Quito Airport Transportation
Replies: 8 - Last Post: May 5, 2013 5:13 PM Last Post By: jgcp
Mar 16, 2013 4:55 PM
Mar 17, 2013 2:32 AM
1Hi, I would take a taxi to start off in Quito, but fix the price before you get in.
Travelling through ecuador is rather cheap & easy.. a bus trip is like one hour, one dollar. so if you travel 6 hours its like 6 dollars. In Quito you have two Bus stations, the one leaving to the north and the other to the south. Bus tickets can hardly be booked in advance. Just be there like 30min before departure and buy it at the ticket store. Ask for which bus is leaving to your direction.. it is not clear usually. Not even for locals. Mostly these bus leave punctual.
If you have a reservation for a seat, make sure you sit there. The bus can get crowded and they stick to the seat number on your ticket.
Sometimes you pay the amount directly in the bus. Make sure you have small money with you and ask the bus driver to tell you where you need to get out ;)) and how long its takes to your final destination.
Keep an eye on your luggage in the bus.. it does get stolen. I saw how a boy stole the luggage of an old indigena after he got out.
Mar 17, 2013 7:00 PM
Mar 18, 2013 1:51 PM
3The government has fixed prices for taxis to the airport...I think the highest fare from the city is $26 so you should never pay more than that. You can see the full table here http://www.quito.com.ec/en/index.php/welcome-1/new-airport/new-quito-airport-taxi-fares
Alternatively, above poster is correct about the express shuttle. You could choose to take a cab to the old terminal and hop on the luxury shuttle. The buses are new, comfortable and VERY nice compared to the typical country-wide bus.
Mar 22, 2013 7:54 PM
Mar 29, 2013 11:05 PM
5i would agree with the comment re: prepaid taxis! I think we paid $30 for a prepaid from the new airport to our hotel in new town, which was not as cheap as the $8 shuttle but much cheaper than the $50 ripoff our hotel quoted.
i would factor in extra travel time at certain times of the day, regardless of whether you are taking a taxi or bus! Our first trip from the airport into new town was around 6PM and it took nearly 2 hours in a taxi because of traffic. In some sections, it is one lane traffic or 5 lanes merging into 2. it took us about 45 minutes to get to the airport at 6AM and no traffic. This new airport is mighty inconvenient with its location!!
not sure about the public swimming pools - I never looked into that!
May 5, 2013 12:37 PM
May 5, 2013 12:42 PM
May 5, 2013 5:13 PM
8Most airports in the world are outside the main cities with a few exceptions but this is done for safety reasons and it also means a lot of people aren't living under the flight path and won't had to put up with the noise of the planes.
$25 for a 20Km taxi ride to the city where you are staying is quite reasonable but the $8 shuttle bus seems good value and as time goes on the shuttle might end up going to Mariscal Sucre or even the Colonial section of the city. Remember the airport hasn't been open very long and they are probably still working things out regarding trips to the city.
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