There are plenty of taxis; a ride from the airport is about $5, tips are not expected.
There are basically two avenues with a trolleybus and an electric bus running along each from the outer suburbs to the center. Ride is 25c. They are fast, efficient, new and come very frequently.
There is a vast number of private buses that cruise around, ride is about 35c.
Taxi drivers in Quito don't know much English. Make sure you have some idea of where you are going or a good address that the taxi driver understands before you take off. We spent about an hour in a taxi with a driver who didn't know where the area that we were trying to get to (it was residential.) He kept getting out of the taxi asking directions of locals and he never did figure out where to go, even though we realized later he came within sight of the address!
Buses in Quito are cheap and easy to take. You can go around the city very easily without spending too much money.
The only thing is the polution and the horrible sound they produce (like a monster's breathing).
There are plenty of busses and trolleys in Quito.
Just be careful for your belongings as these busses are mostly very full. And the danger of encountering a pickpocket is very big over here.
Leave are your valuable items in the hotel safe and take a cop of your passport, as there are regular checks from the local police.
As most interesting sightseeing points are located centrally in the old part of Quito, it can easily be done on foot.
Just be careful, whenever it is your first day in Ecuador. Do it slowly, do not forget that you are at 2800 m altitude.
If you feel a bit dizzy or weak, stop walking around, and go to your hotel to rest and let your body acclimatize.
This trip to Ecuador started in Schiphol airport (near Amsterdam - Holland)
We had two stops, first one was in Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean) and the second was in Guayaquil (Ecuador).
And like that we arrived after a flight of 15 hours (stops included) in Quito.
The flight back home (Quito - Schiphol) had only one stop (in Bonaire), and traveltime was 12 hours.
As always, the service on board was very good.
Well, besides the flying option, you can get to Quito by bus from within or outside of Ecuador. The bus system in the Andes may not be as good as home, but the prices are dirt cheap at under $1 USD for hour traveled. The bus station in Quito is quite modern with several restaurants on sight.
Quito airport lies within the city, in the Northern area, at 2,800 asl; that means air is thin and take-off is somewhat ...... lazy, but the surrounding mountains reaches up to 6,000 metres: you may imagine what I mean! Last time I was there a new airposrt was planned to be built in Tumbaco, well lower than the capital, but then the problem would be for
the airplane to climb amid the vallys and reach the open skies.
Bus terminal is called "Terminal de Cumanda": all kind of buses leave from there to all over the country. No need to know the timetables, short and medium distance routes are served continuosly, as soon as the number of passengers is large enough to make the trip worth.
to get there, the best for me in Europe is to fly through SPain. For America, there are many direct AA flights.
The best way to get around is either taking a cab, which is cheap. Or the bus. You have three kinds of buses. I forgot their names. One is the cheapest, about 10cents and it is pretty bad quility. The other, is about 15 cents, and you get nicer seats and the other is 20 cents and you get a TV. They will not stop for men, but slow down. you just have to learn to jump. Which is a lot of fun!
When not on an arranged tour, walking and taxi rides are the way to go. A new trolley system and a 'Eco-via' also provide safe and reliable service though sometimes they may be a bit crowded.
The Trolley and Bus Ecológico run north-south and serve the west and east sides of Quito respectively. The Trolley begins at the juncture of 10 de Agosto, Avenida America, and Avenida de la Prensa and follows 10 de Agosto to the mall El Recreo located on Avenida Maldonado in the Old City.
The Bus Ecológico stretches north-south on Avenida 6 de Diciembre.
Two classes of color-coded buses run in Quito: popular and selectivo (sometimes called ejecutivo). Popular buses (blue) are the less expensive and correspondingly, are considerably less comfortable. They are always jammed packed and commonly spew black diesel smoke that leaks into the cabin. Furthermore, watch your stuff when riding popular buses, wandering hands frequently probe your belongings.
Selectivos (red) cost about twice as much as populares but they are well worth it. For about 10 cents more you will have your own seat (no standing is permitted) and run much less of a risk of being robbed.
I think the best way to travel around in Quito is the trole. It is fast and cheap ($0.25) although it can be crowded during rush hours. It runs every few minutes.