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San Salvador Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our San Salvador Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Wow, El Salvador International Airport is the biggest, modern and beautiful airport of all Central America. - Finn

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport.

What to Expect

  • A modern and ever-expanding single-terminal international airport with clean facilities, efficient airport procedures and several good shops and restaurants. Try the Pollo Campero (fried chicken), a local favorite!
  • Free WiFi is available. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • Overnight stays are only allowed in the main hallway, but reviewers describe their overnight experience as safe and secure. With the lack of bench seating, you most likely will have to sleep on the floor. Have a sleeping bag or travel mat handy for added comfort!
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • Economy class passengers can pay to enter one of the airport’s first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and rates.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our San Salvador Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.

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San Salvador Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

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Airport WiFi / Internet

Free unlimited wifi is available at San Salvador Airport.

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Airport Hotels

If sleeping in San Salvador Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:

To see more options there is a list of hotels near San Salvador Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

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More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport

  • ATMs / Cash Machines - Location: landside, near customs.
  • Banking - According to a reader: "There is (at least used to be) bank teller just shy of immigration… do remember that US$ is the currency of legal tender. On the land side there are a couple of bank tellers (by the ATM)
  • Car Rentals - Location: landside, across from customs.
  • Currency Exchange - See banking information above.
  • Duty Free & Shopping - There is no designated duty free shop, but there are a number of stores selling souvenirs, travel accessories etc.
  • Food & Drinks - According to a reader: "Although there is not a food court/plaza there are a number of small restaurants with a large variety of food both in the air and land sides.
  • Information Desk - Location: Landside, Arrivals Hall.
  • Luggage Storage & Lockers - Not available.
  • Mobile Charging - At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at guides@sleepinginairports.com.
  • Rest Zones - Not available.
  • Showers - Showers are available in the lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

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Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.

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Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


Travel like the locals do! Local bus 138 links the airport to downtown San Salvador, stopping along the route to pick up and drop off passengers. Total one-way trip time can take up to an hour, but costs under $1 USD. Ideal for travelers looking to save a few pennies.


If your load is light, you can travel at a fraction of the price of a taxi by taking a “colectivo” (shared-ride minibus) between the airport and city center. You can find a colectivo in the ground transportation area of the airport.


Taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area of the airport.

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Last Updated: 10 November 2017

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning and is subject to change at any time. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors, or to add/change any items mentioned in the guide, please contact us .