Reserve the best bus tickets from Puerto Lopez to Quito


on: 2021-06-30

by: Alice Silva, Staff

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    09 hours 0 minutes

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    Culture, history, museums, markets

  • Best Priceícone do melhor preço

    USD $ 22.57

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    2 daily departures

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Everything about the bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito

Quito is a city full of culture, life and history

Are you ready to travel from sea to skyscraping mountains? Then get your ticket for the amazing journey on the bus from Puerto Lopez on the coast of Ecuador to Quito, the country's capital!

You can click on the Reserve Now button above to go directly to book your bus ticket.

This trip will take you from Puerto López, a cradle of natural history, to Quito, where every corner is filled with human history.

Taking a bus from Puerto López to Quito will help you ease your way through Quito's highest altitude, starting at 52 meters (130 feet) in Puerto López to 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in Quito. And believe us, once you arrive in Quito, you will want to rest to enjoy all that the city has to offer! See the AndesTransit "Puerto Lopez to Quito Bus Travel Guide" below for more information!

What are the buses like in Ecuador?

If you've traveled in other South American countries (including Ecuador's two neighbors, Colombia and Peru), you'll be quite surprised at how basic the buses in Ecuador are!

Buses in Ecuador are not known for deeply reclining seats, on-board bathrooms - or creature comforts like blankets and pillows on overnight trips, climate control, or wait staff to serve meals for you. But it's worth noting that Ecuador's buses are some of the cheapest on the continent.

All classes of buses will have rest stops for meals and bathroom use. On cheaper buses, the seats will be smaller, harder, and more closely packed. The aisles will be sometimes packed with overflowing passengers.

Pay a few extra dollars, and you'll get a more comfortable ride with seats that recline a bit more, an on-board bathroom, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi (where the signal can be picked up, as in cities).

To make your bus trip as pleasant as possible, check out AndesTransit's exclusive article, Tips for Safe and Comfortable Bus Journeys.

How long is the bus ride from Puerto Lopez to Quito?

The distance between Puerto Lopez and Quito is about 302 miles (486 kilometers) via the Portoviejo and Chone route; and 311 miles (506 kilometers) if you go via Jipijapa and Quevedo. Either way, the trip takes 11-15 hours.

The time can be longer, depending on natural conditions such as weather; or man-made occurrences such as rush hour traffic entering Quito, or a technical issue of the bus on the road.

As the bus is around 11-15 hours, you can arrive in the evening or early morning. It is worth noting that spending the night on a bus will save you some money! You can check the schedules just by clicking the Reserve Now button above.

If you miss taking one of the few direct buses from Puerto Lopez to Quito, it's a good idea to take it from Manta, which is very close and will save you time. All bus options are on the AndesTransit website.

What is the cost of traveling by bus from Puerto López to Quito?

The bus from Puerto López to Quito costs from $22 to $38. Remember that US dollars are the official currency of Ecuador.

A number of factors will influence the price of the ticket:

When you ride

Trips during the week are usually cheaper than on weekends or holidays.

When you buy

Buying your ticket in advance is always advisable to avoid long sales lines at the terminal.

Which bus carrier you choose

Another thing that will affect the fare is the service you choose for your trip. You get what you pay for! A cheaper bus company will offer you worse seats and many stops. If you spend more money, you will get a better trip from Puerto Lopez to Quito. When taking a trip as long as this, you definitely want to be comfortable!

Where can I book bus tickets from Puerto Lopez to Quito?

To get your ticket from Puerto Lopez to Quito, you have two options: buy it online or get it in person.


The fastest, cheapest and most reliable way to book a bus in Ecuador, without a doubt! Get a ticket just by clicking the Reserve Now button above, and enjoy your trip!.

If you're looking for the best ticket from Puerto Lopez to Quito, book with AndesTransit right from your mobile device and pay for it through our secure server.


Honestly, we do not recommend this option. Although it is possible, the bus station in Puerto Lopez is not the best place to buy a ticket. You could easily arrive at the bus office and find that there is no one to sell you a ticket and the bus have left from a changed location.

What are the bus schedules from Puerto López to Quito?

Buses between Puerto López and Quito leave in the early morning (between 5 and 9:15. am) or early evening (between 6 and 8 pm), depending on the day of the week. There are more departures on weekends and holidays.

These departures are quite convenient for a 11-15 hour bus trip.

A morning bus allows you to see the scenery unfolding along the route, from coastal forests to páramo mountains. In addition, the bus will deliver you to Quito well before dark.

On the other hand, an overnight bus will allow you to save on lodging for one night, which is an important consideration if you are traveling on a budget. Plus, you get to town in time to see the sunrise over the mountains!

If you want more flexibility in your departure time, you might also consider taking a private shuttle from Puerto Lopez to Quito.

No matter how you decide to travel, you can count on AndesTransit to help you get there with less hassle. Just use the Reserve Now button above to reserve your bus ticket for your transportation.

What is the best bus from Puerto López to Quito?

There are many options you can choose from right now. Even if you decide to take a bus only from Puerto López, or first go to Manta and then take a bus to Quito. You can also choose a private shuttle.

Buses that go directly from Puerto Lopez to Quito are not that common. The most popular way is to take a bus to Manta first, and then transfer to a new bus to Quito.

For the first part, you can take the Manglaralto bus for only $7 and in 3 hours you will be in Manta. You can also take a private transport, which costs more, but you have more time flexibility.

For the second part going from Manta to Quito, you have two options. The Coactur bus ($20) offers high-quality service, with comfortable seats, climate control, and on-board service. The other company is Flota Imbabura (US$17), which is a very good option, highly rated by our clients, and recognized for its good service. You will not regret either of these options.

The best part is that you can book all this just by using the Reserve Now button at the top of the page.

If you want private door-to-door transportation from Puerto Lopez to Quito, we can also arrange that.

Things to see in Quito

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Quito, the elevated capital of Ecuador, was UNESCO's first World Heritage Site. It is famous for its well-preserved colonial architecture and traditional neighborhoods right in the heart of the city. You can spend many days just wandering around and exploring, breathing in the everyday life, and enjoying traditional serrano foods that are so different from those of Puerto Lopez and the coast! Be sure to try the many varieties of locro and seco soups of delicious chivo (stewed goat although many debate that it is mutton).

Don't miss Quito's two-week anniversary party culminating on December 6th, with concerts, dancing, and a go-kart race!

This city always has spring-like weather, with daytime highs averaging 21-22°C (70-72° F) and dipping to around 9°C (48° F) at night. The two wettest months are October and April.

Quito has so many museums, churches, markets, and other attractions to see. You could easily spend weeks trying to take them all in, but we'll recommend our favorites. Sprinkle in some gastronomic delights, and then head out of town to the Middle of the World!

#1 - Casa del Alabado

Museo de Arte Precolombino Casa del Alabado presents to you Ecuador's premier collection of pre-Columbian art. Inside this restored colonial house, the artifacts are organized by themes of the indigenous belief systems of Underworld, Earth, and Otherworld, and their related actors as shamans.

#2 - Traditional Sweets

On a corner across the street from the Arco de la Reina and the Iglesia de Carmen Alta are three stores that make and sell traditional Quiteño sweets, such as roasted broad beans, fudges, candied almonds, peanut and citrus peel, and other yummies. Be sure to pick up some extra for your next bus trip!

#3 - Iglesia Santo Domingo

Dating from 1540, the Iglesia Santo Domingo is one of the oldest churches in Quito. Set in the historic center of the city, the entire interior and the 10-aisled chapels are gold leaf. The Mudejar ceiling is like a giant puzzle with no nails, pins, or glue holding the intricate design together. In the Capilla de la Virgen del Rosario is a mural of the Virgen de la Escalera, a unique 17th-century rendering of the Virgin by Padre Pedro Bedón.

#4 - Museo del Pasillo

Wherever you go in Ecuador, you will hear pasillos, a musical genre that has been deeply rooted in the nation's consciousness since the 18th century. Even the younger generation will sing and dance along to these traditional tunes! At Museo del Pasillo, you will learn all about the genre, from instruments to composers and performers.

#5 - Middle of the World

This is the called Mitad del Mundo, the place where the Equator cuts across the north of Quito. The official monument is where the French-Spanish-Ecuadorian Geodetic Mission measured the exact middle of the Earth in the mid-1800s. The site includes a monument on the exact equator, and so be sure to take the typical tourist photo with one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other foot in the South!

Still looking for things to do in Quito? Check out our special article 12 Free and Fun Things You Can Do In Quito.


Experiencing Quito will give you a taste of Ecuador's bustling highland capital, full of colonial relics. Top-notch cuisine reflecting its mixed colonial and native taste, and telling a story of the country's past and present. And you get to experience high, green mountains in the exact middle of the earth!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long is the bus trip from Puerto Lopez to Quito?
The distance from Puerto Lopez to Quito is about 486 km (302 miles). It takes between 9 and 15 hours.
How much is it to travel by bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito?
Starting at $22. Tickets are usually more expensive during weekends.
Where can I book tickets for a bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito?
Due to high demand, it is best to buy tickets in advance.
Where do I take the bus from Puerto Lopez to Quito?
From the Puerto López Bus Station.
Where does the bus from Puerto López to Quito arrive?
To Quito's Bus Station.
What are the ticket policies?
It depends on the carrier you choose, but their specific policies can be viewed during checkout or in the summaries printed in your ticket email. For an overview, see the Ticket Policy page.

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