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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola ’
( o-la )
Spanish
Plug combo ab
Electricity
120V/60hz
Nov-Apr
Best time to go
Summer

Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
US$30
  • Dorm bed: US$7–10
  • Bottle of beer: US$1.50
  • Three-hour bus ride: US$1.50
  • Bean-and-cheese pupusa: US$0.25
  • Surfboard rental per day: US$15
Midrange
US$40–80
  • Room with double bed: US$20–60
  • Lunch for two in a restaurant: US$12–20
  • Short taxi ride: US$5–10
  • Half-day tour: US$40–50
Top end (more than)
US$200
  • Luxury hotel room: US$80–120
  • Day tour per person: US$80–100
  • Car rental per day: US$30
  • Fine dining for two: US$50–70

Visas

A visa is generally not required for stays of under 90 days, although a $US10 tourist card is obligatory for the citizens of certain countries.

Get the latest visa advice for El Salvador from our community.

When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
SLV
Northern El Salvador
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
31218869
Jun – Aug
30218669
Sep – Nov
28208368
Dec – Feb
31188765
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
La Costa del Bálsamo
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
33239173
Jun – Aug
32238973
Sep – Nov
32238972
Dec – Feb
33219270
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Ruta de Las Flores
Go Nov–Apr
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Santa Ana
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
31218870
Jun – Aug
30218570
Sep – Nov
29228470
Dec – Feb
29208468
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
San Salvador
Go Nov–Apr
Mar – May
31208968
Jun – Aug
30218669
Sep – Nov
29208468
Dec – Feb
31188765
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to El Salvador

Flights to El Salvador

The best price found from United States to El Salvador is on April 5th, 2019, travelling with Volaris. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

IAD
Washington Dulles
from $50.00
SAL
San Salvador

Getting around El Salvador

El Salvador has excellent bus networks and most travelers happily bounce between long-distance coaches and souped-up old American school buses. There are no trains, and few travelers bother renting a car.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

El Salvador is a very Catholic/Christian, family-centered society, so children are always welcomed. Some tips: Suchitoto, Ruta de Las Flores and Alegría are generally relaxed, family-friendly places to visit. La Costa del Bálsamo has fabulous beaches, but the ocean is...

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Working and volunteering

There are no publicized working opportunities in El Salvador for travelers, though teaching English or surfing is sometimes done on an ad hoc basis. Those looking to stay longer term are invariably involved in volunteer community projects.

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