Travel Advice for the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador, so for general information on plugs and sockets, visas, money and vaccinations please click here to read our Ecuador travel advice.
How to get to The Galapagos Islands
How to get to the Galapagos Islands?
There are two main airports in the Galapagos islands, one of Baltra island which is located just above Santa Cruz island, and one on San Cristobal Island. The airport you arrive at will depend on your particular itinerary. There are daily flights from Quito and Guayaquil to the Galapagos. The flying time is about 1.5 hours from Guayaquil and between 2 and 3 hours from Quito. Please note that most flights from Quito to the Galapagos will touch down in Guayaquil to pick up and drop off more passengers before continuing onto the Galapagos islands.
What is the Capital City of The Galapagos Islands?
The capital city of Ecuador is Quito, but the administrative capital of the Galapagos islands is Puerto Baquerizo Moreno which is located on San Cristobal Island.
What Time Zone are the Galapagos Islands in?
6 hours behind GMT, which means the Galapagos are 1 hour behind mainland Ecuador.
Are Visas Required for the Galapagos?
Visa arrangements are the same as Ecuador but there is an immigration fee to pay which we do include in all our tours of the Galapagoes Islands.