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San Salvador1 stop$2,877
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FAQs - booking Central America flights

  • What visa do I need to enter Central America?

    Australian passport holders do not generally need a visa to enter countries in Central America. Australians can stay in Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama for up to 90 days without a visa. On arrival, you need to show a current passport that is valid for at least six months, and you may be asked for proof of an onward ticket.

  • How do I find cheap flights to Central America?

    The cheaper fares from Australia to Central America usually have multiple layovers and longer layover times. Flights from Melbourne to Guatemala with two layovers are cheaper than flights with just one layover. If you don’t mind spending time at airports and changing planes, you can save a lot on airfares. If your travel dates are flexible, you also can search for prices on KAYAK by specific dates or by month.

  • Where should I fly to in Central America to see Mayan ruins?

    The impressive Mayan ruins in Copan are a World Heritage site about 4 hours west of Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, in San Pedro Sula. One of the most important cultural destinations in Honduras, its highlights include temples, sculptures and the Hieroglyphic Stairway. Alternatively, located deep in the Guatemalan rainforest within Tikal National Park is an ancient city dating back to 1,000 BC. Mundo Maya International Airport (FRS) is only around 70 km from this Mayan archaeological site.

  • What do I need as a car seat if I’m flying to Central America with kids?

    If you want to take the kids on a holiday to Central America, some countries have laws about child restraints in cars. In Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama, age and height-appropriate car seats and boosters are compulsory for children travelling in vehicles. If you have hired a car at the airport, you will need to hire or bring your own car seats. There are no national child restraint laws in Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.  

  • How long is the flight to Central America?

    An average direct flight from Australia to Central America takes 42h 37m, covering a distance of 23197 km. The most popular route is Melbourne - San José with an average flight time of 27h 35m.

  • What is the cheapest flight to Central America?

    The cheapest ticket to Central America from Australia found in the last 72 hours was $1,901. The most popular route is Melbourne to San José Juan Santamaria Intl and the cheapest round-trip airline ticket found on this route in the last 72 hours was $3,241.

  • What are the most popular destinations in Central America?

    Based on KAYAK flight searches, the most popular destination is San José (43% of total searches to Central America). The next most popular destinations are Liberia (26%) and Managua (16%). Searches for flights to Panama City (11%), to San Salvador (2%) and to Guatemala City (1%) are also popular.

  • How does KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool help me choose the right time to buy?

    KAYAK’s flight Price Forecast tool uses historical data to determine whether the price for a given destination and date is likely to change within 7 days, so travellers know whether to wait or book now.

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Top tips for finding cheap flights to Central America

  • Enter your preferred departure airport and travel dates into the search form above to unlock the latest Central America flight deals.
  • If you are departing from Melbourne and want to dive with whale sharks and explore coral reefs in Central America, book a flight to San Pedro Sula Ramon Villeda Morales Airport (SAP), in Honduras, where you can take a boat or ferry to the islands of Roatan and Utila.
  • Passengers travelling from Sydney to Ometepe Island or the Corn Islands must book a flight to Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (MGA), in Managua, Nicaragua, before taking a domestic flight to the islands.
  • Australians who want to visit the spectacular Blue Hole Natural Monument, in Belize, must fly to Belize City. From there, travel to Ambergris Caye, where you can find a dive operator who will organise a diving trip to possibly the world’s largest marine sinkhole.
  • Most flights from Australia to Central America have at least one layover. If you are travelling from Sydney to Guatemala, Panama or Costa Rica, you will need to change planes in the United States, usually in Los Angeles.
  • Flights from Sydney to Panama City will arrive at Tocumen International Airport (PTY), which is one of the busiest airports in Central America. A hub for Copa Airlines, you can find regular connections between Central America and the Caribbean, South America and North America.
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Top 5 airlines flying to Central America

Need help choosing which airline to fly with from Australia to Central America? KAYAK airline reviews give an overall score for each airline based on loads of factors, including comfort, boarding, in-flight entertainment and more, to make your decision easier. See airline scores according to verified KAYAK customer reviews.
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• Crew obviously hate their job • We were placed in the very back of the airplane even though we checked in 4+hrs before our flight • We were given food but since we were in the back of the plane, we were rushed to throw it away. • This was the most unorganized boarding experience. They just called “Group 1” to board and after that, it was chaos. Everyone was confused and they only spoke in Chinese.

4.0 OkayMaria, May 2024TPE - OKA
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• Crew obviously hate their job • We were placed in the very back of the airplane even though we checked in 4+hrs before our flight • We were given food but since we were in the back of the plane, we were rushed to throw it away. • This was the most unorganized boarding experience. They just called “Group 1” to board and after that, it was chaos. Everyone was confused and they only spoke in Chinese.

Great experience for a long 13-14 hours flight. Great pilot and crew, everyone is pleasant and attentive to the passengers.

On time. Great service. Good food. Good movies. All good!

The quality of the food is pretty good. Thank you, EVA Air.

Eva Air's Business Class is pretty decent. With the given price, I think that the food can be better.

Pleasant, comfortable, and entertaining. All told, ZERO issues with it. And sadly, so far the flight was WAY more comfortable than the hellhole that is "Lambug Beach Resort" at Badian Beach!

No ice for the drinks. Only gave a half a cup of your beverage. Not enough water. I got very dehydrated.

Fast boarding process. Flight was expected for a long haul economy flight

Poor services. Not meet 5-star airline standard. Disappointed with the poor food and drink selections. Cabin crew is not attentive at all. They even skipped me during meal service (not sure if it is intentionally).

EVA would not help with ticket issue since they were purchased through a travel agency. Even though it was EVA ticket stock. Travel agency Budget Air didn't reissue ticket after airline change which I didn’t learn until trying to checkin on Christmas Day and there was no contact number for the agency to help. I will never use Budget Air to purchase flight again and disappointed in EVA’s refusal to help. Thankfully just under 12 hrs before departure someone from the agency was available to reissue tickets. I was starting to think we would not be flying and the stress trying to resolve was completely unacceptable.

Flight was fine overall. What you would expect from economy seats. I did appreciate the amenities (eyemask, earplugs, small toothbrush and toothpaste, thin socks).

It was good no problems made it on time for the next flight overseas!

they give hard time at checking, they not allow computer bag or purse

I found it weird that the quality of the flight different from Australia to Doha than the Doha to Berlin leg. The quality of the toiletries pack (was in a box from Australia) and then a proper bag from Doha. The biggest variation was the inflight entertainment, which had a significantly shorter amount of content compared to the Doha flight. My QSuite seat was also broken and did not recline all the way flat. Wasn’t the best and I wouldn’t be happy if I’d paid cash for the flight.

They shld provide food. Between food they are giving 10 hours gap which is toooo much

From home to the airport, you must mention the terminal ready.

Food and entertainment was very very bad. Also, Doha airport is very bad. Entertainment was same for last 1 change. Old movies. Food quality was sub par.

Asian Veng meal have Non Veg items which is not ok. Pure veg meals option are too less and they have inclusion of Vedgan and Lactos etc... which is taste less

Overall good but staff in the place looked extremely tired after 8hrs in 14 hrs journey and then service was cut short and response time for calls increased in later part of flight. Food was ok not astonishing

Very very bad.. more than 48 hr I didn’t received my baggage yet

We liked the fully reclinable seats. Had center seats, so it was difficult to talk to spouse. Crew was great

It started with multiple delays, cancellations, re booking, 5 hour lay over and finally on a plane from Chicago to Pittsburgh. Gates, times, etc were changed multiply times. Once on the plane, staff was fine, but built in tv did not work and could not even turn it off. Light at eye level the entire trip, so sleeping was near impossible. No snacks or drinks given.

The flight was delayed due to weather issue…WiFi did not work and even though I wanted to pay for WiFi I couldn’t buy it. Overall very disappointing even though I paid and reserved Business class

Crew was not very helpful. They forgot to serve me coffee and had to wait for a long time.It looked as if they were not very happy with what they were doing.

737 Max was leaking water into the cabin through the windows. Overhead bins opened on landing. Bad bad plane.

This flight was a code share on Air New Zealand.

Crowded flight, but upbeat and kind crew. Pilot greeted us at door, flight attendant thanked a number of “special” passengers for their business, another addressed an eight-year old boy as “young man.” United obviously trying to up their game, but though all of that is nice and notable, flying still feels like moving along a human assembly line, being herded into one small space after another (boarding areas with too few seats, planes with limited personal space, shuttles (IAD) packed too full.

Cramped and uncomfortable seats. Not enough room for 6’2” person such as myself.

Flight was absolutely sold out, so that just makes the crews job that much tougher. I will say people (customers) are behaving better over the last year.

I was very fortunate it was not a full flight , so I had 3 seats to myself. Absolute bliss. Food very good. Except dinner desert was a sugar bomb. Can you provide yoghurt or some healthier dinner desert. Thankyou

Paid for premium economy had no tv the whole time the crew tried to reset/reboot but would not work they said they would put a trouble ticket in for it. We had 3 seats my tv was the only one that didn't work. They cancelled our flight re worked us on another that left us at airport over night on the floor I have a ten year old and a 78 diabetic mother which also had shingles and suffers from nerve pain in legs and back. Requested wheelchair service at all airports after the re route NO wheelchair service was there to help. WORST experience we have ever had. Went to American airlines assistance it was closed. I AM FURIOUS!!! I expect some sort of compensation from this traumatic experience and no need for flying points we don't plan on using American airlines again!!!!

Our flight was delayed 2.5 hrs due to plane being too hot! After 1.5 hrs, airline decided to use another plane but had to wait for gate, baggage transfer & beverage transfer. Anyone could tell after first half hour that another plane was required and although did not affect us many would miss connecting flights at Heathrow. I have found the stewards are not the friendliest in the industry and the food is questionable, even as I like airplane food normally, the best of the 2 flights was the yogurt & granola for breakfast.

Cold air blew constantly on my legs almost making me numb.

Food options were limited which is absolutely embarrassing for a Flight of this size The staff did not come around as much and I am not accustomed to such poor service from American Airlines Drinks I believe were limited to soda and water

The staff was unprofessional and didn’t communicate very well. The boarding process was very disheveled, potentially due to a power outage the previous day but there was no contingency plan to properly get passengers boarded the following day. Once boarded the aircraft stayed on the tarmac for over 45 minutes due to high winds. The communication was sporadic but an announcement was finally made an additional 30 minutes later that the flight was cancelled but we couldn’t get off the plane. Prior to deplaning one of the gate agents came on the plane and made an announcement for everyone to pickup their checked bags and take a card to rebook a new reservation because they didn’t have adequate staff. Flights were missed, passengers went to different airports and there was little to no assistance from AA.

American Airlines canceled the flight twice and was unable to facilitate a change of city for us after our travel plans became affected. We lost alot of money due to this and it seems like the airline was trying their best not to facilitate this. Mind you, I am a very loyal member.

There were 3-4 delays on this flight—we almost missed our connection.

It was only a 50-minute flight from CLT to SAV. I could not get wifi in CRJ 900 plane,

Horrible trip. I won't fly AA again Boarding was a nightmare because they squeezed people into the waiting like sardines. My connection was 30 minutes and the run to the gate was horrible. Then the flight was canceled AFTER boarding. The Flight attendants did not know what to do and gave out the wrong instructions. They finally sent us to a different gate. Again, the waiting was like a sardine tin. The flight was okay and my baggage arrived fine.

Loved the leg room but hate I had to pay to get it!!

Horrible delays and confusion at all Air Canada counters. Flight was delayed well over 6 hours with little to no communication. Was o my offered a $15 food voucher and $200 Air Canada voucher—-neither of which did I need or have desire to use. Will never fly this airline again.

Air Canada had a lot of delays on our flight going back to Seattle. So much inconvenience for a long trip.

Air Canada cancelled our flight from Paris to Montreal with less than 24 hours notice, completely ruining our plans for the last day of our trip. Their associate tried to help by rebooking, but there was only one option available from Paris that was impossible for us to get on. There was no compensation for the disruption, and in fact, we had to pay an additional surcharge after losing money from another flight we had to cancel in order to accommodate the change. Before arriving in Paris, our flights were changed 5 times, but we had more flexibility while still on home soil, so the changes were manageable. Very unpredictable company and poor customer service.

I had written all my complaints on my trip from Grand Junction to Denver so I will repeat it here! I was absolutely appalled that I had to pay for a regular seat that I choose 24 hrs before boarding! Also I checked my large bag which I had to pay for as well, and by the time I boarded all the room in the bins were gone so also had to check that one. I noticed people pulling out oversized suitcases, bigger than the measurements stated for carry on, and also large pack packs stuffed full! So these people were taking up 2 or 3 spaces that the rest of us should have been able to use but couldn’t! NoTV on the flight! Thankfully I had downloaded the United Airlines app and was able to watch movies on my phone. Don’t remember the last time I flew in a plane with no movie screens!

Delays upon delays. Food was gross. Separated me and my spouse is the seating I heard others complaining they weren't sat with their loved ones either.

Got the email to check in but when I tried to check in it said "cannot connect to server", so checked in at the desk.

For me was not enough water. + 200 ml would be perfect… Generally it was good.

Bye portaction for cancelation , when you want to change date, you have to cancel And pay 20% as cancelation. To lose as cancelation!!! Upsell airline!!!!!!!!!!!

I got hurt and needed a wheelchair. They were excellent. I also appreciated the fact that they kept me informed thru out the whole trip regarding boarding, gate changes and luggage info.

I got hurt and needed a wheelchair. They were excellent.

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