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Knowing how to get to the Galapagos Islands is really easy, and with the help of this article you will know how to plan your journey to a fantastic vacation.

When traveling to Galapagos, first of all,  is important to consider that they are 600 miles off the coast of South America, therefore, and as a protected National Park, there are restrictions for incoming flights.

The Galapagos Islands is one of the most pristine and isolated places in the world. because of the isolation feature, appart from being located on the equator, the archipelago provides the perfect environment for the unique wildlife, and the magnificent flora that lives here..

How to get to the Galapagos Islands

Guayaquil’s Jose Joaquin de Olmedo “International Airport” receives daily flights from:

  • The cities of Miami and New York in the United States.
  • The cities of Amsternad and Madrid in Europe.
  • Some of the major cities of Central and South America.

Quito’s “Mariscal Sucre” International Airport, receives flights from:

  • The cities of Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Miami and New York in the United States.
  • The cities of Amsterdam and Madrid in Europe.
  • From major cities in Central and South America.

Flights from the United States

Airline

Departing from

AMERICAN AIRLINES

  • New York
  • Miami
  • UNITED AIRLINES / COPA

    Houston

    DELTA AIRLINES

    Atlanta

    JET BLUE

    Fort Lauderdale

    Flights Starting in the United Kingdom

    Airline

    Route

    Stopovers

    Total time duration

    KLM

  • London
  • Amsterdan
  • Bonaire
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito
  • 3

    22 Hours

    UNITED AIRLINES

  • London
  • Houston
  • Quito
  • 1

    17 Hours /20 Minutes

    DELTA AIRLINES

  • London
  • New York
  • Atlanta
  • Quito
  • 2

    35 Hours / 12 Minutes

    IBERIA

  • London
  • Madrid
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito
  • 2

    23 Hours / 25 Minutes

    AMERICAN AIRLINES

  • London
  • New York
  • Miami
  • Quito
  • 2

    33 Hours / 10 Minutes

    BRITISH AIRWAYS

  • London
  • Madrid
  • Guayaquil
  • Quito
  • 2

    23 Hours / 25 Minutes

    Flights from other European Destinations

    Airline

    Departing from / Connecting in

  • AIR FRANCE
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES
  • AVIANCA
  • UNITED AIRLINES / COPADELTA AIRLINES
  • IBERIA
  • KLM
  •  

    Madrid or Amsterdam,
    Flights can possibly make a stopover in Central or South America.

    Flights from Australia / New Zealand

    Airline

    Departing from / Connecting in

  • NEW ZEALAND AIRWAYS
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES
  • UNITED AIRLINES
  • DELTA
  • QUANTAS
  • US ARIWAYS
  • Flights from Australia will land in United States cities of::

    • Chicago
    • San Francisco
    • Los Angeles
    • New York
    • Santiago de Chile in South America

    Flights from Japan

    Airline

    Departing from / Connecting in

  • ALL NIPPON AIRWAYS
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES
  • UNITED AIRLINES
  • DELTA
  • KLM
  • JAPAN AIRLINES
  • Flights departing from Japan will arrive to the following United States cities::

    • Amsterdam
    • Atlanta
    • Chicago
    • Dallas
    • Houston
    • New York
    • Washington
    • Seoul

    Flights from Africa

    Airline

    Departing from / Connecting in

  • AIR FRANCE
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES
  • DELTA
  • IBERIA
  • KENYA AIRWAYS
  • KLM
  • ROYAL AIR
  • MAROCSOUTH
  • AFRICAN AIRWAYS
  • TURKISH AIRLINES
  • Flights departing from any Afrikan international airport to an European major cities, the United States, or Brazil in South America.

    Flights from Middle East

    Airline

    Departing from / Connecting in

  • AIR FRANCE
  • AIRINDIA
  • ALITALIA
  • BRITISH AIRWAYS
  • BRUSSELS AIRLINES
  • UNITED AIRLINES
  • DELTA
  • EGYPT AIR
  • EMIRATESGARUDAIBERIA
  • JET AIRWAYS
  • KLM
  • LUFHTHANSA
  • Flights departing from any major international airport to a major European major cities, or United States,

    Furthermore, we recommend that you arrive in Ecuador, at least 48-hours prior to your Galapagos flight. As a result you won’t have to worry about delays on your flights, and will give you the opportunity to visit the city of Quito or Guayaquil.
    To preserve the Islands, the Galapagos National Park demands the fulfiling of some strict regulations for any ship or aircraft landing in the Galapagos. Therefore, when booking your Galapagos flight, please consider the following:

    • There are no direct international flights to the Galapagos Islands.
    • Daily flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from the cities of Quito and Guayaquil on mainland Ecuador.
    • The Galapagos flight will take you around two and a half hours
    • Most flights from Quito make a stopover in Guayaquil.
    • There are two airports in Galapagos, on the Islands of Baltra and San Cristobal, make sure to book the flight to islands from where your cruise is departing
    • Flight departs from Quito early in the morning, hence make sure to arrive at least 24 hours prior to your Galapagos flight.
    • Daily flights depart from Quito or Guayaquil. To check on more information and the flight schedule click here

    Getting around the Galapagos Islands

    Getting around town:

    Bikes:

    This is one of the best ways to move around in any of the Galapagos towns. Bicycles can be rented per day, or per hour.

    Lots of the visitor’s sites are really close. Consequently, you will have the perfect chance to enjoy a ride while wondering with the magnificence of the Galapagos.

    Taxis:

    Taxis in the Galapagos Islands are white pick-ups, driving around town, or parked at the peers.
    Taxi rides in the Galapagos Islands have a fixed rate of around US$2.00; except from the journey to and from Baltra to Puerto Ayora, which has a price of around US$20.00.

    Water Taxis:

    To get to some of Puerto Ayora’s nearby tourist attractions you will need to take a water-taxi, from the passenger peer on the main street, right behind the children park.

    The ride to the other side of town, where the German Beach, Las Grietas Crevasse swimming hole, and other tourist sites have a fixed rate of around US$0,60.

    Inter island transfers

    Sea:

    Several speedboat companies offer inter-island shuttling.

    • Shuttles from Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island) to Puerto Villamil, (Isabela Island), take about 2.5 to 3 hours.
    • Traveling from Puerto Ayora to San Cristobal, can take around two to three hours depending on the sea tides and the weather.

    The trips can be really bump. Therefore, is recommended to take a seasickness medication before traveling.

    Air:

    There are daily flights between the islands of Santa Cruz, Isabela and San Cristobal. The flying time between the islands is of around 30 minutes. Nevertheless, vlying time from San Cristobal to Isabela Islands shall taker around 40 minutes.

    Flights schedules are as follows:

    • Baltra to Isabella: 12:30 pm
    • Baltra to San Cristobal: 10:30am
    • San Cristobal to Isabela: 7:30am
    • San Cristobal to Baltra: 8:00am
    • Isabella to Baltra: 8:30am
    • Isabella to San Cristobal: 2:00pm

    No matter which form of getting around you choose, the Galapagos Islands offer traveler a world of experiences! From fabulous Galapagos wildlife and up-close Galapagos Animal encounters to spectacular scenery and Galapagos Cruises, The Galapagos Islands are waiting for you!

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