the north is Simón Bolívar International Airport, some 10 minutes by taxi from down town (See Taxis). By bus is about US$0.25.
The Terminal Terrestre (Bus Station) is north of the airport. To buy tickets to any destination all the bus company offices are located in the ground floor. If you're leaving to coastal areas within the Guayas Province, catch your bus in the ground floor. For inter-province connections all buses leave from the second, or third floor. There is a maintenance exit cost of US$0.10. The terminal has a good selection of restaurants, stores, 2 Satellite TVs, Toilets, etc. There is a frequent local bus service. But, try to avoid getting around the city with luggage, it's better to get a cab. Getting around
Public transport is the most popular way to get around in a big city like Guayaquil. Most hotels are in the city center close to the Malecón. At rush hours, local buses are very crowded and cost around US$0.25. Minibuses (furgonetas) are also available for about US$0.20, which have their routes posted on the windscreen. All buses run along the Malecón. For example: Bus #15 will take you from the Malecón to Urdesa, Bus #13 to Policentro. Buses are
a good cheaper alternative to taxis (out of rush hours)
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Guayaquil's International Simón Bolivar airport is about 5 km north of the city center, on Avenida de las Américas. The airport itself has several facilities such as: Information
desks, restaurants, currency exchange, bank ATMs and post office amongst others. Local airlines
TAME.-With frequent flights to Quito, Cuenca, Loja and Machala. All flights to the Galápagos islands leave from Guayaquil.
Other destinations are handled by small 5 to 17 seater planes leaving frequently from the Terminal de Avionetas such as:
AECA.- Flights to Manta, Portoviejo, Bahía de Caráquez, Pedernales & Guayaquil.
Austro aereo.- To Cuenca, Quito, Guayaquil and Machala.
Icaro.-To Quito, Guayaquil, Loja and Coca.
For additional information about these and other airline companies visit our Airline companies
There are several bus cooperatives available to Quito, 8 to 10 hours, ticket value around US$10. To Riobamba, 5 hours, ticket value around US$4. To Cuenca, 5 hours, ticket value around US$7. To Santo Domingo de los Colorados, 5 hours, ticket value around US$5. To Esmeraldas, 8 hours, ticket value around US$6. To Manta, 3 hours, ticket value around US$6. To Bahía de Caráquez, 6 hours, ticket value around US$5.50. To Ambato, 6 1/2 hours, ticket value around US$4. To Portoviejo, 3 1/2 hours, ticket value around US$5.50. To Salinas, 2 1/2 hours, ticket value around US$2.50. To Playas,
2 hours, ticket value around US$2.50. To Huaquillas, 4 hours. Ticket value around US$3.50. To Machala, 3 1/2 hours, ticket value around US$4. Taxis
Taxis in Guayaquil have no meters. Always agree the price previously with the taxi driver before getting a ride. Prices are negotiable. From the airport or bus station to the center for example the average rate is between US$5 and US$6. To Urdesa, Alborada, or Policentro is around US$4.00. From the center to the north (Urdesa Norte, Urdesa, Alborada, Kennedy, or Policentro) is around US$4. From the airport to the bus station costs around US$1.00. Short trips are US$1.00 as everywhere else in Ecuador. The most recommended Radio Taxi companies to use in Guayaquil are: Carrousel (Tel. 2110610), El Paraiso (Tel. 2201877 / 2204232), Fast
rent-a-car (Tel. 2823333 / 2620151), Flash Car (Tel. 2245070), Auto City (Tel. 09-8476957) and VIP (Tel. 09-7231913). They will all pick you up from wherever you're calling. The rate to hire a taxi per hour in Guayaquil ranges between US$10 and $20, which depends on the company or service selected.
Taxi rutas.- Taxi rutas are cabs that run on a set route, charging US$0.50, per person. They look the same as the
average taxis but with differing bonnets over the roof.