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flights to and from Galapagos

Aerogal is now Avianca

Galapagos Flights

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)
DAYS FLIGHT # NROUTE DEPARTS ARRIVES
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1632 UIO/GYE/GPS 06H45 09H19
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1633 GPS/GYE/UIO 10H05 14H50
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1630 UIO/GYE/GPS 10H15 12H40
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1631 GPS/GYE/UIO 13H20 17H45
SATURDAYS 1634 UIO/GYE/GPS 10H20 12H50
SATURDAYS 1635 GPS/GYE/UIO 13H30 18H00
SUNDAYS 1632 UIO/GYE/GPS 07H10 09H44
SUNDAYS 1633 GPS/GYE/UIO 10H25 14H50
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1630 UIO/GYE/SCY 10H15 12H40
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 1631 SCY/GYE/UIO 13H20 17H45
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1682 UIO/GYE/SCY 07H35 10H00
SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1683 SCY/GYE/UIO 10H40 15H05
*All flight numbers and times are subject to change without prior notice.
CHART FLIGHTS MAINLAND – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
LAN/LATAM AIRLINES
DAYS FLIGHT # ROUTE DEPARTS ARRIVES
MONDAY & THURSDAY XL-1411 UIO/GYE/GPS 08H00 10H32
MONDAY & THURSDAY XL-1410 GPS/GYE/UIO 11H20 15H47
TUESDAY XL-1417 UIO/GYE/GPS 13H10 14H22
WEDNESDAY XL-1417 UIO/GYE/GPS 13H10 14H22
FRIDAY XL-1411 UIO/GYE/GPS 08H05 10H37
FRIDAY XL-1410 GPS/GYE/UIO 11H25 16H02
FRIDAY XL-1415 UIO/GYE/GPS 08H35 11H17
FRIDAY XL-1414 GPS/GYE/UIO 12H00 16H39
SATURDAY XL-1415 UIO/GYE/GPS 07H05 09H47
SUNDAY XL-1414 GPS/GYE/UIO 10H35 15H07
TUESDAY XL-1419 UIO/GYE/SCY 10H40 13H07
TUESDAY XL-1418 SCY/GYE/UIO 10H35 13H02
SATURDAY XL-1419 UIO/GYE/SCY 08H08 10H32
SATURDAY XL-1418 SCY/GYE/UIO 11H15 15H37
SUNDAY XL-1419 UIO/GYE/SCY 10H40 13H07
SUNDAY XL-1418 SCY/GYE/UIO 13H45 18H17
*All flight numbers and times are subject to change without prior notice.
CHART FLIGHTS MAINLAND – GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
TAME AIRLINES
DAYS FLIGHT # ROUTE DEPARTS ARRIVES
MONDAY TO SUNDAY EQ-193 UIO/GYE/GPS 09H00 11H30
MONDAY TO SUNDAY EQ-192 GPS/GYE/UIO 12H30 16H50
TUESDAY & THURSDAY EQ-191 UIO/GYE/GPS 06H30 09H00
WEDNESDAY EQ-197 UIO/GYE/GPS 09H25 10H15
SATURDAY & SUNDAY EQ-191 UIO/GYE/GPS 06H30 09H00
TUESDAY & THURSDAY EQ-190 GPS/GYE/UIO 10H00 14H20
SATURDAY & SUNDAY EQ-190 GPS/GYE/UIO 10H00 14H20
*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.

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