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Galapagos Islands (Baltra) Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Baltra Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

Claiming luggage on arrival was a free for all. They lay the luggage out under a pavillion and then open the gates and the crowd rushes in to get their luggage! It was crazy! – snkrsalab

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Baltra Airport.

What to Expect

Baltra Airport has a tiny, environmentally-friendly terminal with flights to and from nearby San Cristobal Island and mainland Ecuador. Facilities are limited to a cafe and a few souvenir shops. WiFi is available in the airport lounge, which economy class passengers can pay to enter. See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for its location and rates.

Where to Sleep

The airport is open from 8:00AM until the day’s last flight, so sleeping overnight is not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, the closest hotels are about 75 minutes away. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info.

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 is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door or through a lounge membership program (ie. Priority Pass). Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

  • Aeropuertos VIP Club – Some of the deluxe category boats and Santa Cruz hotels use this for its guests. Location: Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Airport Hotels

There are no hotels at Baltra airport and is highly unlikely that the military will allow you to sleep here. You will have to take the ferry back to Santa Cruz Island and then board the bus back to Puerto Ayora. Here are a few of the more economical hotel options based on Tripadvisor reviews:

  • Hotel Ninfa – (1 hr from the airport) Airport shuttle service is available upon request. Approx. cost is $40.00 each way for up to 4 people. » Check Rates
  • Casa Natura – (1 hr from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Pelican Bay – (1 hr from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates
  • Galapagos Best Homestay – (1 hr from the airport) No airport shuttle. » Check Rates

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

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available in the VIP Lounge.

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

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is not available. You will find a selection of souvenir shops to buy your `I love boobies´ t-shirt.

Food & Drinks – There is a cafe located landside.

Information Desk – Not available.

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, click here to update this airport guide.

Showers – Not available.

Rest Zones – Not available.

Travel Agencies – Information not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 8:00AM until the last scheduled flight of the day. Overnight stays are not permitted at this airport.

Airlines

As of October 2018, Galapagos Islands airport is served by the following airlines: Avianca • Copa Airlines • LATAM • TAME.



Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Barge

From the airport, a shuttle bus will transport you to the dock, where you will board a barge to Santa Cruz Island. The trip across the Itabaca Canal takes approximately 10 minutes. Fare: US$1 one way. Tickets are purchased at the airport.

Bus

From Santa Cruz Island, a bus connects you to Puerto Ayora. Fare: US$2.50 one way. Tickets are purchased at the airport at the same time as you purchase the fare for the channel crossing.

Taxi

If you would prefer to take a taxi from the dock to Puerto Ayora, taxis are available once you reach Santa Cruz Island. The ride between the dock and the capital costs approximately $25.00 USD and takes about an hour.

Last updated: 2019-02-14

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   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/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or  write a review.