The cheapest times to fly from SLC to SJO are

  • January 8th to March 4th (except the week of February 12th)
  • April 16th to April 29th
  • 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 SLC to SJO is mid August. Prices can be as high as $1299 for Saturday flights during late December, or as low as $406 for Tuesday flights around mid August.


When to Fly to San José

Flying from Salt Lake City, UT (SLC) to San Jose (SJO) will usually cost between $451 to $851 per person if booking more than four weeks in advance. On average the very cheapest time to fly is mid August with an average ticket price of $456. Due to high demand the most expensive time to fly is late December, with an average price of $994. Planning your trip to low-cost times can easily save you $538 on economy flights and even more on first-class flights. Generally, any price below $666 can be considered a good price for a round-trip SLC to SJO flight.

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

SLC to SJO Flight Prices

Compared to other flights, the SLC to SJO flight is cheaper than the average and costs less than the average flight leaving from Salt Lake City. The average price per mile (for a direct flight) is $0.15, which is far below average.


Flight Prices by Day of the Week

Tuesday is usually the cheapest day to fly to SJO, and Monday the cheapest day to fly back into SLC. Saturdays are the most expensive days to fly to San José, and Fridays are the most expensive days to return to Salt Lake City. Selecting flights on the least expensive days could save you up to $88 (12%) 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 $623. Return trip prices are from the SJO to SLC 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 SLC 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 53 minutes may not be realistic.


Flight Hacking SLC 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 SLC to SJO — but Champion Traveler does!

Hack #1: Las Vegas, NV (SLC > LAS > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $561
  • Average savings: $106 (15.84%)

See SLC to LAS flights

Hack #2: Los Angeles, CA (SLC > LAX > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $588
  • Average savings: $78 (11.71%)

See SLC to LAX flights

Hack #3: Orlando, FL (SLC > MCO > SJO)

  • Price for both tickets: $592
  • Average savings: $75 (11.19%)

See SLC to MCO flights


Flight Questions Answered

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

Which airlines fly this route?

You can find 9 major airlines flying this route most often: Aeromexico, Alaska, American, Avianca, COPA, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, United, and potentially more during busy seasons.

How far away is it from Juan Santamaria International Airport to Salt Lake City International Airport?

The distance between the two airports is roughly 2719 miles or 4376 kilometers.

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

The real-world flight time for a nonstop SLC to SJO flight is about 5 hour 53 minutes.

How many flights go between Salt Lake City, UT and San Jose?

It depends on the day of the week and the date, but a typical day might have around 77 available flights from SLC to SJO.


Airport Location Info


Departing Airport

Origination code SLC
Origination airport name Salt Lake City International Airport
City Salt Lake City, UT
Country the United States
Latitude 40.8
Longitude -112

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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