Guayaquil Airport Details
Guayaquil Airport Overview
Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (formerly known as Simon Bolivar International Airport) is in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the largest city in Ecuador. Guayaquil airport has international flights to North American and Europe and also services local/domestic destinations like Esmeraldes, Quito, Manta and Loja. Additionally, Guayaquil airport is the best place to get connections to the Galapagos Islands. The Guayaquil airport code is GYE.
Location of Guayaquil Airport and Maps
The airport is located 5 km (3.1 mi) north of Guayaquil's center, on the Avenida de las Americas.
Airport taxis in Guayaquil are safe as long as they have the inscription "Cooperativa de Taxis Aeropuerto" on them. Do not enter a taxi without this inscription. Guayaquil airport has their own taxi cooperative, which means that the taxis that enter the airport are preapproved by the Airport administration. So catching a Guayaquil airport taxi is not difficult. Taxis in Guayaquil have no meters. Always negotiate the taxi fare with the driver before getting into the taxi. Prices are negotiable. From the airport or bus station to the center city is between US$5 and $6. To Urdesa, Alborada, or Policentro is around US$4.
Buses are available from Guayaquil airport to the city center. Check with information at the airport for bus times and departures. Along with taking a taxi or bus, Guayaquil airport has airport shuttle service and private cars available to take travelers to and from the airport. Price depends on drop off location.
Guayaquil car rental hires include Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Honk and Zoom Car Rental.
Other Tips, Advice & Information
There are a good number of Guayaquil airport hotels near Guayaquil airport including Howard Johnson Guayaquil (0.68 miles), Hostal Suites Madrid (2 miles), Hampton Inn by Hilton Guayaquil-Downtown (2 miles), and Guayaquil Airport Hotel (which is about a mile from the airport). Also, the Funky Monkey Hostal is near the Guayaquil airport and they have free shuttle pick up from the airport.
Most of the attractions are not within walking distance of the Guayaquil airport, but if you have time and take a taxi, there are some fun things to do in Guayaquil. Malecon 2000 is a cultural riverside walking promenade with entertainment, and there is also a mall and park with historical monuments. Zona Rosa is a place to find bars and discoteques. Parque Historico features the main animal and plant species of Ecuador. There are also several rebuilt antique houses recreating old Guayaquil.
Although there are some places to eat in Guayaquil airport, the best restaurants in Guayaquil are not in the airport. The best restaurants in Guayaquil tend to be along the main access road into the suburb of Urdesa. There you can find seafood wonders, steak, grilled chicken and more.
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. As of 2011, the airport departure tax,US$29.78 (international), is now included in the airfare. The domestic departure tax, US$4.95, is also included in the airfare, unless traveling to the Galapagos, in which case 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 Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport in Guayaquil: Aerogal, American Airlines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, Copa Airlines (operated by Copa Airlines Colombia), Delta Air Lines, Iberia, Icaro, KLM, LAN Airlines, LAN Ecuador, SAEREO, SBA Airlines, TACA Airlines, TACA Airlines operated by Lacsa, TACA Peru and TAME.