How To Get To Galapagos From Ecuador

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You maybe planning a trip to Galapagos to perhaps scuba dive from a Galapagos Liveaboard and to enjoy the underwater world of this amazing location. If you are, then you may be wondering about how to get to Galapagos from Ecuador.

To get from Ecuador to Galapagos book an internal flight from Guayaquil airport to Seymour Airport on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island depending on your liveaboard departure port. You can also book a flight from Quito airport in Ecuador to Galapagos going via Guayaquil.

How to get to Galapagos from Guayaquil

The best way to get from Galapagos from Guayaquil is to fly from José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE). Book your flight to either Seymour Airport on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island, depending on your arrangements in Galapagos, which takes 1.5 hours.

How to get to Galapagos from Quito

The best way to get from Galapagos from Quito is to fly from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) via Guayaquil. Book your flight to either Seymour Airport on Baltra Island or San Cristobal Airport on San Cristobal Island, depending on your arrangements in Galapagos, which takes 2.5 hours.

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How long does it take to get from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands? 

The quickest route to get from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands is to fly from Guayaquil Airport which takes 1.5 hours.

How long is flight from Ecuador to Galapagos?

The quickest flight from Ecuador to Galapagos is 1.5 hours and flies from José Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) in Guayaquil. You can also fly from Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) in Quito, but this flight is 2.5 hours and goes via Guayaquil to collect additional passengers.

How long is a boat ride from Ecuador to Galapagos?

The boat ride from Ecuador to Galapagos takes at least 3 days to reach the Galapagos archipelago. Boats depart from Guayaquil in Ecuador and most boats that make the trip between Ecuador and Galapagos are cargo ships, which have very basic accommodation, so it’s best to fly as the cost is similar.

Can you take a ferry from Ecuador to Galapagos?

The is no ferry from Ecuador to Galapagos, so the only form of boat ride across to Galapagos from Ecuador is by cargo ship. Your best option is to fly from mainland Ecuador to the Galapagos Islands, which is 560 miles (900km) of the coast of Ecuador.

Can you fly direct from Quito to the Galapagos?

There are no direct flights from Quito to the Galapagos as all flights from Quito to the Galapagos go via Guayaquil Airport to pickup additional passengers.

Which airlines fly to the Galapagos Islands?

The main two airlines that fly to the Galapagos Islands from Ecuador are LATAM Airlines and Avianca Airlines.

What is the cheapest way to get to the Galapagos Islands?

The cheapest way to fly to the Galapagos Islands is to book an international flight from your local airport to Guayaquil, Ecuador, then book an internal flight from Guayaquil to the Galapagos Island your liveaboard departs. Flights can be less than £160 ($200) but usually cost £200 ($250) return.

How far is it from Ecuador to Galapagos Islands?

The Galapagos Islands are located about 560 miles (900km) due west from Manta on the west coast of Ecuador The nearest Galapagos island to Ecuador is San Cristobal Island. From Guayaquil to Baltra Island is 730 miles (1,169km) and from Quito it’s 820 miles (1312km).

Planning your international trip to Galapagos

If you are planning an international trip to Galapagos, you may want to read these individual articles about how to get to Ecuador from the following locations:

Table of Galapagos liveaboards

This list of Galapagos liveaboards is in descending customer rating order, followed by Scuba Diving Luxury Rating (SDE Lux Rating, see below), so the liveaboards with the highest customer rating and the best SDE lux rating will be at the top of the list. If you want to change the list order, use the “Sort by” dropdown below. For example, if you want to see these Galapagos liveaboards in “Liveaboard Departure Port” order, use this column to sort the list.

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Total Records Found: 9, showing 7 per page
Discover LiveaboardCustomer Review (Max 10)SDE Lux Rating %Flexible BookingAirportLiveaboard Departure PortAirport transferFree or Paid Airport Transfer
Review Link: MV Nortada; Booking Link: MV Nortada 8.3 79% YES Baltra Seymour Airport (Code: GPS) on Santa Cruz - Galapagos (Connects to Baltra Island via water taxi and bus) YES Paid Service
Review Link: MV Galaxy Diver; Booking Link: MV Galaxy Diver 0 69% YES Baltra Seymour Airport (Code: GPS) on Baltra Island - Galapagos YES Paid Service

I hope you enjoyed this article about how to get to Galapagos from Ecuador

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How To Get To Galapagos From Ecuador

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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