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How to Get from Quito Airport to Quito City Centre

If you plan to visit Ecuador, you’ll most probably fly to Quito, the capital. There are two different ways to get from Quito airport to the city centre; either by taxi or by bus. The fastest and most convenient transportation option is to book a Quito airport taxi, which will take you there in about 40 minutes. The bus will take longer and it will be crowded with people arriving at the same time as you but it’s a more budget-friendly option. You can choose between the airport express bus or the local bus lines to find the most suitable option for you.

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Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Taxi €25 40min 24/7
Bus €27 55min 05:00–22:30

How to get from Quito Airport to the city centre by taxi

Getting from Quito Airport to the city centre by taxi is the fastest transportation option and by far the most convenient one. Quito airport taxis are available 24/7 at the taxi rank outside the main terminal building; better yet, you can book your Quito airport taxi in advance and avoid waiting in line with the rest of the passengers arriving at the same time as you.

What is the taxi cost from Quito airport to downtown?

The fare for Quito taxis is calculated per kilometre using a taximeter, so the exact fare depends on the location of your hotel or apartment. The taxi cost from Quito Airport to downtown is on average $25 (€25) for up to 4 passengers.

Cost

$25 (€25)

Trip Duration

40 min

Prices may vary unless you book a taxi in advance.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

Taxis are available at Quito Airport 24/7.

Where do I get a taxi from?

There is an official taxi rank located right outside the arrivals main terminal building; you will find taxis there available 24/7.

Convenience

If you’re looking for the fastest and most comfortable transportation option to get from Quito Airport to downtown, taking an airport taxi is certainly the best choice. Instead of waiting for the next available bus and getting crammed with the rest of the people arriving at the same time as you, you can pre-book your Quito airport taxi and reach your destination directly in the comfort of your private vehicle.

Editor’s Note

Quito airport taxis are the fastest option to reach your destination in comfort and the only available transportation option if you arrive late at night. It's even better to book your airport taxi in advance so that you don't have to wait in line.

Useful Tips

Not all taxi drivers in Quito speak English, so make sure to have your address or any other information written down in Spanish.
Always make sure to have cash in the local currency; try to avoid large bills as the driver might not be able to provide change.
When you enter the taxi, make sure that the taximeter is set to the base fare of $0.50 (€0.50) before you start the ride.
In Quito, it is mandatory for all passengers in the taxi to wear a seatbelt.
Official taxis have their registration number displayed and are required to be equipped with onboard video surveillance cameras.

How to get from Quito Airport to Quito city centre by bus

You can get from Quito Airport to the city centre either by taking the airport express bus or by taking one of the local buses. Bus lines 198, 199, and 200 depart from the airport and will take you downtown so you can choose the best option depending on where your hotel or apartment is located.

How much is the bus ticket from Quito Airport to downtown?

A single ticket for the airport express bus costs $13.50 (€13.50) to get to Quito city centre. If you’re headed to a different location farther from the centre, the price might be higher. The local bus lines are cheaper with a single ticket at $2 (€2) from Quito Airport to downtown.

Cost

$13.50 (€13.50)

Trip Duration

55 min

A single ticket for the airport express bus costs $13.50 (€13.50), while for the local buses it costs $2 (€2).

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The airport express bus is available from 05:00 to 22:30; the local buses are available from 05:50 to 22:05.

Where do I get the bus from?

After you exit the main terminal building on the arrivals level at the airport, you will find the bus stop on your right.

Convenience

Getting from Quito Airport to Quito by bus is a more budget-friendly option, especially if you choose to take one of the local bus lines. The appealing price makes the bus the first choice for many travellers so they tend to get very crowded and things can get uncomfortable if you’re travelling with young children or many pieces of luggage. Also, keep in mind that most international flights arrive late at night and the last bus departs from the airport at 22:30. In that case, it would be more convenient to take a Quito airport taxi, as they are available 24/7.

Editor’s Note

The airport express bus is a good transportation option to get from Quito Airport to the city centre if you're travelling alone; it costs less than taking a taxi and the journey will take approximately 1 hour. For more than 2 travellers, however, the price is the same as taking a taxi so it's not the best value for money option.

Useful Tips

For the airport express bus you can buy a ticket online or at the counters located at the arrivals hall at the airport.
There are certain promotions for the express airport bus if you purchase multiple tickets as a group.
The ticket price for the express airport bus includes one piece of luggage per traveller.
If you take one of the local bus lines, be mindful of your personal belongings as they tend to get very crowded.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Quito airport to downtown?

Taxis in Quito operate using a taximeter and the price is calculated based on distance and the total kilometres driven. A standard taxi for up to 4 passengers from Quito Airport to Quito costs an average of $25 (€25).

How do I get from Quito airport to the city?

To get from Quito Airport to the city quickly, you can take an airport taxi. Alternatively, you can take the airport bus, which connects the airport to the city, or one of the public buses; bus lines 198, 199, and 200 depart from the airport and will take you downtown.

How far is Quito airport from downtown Quito?

Quito Airport is located approximately 40 kilometres northeast of Quito city centre. To get there by car or taxi takes about 40 minutes in light traffic.

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