How to Get from Quito to Baños, Ecuador
Getting a bus from Quito to Baños, Ecuador is a fairly simple process. Here, you’ll learn how to get to Baños in the easiest and most affordable way.
Quito Bus Stations
Buses leave frequently from Quito to Baños, and the other way around. There are two bus stations in Quito. Quitumbe Bus Station (the most common and located in the south part of the city) and Carcelén Bus Station (closer to the airport). If you ask to get to the bus station while in Quito, you’ll likely visit the Quitumbe station. This station is used by most tourists and Ecuadorians.
Bus times change frequently and are constantly being updated, but all bus companies keep a similar schedule. From 07:00 to 19:00, bus companies have departures toward Baños every 15 minutes. If you are traveling in the evening or night buses, expect buses to depart every 30 to 45 minutes toward Baños.
The last bus from Quito to Baños leaves the bus station at 23:30.
There are two different types of bus companies to choose from: some that come directly to Baños as their final destination, and those that pass through Baños. Both allow you to purchase a ticket at the booth or while on the bus, and payment is standardized at $4,25 as of the time of this publication. Please verify this at the bus station.
Direct buses are:
- Cooperativa de Transportes y Turismo Baños
Main Office Address (in Baños): Ambato y Thomas Halflants (Above Banco Pichincha), Baños de Agua Santa
Phone: (03) 274-0415
- Expreso Baños
Buses that pass through Baños:
Look for destinations heading to Puyo, Macas, or Baños (signs are usually located on the front of the bus)
- Centinela del Oriente
- San Francisco
- Flota Pelileo
Buses from Quito 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 Quito to Baños, and as the first backpacker hostel in Baños, we have heard many stories about the trips from Quito > 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.