Bus Travel

Quito's aging Terminal Terrestre has been replaced by two newer options: most buses uses the Carceleu-Ofelia terminal, on the northern side of Quito, while buses for Carchi and Imbabura leave from the Quitumbse terminal, south of the city. Quito's buses are inexpensive ($15) and run frequently during the day. Heavy crowds during the morning and afternoon rushes, however, make them less appealing options. Clearly marked "ejecutivo" buses cost $20 and guarantee you a seat, making them a more comfortable option. Much faster is the Trole (pronounced tro-lay), an electric trolley-bus system running through the center of town along Avenida 10 de Agosto in the New City and Calle Guayaquil in the Old City. A similar nonelectric system, the Ecovía, generally plies Avenida 6 de Diciembre between the New and Old cities. Fares for both are $25.

Bus Terminal

Terminal Terrestre Cumandá. Av. Maldonado 3077, Centro, Quito, Pichincha. 02/257–0529.

Terminal Quitumbe. Av. Cóndor Nan at Rumichaca, Quitumbe, Quito, Pichincha, 170130. 02/398–8200.

Terminal Carcelén. Av. 6 de Diciembre at Av. Colón, Carcelén, Quito, Pichincha, 170120. 02/396–1600.

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