How to Get from Cuenca to Baños, Ecuador


Getting a bus from Cuenca to Baños, Ecuador is a fairly simple process. Here, you’ll learn how to get to Baños in the easiest and most affordable way.


Cuenca Bus Station

Buses leave frequently from Cuenca to Ambato (and then you can connect to Baños from Ambato), and the other way around.  However, there are also direct buses to Baños.

Bus Schedules

Bus times change frequently and are constantly being updated, but all bus companies keep a similar schedule toward Ambato. From Cuenca to Baños, there is only one direct bus so far and the bus company is called Amazonas. It makes three trips daily: one in the morning, one in the evening, and one overnight trip. It takes about 8 hours to get to Baños directly, and it should cost $10.

Buses from Cuenca to Baños: Tips & Tricks


Buses in South American countries are comfortable and safe, though there are some precautions to take when traveling by bus. Getting from Cuenca to Baños, and as the first backpacker hostel in Baños, we have heard many stories about the trips from Cuenca > Baños, so we wanted to share a few words of advice.

  • Your belongings in the bottom storage area of the bus are safe, as the bus company employees are responsible for the baggage stored with them, in their bus.
  • The overheard compartments in buses are useless and we don’t recommend storing anything up there. The road can get rough and items can fall. Thieves are also aware of how easy it is to grab a bag and go.
  • The safest place for your day-pack or personal belongings is on your lap, bags left on the floor between passenger’s feet have been known to have items go missing. How do they do it? Careful planning.