Travel to El Salvador
Flying to El Salvador
The Salvadorian national airline is now Avianca (www.avianca.co.uk) after TACA merged with the Colombian carrier in May 2013. It flies to a number of US, Central and South American destinations. Flights to El Salvador are cheapest during the periods from February to March and August to October, with Christmas and New Year the most expensive period. Of the major US carriers, American Airlines (www.aa.com) has the most flights to the country, departing Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami International. Delta (www.delta.com) flies direct from Atlanta and United (www.united.com) from Houston. US Airways (www.usairways.com) is one of a few carriers offering less-frequent direct flights from New York. Travellers from Europe looking for the quickest flight are advised to travel via Florida in the USA.
El Salvador International Airport (SAL) is the country’s chief airport and point of arrival for almost all international air travellers. Locally known as Aeropuerto Internacional de Comalapa, it is 50km (31 miles) south of San Salvador, the country’s capital. Recently improved air conditioning, toilets and seating are the first phase of a multi-million dollar facelift underway at the airport.
US$40 (transit passengers proceeding within six hours, and infants under two years of age are exempt) and an immigration tax of US$2.65.
By road note:
Avoid driving at night for safety and leave your vehicle in hotel car parks if possible. Four-wheel drives are advised for travelling on minor roads.
Getting to El Salvador by boat
The port of Acajutla lies closes to the western border with Guatemala. It’s mostly used as a freight port with infrequent, unscheduled passenger arrivals. La Unión lies at the Eastern End of the country and is a port of entry for sea traffic (again mostly freight) from Nicaragua and Honduras.
By water note:
The country’s first port, La Libertad is now a surfing destination, with a just a few fishing and day tour boats plying the harbour.
Cruise ships are a rarity although Royal Caribbean may soon call at the port of Acajutla.
There are no scheduled river ferry services into the country. The Rio Lempa is the only navigable river in the country and flows from Guatemala and Honduras through El Salvador into the Pacific.