The cheapest times to fly from SJO to CAE are

  • January 15th to March 4th (except the weeks of February 5th and February 19th)
  • April 16th to May 27th (except the week of May 7th)
  • July 9th to July 22nd
  • August 20th to November 25th (except the week of November 12th)

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 SJO to CAE is early October. Prices can be as high as $1738 for Saturday flights during early to mid December, or as low as $523 for Tuesday flights around early October.


When to Fly to Columbia

Flying from San Jose (SJO) to Columbia, SC (CAE) will usually cost between $545 to $851 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is early October with an average ticket price of $547. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is early to mid December, with an average price of $898. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $351 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $574 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SJO to CAE flight.

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

SJO to CAE Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SJO to CAE flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from San José. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.21, which is below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to depart and return on this flight. Saturdays 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 $121 (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 $574. Return trip prices are from the CAE to SJO 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 SJO to CAE can generally find a 1-layover flight. Because there is not usually a direct flight option the real-world direct flight time of 3 hour 59 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 SJO to CAE while comparing.

Destination alternative #1: Charleston AFB/International Airport (CHS) in Charleston, SC

  • 95 miles (153 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 22.13% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SJO to CHS flights

Destination alternative #2: Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) in Greer, SC

  • 91 miles (146 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 5.40% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SJO to GSP flights

Destination alternative #3: Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) in Asheville, NC

  • 131 miles (211 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 2.18% less expensive than CAE
  • 1-layover flights available

See SJO to AVL flights

Destination alternative #4: Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) in Charlotte, NC

  • 89 miles (143 km) away from CAE
  • Usually 1.22% less expensive than CAE
  • Nonstop flights available

See SJO to CLT flights


Flight Hacking SJO to CAE

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 SJO to CAE — but Champion Traveler does!

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

  • Price for both tickets: $564
  • Average savings: $11 (1.83%)

See SJO to flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

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

How far away is it from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Juan Santamaria International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 1666 miles or 2681 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SJO to CAE flight is about 3 hour 59 minutes.

How many flights go between San Jose and Columbia, SC?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 19 available flights from SJO to CAE.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

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

Return Airport

Destination code CAE
Destination airport name Columbia Metropolitan Airport
City Columbia, SC
Country the United States
Latitude 33.9
Longitude -81.1


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