San Salvador travel guide

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You're Going to Love San Salvador

With 525,990 inhabitants, San Salvador is the most populous city in El Salvador. It is the most popular tourist destination in the country. Consider staying at least one whole day in San Salvador to see all of its attractions.

Where to Eat in San Salvador

If you’re looking for affordable options, Brutto - El Salvador (Av La Capilla, Plaza Bambu) and Monarca (Boulevard el Hipodromo #729) are great picks.

When to visit San Salvador

San Salvador in July
Estimated hotel price
$221
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Salvador in July
Estimated hotel price
$221
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to San Salvador in March, when the average temperature is 25 °C, and the highest can go up to 30 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is January, when it can get as cold as 18 °C, with an average temperature of 23 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in August, when precipitation is around 330 mm. In contrast, February is usually the driest month of the year in San Salvador, with an average rainfall of 0 mm.

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How to Get to San Salvador

Plane

San Salvador is served by 2 airports: San Salvador Ilopango (ILS) and San Salvador El Salvador Intl (SAL). The closest to the city centre of San Salvador is San Salvador Ilopango, which is located 10 km from the city centre. Further away is San Salvador El Salvador Intl, 33 km from the centre of San Salvador.

Plane

San Salvador is served by 2 airports: San Salvador Ilopango (ILS) and San Salvador El Salvador Intl (SAL). The closest to the city centre of San Salvador is San Salvador Ilopango, which is located 10 km from the city centre. Further away is San Salvador El Salvador Intl, 33 km from the centre of San Salvador.

Airports near San Salvador

Airlines serving San Salvador

KLM
Good (848 reviews)
British Airways
Good (4,560 reviews)
Delta
Good (4,612 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (2,293 reviews)
Air France
Good (981 reviews)
Iberia
Good (1,596 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,950 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (2,454 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (5,894 reviews)
Spirit Airlines
Good (4,539 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (1,356 reviews)
ANA
Excellent (480 reviews)
Avianca
Good (1,329 reviews)
Aeromexico
Good (809 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (776 reviews)
EVA Air
Excellent (868 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (5,789 reviews)
Air Transat
Good (269 reviews)
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Where to stay in San Salvador

From 5-star hotels such as the Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall to great affordable options like the Best Western Plus Hotel Terraza, San Salvador offers a range of accommodations for every taste. Average rates range from around $131 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to $161 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of San Salvador

Most booked hotels in San Salvador

Barceló San Salvador
4 stars
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
$162+
Holiday Inn San Salvador
4 stars
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
$168+
Hilton San Salvador
4 stars
Excellent (8.8, Excellent reviews)
$241+
Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall
5 stars
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$262+
Ximenas Guest House
2 stars
Good (6.2, Good reviews)
$43+

Hiring a car in San Salvador

Hiring a car in San Salvador costs $45 per day, on average.

Expect to pay $1.97 per litre in San Salvador (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $23.56 and $31.42. The most frequently booked car type in San Salvador is Full-size (Mitsubishi L200/Triton or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Kia Picanto or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Hiring a car in San Salvador costs $45 per day, on average.

Expect to pay $1.97 per litre in San Salvador (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your car hire, filling up the tank will cost between $23.56 and $31.42. The most frequently booked car type in San Salvador is Full-size (Mitsubishi L200/Triton or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Mini car hire (Kia Picanto or similar) is, on average, 60% cheaper than other car hire types in the city.

Car hire agencies in San Salvador

Alamo

Alamo

Budget

Budget
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