Bicycle

The city's bike-share program, BiciQuito, is free but you'll need to register at the Agencia Metropolitana de Tránsito on Avendia Amazonas with a completed application form (downloaded from the website) and a color photocopy of your passport photo ID page and Ecuador entry stamp. Once you've registered you can pick up a bike from any of the rental stations.

Quito also has Sunday ciclopaseos when key streets are closed to car traffic.

Car

With one-way streets and heavy traffic, driving in Quito can be hectic. Don’t leave a vehicle on the street overnight. There are private garages throughout town where you can park overnight for around $12.

Public Transportation

Bus

Local buses ($0.25) operate from 6am to 9pm and are convenient since, despite designated stops, you can usually get on and off at any street corner. No route numbers, but the primary and final stops are posted in the front window. Keep a close watch on your bags and pockets. The green buses serve outlying districts and suburbs.

Trole, Ecovía & Metrobus

Quito has three electric, wheelchair-accessible bus routes ($0.25): the Trole, the Ecovía and the Metrobus. Each runs north–south along one of Quito’s three main thoroughfares, and each has designated stations and car-free lanes, making them speedy and efficient.

Trole Runs through the middle of the city, along Maldonado and Avenida 10 de Agosto. It links Carcelén bus terminal in the north with the Quitumbe bus terminal, southwest of Old Town. In the Old Town, southbound trolleys take the west route along Guayaquil, while northbound trolleys take Flores and Montúfar.

Ecovía Runs along the eastern side, along Avenida 6 de Diciembre, between Río Coca (from where you can connect to a bus to the airport) in the north and Quitumbe bus terminal in the south.

Metrobus This route runs along Avenida América between La Ofelia bus terminal in the north to Quitumbe bus terminal in the south.

Metro

The first line of Quito's new underground rail transport system, the Metro de Quito (www.metrodequito.gob.ec), is due for completion in 2019. The metro will connect Quitumbe in the south with El Labrador in the north in just 34 minutes, with 15 stops along the way including Plaza San Francisco, La Almeda, El Ejido and La Carolina.

Taxi

Most cabs are yellow. They're plentiful, although at rush hour and on Sundays and rainy days you might have to wait for an empty cab. Taxi companies include Urgentaxi and City Taxi.

Cabs are legally required to use their taxímetros (meters) by day; however, some drivers may quote a price of anywhere between $2 and $5 for a trip in town, and $5 for a trip between the Old Town and Mariscal Sucre, which is usually more than if the meter was on. If you insist on drivers using a meter, they'll often relent. Otherwise, consider flagging down another cab. At night, most taxi drivers turn off their meters, and $2 is the minimum going rate. The minimum fare by day is $1.50. Short journeys will start at that and climb to about $4 for a longer trip.

Several downloadable app services similar to Uber or Lyft – where drivers respond within a few minutes to a request – are now operating in Quito. The most developed is Easy Taxi.