Getting there & away
Ibarra’s new bus terminal, Terminal Terrestre, is located at the end of Avenida Teodoro Gomez de la Torre. You can grab a taxi to/from downtown for $1. The following (apart from Transportes La Esperanza) depart from here:
Cita Express (295 5627) goes to Ambato ($5, five hours) via El Quinche.
Transportes del ValleGoes four times daily to Chota Valley. It also goes to Lago Agrío at 9:45am ($8, eight hours) and San Lorenzo.
Transportes Espejo (295 9917) Serves Quito, San Lorenzo and has a service to El Ángel ($1.25, 1½ hours) seven times a day.
Transportes La Esperanza (Parque Grijalva near Sanchez y Cifuentes) Goes to the village of La Esperanza ($0.20, 20 minutes).
Transportes Otavalo/LosLagos (295 5593) Heads regularly to Otavalo ($0.35, 35 minutes).
Since the road opened to the coastal town of San Lorenzo, the train service on the Ibarra–San Lorenzo line has been suspended. There are, autoferros (buses mounted on a train chassis) that go as far as the point known as Primer Paso ($3.80 one way, 1¾ hours), less than a quarter of the way from Ibarra to San Lorenzo. The short ride is now essentially a round-trip tourist attraction. Alternatively, you can get off at Primer Paso and wait for a passing bus to San Lorenzo.
The autoferro only leaves Ibarra with a minimum of 16 passengers. It leaves the train station at Ibarra at 7am Monday through Friday and at 8am on Saturday and Sunday. The return ride departs Primer Paso at 2pm. In tourist low-season cancelled departures are the norm. Call the train station (295 0390) or check out www.imbaburaturismo.gov.ec (in Spanish) for the latest information.