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Flights to Galapagos

Flying to the Galapagos Islands ? flights you can take and how to plan them

 

The Archipelago of Galapagos is located 903 kilometers (563 miles) west of Continental Ecuador and so the only way to reach the Islands is via plane from Mainland. Because the Galapagos is a protected National Park, flight frequencies are limited but there are daily flights to/from the Islands from the two international Airports in Ecuador:

Mariscal Sucre International Airport (coded: UIO) located in the capital city of Quito and Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (coded: GYE), in Guayaquil (coast region).

Where do we land and cost of flights?

Flights from Quito have a 40 minute layover in Guayaquil before heading to Galapagos. Total estimated flight-time is 2 to 2½ hours from mainland to the Archipelago.

Bear in mind that Galapagos has two Airports: Seymour Airport (coded: GPS) in Baltra Island and San Cristobal Airport (coded: SCY) located in the Island of the same name.

AVIANCA, TAME and LAN-LATAM Airlines are the three main carriers serving the routes, and their prices vary depending on the season. Flight rates vary from US$490 and US$545 per adult and discounts are applied for children under 12 years-old by the time of travel.

If you are taking a sailing cruise, it is best to book the flights along with the cruise as each cruise uses specific flights that complies with their approved itinerary and regular schedule. Arriving on later flights or other Airline that may suffer delays may result in missing the group’s arrival and greet, perhaps the first visit of the itinerary and even the complete forfeiture of the booked cruise.

Avianca Galapagos Airport

When should I arrive to Ecuador?

It is very important to know that all flights to Galapagos depart from Quito between 06h30 and 07h00 and from Guayaquil between 08h00 and 09h00; therefore it is of great importance that you arrive to either City at least 24 hours (best if 48 hours) before your –pre scheduled flight date to the Islands, this in case your international flights and connections suffer delays or change on timings.

Moreover, if you are planning to leave Ecuador on the last day of your cruise or tour, remember that flights from Galapagos are susceptible to delays and the estimated of arrival to Guayaquil is around 15h30-17h00 and to Quito is around 16h00-18h00.

What are my flight options?

As mentioned, there are 3 airlines flying in/out Galapagos; Avianca, Tame and LAN Airlines. There are several flights departing each day to Baltra and San Cristobal; it is also possible to fly to one airport and return from the other in the Galapagos.

Here is a sample chart of flight schedules from Avianca Airlines to use as reference on flight times and routes:

Where: UIO = Quito; GYE = Guayaquil; GPS = Baltra; SCY = San Cristobal.

CHART FLIGHTS MAINLAND – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

AVIANCA (Formerly AeroGal)
DAYSFLIGHT #NROUTEDEPARTSARRIVES
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1632UIO/GYE/GPS06H4509H19
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1633GPS/GYE/UIO10H0514H50
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1630UIO/GYE/GPS10H1512H40
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1631GPS/GYE/UIO13H2017H45
SATURDAYS1634UIO/GYE/GPS10H2012H50
SATURDAYS1635GPS/GYE/UIO13H3018H00
SUNDAYS1632UIO/GYE/GPS07H1009H44
SUNDAYS1633GPS/GYE/UIO10H2514H50
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1630UIO/GYE/SCY10H1512H40
MONDAY TO FRIDAY1631SCY/GYE/UIO13H2017H45
SATURDAY & SUNDAY1682UIO/GYE/SCY07H3510H00
SATURDAY & SUNDAY1683SCY/GYE/UIO10H4015H05
*All flight numbers and times are subject to change without prior notice.
CHART FLIGHTS MAINLAND – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
LAN/LATAM AIRLINES
DAYSFLIGHT #ROUTEDEPARTSARRIVES
MONDAY & THURSDAYXL-1411UIO/GYE/GPS08H0010H32
MONDAY & THURSDAYXL-1410GPS/GYE/UIO11H2015H47
TUESDAYXL-1417UIO/GYE/GPS13H1014H22
WEDNESDAYXL-1417UIO/GYE/GPS13H1014H22
FRIDAYXL-1411UIO/GYE/GPS08H0510H37
FRIDAYXL-1410GPS/GYE/UIO11H2516H02
FRIDAYXL-1415UIO/GYE/GPS08H3511H17
FRIDAYXL-1414GPS/GYE/UIO12H0016H39
SATURDAYXL-1415UIO/GYE/GPS07H0509H47
SUNDAYXL-1414GPS/GYE/UIO10H3515H07
TUESDAYXL-1419UIO/GYE/SCY10H4013H07
TUESDAYXL-1418SCY/GYE/UIO10H3513H02
SATURDAYXL-1419UIO/GYE/SCY08H0810H32
SATURDAYXL-1418SCY/GYE/UIO11H1515H37
SUNDAYXL-1419UIO/GYE/SCY10H4013H07
SUNDAYXL-1418SCY/GYE/UIO13H4518H17
*All flight numbers and times are subject to change without prior notice.
CHART FLIGHTS MAINLAND – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
TAME AIRLINES
DAYSFLIGHT #ROUTEDEPARTSARRIVES
MONDAY TO SUNDAYEQ-193UIO/GYE/GPS09H0011H30
MONDAY TO SUNDAYEQ-192GPS/GYE/UIO12H3016H50
TUESDAY & THURSDAYEQ-191UIO/GYE/GPS06H3009H00
WEDNESDAYEQ-197UIO/GYE/GPS09H2510H15
SATURDAY & SUNDAYEQ-191UIO/GYE/GPS06H3009H00
TUESDAY & THURSDAYEQ-190GPS/GYE/UIO10H0014H20
SATURDAY & SUNDAYEQ-190GPS/GYE/UIO10H0014H20
*All flight numbers and times are subject to change without prior notice.

How to choose the best route for my flights?

It is suggested to define your international flight schedule before booking domestic flights; depending from where you plan to fly to Ecuador, you can find excellent and different deals arriving/departing to Quito or Guayaquil.

The prices for domestic flights are the same in all routes to/from Galapagos so if you find a good deal for international flights, we can gladly book your domestic flights in consistence with them.

Can I book Inter-Islands flights?

 Yes, it is possible; there is a local airline specialized on inter-island flights; they fly a small aircraft (Cessna plane) 3 times a week between Baltra Island and Isabela Island (Puerto Villamil) as well as between Baltra and San Cristobal Islands Last we heard, fares were a little over $135.00 one way per person so if you have the money and not the time, this is a great way to get from island to island.

You can also charter hourly planes between US$450 and US$ 600 (rates are subject to verification), but can gladly cater this service for you!

Can I book “Open Jaw” Routes?

Yes, flights can be booked on a specific route i.e. Quito/Baltra/Quito with option to modify the route eventually considering available flights and possible penalties for changing on routes or dates.

What is the best way to connect with my international flight?

When returning from Galapagos, if you have your international flight booked on the same date from Quito or Guayaquil, it is imperative that this flight leaves Ecuador no earlier than 20h00. The main reason for this is because most of the times Galapagos flights suffer delays especially due to weather conditions, therefore it is best that if you necessarily need to flight out Ecuador on the same day, that you choose an evening flight back home or to your next destination, like Peru for instants.

However, it’s more recommended to flight on the next day if possible so you can board your international flight with ease of time.

Galapagos Reptiles
Galapagos Entry Requirments