Flights to & from
to Ecuador are
offered by a limited number of airlines who rarely have special offers
or discounts, especially for long-haul flights. Peak times
as Christmas and New Year attract particularly high flight prices.
shop around and be flexible with your flight dates as some travel
websites or agents offer slightly better prices. Be
assured, Ecuador is such a rewarding country to visit
that your flight price will be worth it.
to Ecuador Flights
from Europe, you
have the choice of travelling to Ecuador via Amsterdam with KLM or via
Madrid with Iberia, possibly using Avianca's flight from
Bogotá and from there to Quito. If you are
prepared to put
up with the
hassle, bureaucracy and having all your luggage unloaded and
reloaded on the way you can fly via the USA, usually Miami
or Houston. I don't recommend this option, but it is
sometimes cheaper so you'll have to decide between your money or your
USA to Ecuador
routes from the
United States to
Ecuador are usually via Miami, Houston or possibly
Atlanta. LAN Chile
sometimes have a route via New York. Short haul flights from
other South American countries are offered by various local airlines,
or there is the option of overland travel by bus
from Ecuador's neighbouring countries Peru or
Colombia if you have sufficient time. Ecuador
rarely appears on round-the-world flight ticket routes, but you may
include it on some of the pricier ones, or buy an extra flight from
Santiago in Chile.
are Quito, the capital city high in the mountains, and Guayaquil, the
main port on the coast. Galapagos flights to and from Quito
almost all stop
at Guayaquil on the way. Consider a flight into Quito and out
of Guayaquil, or vice versa, to make the most of your time in Ecuador.
Quito's climate is cooler and there are no mosquitoes, but
the altitude may hit you for a few days. Guayaquil is hot and
humid with plentiful mosquitoes but its sea-level location avoids
altitude issues (especially relevant for divers).
into or out of
Quito on a clear, sunny morning gives one of the best
views on earth. The "avenue of the volcanoes" seen from above
is just breathtaking, so do book a window seat.
The weather is not always clear so the view is not
guaranteed, and of course if you choose a night flight you will miss it
all anyway. In Guayaquil it is almost always cloudy
and the views are not as spectacular. Bear in mind that
arriving late at night is not the safest or most convenient option in
either Quito or Guayaquil. If your flight arrives in Ecuador
at night, it is best to pre-arrange an airport transfer to your hotel.
new airport at Tababela
finally opened in February 2013 (just 3 years late) and there are hopes
that the access road will be finished by the end of 2014. The
now closed, and the site in the north of the city has been developed
into a park, but for now, shuttle bus ($8) and taxi ($25-30) services
to the new
airport (60 to 180 minute journey, depending on traffic) are leaving
from the old domestic air terminal. There is also a regular
public bus service for $2 from the terminal at Rio Coca (the bit where
the green buses leave from) - they leave every 20 minutes or so from
about 6am to 9pm, and take around an hour. Guayaquil's Simon
was renovated in 2006.
certainly not be allowed on a one-way flight to Ecuador without a visa.
Most tourists will need a return flight ticket to convince
airline and the Ecuador authorities that there will be no issues with
immigration. In addition, note that the tourist visa issued
on arrival is valid for no more than 90 days. Most airlines
will not allow you to board your flight if your return date is more
than 90 days away and you do not already have an Ecuador
visa in your
passport. If you plan to stay for more than 3
months, do check in advance with your airline to avoid losing
Departure Tax -
tax from Guayaquil airport is now $27.15 and from Quito airport $40.80.
This used to have to be paid at the airport, in cash, in
dollars, but more recently it seems to be included in your flight
ticket - check with your travel agent to be sure.
Internal flights within Ecuador
Ecuador are relatively inexpensive. Although you miss the
roadside scenery, they avoid hours of bus
poor roads. For example, overland travel from Quito
Guayaquil takes 9-10 hours, Quito to Loja around 16 hours. If
your time in Ecuador is very limited or you are travelling to one of
the remote rainforest resorts, flying may be your only realistic
a heavy environmental cost
so you might think about compensating for the carbon emissions
flight with one of the various offset schemes to reduce your
carbon footprint in Ecuador. The whole issue of carbon
contentious with a wide variety of schemes making different claims, but
anything you can do to neutralise the effect of carbon
is a start.
Departure Tax -
Departure tax on domestic
flights within Ecuador is a couple of dollars and usually
included in the flight price - check with your flight ticket booking
agent to make sure.
Flights to and from Ecuador, air routes and Ecuador airline options.
Internal flights in Ecuador, alternatives to flying to, from
and within Ecuador. Please consider the carbon emissions from your
Ecuador flights and take some personal action to neutralise your carbon
footprint for the sake of the environment.
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