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. We recommend you stay at least 24 days in order to fully appreciate everything San Salvador has to offer.

Where to Eat in San Salvador

If you’re looking for affordable options, La Gastroteca (Hotel Suites Las Palmas) and Brutto - El Salvador (Av La Capilla, Plaza Bambu) are great picks.

When to visit San Salvador

San Salvador in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 158
1 night at 3-star hotel
San Salvador in December
Estimated hotel price
C$ 158
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


San Salvador is served by 2 airports: San Salvador Ilopango (ILS) and San Salvador El Salvador Intl (SAL). The closest to downtown 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

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British Airways
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Turkish Airlines
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Air France
Good (829 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (4,255 reviews)
Qatar Airways
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Air Canada
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Spirit Airlines
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Copa Airlines
Good (685 reviews)
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American Airlines
Good (5,455 reviews)
Air Transat
Good (216 reviews)
Volaris Costa Rica
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Where to stay in San Salvador

From 5-star hotels such as the Crowne Plaza San Salvador-Conference Center 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 C$ 100 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 202 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
Excellent (9.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 125+
Crowne Plaza San Salvador-Conference Center
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 159+
Holiday Inn San Salvador
Excellent (8.9, Excellent reviews)
C$ 144+
Real InterContinental San Salvador at Metrocentro Mall
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
C$ 176+
Hotel Villa Florencia Centro Histórico
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
C$ 47+

Renting a car in San Salvador

Renting a car in San Salvador costs C$ 34 per day, on average, or C$ 822 if you want to rent it for 24 days.

Expect to pay C$ 1.73 per litre in San Salvador (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 20.70 and C$ 27.59. Mini (Suzuki Celerio or similar) is the most popular car type to rent in San Salvador, while also 54% cheaper than other types, on average.