Ecuador Airfare and Transportation

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Ecuador Flights | Buses | Rental Cars | Taxis | Boat | Trains

Related EE.com Pages
Ecuador Border Crossing
Buses in Ecuador
Ecuador Domestic Flights
Rental Cars in Ecuador
Ecuador Trains
Ecuador Hotels
Ecuador Transportation by V!VA

Getting to Ecuador is the easy part.

How are you going to get around once you’re here? There are a lot options and we present to you both Ecuador’s conventional and not-so-conventional means of transportation.

Ecuador Flights

Fly over the Andes on your flight into Quito and fly over them again as you travel the country in a matter of minutes. Check out our international and domestic flight information.

Buses in Ecuador

You can get most anywhere in Ecuador on Bus – anywhere there is a road, that is. All of Ecuador’s top travel spots are within a day’s ride from Quito and prices are very low. Click on our Ecuador bus page for distances, price and terminal information.

Rent a Car

If the idea of long bus rides and erratic schedules doesn’t appeal to you, you may choose to rent a car in Ecuador and travel the country, designing your itinerary as you go along.

Taxis

Hiring a taxi or private transportation will provide all the freedom of having a car, while allowing the traveler to sit back and relax. Hire one for a few hours or a few days, it will certainly make your life easier. In cities like Quito and Guayaquil, taxis are the best way to get around until you get to know the buses.

Boat Travel

Boat travel is a popular and necessary means of transportation in Ecuador. Travel down Amazonian rivers in canoes or sail between the Galápagos Islands in luxury cruise ships.

Train Travel

Taking the train in Ecuador should be thought of less as a means of transportation than as an adventure. Since 2008, the federal government has worked to repair rai llines that had been severely damaged by mudslides and flooding. You may take the train to experience riding on the roof, ducking under tunnels and the famous autocarril, basically a bus fitted to the tracks on eight tourist routes throughout the country. For complete timetables and price,

In 2008, the federal government initiated an intense program to bring the Quito-Durán and Otavalo-San Lorenzo trains back on line. At present, eight tourist routes operate, some using steam locomotives and other ferrobuses. The most popular thrill ride is the El Nariz del Diablo (the Devil’s Nose), a 12-kilometer (7-mi) series of switch back rails between Alausi and Sibambe. Ferrocarriles del Ecuador lists the timetables and prices for thee trips on its website (Tel: 1-800-873-637, URL: www.ferrocarrilesdelecuador.gob.ec).

Others

Experience every bump in the road or change in weather by riding in the back of a truck. This may be your only option if traveling to very remote areas, but it offers great views and a chance to get really close with the locals who will admire your sense of adventure.

Hitchhiking is not a very popular means of transportation in Ecuador. Most people who pick you up will expect some payment and with the safety concerns inherent in hitchhiking, it makes more sense to take a bus when there is one available.

 

Related EE.com Pages
Ecuador Border Crossing
Buses in Ecuador
Ecuador Domestic Flights
Rental Cars in Ecuador
Ecuador Trains
Ecuador Hotels
Ecuador Transportation by V!VA

On this page:

Ecuador Flights | Buses | Rental Cars | Taxis | Boat | Train | Others

Updated January 26, 2013