|My-Quito.com : Buses
- Buses in Ecuador
- Buses are incredibly cheap and
on the routes served by the trole and eco-bus are the fastest
way of getting around Quito. The Trolley and Bus Ecológico
routes run north south along the east and west sides of Quito
in special bus routes that allow them to beat the traffic. Other
buses are classified as popular (blue) or the more expensive
ejecutivo/selectivo (red). Buses can get crowded but are by far
the most interesting way to move around.
- Long distance buses can provide tedium
and excitement in equal measure -they can be slow, have noisy
stereos and tend not to slow down for bends on mountain roads.
Although distances appear short by map, the roads in the mountains
are tortuous and slow, so journeys can be longer than you expect.
The payback is in some of the most spectacular views, and you
can get to most parts of the country in a day.
- Some of the long distance buses
are equipped with airconditioning, tv and toilets -on the poorer
ones you will get the drivers radio blaring out non stop. When
travelling long distance by bus, arrive at the set off point
early and don't rely on the timetable.
- For a list of transport companies
and destinations in Quito, visit the Quito
municipality website -most bus companies are based at the
Terminal Terrestre de Cumandá located in the old town,
close to Plaza Santo Domingo at 3077 Maldonado. Watch out for
thieves and pickpockets when travelling by bus -gringos are an
- Finally, you should remember
that many of the more upmarket hotels and haciendas run their
own bus shuttle services from Quito -ask if booking in advance.
Trolebus -the trolley
and ecovia bus system in Quito.
Touring offer trips to Cuenca and Guayaquil on board a converted
Chiva on rails -a Chiva is a bus converted for parties -these
are hired for celebrations and parade noisily around the city
complete with brass band and revellers on the roof.
Bus Line -private transport
to the markets and haciendas of Otavalo along with other tours
- Ecuador Bus Terminals -locations and phone numbers for bus
terminals from the Ministry of Tourism.
- Tramz -article
on el Trole, Quito's trolley bus system.
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can be a real problem, especially in the narrow streets of the
old town, so do not underestimate the value of the Trolley and
Eco Buses in cutting through it with their designated lanes.
- The Old Patagonian Express:
By Train Through the Americas
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Paperback - November 25, 2004
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