Visitors arriving by plane usually land at El Salvador’s international airport in Comalapa (IATA: SAL), which is 50 km or a 45-minute drive south of the capital.
- Avianca is the national airline of El Salvador. Taca officially merged with Avianca Holdings in May 2013 and uses the Avianca brand for all its operations, expanding its services to other parts of South America and Spain. Avianca inherited from Taca a fleet of new A319, A320 and A321 aircraft, as well as the Embraer 190 series, which still operate in North, Central and South America. However, they have a larger monopoly with the highest ticket prices, especially for travel to Central America, and savvy buyers would do well to compare options using an online service like kayak.com.
- Veca, a newcomer to the Central American aviation industry owned by Sociedad Hasgar S.A. de C.V., is competing with Avianca to become El Salvador’s “national airline” at lower fares. It currently offers flights from Guatemala City, Bogota, Lima and San Jose and plans to expand to Central, North and South America.
An exit tax of 32 USD must be paid upon departure. Depending on the airline, the tax may already be fully or partially included in your ticket price and the amount you have to pay varies between 0 and 32 USD.
Other airlines that fly to El Salvador are:
- Aeromexico Connect (Mexico City).
- American Airlines (Miami and Dallas)
- Copa Airlines (Panama City)
- Delta (Atlanta and Los Angeles)
- Iberia (Madrid)
- Spirit Airlines (from Fort Lauderdale)
- United (Houston and Newark)
The Pan-American Highway runs through El Salvador and is a safe route to enter the country and travel between San Miguel in the east and San Salvador in the west.
The following bus companies offer luxury (and safer) bus tours between El Salvador and other Central American destinations:
- Pullmantur, Sheraton Presidente San Salvador @ Ave De La Revolucion, Col. San Beneito, +503 2526-9900. They serve San Salvador, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Managua and San Jose.
- TransGalgosInter, 7a Avenida 19-44 Zona 1, Guatemala City, +502 2331-4279, +502 2361-1773. Departs at 1pm. Runs once daily to Tapachula via Retaluleau and Coatepeque (up to $43 per trip) on one route and to Guatemala City ($13 per trip) on another. Passengers are transferred in Guatemala City to Quetzaltenango/Xela.
- PlatinumCentroamerica (King Quality), (Centro) 19 Avenida Norte y 3era. Calle Poniente; (San Benito) Boulevard del Hipódromo, Pasaje 1, Local 415, +503 2281-1996, +503 2241-8704, +503 2241-8787. They serve San Salvador, Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Managua and San Jose.
- Comfort Lines, (San Benito) Boulevard del Hipódromo Pasaje No. 1, 415; (Centro) 19 Ave. Norte y 3ra. Calle Poniente Esquina (former Shell gas station), +503 22418713/14, +503 2281-1996. Only between Guatemala City and San Salvador. 25 $ o.w. or 50 $ rt.
- Ticabus (Transportes Internationales Centromaericanos), (San Benito) Boulevard del Hipódromo Local 301; (Hotel San Carlos) Calle Conception 121, +503 2243-1188. The next stops from San Salvador are in Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa and Managua. They call at the main cities of all Central American countries except Belize.