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Aeropuerto José Joaquín de Olmedo

Guayaquil’s sleek and modern Aeropuerto José Joaquín de Olmedo is located on the east side of Avenida de las Américas, about 5km north of downtown. Anyone flying to the Galápagos Islands either leaves from here or stops here on their way from Quito. Free wi-fi access is available throughout. A tourist information desk can help with accommodation and transport information in the arrivals hall.

Transport Options

The airport is about 5km north of downtown. A taxi in either direction should cost around $5 and take around 20 minutes. The majority of taxis at the airport are yellow and labeled Cooperativa de Transportes Aeropuerto Guayaquil; these will take you into the city or, for that matter, anywhere else in the country. Rates are posted in the back seats.

By bus, cross the street in front of the airport to take a green line Metrovia downtown ($0.30). The 'Plaza del Centenario' stop on Avenida Machala is the most convenient downtown stop. Heading back out to the airport, catch the Metrovia one block south on Avenida Quito. The journey should take roughly 45 minutes.

Domestic

There are many internal flights to all parts of the country. The most frequent flights are to Quito (one hour) with Avianca, LAN or Tame. One-way tickets start at $78. For the best views, sit on the right side when flying to Quito.

Tame also flies to Cuenca (return from $85, 50 minutes) and Loja (return from $96, one hour) daily. There are flights to Manta and Esmeraldas as well. Avianca, Tame and LAN fly daily to Baltra (return from $278, two hours) and San Cristóbal (return from $256, two hours) in the Galápagos.

Bus

The enormous Terminal Terrestre, just north of the airport, is as much a sprawling mall (shops, restaurants, internet cafes etc) as it is a transportation hub. There are more than 100 bus companies with small offices lined up along one side of the bottom floor of the building. The kiosks are grouped by region, and most of the destinations and departure times are clearly marked. Buses depart from the 2nd and 3rd floors.

Most bus companies sell tickets in advance, which will guarantee you a seat. Otherwise, just show up at the terminal and you’ll usually find a bus to your destination leaving the same day. Departures on Friday nights and holidays can sell out.

To & From the Bus Terminal

The bus terminal is about 2km from the airport. A taxi between the two is approximately $3 or you can hop on a north-bound Metrovia ($0.30), which arrives at Terminal Río Daule, across from the bus terminal.

From the city center, there are two convenient Metrovia lines that go to Terminal Río Daule. Handy stops include Avenida Quito (near Parque del Centenario) and Rocafuerte, one block north of Avenida 9 de Octubre.

A taxi to/from downtown is around $5.

Time-Saving Bus Strategies

The best services to Quito are the direct evening departures with Panamericana ($10, eight hours). For Cuenca, buses leave from Terminal Terrestre and run both via El Cajas ($8.25, four hours) and the more indirect route via La Troncal ($7.25, five hours).

Peru-bound buses are also available from the main Terminal Terrestre.

Buses to Peru

The easiest way to get to Peru is with one of the international lines departing from the Terminal Terrestre. These services are very convenient because the bus waits for you to take care of border formalities.

Cruz del Sur has newer buses than those of the domestic lines, with larger, more comfortable seats, better-quality lunches, and sometimes-working wi-fi.

Another recommended operator is CIVA, which travels daily from Guayaquil to Chiclayo, with onward connections to Lima and beyond.

Expreso Internacional Ormeño has daily departures for Lima. Its office and terminal is on Avenida de las Americas, just north of the main bus terminal.

Bus Table

Chiclayo

Company

CIVA

Duration (hr)

15

Frequency

Once daily at 9pm

Price

$25 to $32

Lima

Company

Cruz del Sur

Duration (hr)

24

Frequency

Once daily at either 9am or 2pm, rotating on various days

Price

$90 to $100

Lima

Company

Expreso Internacional Ormeño

Duration (hr)

26

Frequency

Daily, times vary

Price

$90

Máncora

Company

Cruz del Sur

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency

Once daily at either 9am or 2pm, rotating on various days

Price

$41

Trujillo

Company

Cruz del Sur

Duration (hr)

18

Frequency

Once daily at either 9am or 2pm, rotating on various days

Price

$60 to $80

Minivan

For Salinas, Ruta del Sol runs direct shared minivans (around $12, 2½ hours) from behind the Hotel Ramada on the malecón. These leave hourly from 6am to 8pm, but it's best to reserve ahead.

For Machala, Coturcip has shared minivans leaving hourly from downtown (around $10, three hours), or transfers from the airport in Machala to the airport in Guayaquil (around $60, three hours).