GALAPAGOS Airports Details
GALAPAGOS Airports Overview
There are only two Galapagos Island airports, Baltra Airport (Seymour Airport) and San Cristobal Airport. The islands are served by TAME a military owned airline. TAME offers daily flights between Quito and Guayaquil and the Baltra airport in the Galapagos Islands. Flights to the Galapagos are heavily booked. TAME and Aerogal serve the Baltra airport where the majority of the boats operate and from where overland service to Santa Cruz is available. Aerogal and Icaro Air serve the San Cristobal and Baltra airport. Please note as due to the distance between the two airports it is not possible to transfer between airports on the same day. The Baltra airport code is GPS and the San Cristobal airport code is SCY.
If you are making your own travel arrangements from North America, the most common airlines used is either American Airlines, offering direct flights to Quito or Guayaquil from Miami, or Continental Airlines, offering direct flights from Houston, Texas. These flights arrive in Ecuador at night and the flights to the Galapagos leave early in the morning - making it necessary for you to spend a minimum of one night in either Quito or Guayaquil.
The Baltra airport is located on the island of Baltra in the Galapagos Islands. Baltra is a small flat island located near the center of the Galapagos
The flights to Galapagos depart from Quito with a stop-over in Guayaquil before heading to one of the two Galapagos airports on either Baltra or San Cristabal, where passengers meet their guides and head off on their cruise of the islands. Those travelers who have a preplanned tour, hotel stay or other land based Galapagos experience can also meet transportation at the airport for either Puerto Ayora from Baltra or Puerto Baquerizo Moreno from San Cristabal.
Land transfer services are available from Baltra to nearby Santa Cruz and Puerto Ayora. Those visitors planning land based visits board the bus departing the airport for the Itabaca Canal (approximately a 10-minute ride). A ferry takes passengers and their belongings across the water to the CITTEG bus waiting on the other side. If headed to Puerto Ayora, passengers take an hour-long bus ride across Santa Cruz.
Other Tips, Advice & Information
It is important to keep in mind many flights arrive at night and do not allow passengers to make same day connections to their final destination. The airports offer few services and passengers are advised to get a hotel for the night. Fortunately both the Baltra airport and the San Cristobal airport are located within the city limits making a variety of hotels available within a short distance from the airport.
To enter Ecuador, you must have a U.S. passport with at least six months remaining validity. Customs officials also require evidence of return or onward travel. If you are traveling on a regular passport for tourism or business, you will not need a visa for a stay of 90 days or fewer per 12-month period. If you are planning a visit longer than 90 days, you must obtain a visa in advance of your arrival. In order to depart Ecuador, you must present a valid U.S. passport. There is no charge to leave the Galapagos Islands airports. However, traveling to the Galapagos Islands from either Quito Airport or Guayaquil Airport there is a $10 tourist card fee and $100 visitor fee payable immediately upon arrival in Baltra or San Cristobal (cash only).
The following airlines fly to Baltra Airport and San Cristobal Airport in the Galapagos Islands: AeroGal, TAME, LAN Ecuador and Icaro Air.