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Quito is the capital of Ecuador.

Hitchhiking Out


In direction north: Get a bus from the "Carcelen"-Terminal in the very north heading ether to Cayambe/Otavalo/Ibarra/Tulcan. Get out at the first "peáje"(Toll-Station). The bus will need 15min. (If you take one of the buses from the terminal heading to a city further north, they'll charge at least $1, but if you walk about 1km down the road to the bridge, you can get a local bus for $.35, as of March 2015.) There you can easily ask for lifts in direction north.


In direction south: If youre in the centre, there are two possibilities.

  • Get the trole-bus to the "Quitumbe"-Terminal in the very south, from there catch any bus in direction south and get out at any point of the Panamericana. The first "peáje" ist quite far ($0,75), so it is probably better to get out before (for example in Tumbillo, there is a gas station).
  • Go to "El trebol" (big junction near "La Marin" in the center, final station of the Ecovia-bus). From there catch a bus in direction Tumbillo/Machachi and get out in Tumbillo (~$0,50). There is a gas station nearby.


The turnstiles at the exits of the stations for the rapid transit buses seem to often not lock (maybe the couple I tried were just broken) so you can just walk in the exit. There do not appear to be ticket controls on the buses.

Personal Experiences

I arrived very late at night, and this was the first time I got a ride without asking for one. The cops pulled over and asked me what the hell I was doin walking in that neighborhood and was I crazy? They gave me a ride to my friend's place. -Chael777

Going south from Quito, I arrived to the terminal Quitumbe. There is possible to take a bus to Tumbillo for 0,5 USD which is on Panamericana. But I walked in the direction of Panamericana by Avenida Mariscal Sucre and started to hitch there, it took me 3 cars (including one lift from a taxi) and a bit more than 1 hour to get to Tumbillo, where was a good spot to hitch further -che.apelsin

"Got the bus to Tumbillo and talked to people at the petrol station, easy to hitchhike" - HoboSpirit