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About Quito

Quito, also known as San Francisco de Quito with its official name, is the capital of Ecuador. Quito which is located in the northeast of the country is the largest and most developed cities of the country.

The city is one of the two capitals in the world having the highest altitude of approximately 3,000 meters. In the city, there are only two seasons during the year. The summer season (i.e. dry season) is between June and September while the winter season (i.e. humid season) is between October and May. Quito, which is also known as one of the most colorful capitals in the world, is famous for its colorful houses, entertaining streets and incredibly lively city life.

You have endless choices in the Quito cuisine, which usually consists of tropical fruits and vegetables. The refreshing fruit juices that are prepared with the local flavors during the hot summer season are also among the things you should definitely try in this city. Some of the places to be visited in the city are Museo del Banco Central which is home to some of the most important masterpieces of the country and La Coralina which is one of the most beautiful parks in the city. You can also visit El Ejido Park in the city where you find local products and enjoy shopping.

Transportation to Quito City Center from Airport

Mariscal Sucre Airport is located about 37 km from Quito city center, and the only way to make your journey the most convenient and fastest way is to use the shuttle or city buses, which are the most popular public transportation vehicles. Taxis and car rental services are also ideal alternatives for comfortable transportation. No matter which transportation vehicle you prefer, you can reach Quito city center in maximum of 1.5 hours.

Bus

The easiest and most effortless way to travel to Quito city center from Mariscal Sucre Airport is without a doubt the city buses. The buses operate on routes towards the North and South of the city and to get a one way ticket to travel on the bus you need to get a ticket from the vending machines or ticket offices by paying 2 dollars (2016). At Rio Coca Terminal the Consorcio SOTRANOR buses start at 5:30 in the morning until 22:00 in the evening. At Quitumbe Terminal the Consorcio COSIBO buses start at 5:30 in the morning until 19:00, and all depart from the airport terminal exit. In addition to this, Aeroservicios buses also run directly to Quito city center, but are a bit more expensive than the other buses. You can get these buses by paying a fee of around 8 dollars. The biggest reason for the price difference is that the buses provide a larger capacity (46-52 people) and free Internet service. Another distinctive feature is that the buses run 365 days of the year and every hour of the day. The average duration of your bus journey is 1-1,5 hours.

Taxi

When you land at Mariscal Sucre Airport, if you have a lot of luggage or if you are in a hurry you can take one of the taxis that are waiting 24/7 outside the airport terminal. Taxis are quite expensive compared to public transportation but they provide the fastest transportation. When you step out of the airport arrivals terminal, you will find taxi stops. A taxi from the airport to the city center of Quito will cost from $ 25 and some taxi drivers will charge up to $ 45. Depending on the traffic, your journey will take an average of 45-60 minutes. In this sense, the Uber system can provide you with big discounts on prices. You can also use shared taxis if you can find other travellers going to the city center of Quito.

Rent a Car

If you are looking for a comfortable way to travel to the city center of Quito from Mariscal Sucre Airport as quickly as possible, it may be a good idea to rent a car. Before you arrive, if you do a short search on the internet you can rent a car at a more affordable price. With your international license, you can receive your vehicle in minutes. Car rental companies working at Mariscal Sucre Airport; Hertz: + (593-2) 281 8410, Avis: + (593-2) 601-6000, Locate: + (593-2) 600-2975, Budget: + (593-2) 281-8040, Thrifty: + (593-2) 222-8688. By using E28 and E35 motorways it is possible to reach Quito city center in 60 minutes or 1.5 hours.

Last Updated: 05 Dec 2016

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