Buses in Quito
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You can find many routes of urban buses in Quito (134 routes operated by around 2624 buses). Most of them travel longitudinally thought the city (from South to North and vice versa).
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The ticket cost is relatively inexpensive, is currently at $0.25; for children, senior citizens and disabled persons is $0.12.


It is difficult to detail here the route of the different line buses, there are numerous cooperatives of transport and routes to places further away from the city and therefore there is no detailed guide of the different lines that run through the city. But there is no reason to be worry, all city buses of Quito have signs of good size to the lower left which detailed the different places where they go, if you doubt you can always ask to the driver assistant, also known as “controlador”, who is in charge of collecting fares.


When you are going to pay the passage is preferable to have change, the driver assistant usually collects the payment when people go up or down, depends on the route and transport cooperative. Avoid paying with large bills ($10 or more) since they often take time to give the change, and usually do not usually accept bills over $20.


Urban routes in Quito do not have a defined frequency of time. They usually work from 6h00 to 21h00, this depends on the route and the cooperative. There are routes that run every 5 minutes as there are others who go every 30, but, as mentioned above, its frequency may vary, especially on weekends and holidays.

One of the particularities of the buses in Quito is the variability of the speed of the bus. They can run as well as go slowly. For the first case, to get in the bus you have to be prepared to hop in while it is still in slowly movement. Is what we call “subir al vuelo” (getting into the bus while it is still in motion). If you go up, hold strong and always be careful with your belongings if the bus is with a lot of people. If you have a backpack, carry it in front of you and not on your back.


Remember, in Quito we have another cultural idea of "full". The bus can literally go bursting people, and in these cases it is highly recommended to take care of your belongings and think about a strategy to go out when you need to get off the bus, especially if you are wearing large and/or heavy goods (luggage or backpacks).

Inter parish buses in Quito

These buses are those that have routes to places outside the town, mainly towards the valleys. They are recognizable for being predominantly green. There are two stations where you can find transport towards the valleys of Quito: La Marin station – Los Chillos, and the Rio Coca station.


The first one, La Marin-Los Chillos, is commonly known as the Playon de La Marin. It is located in the sector of the same name (to the South of the historic center) and buses that go to the valle de Los Chillos depart from here. There are several routes with destination to different parts of the mentioned Valley (San Rafael, Sangolquí, Selva Alegre, Amaguaña, Tambillo, etc.). Prices vary between $0.25 and $0.45, depending on how far away the destination is.


The second bus station, Rio Coca, is located next to the North Station of the Ecovia integrated system. Here the buses go to Guayllabamba Valley, to the population of El Quinche, towards Cumbayá, Tumbaco, Pifo, Puembo and the sector Center and North of the Eastern Valley of Quito. The cost of the ticket varies between $0.25 and $0.50, this depends on how far the bus goes.

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