El Salvador's only international airport is Comalapa International Airport or Cuscatlán International Airport (SAL; tel. 503/2339-9455; www.cepa.gob.sv/aies/index.php), 44km (27 miles) south of San Salvador. It is a major, 17-gate international hub with daily flights from the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Cuscatlán also serves as the main hub for primary Central and South American carrier Grupo Taca. The airport serves more than 2 million passengers per year and includes numerous rental-car companies, hotel information booths, duty-free shops, and restaurants. All departing international passengers must pay a $32 departure tax, although this may already be included in your flight ticket.
From North America -- American, Continental, Delta, and Taca offer flights from the United States. American flies out of Miami, Los Angeles, and Dallas/Fort Worth. Continental flies to and from Houston and Newark. Delta Airlines flies out of Atlanta. Taca Airlines stops in Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Washington, D.C. TACA, Delta, Continental, and Northwest offer flights from Canada to San Salvador, too.
From the United Kingdom, Australia & New Zealand -- There are no direct overseas flights from the U.K., Australia, or New Zealand. You'll need to fly first into the United States -- many European flights route out of Miami or Houston to San Salvador.
Central America's major luxury bus carrier, Tica Bus (tel. 503/2243-9764; www.ticabus.com) offers air-conditioned buses to San Salvador from Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Panama, with prices ranging from $20 each way to Guatemala to $95 each way to Panama. Tica arrives into San Salvador's San Benito Terminal (Blvd. el Hipódromo, Local #301, Colonia San Benito; tel. 503/2243-9764).
The bus company King Quality (tel. 503/2271-1361; www.king-qualityca.com), which also features modern, air-conditioned buses, travels to San Salvador from Guatemalan cities such as Antigua and Guatemala City, as well as San José, Costa Rica. Prices range from $35 to $67. King Quality buses arrive into San Salvador's Puerto Bus Terminal (Alameda Juan Pablo II at 19a Av. Norte; tel. 503/2222-2158).
Finally, the company Pullmantur (tel. 503/2243-1300; www.pullmantur.com) offers $35 to $52 trips from Guatemala City to the Hotel Sheraton Presidente in San Salvador (Av. La Revolución, Colonia San Benito; tel. 800/325-3535).
By Boat or Ferry
Private charters make the trip to La Unión on the eastern Pacific coast of El Salvador from points in Honduras and Nicaragua; visit www.elsalvador.travel for details. A ferry cruise journeys about once a month to La Unión from Amapala, Honduras. Check with the navy post in La Unión (tel. 503/2406-0348) for details.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.