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Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre

Quito's Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre is 37km northeast of the city in a broad valley near Tababela. It's a modern facility with the longest runway in Latin America and the second-highest control tower (after Cancun); however, the terminal is significantly smaller than Guayaquil's. There is a tourist information booth in the arrivals hall, and the terminal also has a hotel, Wyndham Quito Airport.

Transport Options

Taxi prices into the city center are fixed and cost $26 to Mariscal Sucre or the Old Town. After exiting customs there's a small kiosk with the rates conveniently posted. Depending on the time of day and traffic, the trip takes between 45 minutes and one hour 15 minutes.

Every half-hour, the Aeroservicios shuttle bus makes the 30-minute trip between the airport and Parque Bicentenario (the old airport) at the northern end of Avenida Amazonas. From here, taxis are cheaper into Mariscal Sucre or the Old Town, respectively only 9km or 15km away.

The least expensive and least convenient alternative is to take a public bus ($2) to or from the Río Coca bus terminal north of the Mariscal.

Bus

Quito has two main bus terminals (and a smaller third terminal) that handle arrivals and departures to destinations nationwide, and they are all a long way from the center (allow at least an hour by public transport, 30 minutes or more by taxi).

Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe

Terminal Terrestre Quitumbe Located 10km southwest of the Old Town. It handles the Central and Southern Andes, the coast, and the Oriente (ie Baños, Cuenca, Guayaquil, Coca and – aside from Otavalo and Mindo – most destinations of interest to travelers). It can be reached by Trole bus south to the last stop. A taxi costs about $12 to $15. There is a tourist information office located here.

Terminal Terrestre Carcelén

Terminal Terrestre Carcelén Located in the north, this terminal services Otavalo, Ibarra, Mindo, Santo Domingo, Tulcán and other northern destinations. To get here, take the Trole bus north to Carcelén at the end of the line. A taxi costs about $10 to $15.

Terminal Terrestre La Ofelia

Terminal Terrestre La Ofelia Located in the north, La Ofelia services destinations to the northwest of Quito such as Nanegalito and Mindo, as well as Cayambe. To get here take the Metrobus north to the end of the line. A taxi costs around $10.

Companies

Buses from Quito

Ambato

Cost ($)

3-4

Duration (hr)

Frequency (daily)

every 10min

Atacames

Cost ($)

9-10

Duration (hr)

7

Frequency (daily)

6

Baños

Cost ($)

4-5

Duration (hr)

3-4

Frequency (daily)

every 30min or change in Ambato

Cayambe

Cost ($)

2-3

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency (daily)

every 10min

Coca

Cost ($)

11-12

Duration (hr)

6 (via Jondachi), 9-10 (via Lago Agrio)

Frequency (daily)

5 direct or change in Lago Agrio

Cuenca

Cost ($)

11-13

Duration (hr)

9-10

Frequency (daily)

every 30min

Esmeraldas

Cost ($)

9

Duration (hr)

6-7

Frequency (daily)

every 30min

Guayaquil

Cost ($)

10-14

Duration (hr)

8

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Huaquillas

Cost ($)

17

Duration (hr)

11

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Ibarra

Cost ($)

4

Duration (hr)

2½-3

Frequency (daily)

every 15min

Lago Agrio

Cost ($)

10

Duration (hr)

7-8

Frequency (daily)

every 45min

Latacunga

Cost ($)

2

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency (daily)

every 10min

Loja

Cost ($)

18-21

Duration (hr)

14-15

Frequency (daily)

hourly or change in Cuenca

Machala

Cost ($)

13-14

Duration (hr)

10

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Manta

Cost ($)

12

Duration (hr)

8-9

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Mindo

Cost ($)

3

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency (daily)

5 departures Mon-Fri, 9 Sat & Sun

Otavalo

Cost ($)

3

Duration (hr)

2

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Portoviejo

Cost ($)

11

Duration (hr)

7

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Puerto López

Cost ($)

12-13

Duration (hr)

10-11

Frequency (daily)

3

Puyo

Cost ($)

8-9

Duration (hr)

Frequency (daily)

24

Riobamba

Cost ($)

5-6

Duration (hr)

4

Frequency (daily)

every 20min

San Lorenzo

Cost ($)

10-11

Duration (hr)

Frequency (daily)

5

Santo Domingo

Cost ($)

5-6

Duration (hr)

3

Frequency (daily)

every 15min

Tena

Cost ($)

7-8

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency (daily)

every 1½hr

Tulcán

Cost ($)

7-8

Duration (hr)

5

Frequency (daily)

every 30min

Car & Motorcycle

Renting a car to get around Quito is a bad idea – traffic can be a nightmare, and taxis and buses are much cheaper and more convenient than renting a car. However, if you're leaving the city to explore nearby regions, a rental car will give you flexibility and freedom to more easily get off the beaten path. Most rental agencies have offices in town; however, rates for the international companies are generally cheaper if picked up from the airport.

For motorbike hire, contact Freedom Bike.

Car rental companies:

Avis

Budget

Hertz

Localiza

Thrifty

Train

After massive investment, the country's train network is once again ferrying passengers on slow-motion journeys through breathtaking high-altitude scenery. Routes include the Tren de los Volcanes, which makes the round-trip to El Boliche in Cotopaxi National Park, and the luxurious Tren Crucero, a four-day, four-night luxury train tour from Quito to Guayaquil.

Trains depart from Quito's beautifully renovated Estación de Ferrocarril Chimbacalle 2km south of the Old Town. Book tickets online or at the booking desk at Quito Tourism.