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What are the Quito Airport Taxi Rates?

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Quito Ecuador

Have you traveled through Quito Ecuador recently?

When the new airport opened just over a year ago, one of the big complaints was the cost to get back and forth to the city.

Taxi rates were quoted to be as high as $50 each way.

Well, here we are a year later and and things aren’t that bad. The airport has a good reputation and there seems to be lots of transportation. There are shuttles, buses and taxis everywhere there. How much does it cost to take a taxi  from the airport?

Check out our review of Quito airport hotel.

Quito Airport Taxi Rates

The average rate seems to be between $25-30 each way. Some are under $20 and others almost to $50.

This photo was taken just a couple of weeks ago as we traveled through the Quito airport. As you leave the airport, you’ll see this large sign. (Click on the image to view it at full size. Clicking once will open it in a new tab. Clicking it the second time will open it at full screen.)

See text copy of the rates below the image.


Overview of Quito Airport Taxi Rates

  • Norte (Carcelén, Monteserrin, Rumiñahui, etc.): $22.50 – $27.00
  • Centro Norte (Jipijapa, Altamira, Carolina, Bellavista, etc.): $22 – $27
  • Centro Sur (La Villa Flora, El Recreo, La Magdalena Baja): $27 – $29
  • Centro (Centro Historico: Plaza Grande, Asamblea, El Dorado, El Ejido, El Trebol): $26.00
  • Sur (Quitumbe, Solanda, La Ecuatoriana, etc.): $28 – $33.50
  • Parroquias: A huge range in price from Tumbaco ($13.50) to S. Antonio P. ($47.50)

What has been your experience with the Quito airport? Have you traveled by shuttle or taxi back and forth?

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32 comments… add one
  • Robert B May 22, 2017, 1:39 pm

    Hello Bryan!

    This is a GREAT site and very much appreciated. I have a question about this also.
    I am flying to Quito this Saturday 5/27. I need to stay overnight to get a flight from there to Loja on Sunday. My questions:

    1. Are those rates above fixed or is it negotiable with driver? I have a chart which breaks down cost by mile and the hostel I am staying at would be cheaper than $26 listed to get to by actual mileage.

    2. Is it easy to book or get a taxi at 4:00am? The flight I plan to take to Loja leaves Quito at 5:40am Sunday so I would want to be picked up at hostel around 4:00am to have enough time.

    If you have any other advice or any taxi service you recommend personally that would be much appreciated also but just the answers above will be a great help!

    Thanks again for creating this wonderful site and really helping travelers and future ex-pats to this beautiful country make the journey easier!


  • Amy Aug 26, 2016, 10:29 am

    Just came across your site, looks up to date and has lots of good information. I am going to Quito and arrive late at 11PM. We are staying at the Marriott but not sure what part of town it is in. We see the hotel recommends metered taxis or Aerocar…and the pricing both charge is $50 1 way per car, not per person. What is your opinion of Aerocar? They say they meet and greet you at the airport which would be nice instead of looking for the taxi stand after a really long day.

  • Nancy Apr 3, 2016, 5:22 pm

    Appreciate your info on the Quito airport rates. We are flying into Quito in 2 weeks and staying in Old Town area. I’ve been trying to locate a taxi for travels to Otavalo and Mindo. I know we can do the bus for much less but any suggestions on how to find a reliable taxi service for these trips?

  • Carol Jan 11, 2016, 1:07 am

    I have the same question as James Dalton but didn’t see any answer. What is the safest and economical way to get from the Quito airport to old town?

    • Bryan Haines Jan 11, 2016, 9:07 am

      Safest would be a hotel shuttle or a taxi. Cheapest would be the bus.

  • James Dalton Nov 1, 2015, 4:52 am

    My Wife and I leave the US ( TX ) for our first trip to Quito on Nov 14th and arriving 12am Sunday . Lots of good suggestions and advice on taxi / shuttle service to Quito. Most likely , by the time we get through Immigration etc. , it will be around 2:30 AM before we can get on our way .

    What is the most economical ( safest ) way to get to our Hotel in the Historic District at this Un Godly Hour ?
    Any recommendations much welcomed.!

    I thank you.

    Jim Dalton

  • alex Oct 8, 2015, 12:11 am

    The price is from and to the airport, from the center of Quito 30 usd…..unique price!!!

  • Chase Mar 24, 2015, 7:15 pm

    Hi, I am traveling to Coatacachi this week via Quito. I will be flying in from Cuenca and was wondering if there was any advice on the bus system to Cotacachi/Otovalo. Everything I seem to find online is pretty old so I’m thinking it may be outdated. I’ve been offered a private shuttle for $65 but would prefer to take the bus if it isn’t too much of a hassle. Thanks for any advice!

  • Lynne Mar 16, 2015, 9:17 am

    Looking for taxi rate from Quito airport to Hacienda Cusin in April arriving about 5:30pm .
    A total of 3 people. Also what is the difference for private book ahead transportation? Can you recommend any companies?
    What is the service provided and where at the airport would we find transportation info.

  • Max Sand Mar 15, 2015, 8:43 am

    When i arrived in September it was about 1:00am. For this reason i arranged a private car with my hotel in El Centro historical for $40. They did tell me that i could get a cab for $26 but being new to Ecuador i went the private route. Now that i’ve been here for awhile i would go by cab. Just be sure to agree the rate first before the cabbie puts your bags in the trunk

  • Patience Fisher Jan 28, 2015, 7:29 pm

    Thank you for such helpfull information.I will be traveling to Quito next week .I would appreciate more information regarding the Aiport Shuttle.800-464646 seems to not be correct phone #?
    Also can you recomend a van /car service to travel from Guayaquil to Cuenca? I am not sure that bus travel will be safe.

    • Bryan Haines Jan 29, 2015, 6:35 am

      This number is for use within Ecuador. There are lots of van services between GYE / CUE but we usually fly.

      • max.sand Mar 15, 2015, 8:47 am

        Buses are a great way to travel here and buses go wherever there is a road. Sometimes the drivers go a bit too fast but that will happen with a car service also

  • Stewart Mar 15, 2014, 8:29 pm

    Today we had an experience with my sister-in-law leaving from Cumbaya in
    a private car to the Tababela airport about 15 miles away and getting stuck
    at the bridge over Rio Chiche missed her flight. Traffic gets backed up there like L.A. traffic.

    Sorry to say but it’s a problem that will only be resolved when the new highway,
    “Ruta Viva” is completed in 1 to 2 years. That’s the planning, really lack of planning
    that is reality here in Ecuador. Public projects such as the new airport in Tababela
    was a piece of pie with too many takers. So you have a great new airport with the
    highways to get there still unfinished.

    There are many things to this way-of-life that are great, but there are other things
    one has to put up with until somehow they improve. There is a new mayor elected
    for Quito, Mauricio Rodas. He takes office later this year.
    Hopefully he will set some things right.

    Time will tell.

    • Max Sand Mar 15, 2015, 8:50 am

      Taking into account what you said about infrastructure and knowing the way things are here you should have planned better and left earlier

      • G Goose Dec 9, 2015, 1:10 pm

        What he said.

  • Tom & Margaret Mar 12, 2014, 3:28 pm

    When we visited there last year we used taxi’s quite a bit. One of the things I comment on to Margaret was it was a good thing the taxi’s didn’t have meters because of all the wrong turns they seem to take We had one ride where the driver went by the same building three times before asking someone for directions. I can imagine what the fare would have been if he were on a meter. We learned to ask the driver if he knew the direct route to where we wanted to go after that. Live and learn right?

  • Shimi Mar 10, 2014, 4:38 pm

    Last July, we took the shuttle bus from the old airport right in Quito to the new airport. If I remember correctly, it was $16.00 for the two of us. The buses were very new, clean, they put your luggage underneath the bus in a secure looking compartment, give you a luggage receipt which they checked at the other end. Stress free, highly recommended. When you get to the airport on either end, the window to buy tickets is clearly marked and people were very helpful and kind getting you on the bus.
    Caution #1: when arriving in Quito, at the old airport, there is a bit of confusion at the door to outside of the building. Guys stand there and grab your luggage and hail a taxi for you. Don’t let go, otherwise you have to give that guy a few bucks, then re-negotiate the taxi fare when you get there because he says yes to the amount, but the taxi driver has the last say and can up the price when he lets you off at your destination. That was another lesson learned by my husband and I that are not exactly worldly wise and experienced travelers. We learn something every trip.
    Caution #2: Allow plenty of time for the ride- like 1 1/2 -2 hours. The traffic can be a problem during the day.

  • Dom at Quito Airport Suites Mar 9, 2014, 10:36 am

    Hey all,

    Im afraid these may be the published prices but these are not adhered to.
    Usually the minimum a taxi from here in Tababela will charge to the city is $25.

    But you can usually haggle your way down to $25 doesnt matter where in the city you go. Just be sure to agree to price before you get in.

    There is a big difference in prices from what the local taxis charge and the airport taxis. The airport ones being more expensive. Here at Quito Airport Suites we can help you find the lowest prices out there for longer distances.

    For instance, the local taxis charge $40 to Otavalo one way…

    $45 to Cotacachi.
    $45-50 to Ibarra.
    $20 to Papallacta.
    $20-25 to Mitad del Mundo.

    Best, Dom
    Quito Airport Suites

    • Leo Mar 18, 2014, 9:53 pm

      I flew into Quito, Ecuador on 3/17/2014 from San Jose, Costa Rica. At the arrivals hall I inquired about taxi prices to hotel Fuentes de Piedro in downtown Quito.
      Price to “old airport” $ 9.00 price from old airport to hotel $ 16.00 Total $ 25.00
      Price from new airport direct to hotel $ 26.00 I took the latter, go figure. All in all it took 1 hour from new airport to downtown hotel.
      Price paid to co-op taxi from above mentioned hotel to Cotacachi was $80.00
      Called several other cabs, but all quoted $80.00 without exception.
      Duration was 2hours.

  • Joanna Mar 9, 2014, 9:52 am

    Can you enlighten us as to what the old airport is being used for now?

    Thank you

    • K May 12, 2014, 4:33 pm

      Currently, as far as I know, nothing. The old airport I think will be turned into some kind of park though. I know people go there to play soccer and such but I think that’s about it for now.

      You have 3 options from what I know once leaving the new airport. Take a bus into the city, such as one of the green buses which can take you to the Rio Coca bus station (~$2, I know from Rio Coca –> airport is $2) in the ‘Centro Norte’ (according to that chart, the station is near the Quicentro mall and Carolina area). Or, get on the green bus and get off in Cumbaya (to take a taxi or whatnot). There are also blue buses that will take you from the airport to the Quitumbe bus station ($2) in the South (you can get tickets to pretty much anywhere in Ecuador from Quitumbe). And probably a few other local buses are around. But, these buses don’t run all night and are probably all gone by about 10pm and won’t be there in them morning until maybe 6am earliest. You can also get a bus to the old airport ($8) and then take a taxi from there. Lastly, there are the taxis. If you are going anywhere in Quito it should be $25, no more and good luck trying to get less. If you’re just going to Cumbaya or somewhere before Quito it should be less.

  • Louis-Marie Ste-Croix Mar 8, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Last October we spent the night at Dominick’s place by the new airport, the next morning we rented a car for our touring of Ecuador
    Very enjoyable

    Best to you!


  • Nor Jones Mar 8, 2014, 1:39 pm

    When we were there in November, our hotel arranged for our taxi and said it would cost $30. When we got to the airport the driver demanded $40.

  • Deana Culp Mar 8, 2014, 10:46 am

    The airport bus, right outside the door, is $8 one way. You buy your ticket inside the terminal, go off to the right when you come out of baggage claim. It leaves every half hour, on the dot, from the airport and goes to the old airport where you still have to get a taxi to continue on to your destination. This bus does not make any stops, and seems to really buzz through even when there is traffic. When you get to the old airport, they unload your luggage and most of those taxis charge a flat $5 to go somewhere in the city from the old airport. If you have a LAN boarding pass, your cost is just $6 on the airport bus. You can take that same bus from the old airport to the new airport for departure, also. If you are three people, of course taking a taxi would be just as cheap. If you are alone, the Airport Shuttle is a great way to go to the airport or from the airport. It is $15 per person and they pick you up at any location in Quito, at your door. The number to reserve is 1-800-464646. You can reserve for pick up at the airport, but if you are flying in after 10 pm, you must have already paid in advance. This information is based on just two weeks ago.

    • Bryan Haines Mar 8, 2014, 9:50 pm

      Thanks so much – really appreciate your detailed comment on the airport bus.

    • Lilia Jan 16, 2015, 12:39 am

      Thank you for the info.I will be in Quito next week and I’m arriving pretty late.I was interested in taking
      The shuttle to the hotel.Is that number calling from US because it looks like its missing a number.Thanks

  • Tom & Margaret Mar 8, 2014, 8:54 am

    was under the impression the taxi’s where metered. Or was tha something they were just trying to get started in Cuenca?

    • Bryan Haines Mar 12, 2014, 12:43 pm

      The metered taxis is a national program but some longer drives still work on fixed rates.

      • K May 12, 2014, 4:36 pm

        Taxis are metered but not all day long (even though I’m pretty sure they just passed new laws saying this is illegal), after around 7pm you will have to negotiate until probably after sunrise.

  • Kerri Mar 6, 2014, 10:33 am

    Thank you for posting this!
    I am so glad the new airport has posted prices! This is a very useful reference. I am bookmarking now! We will be there next month!
    –> Did you happen to notice if there was (or get a picture of) another poster for taxi rates going other directions? For example, North to Otavalo … ? <–
    We had a bad experience last year at the old airport trying to haggle for a decent price, but the one that took us ended up being a "secuestro exprés". So this new airport arrangement will be much more fair and safe.
    I'm sure this year's travels will go more smoothly now. And we have visitors coming at the end of the year for the International.
    Thanks for maintaining such a friendly & helpful blog! Looking forward to hearing more from you.
    Keep em comin!

    • Bryan Haines Mar 8, 2014, 6:04 am

      I didn’t see rates for other directions. So sorry to hear about your bad experience – this is the first time I’ve heard about that happening in Quito.

      Thanks for your comment!

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