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Getting to and away from Baños

Baños is a popular weekend trip from Quito, so there are many options and frequent departures from Quito to get here. The bus ride from Quito takes approximately 3.5 to 4 hours, and costs abour $3.50-4. Almost all buses leave from the Quitumbe bus station in the south of Quito. Some of the companies that make the trip are Transportes Baños, Transportes Amazonas and Transportes Alausí. Transportes Baños also has two buses per night (8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) that leave from its office in the Mariscal, making it a convenient alternative than going to Quitumbe.

From Baños, buses frequently go to Quito (3.5 hr, $3.50-4), Riobamba (2 hr, $2), Tena (3 hr, $4) and Puyo (1 hr, 15 min; $2), and less frequently to Cuenca (6 hr, $6-10), Guayaquil (6-7 hr, $8), Ibarra (6 hr, $6), Coca (8 hr, $10) and Macas (5 hr, $7). All buses that go to Tena pass Puyo on the way and can drop you off on the highway outside of town. The buses to Cuenca all switch buses in Riobamba. Transportes Baños has one bus per day, at 2 p.m., that goes to the Mariscal, instead of Quitumbe.

The following is the updated bus schedule from the bus station in Baños:

Cooperativa de Transportes y Turismo Sangay (Tel: 03-274-1037. URL:

To Riobamba: 19 per day, every 20-35 minutes 6:25 a.m.-9 p.m.; To Tena: 8:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 3:15 p.m.; To Puyo: 10 per day, every 30 minutes 7:45 a.m.-7 pm., last bus at 9 p.m.; To Cuenca: 6 per day, 6:45 a.m., 8:45 a.m. 9:45 a.m., 1:50 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 6:40 p.m.

Flota Pelileo:
To Puyo: 11:10 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:10 p.m., 11 p.m.; To Tena, passing through Puyo: 4:45 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 10 p.m.; To Coca: 4 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; To Guayaquil: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.; To Macas: 10:30 a.m., 9:30 p.m.

Cooperativa de Transportes y Turismo Riobamba (Tel: 03-274-0133):
To Riobamba: 14 per day 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; To Guayaquil: 6 a.m., 1:10 p.m.; To Cuenca: 7:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m.; To Tena, passing through Puyo: 5:30 a.m., 6:40 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:40 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Cooperativa Expreso Baños:
To Quito: 6:40 a.m., 9:45 a.m., 10:20 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 4:10 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:50 p.m.; To Ibarra: 4 a.m., 2:40 p.m.; To Tena, passing through Puyo: 3:30 a.m., 5:30 a.m., 7:40 a.m., 10:40 a.m., 4:30 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:30 p.m.; To Puyo: 8:10 a.m., 10 a.m., 6:10 p.m.; To Riobamba: 8:05 a.m., 10:10 a.m., 12:40 p.m., 4:25 p.m.

Cooperativa de Transportes Amazonas:
To Quito: 20 per day, 1:30 a.m.-6:20 p.m.; To Puyo: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m., 8:20 p.m.; To Tena: 1:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m.

Transportes Baños:
To Quito: 20 per day, 4 a.m.-6:40 p.m. The 2 p.m. bus goes to the Mariscal.; To Tena: 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; To Coca: 5:30 p.m., 9:30 p.m., 10:40 p.m.; To Macas: 1 p.m.; To Guayaquil: 1:15 a.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 11 p.m.; To Riobamba: 2:20 p.m.

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By Nili Larish
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03 Dec 2012

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