Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport or Liberia International Airport, (LIR airport code) is one of four international airports in Costa Rica and is the main one in Guanacaste. In the past few years, Guanacaste has become a very popular province in Costa Rica for vacationers. The nature, wildlife and the natural attractions have drawn tourists from all over the world who are looking for a more adventurous trip in less populated places.
To accommodate all these new visitors, Guanacaste needed a more well constructed airport since it has not been updated since 1995. In 2012 the airport presented a brand new terminal building allowing it to be more efficient and for more flights to go in and out.
Liberia International Airport Location
Less than an hour away from some of the most popular and biggest tourist attractions in Guanacaste such as Playa Conchal, Rincon de la Vieja National Park, and Gulf of Papagayo, LIR is the ideal landing spot for those wanting to visit the Pacific Costa Rica coast.
Liberia to LIR: From the city, head west onto Route 21 and continue about 10 kms. Turn right at big intersection about a km past Budget Car Rental and then turn left into the airport.
Playas del Coco to LIR: From the entrance of Playas del Coco (the white anchor), drive east on route 151 (towards Liberia) and continue until you hit a major intersection, about 15 kms. Turn left onto route 21 and after about 10 kms, turn left again when you see the airport on your left hand side.
This airport is not as busy as the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose but the new terminal was certainly an upgrade. It has full amenities, gift shops, a restaurant, duty free stores, currency exchange, a small parking lot and shuttles going to and from the airport.
There are only 7 gates since around 40-50 flights come through a week. There is one exit for passengers after they pass through customs and baggage check and just one strip for departures and arrivals.
If you’re picking someone up, they don’t allow people inside the airport anymore so you’ll have to wait outside.
Airlines Operating To Liberia International Airport
Liberia International Airport accommodates both international and national flights.
*This information is up to date to Oct 2013 and may not reflect the most current changes*
Commercial carriers – International and Domestic
- Air Berlin
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Copa Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Frontier Airlines
- Nature Air (Domestic)
- Sansa (Domestic)
- Taca (now is Avianca)
- US Airways
- West Jet
- Air Transat
- Jazz Air
- Sun Country
Public bus: The Liberia public city bus between the airport and Liberia runs every hour on the hour from 5 AM to 9 PM. From the bus station in Liberia, you can take a bus to the border, San Jose, Playas del Coco and other destinations for cheaper than a shuttle or taxi. Downside to this is that the buses are usually very full, longer waiting times and longer bus rides.
Airport shuttle: If your hotel does not offer you transportation, there are shuttles at the airport that you can book. Liberia airport shuttles run every day, meet every flight and will drop you off directly at your destination. You must pre-book your shuttle and they will pick you up in a private, air conditioned 12 minimum seater vehicle. If you would like to book a shuttle, you can contact us for a quote.
Shared shuttles: For a cheaper price, you can take a shared shuttles with other passengers. Shared shuttles can’t pick up directly at the airport however, you will have to go to the Hilton Garden Inn Liberia Airport hotel about a mile away for pick up.
Taxis: There will always be airport taxis waiting outside the arrival gate if you want to take a taxi. Remember that taxis are going to be more expensive than shuttles and they can charge even higher rates for holidays.
Rental Cars: If you book a rental car beforehand (highly recommended), either your car will be waiting ready for you at the airport or the company will have a shuttle to pick you up to take you to their office.
If you need a place to stay close to the airport, there is one hotel that is just across the road from the airport, the Hilton Garden Inn.
Although more expensive being the Hilton, it is the closest compared to others. For a cheaper option, check out Hotel Santa Ana further away but more budget friendly.
Want to read about other options? Click here to read our article for best hotels near LIR.
You no longer need to pay the $29 exit tax, it is included in many airline tickets. There is a board and payment office for you to check since some airlines (Canadian) have not included it yet. Make sure to check if you bought your ticket a long time ago too (more than 1 year).
They will give you your customs form to fill out after. Check here for Costa Rica entry requirements.
If you’re flying into LIR Airport, find out what it’s like to go through the immigration and customs.
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