How to Get from Montañita to Baños, Ecuador


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


Montañita Bus Station

The bus station in Montañita is basically just a stop on the side of the road and on the edge of the beach town.

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, the earliest bus leaves at 4:45am (time updated as of the time this article was published). Your choices are getting to Baños by connecting in Guayaquil, connecting in Santa Elena, or connecting in Salinas.

1.) Most Common: Connecting in Guayaquil

You can get to Baños by hopping onto a bus toward Guayaquil by taking a bus from the company CLP or Manglaralto. Once in Guayaquil, you can take a bus directly 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:

2.) Popular Route: Connecting in Santa Elena

Another way to get to Baños from Montañita is by going through Santa Elena. There is an added convenience in that there is a direct bus from Santa Elena to Baños, though the buses are not very frequent. The only route to Baños from there leaves at 19:15 via Transportes Baños.

3.) One more way: Through Salinas

Salinas has departures toward Baños through the company Transportes Baños leaving from Salinas, and you can get from Montañita to Salinas fairly quickly. Please check the updated schedules in Salinas.

Buses from Montañita 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 Montañita > 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.