San Salvador - Post Report Question and Answers

What is your home city/country? How long is the trip to post from there, with what connections? How easy/difficult is it to travel to this city/country?

Home is central VA. The length of the trip really depends on the route. We usually go through Miami, which involves two, two-hour flights and a 2-3 hour layover in Miami. (Beware of super short layovers at DFW...) The trip isn't long, but the times aren't convenient, we get into RIC around midnight, and departing to go back to SAL we need to be out of the house by 3:45 am. - Oct 2023

Home is mid-Atlantic US. We opted to drive to DC and take a direct flight, so total travel time was 9-10 hours. The flight from DC to San Salvador (direct) was about 4.5 hours. There are a lot of options to travel back to the US, and I think they’re mostly in the 9-14 hour range, depending on where you’re going and what your route is. - Feb 2022

DC is our current home. There are direct flights or you have to go through Miami or Houston. It's fairly easy to get back and the Salvadoran airport is very efficient and easy to navigate. - Aug 2021

New York. There are direct flights on Avianca to NYC about 5 hours. Also 2.5 hours to Miami. DC is longer as there are no direct flights. - Jun 2018

There are direct flights to LA and NYC (5 hours). Miami and Houston are about 2.5 hours. - Mar 2018

Midwest. There are no direct flights with any of the American carriers, so the flight home with a connection in Atlanta, Houston, or Miami is about 8 hours. Avianca has a direct flight to Chicago though, so for non-US government travel, it’s very helpful. - Jan 2018

Florida. Two hours from Miami. - Nov 2017

El Salvador is a regional travel hub so there are a lot of direct flights to the United States. United, Delta and American Airlines all fly here, but the real advantage is Avianca (when not flying for the USG) with over 10 direct flights to the U.S. For whatever reason, however, El Salvador tends to be the most expensive country in Central America to fly to... - Jul 2016

DC. Huge number of flights between El Salvador and the U.S. Twice daily to DC, 3-4 daily to Los Angeles, and regular connections to Houston, Miami, Dallas, Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Toronto. Good connections to South America on Avianca or Copa as well. San Salvador is a hub for Avianca, so multiple daily flights everywhere in Central America. That said, prices tend to be steep for short trips, and it is often cheaper to fly to the U.S. (2-4 hours) than to Nicaragua (40 minutes). - Dec 2015

Home base is complicated. To Newark, NJ, it is about 5-6 hour direct flight. To MSP it is a connection in Houston. Direct flights to Miami (lots). It can be a little expensive to fly out of here- more than I thought it would be considering how close we are to the U.S. - Jun 2015

Midwest. About 7-8 hours. San Salvador is a very well connected airport with direct flights to LA, Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, New York, DC, and others. About a year ago you could find sales for around US$400, however now the minimum seems to be about US$700 to get anywhere. Regional flights are ridiculous at about US$300-400 for an hour long flight. Using miles however for these flights is pretty reasonable. - Mar 2015

From the Southwest, I flew to Houston, then to San Salvador. 4 hours of flying and a very easy trip. - Oct 2014

Washington DC - Jul 2014

NYC, 8 hrs w/ connections in ATL (Delta), IAD (UA) or Miami (AA). - Apr 2012

Washington, DC - Jul 2011

There is one direct flight a day with Delta to and from Atlanta which takes about 3 1/3 hours. There are several other options with other carriers. - May 2010

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