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.
(airport code UIO), the capital city high in the mountains,
(airport code GYE),
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). Guayaquil's
was renovated in 2006.
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 the access road
was eventually finished too. 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.
There are now a few genuine Quito airport hotels, built since the
new airport opened, BUT either they are near the airport, or in the
city, they can't be both.
Treat claims of a Quito airport hotel with some
suspicion, and check the distance from hotel to airport very carefully,
making sure it relates to the new airport,
because you could be looking at some outdated information relating to
the old airport in the city.
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, 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 for several years now it is included in your flight
ticket - check with your travel agent to make sure.
Ecuador Domestic Flights
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, domestic flights may be your only
a heavy environmental cost
so you might think about compensating with one of the various carbon
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 Ecuador domestic
flights is a couple of dollars and usually
included in the flight price - check with your flight ticket booking
agent to make sure.
that security regulations are taken very seriously on all Ecuador
flights, both domestic and international. Do not rely on
sealable plastic bags being provided for any liquids, for example, as
they usually are not. Don't panic if you are called to the
desk and taken downstairs to watch your bag being searched - they
routinely do this to a couple of passengers on most flights, though it
must be a bit scary if you don't speak enough Spanish to understand
them. (In my case, it was because the sniffer dogs were very
interested in my suitcase. I explained that I had been
staying with a friend with 5 cats, and the mystery was solved!)
to and within Ecuador usually get more expensive nearer to the
departure date, rather than cheaper, so buy them in plenty of time if
you can, to get the best price. Since there is then a risk
you might not be able to use them, due to unforeseen illness or an
emergency situation, remember to buy a travel
which covers cancellation of your Ecuador flights.
Flights to and from Ecuador, air routes and Ecuador airline options.
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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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