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Getting around Ecuador

General information

Ecuador train travel

Private transfers

We’ll organise all of your private transfers for you in advance, so all you’ll need to do is be ready to hop in when your driver arrives. Private transfers are the most hassle-free way of getting around Ecuador, as you’ll be driven point-to-point in the comfort of a private car.

Private transport car Ecuador
Down town colourful street Quito


For many journeys, especially in and around cities, taking a taxi makes a lot of sense — both in terms of safety and cost. Taxis are plentiful and relatively good value in urban areas. Make sure you only use the registered yellow taxis that feature an identification number on the side. The taxis in Quito use meters, but everywhere else you’ll need to agree on a price beforehand. Tipping isn’t expected, but rounding up to the nearest dollar is appreciated.


Everywhere is accessible by frequent public buses, although you may need multiple connections, even when distances are relatively short.  The cheap local buses for short-distance travel are often old and run-down and can be busy, but ending up on the roof is all part of the adventure, right?  Once you’ve confirmed where to board (some companies have their own separate terminals) we suggest arriving early. The rule is, once a bus is full, it will leave. Also, when using public transport, remember to always keep your belongings close to you.

Ecuador transport bus
Galapagos boat island travel


Taking a Galapagos cruise is by far the most popular way to experience the islands and we definitely recommend it. We work with some wonderful partners to offer beautiful, high-quality boats for your Galapagos adventure.

This works really well if you’re keen to enjoy more of the islands or if you’re simply short on time. Because the islands are relatively spread out, a cruising tour gives you the chance to explore more remote and wild destinations that you just wouldn’t otherwise get to see. Navigating between the islands at night also means saving on a lot of travel time too.