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Arriving to Ecuador

There are no direct flights to Galapagos. Whether you’re traveling from the United States, Europe or anywhere else, you should book an international flight to Guayaquil or Quito, the capital of Ecuador.

Here’s the reason: As Galapagos is a protected National Park, there are some regulations that airlines shall fulfill. It’s unlikely that there will ever be an international flight to the Galapagos.

The only two international airports in Ecuador are located in the cities of Quito and Guayaquil:

Ecuador Map

José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil (GYE) receives flights from:

  • U.S. cities of Miami and New York,
  • European cities of Amsterdam and Madrid,
  • Major cities of Central and South America.

The Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito (UIO) receives flights from:

  • The U.S. via Atlanta, Houston, Miami, and New York
  • Europe via Madrid and Amsterdam
  • Many major cities in Central and South America.

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Quito

The Quito International Airport is one of your options for arriving in Ecuador, below some important information about it

  • The Mariscal Sucre International airport is located on the town of Tababela about 11 miles east of Quito.
  • Flying from Quito to Galapagos takes around two and a half hours. Most of the flights make a stop in Guayaquil.
  • The Mariscal Sucre Airport is the busiest airport in Ecuador and one of the busiest in South America.
  • It receives and departs daily flights from and to the United States; Europe, South America; Central America
  • If possible spare a day or two in Quito one of the finest capitals in the world, visit the middle of the world and the colonial part of town, and discover why Quito has won the World Travel Awards for various consecutive years.
Guayaquil Airport

If you prefer Guayaquil, here some important information about the José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport

  • The José Joaquín de Olmedo airport is located on the Avenida de las Americas, on the north of Guayaquil.
  • Flying from Guayaquil to Galapagos takes around one and a half hours, all of the flights are direct flights.
  • José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport was named “Best Airport in Latin America" for two consecutive years by the Airports Council International (2008-2009).
  • It receives and departs daily flights from and to the United States; Europe, South America; Central America.
  • Guayaquil is an interesting city, a tour of Guayaquil will let you get amazed by the life and beauty of the Pearl of the Pacific
Baltra Airport

Getting to the Galapagos from Quito or Guayaquil is easy

There are daily flights to the archipelago. You can land on Baltra Island or in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristobal Island, departing from Quito, or Guayaquil.

Key points to consider:

  • Flying from Quito to Galapagos takes around two and a half hours. Most of the flights make a stop in Guayaquil.
  • It is recommended to arrive at least one day prior to the Galapagos flight in the case of any delay or cancellation.
  • Booking the cruise and the flight together is a better option as cruises often work with specific flights.

Flights Schedule to and from the Galapagos Islands

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Flying to Galapagos

Quito/Guayaquil - Baltra Island

Airline Flight # Departure
from Quito
Arriving at
Guayaquil
Departure
from Guayaquil
Arrival
(Galapagos Time)
Frequency
Avianca AV-1632 6:25 7:20 8:10 9:10 Mon to Fri
Avianca AV-1638 7:35 8:30 9:20 10:20 Sat & Sun
TAME EQ-193 9:00 9:50 10:40 11:30 Mon to Sun
LAN XL-1413 9:35 10:30 11:15 12:10 Mon, Thu & Sat
LAN XL-1413 7:45 8:40 9:20 10:20 Tue & Wed
LAN XL-1411 8:05 8:55 9:10 10:40 Fri & Sun

Quito/Guayaquil - San Cristobal Island

Airline Flight # Departure
from Quito
Arriving at
Guayaquil
Departure
from Guayaquil
Arrival
(Galapagos Time)
Frequency
Avianca AV-1630 9:35 10:30 11:25 12:15 Mon to Fri
Avianca AV-1636 9:35 10:30 11:25 12:15 Sat & Sun
TAME EQ-195 9:15 10:10 10:50 11:35 Tue, Thu & Sat
LAN XL-1421 10:30 11:25 12:00 13:00 Mon & Wed
LAN XL-1419 10:35 11:30 12:00 13:00 Tue, Sat & Sun
LAN XL-1419 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 Thu & Fri

Flying from Galapagos

Baltra Island - Guayaquil/Quito

Airline Flight # Departure
from Baltra
Arriving at
Guayaquil
Departure
from Guayaquil
Arrival
(Quito Time)
Frequency
Avianca AV-1633 10:05 12:55 13:45 14:40 Mon to Fri
Avianca AV-1639 11:15 14:10 14:55 15:50 Sat & Sun
TAME EQ-192 12:30 15:05 16:00 17:20 Mon to Sun
LAN XL-1412 12:55 15:45 16:15 17:15 Mon, Thu & Sat
LAN XL-1412 11:05 13:55 14:25 15:25 Tue & Wed
LAN XL-1410 11:20 14:10 14:50 15:45 Fri & Sun

San Cristobal Island - Guayaquil/Quito

Airline Flight # Departure
from San Cristobal
Arriving at
Guayaquil
Departure
from Guayaquil
Arrival
(Quito Time)
Frequency
Avianca AV-1631 13:05 15:55 17:05 18:00 Mon to Fri
Avianca AV-1637 13:05 15:55 17:05 18:00 Sat & Sun
TAME EQ-194 12:30 15:05 16:00 17:20 Mon to Sun
LAN XL-1420* 13:40 16:25 - - Mon & Wed
LAN XL-1418 13:40 16:25 17:00 18:00 Tue, Sat & Sun
LAN XL-1418 15:10 17:55 18:30 19:30 Thu & Fri


*Flight ends in Guayaquil. If necessary, you may take a connection flight to Quito (LAN XL-1654)
Stopovers in Guayaquil last approximately 50 minutes.

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Important Galapagos Flight Tips:

• If you book your flight when reserving your Galapagos cruise, you can often save big. For free help planning the cruise+flight package right for you, contact us now.

• All flights to the Galapagos Islands start from the mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil). There are currently no direct international flights to Galapagos.

• Make sure you coordinate your flights to Galapagos with your Galapagos tour. There are 2 main airports in Galapagos. Cruises and tours start from different islands on different days.

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