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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
Monday
HRS
11
11
MINS
59
59
Current Time
GMT -5

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

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Getting to El 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 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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