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Cool Things About Buses in Ecuador (Plus 6 Tips)

Posted in: Cuenca Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador, Traveling Kids

I like the buses in Ecuador. Before we got a car, we used buses all the time.

I liked standing up on them, although I hardly ever did. Dad wouldn’t let me because it was kind of dangerous. They were really bouncy!


You know how a bus isn’t allowed to stop unless you’re at a bus stop? Not here! Sometimes the driver will stop when you are not at a bus stop.

And sometimes he wouldn’t stop if you are at a stop! I find that funny, they sometimes do the opposite.

Ready, Set, RACE!

At times, bus drivers race with each other  No, not to see who can pick up the most passengers the fastest. To see who can finish the route first. It’s very neat to watch, but kind of annoying if your trying to get a bus :).


6 Tips for Taking the Bus in Ecuador

  1. Always wear your purse (or backpack) in front on the buses.
  2. Keep your zippers zipped, so no one can take a dipping. 🙂
  3. Get off the bus quickly, once I waited and had to jump off a moving bus! So hold you parents (or your child’s) hand and get off quick.
  4. Sit on the outside of a row, that way you can get up easily.
  5. If you are standing up, keep your knees slightly bent and hold on. You can keep you balance better that way.
  6. Be careful where you are stepping. Once I almost stepped on a bag with live guinea pigs in it!

Buses can get pretty crowded so be careful and do what you can not to get pick-pocketed. It has never happened to us, but is not uncommon. Check out more Ecuador travel tips.

I hope you enjoyed my buses post!

Happy Travels!

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Meet the Author

Drew Haines is an animal enthusiast, travel writer, and content marketer. She loves to share her passion through her writing. She is the founder and owner of EverywhereWild Media, EverywhereWild, and co-founder and owner of JustBirding. She also writes on GringosAbroad and Storyteller Travel. She lived in Ecuador for 6 years and explored the Galapagos Islands. Currently based in N.S., Canada.

6 comments… add one
  • Christopher King Mar 26, 2016, 10:22 pm

    They still race each other! I heard from someone that each driver is given a time allotment to finish their run from start to finish, they can often be seen jumping out at certain stops and punching a timecard. I was told that if they take too long, they don’t get paid the full amount for that run. I don’t know if it’s true, but it makes perfect sense who some drivers seem to be in such a hurry, skipping stop and running lights.

  • Melissa Persons Jul 10, 2014, 10:35 pm

    Pare! Pare! Pare! …. tuck and roll :p love the buses in Ecuador!

  • Crystal Pearl-Hodgins Jun 13, 2014, 1:31 pm

    Hi Drew,
    I have been following your blog for some time now & it is great. We have some things in common. I now live and teach in Whitehorse, Yukon but I am originally from Nova Scotia, actually I grew up in Kentville. Most of my family live in Margaretsville (near Greenwood) now on the Bay of Fundy and every year I travel home to Nova Scotia to see them (for almost 40 years now) but not this summer my husband & I are travelling to Ecuador for the first time to visit for 5 weeks. I have 4 adult children, 3 in the Yukon & one in living in British Columbia, we will visit her next week before leaving from Vancouver for Ecuador on June 25th. Looking forward to visiting your now adopted country. Wish we had had the courage to move our family to such a different part of the world when they were growing up but who knows we might love Ecuador so much we will relocate their so our kids can visit us there. Thanks for the blog.

  • Dennis Fahey Mar 20, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Nice post…keep up the good work!

  • Papa Mar 20, 2013, 8:38 am

    Good tips. The buses are a bit bouncy, but I like them too. You get a chance for a glimpse of local life and they are cheap and get you where you want, and you usually don’t wait a lot. Keep these good posts coming.

  • Nana Mar 20, 2013, 7:26 am

    Great blog. You are so right. Riding the buses is an unique experience but you do need to be careful. But it is such a good way to see Cuenca & its people.

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