The cheapest times to fly from RAP to SJO are

  • January 8th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 30th to May 13th
  • August 6th to December 9th (except the week of November 19th)

based on data collected exclusively by Champion Traveler across tens of millions of flights. Among all the dates above, the very cheapest time to fly from RAP to SJO is late September. Prices can be as high as $1417 for Sunday flights during late December, or as low as $556 for Tuesday flights around late September.


When to Fly to San José

Flying from Rapid City, SD (RAP) to San Jose (SJO) will usually cost between $601 to $990 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is late September with an average ticket price of $627. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $1152. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $525 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $770 can be considered a good price for a round-trip RAP to SJO flight.

See below for a graph of average weekly prices for the RAP to SJO route. All prices are for round-trip tickets in USD.

RAP to SJO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the RAP to SJO flight is cheaper than the average and costs about as much as the average flight leaving from Rapid City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.18, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Sundays are the most expensive days to fly out or take a return trip. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $151 (17%) on this flight.

Departing prices are for round-trip flights returning on the day of departure. For example, a flight departing on Tuesday and returning a week later will cost an average of $712. Return trip prices are from the SJO to RAP flight, and often highlight the quality of our data in showing the same trend.

Departing Prices by Day

Departure Day Prices

Return Trip Prices by Day

Return Day Prices


Nonstop Flights and Layovers

Travelers looking to fly from RAP to SJO can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 5 hour 41 minutes may not be realistic.


Alternative Nearby Airports

Champion Traveler tells you which airports are nearby and whether tickets might be cheaper alternative airports nearby. Sometimes it’s worth it to fly into a closer airport and then commute to your destination. Remember that there is not usually a nonstop flight from RAP to SJO while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) in Liberia

  • 100 miles (161 km) away from SJO
  • Usually 15.45% less expensive than SJO
  • 1-layover flights available

See RAP to LIR flights


Flight Hacking RAP to SJO

Flight hacking is when you book two tickets instead of a layover, sometimes with different airlines. You will need to either bring only a carry-on bag (highly recommended) or leave yourself plenty of time to go through security again. Flight hacking is completely allowed, but airlines don’t always tell you the cheapest way to get from RAP to SJO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Orlando, FL (RAP > MCO > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $747
  • Average savings: $24 (3.05%)

See RAP to MCO flights

Hack #2: Las Vegas, NV (RAP > LAS > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $756
  • Average savings: $15 (1.88%)

See RAP to LAS flights

Hack #3: Miami, FL (RAP > MIA > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $760
  • Average savings: $10 (1.3%)

See RAP to MIA flights


Flight Questions Answered

Still have questions about flying from RAP to SJO? We’ve got answers.

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 5 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, American, COPA, Delta, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Juan Santamaria International Airport to Rapid City Regional Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2609 miles or 4199 kilometers.

How long does it take to fly from RAP to SJO?

The real-world flight time for a nonstop RAP to SJO flight is about 5 hour 41 minutes.

How many flights go between Rapid City, SD and San Jose?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 20 available flights from RAP to SJO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code RAP
Origination airport name Rapid City Regional Airport
City Rapid City, SD
Country the United States
Latitude 44
Longitude -103.1

Return Airport

Destination code SJO
Destination airport name Juan Santamaria International Airport
City San Jose
Country Costa Rica
Latitude 10
Longitude -84.2


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