How To Get From Quito Airport to City Center – All Possible Ways

Last updated on September 7th, 2021 at 05:25 am

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We will tell you how to get from Quito airport to city center. There are a few options since the distance from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to city center is 40 kilometers and the drive is around 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the traffic. You can go by taxi for $25-35 USD, public buses as cheap as $2 USD, airport bus starting from $8 USD and you can hire Uber and Cabify apps too.

You’ll need your GPS to track your location and downloading apps make sure you read here Ecuador sim card for tourist, what to wear in Ecuador and Ecuador travel tips. Also budget travel in Ecuador and Ecuador backpacking guide.

Quito Airport To City Center

Bus From Quito Airport to Old Town

There are buses going from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to Quito city. The final destinations are Rio Coca Terminal and Carcelen Terminal in the North. And Quitumbe Terminal in the South of Quito. The total travel time from Quito airport to city center will be around 90 minutes. The bus fare from Quito airport to city center by bus is only $2 USD.

You have to pay attention that the buses from Rio Coca Terminal, Carcelen Terminal and Quitumbe Terminal are far from city center around 6-12 kilometers. If you get a local public bus will cost only 25 cents of USD but it will take 1 hour. If you go by taxi expect to pay $5-7 USD for the ride depending your final destination.

From Rio Coca Terminal buses starts at 5 30 am to 10 pm and from Quitumbe Terminal buses starts at 5 30 am to 7 pm. The total travel time can be 2 hours or 2 hours 30 minutes if you go by public buses from Quito airport to city center.

Airport Express Bus (Aeroservicios) Quito Airport to City Center

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The Airport Express bus from Quito airport to the city center will take around 1 hour and the buses are running every 20-30 minutes. The airport bus fare is $8 USD per person with free wifi. It’s not cheap but they will drive you until your hotel or Airbnb in Quito. If you are with more people is better taking a taxi and you will not have to wait longer just in case you are the last one to drop off from the airport bus.

Taxi From Quito Airport to City Center

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A taxi from Quito airport to city. There are taxis available 24/7 and the taxi fare from the airport to city center is around $25-35 USD up to 3 people depending of the final destination and if it’s day or night time. The distance from Quito airport to Old Town is 40 kilometers and the total travel time by taxi is 40 minutes. It’s fixed price and you can trust them. If you go to hotels in Puembo or Tababela near the airport the rate is $10 USD.

Uber And Cabify From Mariscal Sucre International Airport to City Center

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Uber and Cabify apps have similar prices than taxis in Quito. They are available 24/7 and the fare from the airport to city center is around $25 USD from Quito airport to city center depending of the final destination. It will take 40 minutes drive to old town. Make sure you check carefully the pick up point in the airport with the signs and the number plate of your ride.

ACCOMMODATION BUDGET TRAVEL IN QUITO

There are many types of accommodation you can choose from in Quito. You can find hostels offering fair comfort for a cheap price. You can get a dorm for $8-10 USD. There are rooms available mid budget for $30-40 USD and if you prefer luxury accommodation starting from $60 USD.

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FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN ECUADOR

Budget Travel in Ecuador

Street food are common all over the world. You can buy street food and it is very cheap it will only cost you $1 USD. A fried potatoes and patacones for $1 USD. And for beers are also common in Ecuador and it will only cost you $1-2 USD. There are many local restaurants where you can get meals for $2-5 USD. One of the most popular meals in Ecuador is guinea pig and it costs around $7-10 USD in restaurants per person.

BEST TIME TO VISIT IN ECUADOR

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There are two season and these is named wet and dry. Months of December to April this are the month where it gets the most rain. So this means May is the best time to visit Ecuador. And also the weather in the country doesn’t change that much so it is very much fine to visit other months too. In some places it will be warm during the day and very called at night.

Check here to know more about the weather in Ecuador.

CASH AND ATM’S IN ECUADOR

The currency of Ecuador before is named Sucre but now they use U.S Dollar. This was decided in the increasing inflation in Ecuador back in 1997-2000. Being changed to Dollar, these decision helped pull the country economy back. ATM’s can be founded very easy in the cities and small towns in Ecuador.

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Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!