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How do I get from Baltra Airport to Puerto Ayora?

One of our clients' most frequently asked questions

How do I get from Baltra Airport to Puerto Ayora?

How do I get from Baltra Airport to Puerto Ayora?

If you are taking an independent transfer you need to board the airline bus ($5 per passenger) that heads for the Itabaca Canal that separates Baltra Airport from Santa Cruz (NOT the service for Baltra dock). The buses are always crowded, but there is luggage space underneath. If we are doing your transfer your driver will handle your bags so you just need to take your seat and relax.

It is approximately a 10 minute ride to Itabaca Canal. Here you will take a water taxi to cross the channel. Sometimes you'll catch the ferry operated by the city government which costs $1 per passenger. The private ferry, a smaller boat, is $2 per passenger. Bags go on top of the ferry, and you go inside. The crossing takes about 5 minutes.

Interesting fact: In mid 2017, they installed brand new solar-powered ferries here. Completely noiseless, they are the first of this kind we have ever seen!

From the Canal it's 26 miles (42km) to Puerto Ayora up and over the Highlands of Santa Cruz and through the delightfully cool scalesia forest. There will be taxis waiting to offer you their services. It is $20-25 from the Canal into town. Services from the airport with assistance are $35. All taxis are pick up trucks, often Toyota HiLux or Nissan Frontier. They accommodate 4 people who can all share the price.

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