What are the ferry and speed boats schedules in Galapagos?
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What are the ferry and speed boats schedules in Galápagos?
Once you arrive in the Galápagos, you can travel between some islands by small boats used as ferries. The following is the public transportation schedule for Galápagos ferry / speed boat services, which can transport you between islands. You might be able to buy your tickets the same day, but it's much safer to purchase online in advance, especially since a full speedboat means you are waiting until the next day to depart. The tickets can be booked here.
- The journey length depends greatly on the sea conditions. This might take anywhere from two hours to three hours per trip.
- You must arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to have your bags inspected by SICGAL for organic goods. They must be tagged by SICGAL to be put onboard. The line for this can be crowded.
- To transfer to San Cristobal from Isabela (or vice versa) by speedboat, you must go to Santa Cruz in the morning and wait until the afternoon to transfer to San Cristóbal / Isabela. It's an all day event that does cost $50-$70 pp. It is quite safe to leave your luggage in the speedboat office, and they almost always let you if you ask. This leaves you free to wander around during your wait for the next boat.
- If you are on Isabela before your cruise, you cannot travel to San Cristóbal by boat on the same day. You must go one day in advance and overnight in San Cristóbal. If you have an Isabela extension after your Galapagos Cruise and plan to go by speedboat, it is much wiser to disembark your final full day, overnight in Puerto Ayora and depart the next day.
The scenic alternative to the cheap but slow ferries are flights by small "puddle hoppers" that operate between some islands. Please click here to find all info on the inter-island flight in Galapagos.