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How to Get to the Galapagos Islands

Planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands
Your first destination is mainland Ecuador
The best way to travel is by plane
TAME, AEROGAL and LAN ECUADOR

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  Planning your trip to the Galapagos Islands? Not sure how to get to the archipelago? It’s simple.
Your first destination is mainland Ecuador. Whether you’re traveling from the United States, Europe or anywhere else, you should book an international flight to Guayaquil or Ecuador’s capital, Quito.

The Galapagos Islands is a world-famous travel destination renowned for being an isolated and pristine archipelago. Their isolation is one of the qualities that makes them so special. You may be wondering how does one arrive to the islands. Charles Darwin went to the Galapagos Islands on the Beagle, but modern day explorers arrive by jet.

There are no direct international flights to the Galapagos Islands. The only daily flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador. International travelers must ensure to arrive to either city in order to start their Galapagos adventure.

From both Quito and Guayaquil, there are daily flights connecting Ecuador with cities across the Americas and in Europe. Direct flights from the US cities of Miami, Houston, Atlanta, and New York arrive every day. From Europe there are direct flights originating in both Amsterdam and Madrid.

Once on mainland Ecuador, passengers carry on to one of two major airports in the Galapagos Islands. The busiest airport in the Galapagos is on Baltra Island. The second airport is on San Cristóbal Island. Flights from Quito and Guayaquil fly there every day bringing passengers to the enchanting islands.

From the airports in the Galapagos, passengers transfer to their cruises or hotels in the port towns of the islands. When booking a cruise in the Galapagos, it is highly recommended to book your flights along with the cruise. This ensures an on-time arrival and avoids the risk of missing the cruise departure.

Our expert trip advisors can help you arrange all the details of your journey to the Galapagos Islands. Get in touch with them today to book your cruise and flights from Quito or Guayaquil. The flight from Quito to the Galapagos is approximately 2.5 hours, and it takes a little less time from Guayaquil. Once you get to the mainland, you’re only a few hours away from seeing the blue-footed boobies and tortoises and swimming with sea lions. Come to the Galapagos, and discover a world unlike any other!

Getting to the Galapagos Islands

The Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE) receives flights from U.S. cities of Miami and New York, European cities of Amsterdam and Madrid, and major cities of Central and South America.
Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito (UIO) receives flights from the U.S. via Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York; from Europe via Madrid and Amsterdam; and from many major cities in Central and South America. You should expect to arrive in Ecuador at least two days before your Galapagos Cruise begins and catch your international flight home at least two days after your stay in the Galapagos.

Once you have your flight to mainland Ecuador, getting to the Galapagos Islands is easy. Located nearly 1,000 km (600 miles) off of Ecuador’s coast, the best way to travel is by plane, as traveling by boat can take at least three days. Whether from Quito or Guayaquil, there are several flights daily that take passengers to the archipelago. You can land on Baltra Island or in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island. TAME and AEROGAL are two airlines that operate these routes. LAN will soon have flights to the Galapagos as well. If you are flying from Quito, you will most likely have a short stop in Guayaquil on your way to the islands.

Reserve your Galapagos tour before you purchase flight tickets to ensure correct dates. Check with your Galapagos cruise or tour company for advice on booking your flight to the Galapagos including optimal arrival times to the Islands according to cruise plans.

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Galapagos Flights:
Two daily flights in the morning ONLY

Carrier: TAME
Route: Quito-Guayaquil-Galapagos
Stops: 1
Length: 2hrs / 15 min

Carrier: AEROGAL
Route: Quito-Guayaquil-Galapagos
Stops: 1
Length: 2hrs / 15 min

http://www.galapagosislands.com/galapagos-travel-information/galapagos-flights.html

ARRIVING FROM THE UNITED STATES

Carriers: AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES , DELTA, COPA, AIR CANADA, LAN, AVIANCA, AEROMEXICO, TAME
Routes: Local airport-connecting flight in Atlanta, Houston, Miami or New York-Quito.
Possible stops in Central or South America

ARRIVING FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM
Carrier: KLM
Route: London-Amsterdam-Bonaire-Guayaquil-Quito
Stops: 3
Length: 20 to 22 hours

Carrier: CONTINENTAL
Route: London-Houston-Quito
Stops: 1
Length: 17hrs / 20 min

Carrier: DELTA
Route: London-New York-Atlanta-Quito
Stops: 2
Length: 35hrs / 12 min

Carrier: IBERIA
Route: London-Madrid-Guayaquil-Quito
Stops: 2
Length: 23hrs / 25 min

Carrier: AMERICAN AIRLINES
Route: London-New York-Miami-Quito
Stops: 2
Length: 33hrs / 10 min

Carrier: BRITISH AIRWAYS/LAN
Route: London-Madrid-Guayaquil-Quito
Stops: 2
Length: 17hrs / 55 min

ARRIVING FROM EUROPE
Carriers: KLM, LUFTHANSA, IBERIA, LAN, AVIANCA, AIR FRANCE, BRITISH AIRWAYS, AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, DELTA
Routes: From local airport connecting in Madrid or Amsterdam directly or other European city connecting to the US.
Possible stops in Central or South America

ARRIVING FROM AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND
Carriers: QUANTAS, LAN, AIR NEW ZEALAND, AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, DELTA
Routes: From Sydney or Auckland connecting in Chicago,
San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, or Santiago (Chile).
Possible stops in North or South America.

ARRIVING FROM JAPAN, CHINA & REST OF ASIA
Carriers: KLM, LUFTHANSA, ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS, AIR CHINA, JAPAN AIRLINES, AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, DELTA
Routes: From Beijing connecting in Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, or Tokyo.
From Tokyo connecting in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Washington.
Possible stops in Central or South America.

ARRIVING FROM AFRICA
Carriers: KLM, AIR FRANCE, SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS, IBERIA
Routes: From your nearby international airport connecting to
a major international airport in Europe or Brazil.
Possible stop in South America.

ARRIVING FROM INDIA OR THE MIDDLE EAST
Carriers: KLM, LUFTHANSA, AIR FRANCE, AIR INDIA, IBERIA, DELTA, EGYPTAIR, EMIRATES, AMERICAN AIRLINES, UNITED-CONTINENTAL AIRLINES
Routes: From your nearby international airport connecting to a major international airport in Europe or the United States.
Possible stops in North or South America.
How to Get to Galapagos Islands



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