Getting there & away
Riobamba has two bus terminals. The main bus terminal (296 2005; Av León Borja at Av de la Prensa) is almost 2km northwest of downtown. Buses bound for Quito ($4, four hours) and intermediate points are frequent, as are the buses for Guayaquil ($5, 4½ hours). Transportes Patria has a Machala bus at 9:45am ($6, six to seven hours) and there are several buses a day for Cuenca ($6, six hours). Buses for Alausí leave 20 times a day between 5am and 8pm with CTA ($1.50, two hours). Flota Bolívar has seven daily buses to Guaranda ($2, two hours). Some continue on to Babahoyo; all buses now take the El Arenal route, which also passes the access road to Chimborazo and the mountain refuges.
For buses to Baños and the Oriente, you have to go to the Oriente bus terminal (Espejo & Luz Elisa Borja), northeast of downtown. The road to Baños reopened in 2005, making the ride just under an hour (as opposed to two hours via Ambato). If Tungurahua’s volcanic activity increases, this road could close again.
Buses to Atillo in Parque Nacional Sangay leave from different corners just southwest of Plaza San Francisco.