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Air

Loja is served by Aeropuerto Ciudad de Catamayo which, as its name suggests, is in Catamayo, 35km west of Loja. Buses bound for Macará head there ($1.30).

TAME flies to/from Quito and Guayaquil daily.

Bus & Taxi

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

Vilcabambaturis has fast minibuses to Vilcabamba ($1.30, 1¼ hours, every 30 minutes from 5:45am to 8:45pm) from the bus terminal, to the right and at the back from the main terminal entrance. 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 from the terminal 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 ($14, nine hours) is offered with Loja International. The bus leaves from the bus terminal, stops at the border, waits for passengers to take care of exit/entry formalities, then continues to Piura. Buy your tickets at least a day before you travel.

There are frequent services to most major destinations.

Daily Buses from Loja

Ambato

Cost ($)

12-13

Duration (hr)

10-11

Catamayo

Cost ($)

1.30

Duration (hr)

¾

Cuenca

Cost ($)

7.50

Duration (hr)

5

Guayaquil

Cost ($)

12

Duration (hr)

8–9

Macará

Cost ($)

7-8

Duration (hr)

4

Machala

Cost ($)

8

Duration (hr)

5-6

Piura (Peru)

Cost ($)

14

Duration (hr)

9

Quito

Cost ($)

18-21

Duration (hr)

14-15

Riobamba

Cost ($)

11-12

Duration (hr)

9-10

Zamora

Cost ($)

3

Duration (hr)

2

Zumba

Cost ($)

10

Duration (hr)

5