Galapagos islands

By | 16th January 2018

Do you need a car in the Galapagos islands?

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Do you need a car in Galapagos Islands? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

The car hire advice for the Galapagos islands is astonishingly simple – you can’t hire a car here, so don’t even look into it!

For those who insist on a little bit more detail, we are happy to explain.

There are two airports serving the Galapagos Islands, both with flights from Quito and Guayaquil in mainland Ecuador, and both linked to each other by island hopping flights. The most populated island of San Cristobal has a very limited number of roads, but no car rental facilities.

The other airport is the newly updated facility on the island of Baltra. From here you will be taken by bus to a port, either to board local cruise services, or a short ferry shuttle across to the island of Santa Cruz. Once on Santa Cruz, you will very shortly enter the Galapagos Islands National Park, which only has one main access road, and this is not open to through traffic.

Why should you rent a car in Galapagos Islands?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Galapagos Islands?

Galapagos Islands Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

00%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€XX

 #300/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €XX

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 107 - of which 18 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

17%

#259/300

 
  • Not possible.
 

Why not? Visiting Galapagos Islands without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Galapagos Islands public transport quick facts

Train score

 

00%

Water travel score

100%

Overall public transport score

30%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Galapagos Islands. 

100%

  • The most popular way to get round the islands is to take to the waters in some form, often by organised cruise.
  • Bike hire is possible on some of the islands – enquire locally for details.
  • Taxi drivers will offer longer tours or shuttle services – but no drive on any island is going to take more than around 90 minutes without stops.
  • Very limited number of roads on each island – most of the islands have no roads at all.

Do you need a car in the Galapagos islands? No!

Ratings

Car rental in - Galapagos Islands Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Galapagos Islands?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Galapagos Islands?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Galapagos Islands?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Galapagos Islands if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Galapagos Islands if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Galapagos Islands if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Galapagos Islands on the Carornocar scale?

0

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Galapagos Islands?

Have you driven in Galapagos Islands? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Galapagos Islands?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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