What are the ferry and speed boats schedules in Galapagos?
The following is the public transportation schedule for Galapagos speed boats, which act as ferries between the islands. 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. You might be able to buy your tickets the same day, but it's much safer to purchase in advance especially since a full speedboat means you are waiting until the next day to depart. Prices vary between $25-$35 pp one way with no round trip discount.
|From||To||Departure Time||Arrival Time|
|Santa Cruz||San Cristobal||7:00 AM||9:30 AM|
|Santa Cruz||San Cristobal||2:00 PM||4:30 PM|
|Santa Cruz||Isabela||7:00 AM||9:30 AM|
|Santa Cruz||Isabela||2:00 PM||4:30 PM|
|Isabela||Santa Cruz||6:00 AM||8:30 AM|
|Isabela||Santa Cruz||2:00 PM||4:30 PM|
|San Cristobal||Santa Cruz||7:00 AM||9:30 AM|
|San Cristobal||Santa Cruz||3:00 PM||5:30 PM|
Please note: The journey length depends greatly on the sea conditions. This might take anywhere from two hours to three hours per trip.
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 Cristobal / 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 in Isabela before your cruise, you cannot travel to San Cristobal by boat on the same day. You must go one day in advance and overnight in San Cristobal. If you have an Isabela extension after your dive 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 feerries are flights by small "puddble hoppers" that operate between some of the islands. Please click here to find all info on the inter-island flight in Galapagos.