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

Last updated on December 19th, 2022 at 04:54 pm

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We will tell you how to get from Quito airport to city center. The distance from Mariscal Sucre International Airport to city center is 40 kilometers. Click here to book online Quito Day Tour and activities

The travel time from Quito airport to city center by taxi is around 40 minutes to 60 minutes depending on the traffic. The taxi fare from Quito airport to Quito city center is around $25-35 USD.

The cheapest way from Quito airport to city center is by public bus for $2 USD, airport bus starts from $8 USD. The bus travel time from Quito airport to downtown is from 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

You can rent a car in Quito, hire a private transfer that can be cheaper than a taxi if traveling in a group.

SIM CARD AT QUITO AIRPORT

I wouldn’t recommend you to buy a sim card at Quito airport. If you wish comfort you can buy eSim online and if you aren’t in a hurry just go around phone shops in the city and compare prices to buy the cheapest sim card in Quito. Read here Ecuador sim card for tourist and best Ecuador eSim

You can find the cheapest Ecuador eSim with Airalo Ecuador eSim prepaid for $8 USD with 1 GB data valid for 7 days and for $15 USD with 2 GB valid for 15 days. ( For $21 USD with 3 GB data and for $32 USD with 5 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%).

Ubigi Ecuador eSim for $14 USD with 1 GB data and for $38 USD with 3 GB data valid for 30 days. (USING DISCOUNT CODE GAMINTRAVELER 10%). Holafly Ecuador eSim for $44 USD if you use our code GAMINTRAVELER coming with 6 GB data valid for 15 days.

Read here what to wear in Ecuador, Ecuadorian food, best restaurants in Quito, Ecuadorian drinks and Ecuador travel tips. Also budget travel in Ecuador and Ecuador backpacking guide

WHERE TO STAY IN ECUADOR

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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Quito Airport To Downtown

Bus From Quito Airport to City Center (Cheapest Way)

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 Quito city center.

Airport Express Bus (Aeroservicios) From 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 from Quito airport to Quito city center is $8 USD per person with free wifi. It’s not cheap but they will drive you to your hotel or Airbnb in Quito.

If you are with more people is better to take 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 Quito city center depending of the final destination. It will take 40 minutes drive to old town.

Make sure you check carefully the pickup point in the airport with the signs and the number plate of your ride.

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BEST WAY FROM QUITO AIRPORT TO CITY CENTER

The best way from Quito airport to city center is by public bus for $2 USD if you go on a budget. The bus travel time from Quito airport to downtown is more than 1 hour. If you prefer the airport bus starts from $8 USD and it will drive you to your hotel area.

For more comfort a taxi, Cabify App or a private transfer from Quito airport to city center directly to your hotel a great idea if you are traveling in a group or with so much luggage.

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.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN ECUADOR BEFORE YOUR TRIP WITH BOOKING.

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 seasons and these is named wet and dry. Months of December to April 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 ATMS 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 the Dollar, this decision helped pull the country’s economy back. ATMs can be founded very easily in the cities and small towns in Ecuador.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is the co-founder of Gamintraveler and a Spanish traveler who has traveled to more than 100 countries around the world. He is now a full-time digital nomad.

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Athir Nuaimi

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Thanks for the info on the airport bus. One point that might be worth mentioning is that the price is more of your hotel is not in the city centre. I’m staying at Selina and it’s an extra $5 on top of the $8.

KB

Monday 15th of August 2022

thanks Athir (and Ruben) for this extremely helpful info

Ruben Arribas

Saturday 12th of February 2022

Thanks Athir! We will be updating the information soon :)

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