four hours to get from one aiport to the other it will depend on weather and trafic conditions. Below you may find a detailed route made by a gps system that may guide you when driving from one airport to the other.

It is the second most important airport of Costa Rica and features all services and international requirements, such as: migration office, an emergency medical technicians department, refueling service, a fire brigade department, bank services, telephones, internet, sanitary facilities, restaurant and cafeteria. In addition to this, only a few minutes from the airport you will find hotels, car rental agencies, tour operators, taxi service, banks, restaurants, domestic and international flights services. The airport of Liberia is very small with only a couple of buildings as its terminal area so its very simple to get around.

Arriving to the Liberia International Airport is an excellent option if you wish to visit places like Tamarindo, Golfo de Papagayo, Flamingo, Playa Potrero, Playas del Coco, Playa Samara, Ocotal, Punta Islita, Santa Rosa National Park, La cruz, Arenal volcano, Palo Verde National Park, the Ostional reserve, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, the Guanacaste National Park, Monteverde, Nicaragua, and many more places of interest that are either in Guanacaste Province or on the neighboring areas.

The airport of Liberia in Guanacaste  is a very good option if you’re planning a trip to Nicaragua, since it is located only one hour and 30 minutes away from the border with this neighboring country.The area of the border is called Peñas Blancas and it is very interesting to do a short trip of a couple of nights to the beautiful Colonial city of Granada. The total expenses of crossing this border is less than nine american dollars per person and very few countries require a visa to entry nicaragua.

Presently the Costa Rican government is planning to encrease the area of the air terminal, which will give a better service to the high amount of tourists and locals, who day by day choose Guanacaste as one of the best destinations of Costa Rica


Important distances from Liberia Airport, Guanacaste to near by atractions and cities.


Approximate distance in kilometers

Approximate time by car

City of Liberia

8 km

12 minutes

Playa Flamingo

85 km

55 minutes


83 km

1:20 hours

Santa Cruz

56 km

45 minutes

La Cruz

65 km

1:10 hours

Border of Nicaragua

77 km

1:20 hours

San José, capital city

217 km

3:45 hours

Tamarindo Area

69 km

1:00 hours


140 km

3:30 hours

La Fortuna

165 km

3:15 hours


193 km

3:10 hours

Manuel Antonio

263 km

4:20 hours

Granada, Nicaragua

180 km

3: 00 hours


Aeropuerto Internacional de Liberia, Guanacaste, Costa RicaVista del aeropuerto internacional de Liberia in Guanacaste Costa Rica

Liberia Airport

Daniel Oduber Airport receives at least 40 weekly flights. Some of the airlines that fly daily to Liberia are:

  • American Airlines
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • Taca Airlines
  • Northwest airlines
  • United airlines
  • US Airways
  • Air Canada
  • Sky Survice

There are also flights from Canada with companies like Sunwing and Sky Service among others.

In 2005 the number of passengers on the Costa Rican airport was almost 400,000 passengers. Only during the 2007 season (December-April) reached more than 250,000 passengers.

Driving directions from Liberia

Driving from the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) to down town Liberia takes around 10 minutes and if you are driving to the beach areas there are many different driving times. For example to go to Hermosa beach or Papagallo Gulf it takes only about 20 minutes. To go to tamarindo it may take one hour. At the moment there are no tolls on any of these routes. For information on renting a car please call 1-877 281-8515. Parking for long periods in this airport is not a common practice. Most of the routes in Guanacaste are very well marked but if you prefer to get a GPS, most car rental companies offer them as an option.


Taxis into the city of Liberia(Liberia,Guanacaste) take anywhere from 10 to 15 minutes. They cost between $16-$26 Taxis are cash only and can be paid either in colones or U.S. dollars. Make sure to take a cab in the designated areas or ask a uniformed airport employee to help you since you do not want to end up in the hands of informal taxi drivers. It´s a nice practice to tip at least a dollar per bag if the taxi driver assists you.

Car Services and private Vans and buses.

For a little more than a taxi, you can have excellent service in a mini van or a sedan. Services such as helping with luggage, airport baggage claim greeting, and advance reservations are all standard and if requested you may have an English speaking driver or guide assisting you at the airport. For mini vans reservations please contact Expediciones Tropicales at 1-877-281-8515. If you are arriving at night this could be the best option for your arrival transportation from the airport of Liberia, Costa Rica to your final Guanacaste Vacation area you have chosen

Public Transportation from and to Liberia airport.

The public bus from the Liberia International airport to down town Liberia leaves at the following times: 6 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The same bus returns 30 minutes after arriving the city back to the airport.

For passengers flying on a private plane please use the following link for tecnical information, related to Liberia Interantional airport specifications.


Hotel cercanos al aeropuerto de Liberia

Hilton Garden Inn Hotel, Aeropuerto de Liberia
Allegro Papagayo Resort
Four Season Resort
Hilton Garden Inn
Allegro Papagayo Resort
Four Season Resort
Hilton Garden Inn Hotel cerca del Aeropuerto de Liberia Costa Rica
Hoteles del Aeropuerto de Liberia CR
Hotel del Aeropuerto de Liberia

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Route from Juan Santamaría International Airport to Liberia City.

Below you may find exact statistics taken by a GPS System. The driving time from San Jose or Juan Santa Maria International airport may vary depending on weather and traffic conditions. There are also local flights from San Jose to Liberia International Airport.

Gps Route from San Jose international airport to Liberia city. in a larger map, Costa Rica.


Aeropuertos Internacionales en Costa Rica
Localización de los aeropuertos
internacionales de Costa Rica



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