Galapagos (Ecuador)How to get there

How to get there
(Last update August 2010)

Ecuador/ Galapagos – Galapagos is located in the Pacific Ocean and attracts nature and animal lovers from all around the world. The Galapagos Islands are one of the most spectacular big fish areas. One of the biggest attractions include huge schools hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks, sea lions and many sea turtles.

The gateway airports to the Galapagos are Quito and Guayaquil in Ecuador. Here you usually need to stay overnight before you can travel to the Galapagos Islands.

We have listed some of the most common air connections below. Please contact us for detailed routings suitable for your trip.
From North and South America
Flights from the United States to Quito are operating with Delta Airlines from Atlanta, with Continental Airlines from Houston, with Luxair from New York and with American Airlines, Aerogal and LAN from Miami.

Flights from South America to Quito are operating with Avianca, Aerogal and Copa Airlines from Bogota, with LAN from Buenos Aires, with Santa Barbara Airlines from Caracas, with Taca International Airlines from Lima and Madellin, with Copa Airlines from Panama City and with Lineas Aereas and Costarricenses (Lacsa) from San Jose.
From Australia and Asia
There are no direct flights from Australia and Asia to Ecuador. If you travel from this region, you need to fly via the United States/Canada or South America.

There are flights from Sydney to Buenos Aires with LAN or Qantas. You can also fly from Sydney to New York with Qantas, American Airlines, US Airways or United Airlines.

The 2 main hubs in Asia to the United States are Singapore and Hong Kong. Singapore Airlines flies to New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Houston, whereas Cathay Pacif flies from Hong Kong to Tronto, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. United Airlines, Continental Airlines and Delta Airlines also operate flights from Asia to North America.
From Europe
There are Flights from many European cities like Frankfurt, Zurich or London to Quito or Guayaquil. They are operated by Iberia or LAN via Madrid or Barcelona. Another possibility is to fly via Amsterdam with KLM.
Domestic flights
There are currently two airlines (Tame and Aerogal) that fly from Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands. Depending on your final destination, you need to fly to Baltra or San Cristobal, the two local airports. We will advise you which flight is most suitable for your itinerary.
Please note that baggage rules and regulations are subject to change at any time.

In Economy class most big Airlines have a free check in baggage allowance of 20kg per person. Some airlines still allow 2 pieces of 23kg for each person (LAN).

Prices and baggage allowance are the same for both airlines. The free baggage allowance per person is 20kg, extra baggage is usually taken at an additional cost. The price per kilo is approximately USD 4.00-5.00.
As part of your travel plan we will happily assist you in finding the most suitable flight connections to your dive destination. In many cases we can issue the tickets on your behalf.

Air taxes are subject to strong fluctuations and can change daily or until your flight ticket has been purchased. Taxes generally include local airport/security fees, departure taxes, ground handling fees and fuel surcharges.

Should the most convenient route involve instant purchase airfares we can still issue them with your authorisation. All airfares issued by us will attract a small service fee and might slightly be more expensive then the cheapest offers online.

In general, airfares available for purchase online depend on day of departure and time of travel. Those instant purchase airfares require full payment at time of booking. If you choose to arrange your own flights online, we won’t be able to provide any services for seat reservations, schedule or itinerary changes.
Visa & passport requirements
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) change regularly. Contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Ecuador for the most up to date information.

If you are travelling to Ecuador through the United States of America (USA), or if you are transiting in Honolulu or other USA points of entry, you are required to meet USA entry/transit requirements. Make sure you check with your nearest Embassy or Consulate of the United States your visa requirements well in advance of your travel. You should also read our travel advice for the United States of America. For information about some recent changes to United States border entry procedures, including the use of Emergency Passports and Documents of Identity, please see our travel bulletin on entry into the United States.

In order to enter the Galapagos islands all passengers need their passport. In order to enter the Galapagos you need to pay USD 100 in taxes to the National Park, which need to be paid in cash at Baltra or San Cristobal airports. Children under 12 will pay USD 50. Only 20 kilos and one baggage per person will be allowed on flights towards Galapagos. The rest of the luggage will be kept safely for you at your hotel in Quito.
We also can organise accommodation in Quito or Guayaquil if needed.
Links to more information
The following information is supplied by the foreign affairs section of the relevant country or the tourism authority of the destination. Please check the links for up to date information on visa and safety requirements, embassy and consular contacts, general information:

Australian Travel advice for Ecuador:

UK travel advisory for Ecuador:

US travel advisory for Ecuador:
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