San Cristobal Flights

San Cristobal Flights

Step-by-step instructions for getting to San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador.  There are NO direct flights from the USA.  You must first travel to either Guayaquil Ecuador or Quito, Ecuador.  From Quito, EC or Guayaquil, EC you must fly into San Cristobal.

There is another airport (Baltra) that is on an island from where an uncomfortable ferry boat ride or a charter flight would need to be arranged.  Savvy travelers make sure they fly into San Cristobal.

Travel times to the Galapagos

From New York or Newark, NJ to Guayaquil, EC – approx 6 hours
From Guayaquil, EC to San Cristobal, Galapagos, EC – approx 1.5 hours

Note: All flights to San Cristobal leave early in the morning.  This means that red-eye flights from the USA are preferred unless you want to spend a day in Guayaquil (see lodging recommedations for Guayaquil).

Guayaquil is quite nice and a sightseeing tour can be arranged.  This is also a great place to re-acclimate after a long stay in the Galapagos before heading back to the the grind.

Transfer Instruction for Guayaquil to San Cristobal

  1. Exit the plane and pass through customs
  2. Claim your checked baggage and pass through an X-ray inspection of ALL your bags
  3. Go upstairs to the departure level
  4. Locate the agricultural inspection station (middle of the kiosk area)
  5. Produce your passport, pay a $10 CASH park fee, and receive a receipt that will allow you to get your boarding passes
  6. The inspection station also includes an X-ray of all your bags where your checked baggage will be sealed with a special zip-tie (which will be removed in San Cristobal)
  7. Locate the airline kiosk for your flight to San Cristobal, show your inspection receipt, check your bags, and get your boarding passes
  8. Proceed to the Domestic departure area and fly to San Cristobal
  9. Upon arrival in San Cristobal you will need to pay $100 CASH fee to enter the park
  10. Claim your luggage and start your adventure!

Fly From New York (JFK) to Guayaquil Ecuador (GYE)

LAN (usually best price, but notorious for delayed baggage and horrific customer service)
American Airlines
United Airlines
Avianca
Copa Airlines
TACA

From Newark, NJ (EWR) to Guayaquil Ecuador (GYE)

American Airlines
United Airlines
Avianca
Copa Airlines
TACA

Fly From Miami, FL (MIA) to Guayaquil Ecuador (GYE)

LAN (usually best price, but notorious for delayed baggage and horrific customer service)
American Airlines
United Airlines
Avianca
Copa Airlines
TACA

Fly from Guayaquil Ecuador (GYE) to San Cristobal, Galapagos, Ecuador (SCY)

Aerogal (recently purchased by Avianca)
Tame
LAN (notorious for delayed baggage and horrific customer service)

LAN 2016 JFK/GYE Schedule

JFK Guayaquil Guayaquil JFK
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Every day 8:45pm 3:40am 10:00am 4:40pm

LAN 2016 GYE/SCY Schedule

LAN Reservations – 866-435-9526 (from USA) – Schedule updated November 15, 2016

Guayaquil San Cristobal San Cristobal Guayaquil
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Sunday 12:20pm 1:15pm 1:50pm 4:40pm
Tuesday 12:20pm 1:15pm 1:50pm 4:40pm
Friday 11:20am 12:15pm 12:55pm 3:45pm
Saturday 9:40am 10:35am 11:15am 2:05pm

TAME 2016 JFK/UIO Schedule

JFK Quito Quito JFK
Every day Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
8:55am 3:00pm 12:50am 7:00am

TAME 2016 UIO/SCY Schedule

Quito San Cristobal San Cristobal Quito
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Tuesday 9:30am 11:40am 12:40pm 4:50pm
Friday 9:30am 11:40am 12:40pm 4:50pm
Saturday 7:30am 9:50am 10:50am 3:00pm

TAME 2016 GYE/SCY Schedule

Schedule updated November 15, 2016

Guayaquil San Cristobal San Cristobal Guayaquil
Depart Arrive Depart Arrive
Tuesday 10:55am 11:40am 12:40pm 3:25pm
Friday 10:55am 11:40am 12:40pm 3:25pm
Saturday 9:05am 9:50am 10:50am 1:35pm
Location

San Cristobal Island
Galapagos. Ecuador

Patagonia Ecomultisports
Charles Darwin & Teodoro Wolf Ave
Porto Baquerizo Mareno

Weather Underground

Galapagos Sea Surface Temps

Galapagos Wind Conditions

Tides

Vertigo II
Vertigo II