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Buses From The Carcelén Terminal In Quito

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Taking buses from the Carcelén Terminal

The northern bus terminal at Carcelén is smaller and more grimy than the southern terminal. Buses here head north from Quito, the main reason to come here is to get to Otavalo or Mitad del Mundo. To get to this bus terminal via public transit you'll need to take the Metrobus and transfer at Estación Ofelia, which will take approximately one hour. From here you will have to take the “feeder buses” to get there. To get to the terminal via taxi will cost approximately $8 from La Mariscal, more during busier periods. The journey will take just 20 minutes or so with no traffic, longer during rush hour periods.

At this bus terminal you will find baggage storage, food stalls and telephone and Internet. There are 16 booths from which to buy a ticket. All have their destinations listed on the wall above each individual booth. Sometimes you can pick up a bus outside the terminal that is already leaving and just get on there, paying the driver instead of the company representative at the booth.

Bus companies and destinations from Carcelén:

TransEsmeraldas leaves to Atacames and Esmeraldas from booth 2 at 4:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 2:10 p.m., 3:50 p.m., and 11:15 p.m.

Unión de Nor-Occidente leaves to Los Bancos, Puerto Quito, Santo Domingo, Mindo, Perovicente from booth 3 every 30 minutes from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

San Cristobal leaves to Tulcán from booth 6 every hour from 2:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

Expreso Tulcán leaves to Tulcán from booth 7 every hour from 1:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

San Gabriel leaves to San Gabriel from booth 10 every 30 minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Espejo leaves to Masquerida, Mira, San Isidro, El Angél, Otavalo, Ibarra and Tabacundo from booth 11 every hour from 4:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Flota Imbabura leaves to Atuntaqui, Otavalo, Ibarra, and Tulcán frequently from booth 12.

Taca Andina leaves to Ibarra and Santo Domingo every 20 minutes from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. from booth 13.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Quito: Buses From The Quitumbe Terminal, Buses From The Mariscal, Getting Around Quito, Pico y Placa and Moving House.

12 Apr 2013

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