Transfer to/from - Quito airport (UIO)


Public transportation services, licensed taxis and rideshare, private transfer companies and car rental services in Quito airport (UIO)


Quito airport (UIO)

Mariscal Sucre Airport is connected to the city centre by an express bus (Aeroservicios), as well as cabs, mobile apps (Uber and Cabify) and public buses that have services to Quito and surrounding areas. There are also private services from hotels and agencies.


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How to get from the airport to downtown Quito by direct bus?

The company Aeroservicios (Tel +593 500 6796 / 987 461 442) offers transportation from Quito to the airport.

Operating hours: Mondays through Fridays from 3:30 am to 11:30 pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 4:00 am to 10:30 pm.

Buses operate in 30-minute periods on weekdays and on weekends every hour.

Units with capacity for 46 and 51 passengers, whose terminal in the city is located in the old airport at the National Departures sector.

Cost: USD8.00 per trip, per person.

Purchase your ticket at the website ( with any credit card, or directly at the terminal (old airport) or at the counters located in the Arrivals Hall of Mariscal Sucre Airport, with a credit or debit card or with cash.

Private door-to-door transfers

If what you are looking for is comfort and tranquility to transfer to or from the airport, you can opt for a private transfer service.


The best option is to book online and in advance the transfer so that the driver will wait for you and you do not have to negotiate prices with taxis or transfer companies. There are vehicles for 3 passengers and a fee of USD40.00 for the entire vehicle.

The reservation can be made up to 1 hour in advance. At the airport, the driver will wait for you with a sign with your name on it as soon as you leave the baggage claim area and enter the Arrivals Hall. In you are in a hotel or apartment, the driver will be waiting outside the building. If they have the possibility to park the vehicle, you can sometimes wait for them at the reception.

What is the cheapest transportation alternative?

The public transport service of the Metropolitan District of Quito operates routes to the north and south of the city. The cost of the ticket from the terminals to the airport is USD2.00.

The operators that offer the service are:

- Consorcio SOTRANOR (to Río Coca Terminal), from 6:00 am to 10:05 pm.
- Consorcio COSIBO (to Quitumbe Terminal), from 5:50 am to 8:25 pm.
- Consorcio OPERNORTE (to Carcelén Terminal), from 6:05 am to 8:30 pm.

How much does a taxi from the airport to the historic center of Quito cost?

Taxis at the airport take you to the door of your home, office or hotel, operating 24 hours a day.

Univalles - Tel +593 2 223 2323 / 9 8340 8394.
Cooperativa Aeropuerto - Tel +593 2 281 8021 / 9 9992 8350.

The trip to the city center takes about 45 minutes. It is recommended to arrange the price before boarding and if possible change the tickets, since they normally only accept cash. The rate varies between USD25.00 and USD35.00.

Where to wait for the Uber or Cabify?

The driver must wait at the second curb, across the sidewalk outside the Arrivals Hall, since inside the terminal the exclusive authorization is for taxis. The rate for mobile apps has an approximate cost of between USD22.00 and USD30.00 to the historic center of Quito. For greater security at the meeting point, use the corresponding app.

Latest updates: September 14, 2022

Transportation Tips to/from the airport

While there are issues that seem more than obvious, it is always advisable to take into account when moving from or to the airport, and especially if you go on some public transport.
 1- To the airport - It is convenient to go out with a little more anticipation than you would commonly suggest. If you choose a taxi or a private car service, always keep in mind peak transit times, demonstrations, strikes or events that may take more or less the trip to the airport from where you are. It is always good to be informed about what happens in the place where you find yourself.
If you have a shared transfer service, please have a contact Tel in case of any delay on the part of the company. In these cases, a scheduled collection schedule is already in tenter.
If you are using public transport (bus, train), have the schedules (weekends and holidays usually have fewer frequencies), if you have to transfer and also how to board (if you need a card or boarding pass or paying at the moment to the driver or rider). These are details that seem obvious, but it is advisable to know not to have surprises and suffer a delay that could bring complications.
If you rent a car to get to the airport check well, where you must leave the vehicles. In some airports, there is an exclusive parking lot for rental cars.
 2 -From the airport- here is a little less stressful as you don't have the pressure to miss the flight. In the worst case you will arrive later to the place where you are going to stay or to the meeting point where you try to arrive. Once you get out of the plane, pick up your suitcase and finish with the required arrival procedures. Then you have to look for the public transport signs or consult the airport staff. It is very useful to inform the timetables of the buses in case you arrive late at night. Not all of them work 24 hours a day. The same goes for taxis. If you have hired a private car service, keep ready the mobile app to contact the driver. Some transport services hired, have a person waiting for you, identified with a sign.
If you rent a car to go from the airport to your final destination, for more peace of mind it is recommended to reserve it earlier. Rental counters are usually available at arrivals hall.

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