Arrival to Quito
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Quito’s airport, Aeropuerto Internacional Mariscal Sucre, is located about 10 km away from the city center. Many large international carriers fly directly to Quito. For domestic flights, you can choose between the local airlines TAME, AeroGal and Icaro. A new, larger international airport is under construction but will not be finished until the end of 2012. Upon your arrival, our Spanish language school in Quito offers a free airport pick-up service. You can also board on any bus that says Juan León (or J.L.) Mera, or take a taxi (around US$6).
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There is plenty of public transport in Quito. The city recently opened two new bus stations, one in the southern part of the city, that operates all destinations south of Quito (Amazon, coastal areas), and Carcelén in the north, serving northern destinations (Carchi and Imbabura). To get to and away from the bus terminals, you can take a local bus or the electric Trolebus, Metrobus or Ecovía. In case you are arriving or leaving at odd hours, or with a lot of luggage, it is safer to take a cab.
Transportation in Quito
The Trole, Ecovía and Metrobus are three electric bus routes that run from north to south. They are cheap (US$0.25 per ride) and fast, but be aware of pickpockets, especially at busy hours. The Trolebus (green bus stops) operates on Maldonaldo to El Recreo in the south, the Ecovía (red buses) runs from the Río Coca station in the north to Marín in the south, and the Metrobus (blue bus stops) from Carcelén in the north to Seminario mayor in the south. Many other local buses run throughout the city, with their destination signed on the window.
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Taxis in Quito are cheap and abundant. Especially after dark, they are the safest way to move around. Nonetheless, tourist mugging among taxi drivers is on the rise. Therefore, be careful, only use official yellow taxis and carry the exact amount of change to pay the driver. Be sure the taximeter is on, and don’t hesitate to take another cab if the driver refuses to switch it on. The taxi fare starts from US$1, running up to US$5 for a long taxi ride.