How to Get from Guayaquil to Baños, Ecuador

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

 

Guayaquil Bus Station

The bus station in Guayaquil is probably the best bus station in Ecuador. It is large, has a mall, and it is right by the airport. It has an unbelievable three platform structure, with buses leaving from three different floors. Though it’s an easy place to get lost in, I throughly enjoyed my mini-layover in Guayaquil.

 

Bus Schedules

Bus times change frequently and are constantly being updated, so we highly recommend visiting the bus station to get the most up-to-date bus times, but fortunately there are many ways to get to from Guayaquil to Baños. You can choose a bus company that goes directly to Baños, or one that goes to the city of Ambato and then connect to a company that does the one-hour trip from Ambato to Baños.

 

Bus Companies

There are two different types of bus companies to choose from: some that come directly to Baños as their connect in Ambato to get to Baños. Both allow you to purchase a ticket at the booth or while on the bus, and payment is standardized, the total trip should cost around $10 as of the time of this publication. Please verify this at the bus stations.

Direct buses are:

Buses from Guayaquil to Baños: Tips & Tricks

 

Getting from Guayaquil to Baños, as the first backpacker hostel in Baños, we have heard many stories about the trips from Guayaquil > 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.