El Salvador Layover Tours

Things to do during your layover in the San Salvador airport

El Salvador is a tiny country, you can do many things during a layover at the airport. San Salvador´s International Airport, now called Oscar Romero Airport, is now used by AVIANCA as a Hub for connecting flights. The airport is located 45 minutes away from San Salvador, and its also 45 minutes away from the Beaches. There is Mayan Ruins 2 hours away, great coffee in the mountains 3 hours away so the visitor can choose his tour depending on his layover time.

We wait for you at the exit of customs, we cover the planned itinerary and then leave you in time for your next flight, anything between 2 hours and 90 minutes is safe enough. The recommended itineraries are either a city tour or a beach tour if you have a 6 hour layover or a longer trip to the mayan ruins or the route of the flowers if you have more time.

Popular Tours

el salvador beach layover tour
Beach Layover Tour $90 1-3people

The tour starts with a visit to the Pier of La Libertad (30 minute drive from the airport), here we can check out the fishmarket and the fishing boats being picked up at the Pier. This is as authentic as it can get, you can have a feel of the local culture, economy and gastronomy all in one place. Then we move to El Tunco, which is the most visited place by foreigners. Its a Surf Town, everything and everyone moves around Surf and here you can see a nice mix between foreign tourism and local businesses. Also a great place to try the local food, PUPUSA. Ideal place to hace an authentic local breakfast. Then we move to a nearby beach so you can spend the rest of your layover laying in a hammock with the music of the ocean playing right in front of you. Some people like to swim in the ocean, this is also possible please come ready with your bating suit on or in your carry on. Book with $20.

san salvador layover tour
Layover-City Tour $100 1-3people

City-tours are also a very popular options for visitors that want to experience the real local salvadorean culture. The tour usually includes a visit to the Volcano of San Salvador, its only 40 minutes from the city. There is a short 15 minute walk to the summit, where you can see the Crater. The views and temperature here are very pleasant, there are coffee shops and restaurants around if you want to have a meal with the best view of San Salvador. Then we move to Santa Tecla, to see the downtown area and go check out the markets from the inside. Then we move to San Salvador's downtown where we visit The Cathedral and the Rosario Church, which in my opinion is the most attractive artistically and historically in the whole downtown. Then, if we have time, we can try the local PUPUSA on the way back to the airport. Book with $20.

mayan ruins el salvador layover tour
Long Layovers options From $120 1-3people

El Salvador has Mayan Ruins 2 hours away from the airport, San Andres was the most important city in the area between 300ac and 900ac. Joya de Ceren is the only UNESCO World Heritage site in El Salvador. Ruta de las Flores, Cerro Verde and Lake Coatepeque are also very popular options for travellers during a long layover. We can coordinate a hike around the Cerro Verde Volcano park and combine it with either the Ruta de las Flores, Lake Coatepeque or an archaeological site. Please contact us with your interests and we can list you some options to choose. Book with $20.