Galapagos Islands

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Please note that is currently being revised and updated in preparation for the Summer 2021 (northern hemisphere) tourist season. It is expected that some social distancing rules will still apply. For additional Galapagos Islands car hire advice, please use the comments form below.

Quick Ratings

Price band

Galapagos Islands is in car rental price band: 0/10 (1 = cheapest car rental location)

General comment - based on price alone, is it worth renting a car in Galapagos Islands? 

No. Car rental not possible.


Can you expect big swings in car rental prices in Galapagos Islands between the peak and the off peak season?

0/10 (0 = stable prices)

Driving score: 1/10

Non car score:7/10

Balance: 0

(0 = car hire not advised / 10 = rental car essential)

General comment -


Why? Visiting Galapagos Islands using a hire car

Why do you need a car in Galapagos Islands ?

Why not? Visiting Galapagos Islands without a car

Why don't you need a car in Galapagos Islands ?

Ratings: How does Galapagos Islands compare?

Is it worth hiring a car in Galapagos Islands? TBC

This is based on a rough consideration of the costs of renting a car in Galapagos Islands, and how this compares with the costs of using public transport. The answer to this varies hugely from one destination to the next, based on a wide range of factors. It's based on renting a car at the airport (TBC), and driving for an average of 2-3 hours on open roads on most days.

How does this compare if:

You are travelling:

Solo / As couple / small family / larger family / senior couple etc

Does car rental make sense on different budgets?



Do you need to hire a car in Galapagos Islands? TBC

This is based strictly on whether or no we think it's possible to visit Galapagos Islands (and the surrounding area) without using a car. Of the three key questions, this one is the most likely to be a "no".

Should you rent a car in Galapagos Islands? TBC

This is a balance of all factors. Remember this is an answer to the question for people who are already asking it. That's why the answer might still be a "yes", even when public transport is good. 

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Hiring | Driving | Parking

Trains | Buses | Local travel


Car hire basics:


Public transportation basics:


Regular bus services: YES

Coach (inter-city): YES

Tram: NO

Metro: NO

Commuter Rail:

High Speed Rail:

Rail type (end stub / through / junction / hub):


As you start ....

Does Galapagos Islands airport have a direct rail link?

(Yes - within terminal / adjacent / short walk) (Yes - bus transfer / other) No






Has our advice for Galapagos Islands car rental changed over time, or has it been pretty constant?

2017 - 0

2019 - 0

2021 - 0

Average score - 0




Do you or don't you need a car in Galapagos Islands ?