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Air

Loja is served by La Toma airport in Catamayo, 30km to the west. Buses bound for Macará head there ($1.30). TAME flies to/from Quito (from $86, Monday to Saturday) and Guayaquil (from $69, Monday to Friday).

Bus & Taxi

Almost all buses leave from the bus terminal, about 2km north of downtown. There is an iTur office here to help you.

Vilcabambaturis has fast minibuses to Vilcabamba ($1.30, 1¼ hours, every 30 minutes from 5:45am to 8:45pm). A faster way is via taxi colectivo (shared taxi; $2, 45 minutes), from Avenida Universitaria, about 10 blocks south of Mercadillo in Loja; ask a local taxi driver to take you to the Ruta 11 de Mayo taxi stop.

Huaquillas, the main border crossing to Peru, can be reached by a bus leaving at 5pm ($10, seven hours), so you can avoid backtracking to Machala. Loja is also a departure point for buses to southern border crossings into Peru via Macará and Zumba (now connected via a direct route from Loja to Jaén, Peru).

You can go directly to Piura (Peru) from Loja without stopping in Macará. The service ($13, nine hours) is offered with Loja International. The bus stops at the border, waits for passengers to take care of exit/entry formalities, then continues to Piura. It’s advisable to buy your tickets at least a day before you travel.

There are frequent services to most destinations.

Daily Buses from Loja

Ambato

Cost ($)

18

Duration (hr)

11

Catamayo

Cost ($)

1.30

Duration (hr)

¾

Cuenca

Cost ($)

7.50

Duration (hr)

5

Gualaquiza

Cost ($)

7.50

Duration (hr)

6

Guayaquil

Cost ($)

12

Duration (hr)

8–9

Macará

Cost ($)

7.40

Duration (hr)

6

Machala

Cost ($)

7

Duration (hr)

5

Piura (Peru)

Cost ($)

13

Duration (hr)

9

Quito

Cost ($)

17

Duration (hr)

14–15

Riobamba

Cost ($)

11

Duration (hr)

9–10

Zamora

Cost ($)

3

Duration (hr)

2

Zumba

Cost ($)

10

Duration (hr)

6