How to get to the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador in South America. Getting to the Galapagos islands is quite easy once you have arrived in Ecuador.

If you are flying to Ecuador, almost all flights arrive at either Quito (the capital) or Guayaquil (the largest city). These two locations are also the departure airports for the Galapagos islands. So this makes it easy. Guayaquil is a little closer to the Galapagos islands, and therefore, flights from here are a little cheaper.  Recently there have also been a limited number of flights leaving from Cuenca.

Flights from Guayaquil, Quito or Cuenca all fly to one of two airports in Galapagos. There is the main airport at Baltra (often called Santa Cruz as this is where you end up), or San Cristobel. Most flights go to Baltra (Santa Cruz). It is often hard to book flights to San Cristobel especially in the high seasons, as the flights are limited and seats are often reserved and taken by local Galapagos residents.

It is important to take note that Galapagos is 1 hour behind continental time in Ecuador, When flying to the Islands you therefore arrive an hour early and when returning you arrive an hour later. The flight time from Quito is 2 hours and from Guayaquil 1 & 1/2 hours.

 

From Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands:

It is cheaper to fly to the Galapagos from Guayaquil, and is also a shorter flight. There are many flights from Europe and the USA that arrive at Guayaquil airport late evening/early morning (from 11 pm to 2 am). The airport is also new, and is very easy to navigate.  So it is possible to arrive at the airport, transfer for 4-5 hours, and then catch the 9 am flight.

There are 4 daily flights from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands; they all leave in the morning.

Flight schedules Guayaquil - Galapagos

A: Flights arriving at Baltra airport (for Santa Cruz Island)

  • Departure 9h00 am - Arrival 9h30 am TAME AIRLINES flight 191 (daily)
  • Departure 11h00 am - Arrival 11h30 am TAME AIRLINES flight 193 (daily)
  • Departure 10h00 am - Arrival 10h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 032 (Monday -Friday)
  • Departure 10h15 am - Arrival 10h45 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 032 (Sundays)
  • Departure 11h00 am - Arrival 11h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 034 (Saturdays)

B: Flights arriving at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport (San Cristobal Island)

  • Departure 11h00 am - Arrival 11h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 030 (Monday & Thursday)
  • Departure 11h30 am - Arrival 12h00 am TAME AIRLINES flight 195 (Wednesday)
  • Departure 9h00 am - Arrival 10h45 am  TAME AIRLINES flight 191 (Friday) - additional stop in Baltra before arrival in Puerto Baquerizo
  • Departure 9h45 am - Arrival 10h15 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 030 (Saturday & Sunday)

Return flights from Galapagos to Guayaquil

Flights departing Baltra airport to Guayaquil

  • Departure 12h15 pm - Arrival 14h45 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 192 (daily)
  • Departure 10h15 am - Arrival 14h00 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 190 (Friday)
  • Departure 12h00 pm - Arrival 14h30 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 033 (Monday through Friday)
  • Departure 12h30 pm - Arrival 15h00 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 035(Saturday)
  • Departure 11h40 am - Arrival 14h10 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 033(Sunday)

Flights departing Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport to Guayaquil

  • Departure 12h30 pm - Arrival 15h00 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 031(Monday & Thursday)
  • Departure 12h45 pm - Arrival 15h15 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 194 (Wednesday)
  • Departure 11h30 pm - Arrival 14h00 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 190 (Friday)
  • Departure 10h45 pm - Arrival 13h15 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 031(Saturday & Sunday)

Flight prices from Guayaquil to Galapagos return

  • Citizens of Ecuador $180
  • Citizens from the Andean pact $280 (Venezuela Bolivia)
  • Foreign citizens low season (May 1st - June 14th, September 15th - October 31st) $301
  • Foreign citizens high season (June 15 - September 14th, November 01 - April 30th) $346

From Quito to the Galapagos Islands:

There are no direct connections with international flights so you must arrive in Quito at least one day before your flight to the Islands. As from July 2010 there are 4 daily flights from Quito to the Galapagos Islands, they all leave in the morning.

Flight schedules from Quito to Galapagos

A: Flights arriving at Baltra airport (For Santa Cruz island)

  • Departure 07h30 am - Arrival 9h30 am TAME AIRLINES flight 191 (daily)
  • Departure 09h30 am - Arrival 11h30 am TAME AIRLINES flight 193 (daily)
  • Departure 08h20 am - Arrival 10h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 032 (Monday -Friday)
  • Departure 08h45 am - Arrival 10h45 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 032 (Sundays)
  • Departure 09h30 am - Arrival 11h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 034 (Saturdays)

B: Flights arriving at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport (San Cristobal Island)

  • Departure 9h15 am - Arrival 11h30 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 030 (Monday & Thursday)
  • Departure 10h00 am - Arrival 12h00 am TAME AIRLINES flight 195 (Wednesday)
  • Departure 7h30 am - Arrival 10h45 am  TAME AIRLINES flight 191 (Friday) - additional stop in Baltra before arrival in Puerto Baquerizo
  • Departure 8h20 am - Arrival 10h15 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 030 (Saturday)
  • Departure 8h20 am - Arrival 10h15 am AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 022/030 (Sunday)

Return flights Galapagos to Quito

A: Flights departing Baltra airport to Quito

  • Departure 12h15 pm - Arrival 16h15 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 192 (daily)
  • Departure 10h15 am - Arrival 14h15 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 190 (daily except Friday)
  • Departure 10h15 am - Arrival 15h30 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 190 (Friday)
  • Departure 12h00 pm - Arrival 16h15 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 033 (Monday through Friday)
  • Departure 12h30 pm - Arrival 16h15 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 035/033 (Saturday)
  • Departure 11h40 am - Arrival 16h15 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 033/029 (Sunday)

B: Flights departing Puerto Baquerizo Moreno airport to Quito

  • Departure 12h30 pm - Arrival 16h45 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 031(Monday & Thursday)
  • Departure 12h45 pm - Arrival 16h45 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 194 (Wednesday)
  • Departure 11h30 pm - Arrival 15h30 pm TAME AIRLINES flight 190 (Friday)
  • Departure 10h45 pm - Arrival 14h45 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 031/029 (Saturday)
  • Departure 10h45 pm - Arrival 14h45 pm AEROGAL AIRLINES flight 031/027 (Sunday)

Flight prices from Quito to Galapagos return

  • Citizens of Ecuador $220
  • Citizens from the Andean pact $280 (Venezuela, Boliva)
  • Foreign citizens low season (May 1st - June 14th, September 15th - October 31st) $335
  • Foreign citizens high season (June 15 - September 14th, November 01 - April 30th) $391

Boat and Cargo ships from Guayaquil to Galapagos

There is also an option to go by boat from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Islands, yet it is not cheaper nor recommended. You must be prepared to be 3 and a half days on potentially rough  open sea. If you are lucky you will get a bunk in a cabin, otherwise you must take your own sleeping bag or hammock. Detials are listed below.

The main purpose for these ships is cargo, therefore the conditions are very basic. Cargo Ships leave Guayaquil from Muelle Naval Sur (South Navy Pier) every few weeks (you should inquire on the schedules at the Pier). The price for the one way trip is about $150. We highly recommend that you ask to see the boat before you make any payments. Contact information is:
Marina 91 Phone 4 2397370
Virgen de Monserrat Phone 4 2296785