Stuck on an El Salvador layover at Comalapa International Airport (SAL)? As the main hub of TACA, the airport (often referred to as Cuscatlan International Airport) is located roughly 30 miles from San Salvador, which makes the city an accessible destination only for those on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your El Salvador layover, click here for useful tips.
If your stuck in the airport during your El Salvador layover, there’s a few services including restaurants, duty free shopping, bars, banking, and tourist information offices.
If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there are a number of hotels nearby in San Salvador. For a list of hotels at varying price points, click here.
If you plan on leaving the airport during your El Salvador layover, the airport offers car rentals. Taxis are available and the roughly 45 minute ride to San Salvador will cost you approximately $25-30 USD. Many hotels can also help you arrange transportation or will provide courtesy shuttles to and from the airport.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In San Salavador:
Lake Coatepeque is a beautiful crater lake located roughly a half hour outside San Salvador created by volcanos an estimated 5,000 years ago. Check out the great views, the art center, and if you have the time, stay at one of the private beachhouses.
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site is considered the Pompeii of El Salvador. Once a farming community that was once buried under a volcano eruption in 590 A.D., you can take a tour into the past of this early settlement.
Cinquera Rain Forest
For long layovers, journey out roughly 50 miles from San Salvador to the small town of Cinquera, which is the entrance to the forest preserve.
Located in San Salvador, the Catedral Metopolitana is the principal Roman Catholic Archdiocese of the capital city.
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