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Guayaquil Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Guayaquil 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.

Guayaquil’s new airport is a model of cleanliness and spacious modernity. However, spacious modernity means hard metal benches, shiny marble floors and sleek, but hard surfaces, everywhere. – the Dynamo

GYE 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 Guayaquil José Joaquín de Olmedo International Airport.

What to Expect

The facilities at Guayaquil Airport (code: GYE) are housed in a single-terminal building with domestic and international departures. The airport features a nice selection of airside and landside shops, restaurants, and services and the staff are described as warm and welcoming. Several eateries remain open 24 hours, and free WiFi is available. For additional comfort while you wait, passengers can purchase entry into one of the airport lounges, with one of them featuring showers. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for location and hours.

Where to Sleep

guayaquil airport guideAirport staff are generally tolerant of overnight sleepers and there are reports that travellers may be able to borrow pillows. The airport is described as safe, clean, relatively quiet, and with lots of seating, including armrest-free furniture conducive to stretching out, and reports of comfortable couches in the arrivals area. The terminal can get chilly, so bring extra clothes layers or a travel blanket. For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels (some with shuttle service) nearby. See locations in the Airport Hotels section below or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.

Covid-19 Update

Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours.  Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021.  To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.

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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.  For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.

Airport Hotels

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

  • Hotel Air Suites – (2 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests taking a taxi for approx. US$5.00 each way.  » Check Rates
  • Holiday Inn Guayaquil – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle service is available, book your spot by calling (593 4) 371-4610. A driver will be at the airport with a hotel banner with your name on it.  » Check Rates
  • Sonesta Hotel Guayaquil – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($).  » Check Rates
  • Hilton Colon Guayaquil – (7 minutes from the airport) Free 24-hour airport shuttle runs every hour to the airport (seat reservation is required).  » Check Rates

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

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 through a lounge membership program. 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!

Passes  Aeropuertos VIP Club (National Terminal) – Location: National Terminal, Airside. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Passes  Aeropuertos VIP Club (International Terminal) – Location: International Terminal, Airside, Gate 8. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Anexo Salida NacionalLocation: Domestic Terminal, Airside, near Gate 4 & 5. Lounge Access:  Lounge membership programs. 

Airline Lounges

If you are a First or Business Class traveller you may have access to the lounges listed below. For more information, check the airline’s web site.

  • Aerogal VIP Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours
  • Icaro VIP Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours.
  • Tame VIP Lounge – Location: Domestic Departures, Airside. Hours: open 24 hours.

Related Pages: Guayaquil Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

Free WiFi is available at Guayaquil Airport. Connect to the ”Movistar WIFI” network.

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

ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: Domestic Departures Hall, International Departures Hall, and International Arrivals Hall.

Baggage Carts – Need a hand with your luggage? Baggage carts are available free of charge within the Domestic Terminal. There is a $2 fee to use them in the International Terminal and parking lot areas.

Banking – Banco Bolivariano. Location: Departure Hall. Hours: 8:30AM – 2:00PM (Mon-Fri).

Chapel – Available in the International Arrival Hall. Hours: unknown. A mass is held every Sunday at 5:30PM.

Currency Exchange – Global Exchange offers exchange for up to 16 different currencies. Locations: Departures Hall (1st Level. Hours: 6:00AM – 10:20PM) • Arrivals Hall (Ground Floor. Hours: 24 hours).

Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available in three locations, hours vary but the International Arrivals location is open 24 hours. In addition you will find souvenir shops and 2 locations of the Britt Shop which also sells snacks, the location in the International Pre-boarding Area is open 4:00AM – 2:00AM. Ecuadorian Sweets (Arrival Hall) and a Souvenir Shop (Departure Hall) are open 24 hours daily.

Food & Drinks – There are food and beverages concessions that are open 24 hours:
» Arrival Hall: Cafe de Port • Naturissmo.
» Departure Hall: Yogurt Persa • Restaurante Arrecife • Cafe Astoria.
» Domestic Pre-boarding: McDonald’s.
» International Pre-boarding: Cinnabon • Cafe Astoria • City Bistro.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Location: Arrivals Hall. Hours: open 24 hours.

Luggage Wrapping – Secure Wrap offers luggage wrapping in the Departures Hall, during flight check-ins.

Massage – Fly Massage – Location: International Terminal, Airside. Hours: 5:00AM – 10:00PM.

Mobile Charging – A reader mentioned that you can charge your devices at Astoria Restaurant (Landside). If you know of more locations, click here to update this airport guide.

Pharmacy – Location: Arrivals Hall. Hours: 7:00AM – 10:00PM (Mon – Fri).

Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.

Showers – Showers are available in the Aeropuertos VIP Club in the International Terminal. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smokers Lounges – There are two locations: International Departures, Airside (Hours: 4:00AM – 12:00AM) and Domestic Departures, Airside (Hours: 4:00AM – 12:00AM).

Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Guayaquil and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a few travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance: Emela Tour, Speed Travel and Tecnoviajes.

Airport Hours

The airport is open 24 hours.


Guayaquil airport is served by the following airlines: Air Europa • American AirlinesAvianca • Avior • Copa Airlines • Eastern Airlines • KLM • Laser • LATAM • Spirit Airlines • Tame.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport

Car Rentals

Car rental agencies, located in the Arrivals Hall on the ground floor, are open Monday through Friday from 7:00AM – 10:00PM (schedule varies per agency on weekends). The following car rental agencies are available onsite: Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, Localiza and Thrifty.

Hotel Shuttles

Several area hotels provide airport transportation service as a courtesy to their guests. Here are a few hotels offering airport shuttle service: Air Suites Hotel   •   Courtyard Guayaquil   •   Hilton Colon Guayaquil   •  Holiday Inn Guayaquil Airport   •  Hotel Oro Verde Guayaquil   •  Sheraton Guayaquil Hotel.


Licensed taxis are readily available 24-hour a day outside of the Arrivals Halls of both Domestic and International Terminals. For safety reasons, the airport recommends that passengers only use the services of approved and licensed airport taxis.

Last updated: 2022-01-25

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.