Quito Transportation

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    Trolley-bus inside city

    by travelife Updated Jul 21, 2005

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    Trolley bises operate in Quito. Go the picture from the taxi on the way to my hostel from the airport. I did use public transport in Quito which happens to be very cheap. To get to old town which is set on the hills, bus is a a good way. Though walking is great to see around but high altitude makes you tired soon.

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  • Don't miss the bus!

    by head05 Written Jul 3, 2005
    Ecuador by bus

    Around Quito, one can take the trolley's back and forth between Old Town and New Quito. However, to get out of Quito, or even just side excursions I would recommend bus travel...which can get a little crazy at times.

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    From the Airport to Mariscal (Gringolandia)

    by tejanasueca Updated May 21, 2005

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    Airport Mariscal Sucre

    Since the airport is in the middle of the city, it is not very far nor very expensive to go from the airport to Mariscal (the area with all the hostels). Essentially, you have two options: taxi or bus.

    The cab ride from the airport to Mariscal will set you back NO MORE than $4.

    You can also take the bus from the airport (10-15min, and only costs $0.25). Just go across the street, and look for one of the blue busses with a sign that says "Amazonas." Get off a couple of minutes after the bus passes the big circle with the big Marriot Hotel at one corner, and you will find yourself in Mariscal.

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    Buses to Cayambe and Mindo

    by tejanasueca Updated May 21, 2005

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    Flor Del Valle Busstop in Quito

    FLOR DEL VALLE is the company that drives from Quito to CAYAMBE and MINDO

    Two important facts about FLOR DEL VALLE:
    1) They go the "back way" to Cayambe and do not pass by Tabacundo (to go to Tabacundo, catch a buss from Quito headed towards Otavalo - these buses usually also stop about 6km west of Cayambe).
    2) They DO NOT leave from the main terminal in Quito.

    IN QUITO, FLOR DEL VALLE is situated on the street Manuel Larrea btw Santiago and Asucion (about two blocks west of the park El Ejido). This is actually a plus if you stay in Mariscal (as this busstation is closer and in a safer area than the main terminal).

    IN CAYAMBE, FLOR DEL VALLE is located on the street Montalvo. From the church on the main square, go east and take a right on Montalvo. The bus stop is close by on the left hand side.

    IN MINDO, FLOR DEL VALLE goes down the main street, just shout when you want to get off (there's only one main street)

    TIME AND MONEY:
    The trip to CAYAMBE takes about btw 1.5-2hrs. The buses leave every 10min btw 8am-7pm. The cost in 2005 was $1.25.

    The trip to MINDO takes about 2hrs. and 15min. On Sunday mornings, the bus departs at 7:15am. The cost in 2005 was $2.50.

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    Terminal Terrestre Cumandá

    by mayadoc Written May 14, 2005

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    Cumand�� Bus Station

    The Terminal Terrestre de Cumandá is located in the southern part of the old town, a few blocks from the Plaza de Santo Domingo. From here you can catch a bus to anywhere in Ecuador. There are several companies serving main destinations, and most of the time it takes only few minutes before you are seated in the bus. It´s more a matter of taking the next bus that choosing a company. The Cumandá terminal can be reached from the north (Cumandá trole station) or from the south in a taxi. There are Andinatel offices, cheap restaurants and small stores.Take care of your belongins because robberies had been reported, although I didn't see or heard a problem. There is a $0.20 departure tax.

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    Ecovia

    by tejanasueca Written Feb 18, 2005

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    The Ecovia Bus
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    The Ecovia goes from the north down to colonial Quito (and back). As it only stops at designated stops, it is a lot less confusing than some of the other buses in Quito. Essentially, the Ecovia goes down "la Avenida de 6 de deciembre." Just look for the little booths. The cost is $0.25. If you have change, just drop it in the slots, if not, ask for change at the booth.

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    Taxis and public transport

    by el_ruso Written Feb 14, 2005

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    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.

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  • tips for taxis

    by mlf7 Written Oct 12, 2004

    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!

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  • Bus in Quito

    by CaptainAmerica Written Apr 26, 2004

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    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).

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    Lots of Busses

    by filipdebont Written Aug 31, 2003

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    local bus

    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.

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    walking around at 2800 m altitude

    by filipdebont Written Aug 29, 2003

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    walking in a Colonial City

    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.

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    Flying KLM

    by filipdebont Updated Aug 28, 2003

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    Flying KLM

    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.

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    Getting there.

    by darthmilmo Written Oct 4, 2002

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    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.

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    Quito airport lies within the...

    by lichinga Written Sep 12, 2002

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    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.

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  • to get there, the best for me...

    by kocha Updated Aug 25, 2002

    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!

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