General Flight Information
Getting To The Galapagos Islands
The Petrel Galapagos Cruise operates out of Baltra Island (technically Seymour Airport but more commonly referred to as Baltra Aiport - GPS) and San Cristobal Island (San Cristobal Airport - SCY). To get to the Galapagos Islands, you will need to take a flight from Quito (Mariscal Sucre International Airport - UIO) or Guayaquil (Jose Joaquin del Olmedo International Airport - GYE) on mainland Ecuador. You cannot fly direct to the Galapagos Islands from North America.
International Flights to Mainland Ecuador
If you live in North America, there are many direct flights to get you to mainland Ecuador before your cruise:
Direct Flights to Guayaquil from North America: Via Houston, Miami, New York, Montreal, Toronto and other major cities. American Airlines and Continental operate these routes.
Direct Flights to Quito from North America: Via Houston, Miami, New York, Montreal, Toronto and other major cities. American Airlines and Continental operate these routes.
If you are traveling from Europe, Asia or Australia, please see our How to Get to the Galapagos Islands Guide.
If you need any help booking these flights, we work closely with South American flight specialists Exito Travel, who can coordinate international (and domestic) flights to seamlessly tie in with your cruise itinerary.
Flights From Mainland Ecuador To The Galapagos Islands
Once you've reached mainland Ecuador, there are three main airlines that fly to the Galapagos Islands, TAME, Avianca and LAN. From Quito, currently all flights to San Cristobal are via Guayaquil (approximately 3.5 hrs). Most flights to Baltra are also via Guayaquil (similarly approximately 3.5 hrs), but LAN and Avianca do offer some direct flights (approximately 2 hrs) to Baltra. From Guayaquil, all flights to San Cristobal or Baltra Airports are direct (approximately 2 hrs).
It's important to note that virtually all Galapagos Cruise Operators require you to book flights with them at the same time as your cruise. This is because they pre-reserve seats on recommended flights that best tie in with their cruise itineraries, ensuring the easy coordination of transfers on the islands for all their passengers in one go. Below you will find details of those recommended flights for the Petrel Galapagos Cruise.
Recommended Flights & Their Prices
Please check with your Travel Specialist for recommended flight information. Below are the prices for the recommended flights for the Petrel Galapagos Cruise.
Child under 12
Child under 12
Transfers to/from the airport to the Petrel Galapagos Cruise are included when booking flight through Rainforest Cruises.
Top Tip! Visitation to Galapagos is limited, vessels are small and spaces fill up fast. Cruises often sell out 6 to 9 months in advance, so book ahead to avoid disappointment. Contact Us for more information.