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Quito Taxi

Quito Taxi General Information and Tips

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Same price as a regular Taxi from the line

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Quito Taxi Service

Being the capital of Ecuador, Quito is one of the most interesting and least-altered historic destinations in Latin America. Quito combines history with nature and offers exciting activities to all types of travellers.

Quito taxis are the best transportation option to move around the city quickly and reach the next exciting destination comfortably. They are available 24/7 and you will easily find one on the street or lined up near popular destinations. For an even better travel experience, you can book your Quito taxi in advance or you can use one of the different apps to order your taxi online. There are also radio taxi companies available that allow ordering your taxi over the phone.

TRAINED DRIVERS

Hand picked & english speaking drivers

LOW PRICES

Same price as a regular Taxi from the line

FLIGHT MONITORING

Drivers are always on time

QUALITY SUPPORT

24/7 Email & Phone support

How much does a taxi cost?

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00 - 24:00)
Night time
(00:00 - 05:00)
Duration
QUITO CITY CENTRE ➙ SIMON BOLIVAR
6 €
8 €
11 MIN
QUITO CITY CENTRE ➙ SAN JUAN
11 €
13 €
15 MIN
QUITO CITY CENTRE ➙ TELEFÉRIQO CABLE CAR
14 €
16 €
20 MIN
Official yellow taxi in Quito taking a passengers from the street

Quito Taxi Fares

Taxis in Quito, Ecuador, are required by law to operate using a taximeter. You might come across taxi drivers who will try to negotiate a flat rate, especially for routes outside city limits but it’s best to avoid that if you can. The total fare is recorded at the end of the ride based on the total kilometres driven and the per kilometre rate.

Base fare – $0.50 (€0.50)
Daytime Rate/km – $1.45 (€1.45)
Nighttime Rate/km – $1.75 (€1.75)

Keep in mind that unless you book your Quito taxi in advance, there can be additional charges on public holidays or for carrying large pieces of luggage.

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How to Get a Taxi in Quito, Ecuador

There are many different official taxi companies operating in Quito but keep in mind that it’s likely to find unregistered taxis as well. If you decide to hail a taxi from the street, which is very common among locals, make sure that it’s an official taxi; check for the orange license plates, the registration number, and the onboard video surveillance cameras, that all legal taxis must be equipped with. You will also find taxis lined up outside busy locations, such as the airport or main tourist attractions. Finally, you can pre-book your ride online or order a taxi over the phone. Some official taxi companies in Quito that offer pickups over the phone are the following.

Taxi 24H Quito
+593 959 265 737

Taxi Llamada Fácil
+593 22 666 666

Cooperativa de Taxis Real Audiencia de Quito
+593 22 592 514

Pre-book your Taxi in Quito

Quito taxis are available 24/7 but if you want a stress-free travel experience, you can pre-book your Quito taxi with Welcome Pickups; that way, you won’t have to worry about currency or wait for a taxi late at night. No matter if you’re looking for a ride from or to the airport, or if you’re heading to your next exciting activity, you’ll have a professional, English-speaking driver and a private vehicle take you there safely. With Welcome, you’ll reach your destination quickly and comfortably and you’ll also know exactly what you’ll pay in advance, which isn’t always the case if you take a taxi from the street.

Quito Taxi Tips

  1. Not all taxi drivers in Quito speak English, so make sure to have your address or any other information written down in Spanish.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. In Quito, it is mandatory for all passengers in the taxi to wear a seatbelt.
  5. Official taxis have their registration number displayed and are required to be equipped with onboard video surveillance cameras.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in Quito

Quito isn’t yet a fully accessible city and moving around using a wheelchair can be challenging; the same goes for public transport in Quito. To make your journey safe, it’s best to use a taxi company that has fully accessible vehicles and can get you to your destination quickly and comfortably. To pre-book your wheelchair-accessible taxi in Quito, you can call SafeRide at +593 2229 7458.

Quito Taxi Safety and Complaints

Official taxis in Quito, Ecuador are safe in general. However, as the quality of service may vary from one company and driver to the next, if you think you have been overcharged or wish to report unprofessional behaviour, make sure to write down the driver’s name, registration number, license plate, and the company they work with. You can then contact the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador at +593 2399 9333 to file a complaint. To ensure peace of mind, 5-star service every time and competitive, flat-rate prices, you can always pre-book your Quito taxi with Welcome Pickups.

Frequently asked questions

Are there set taxi fares in Quito, Ecuador?

In general, taxis in Quito are required by law to operate using a taximeter; the final fare is calculated based on the total kilometres driven. For certain destinations, such as Cumabya, Tumbaco, La Mitad del Mundo, and El Valle de Los Chillos, the driver might try to negotiate a flat rate starting around $10, so make sure to ask before you start the ride.

Where can I get a taxi in Quito?

In Quito, you can hail a taxi from the street but make sure that it’s an official, registered taxi before you get in. You will also find taxis lined up outside or near busy locations, such as the airport. Alternatively, you can use one of the ride-hailing apps or order a taxi over the phone by calling companies like Taxi 24H Quito at +593 959 265 737 and Taxi Llamada Fácil at +593 2266 6666.

Do I need to tip my Quito taxi driver?

Tipping your Quito taxi driver is optional, so it’s not expected at the end of the ride. If you wish, you can round up the total fare to the nearest dollar or skip the change if you pay with a larger note.

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