Getting around the Islands

There are 13 major islands, six minor islands and numerous islets in the Galapagos archipelago. Most visitors travel around the islands using the Galapagos public transportation system (either by boat or small aircraft) linking the three main inhabited islands (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela). Cars, taxis and bicycles (the latter can be hired by tourists) are abundant in the towns located on the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela.

By Boat

Inter-island boat travel between the main islands is easy. GPS Ferry Transfers, a local private company, operates passenger ferry services between Santa Cruz, San Cristobal and Isabela. Private charter boats can also be contracted for travel between the major islands and towns. Each journey is approximately two and a half hours long. For more information and to purchase tickets for the ferry transportation service please click here.

By Air

A local Inter Island airline called EMETEBE Airlines , flies small passenger planes between Santa Cruz, Baltra, San Cristobal and Isabela, with each journey taking approximately 30 minutes. For more information and to purchase tickets for the inter island airline service please click here.