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San Cristobal Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our San Cristobal (Galapagos Islands) 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.

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SCY Airport Overview

san cristobal airport guideTo help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at San Cristobal Airport.

What to Expect

San Cristobal Airport (code: SCY) has a tiny terminal that offers connections to Baltra and mainland Ecuador. Facilities seem limited to basic souvenir shops and a snack bar.

Where to Sleep

This airport closes nightly, after the day’s last flight, reopening at 10:00AM, so overnight stays are not possible. For uninterrupted sleep, nearby hotels are in walking distance and offer shuttle service for a fee. See our Airport Hotels section below for more info 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.

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

There are no hotels at San Cristobal airport. The small town is very close so all of the hotels could be considered near the airport. Here are a few hotel options:

  • Hostal La Posada de Jose Carlos – (6 minute walk from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates
  • Casa Blanca B&B – (3 minutes from the airport) No airport shuttle. The hotel suggests a taxi for $1.50. » Check Rates
  • Hotel Los Cactus – (3 minutes from the airport) Airport transfers are available ($). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near San Cristobal 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 is a lounge that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or 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 Magma Lounge – Location: Airside, after Security Check, right hand side of terminal. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge pass • Lounge membership programs.

Related Pages: San Cristobal Airport Lounges

Airport WiFi/Internet

WiFi is available at San Cristobal Airport.

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

Duty Free & Shopping – It is not known if Duty Free shopping is available. There are a few souvenir shops. Location and hours: unknown.

Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.

Mobile Charging – A reader tells us “There is a charging station located out the front of the terminal, by the bicycle parking.” (April 2019)

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 – Not available.

Airport Hours

The airport is open from 10:00 AM until the last flight. Sleeping in the airport overnight is not possible.


San Cristobal airport is served by the following airlines: Avianca • LATAM • TAME.

Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport


San Cristobal Airport is just a super-cheap taxi ride (or a 15-minute walk) from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. Once there, you can catch one of two daily ferry departures to Puerto Ayora. Inter-island flights are a faster and motion sickness-free alternative to the ferry.

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.