Do you want to cross the Colombia-Ecuador border? | Review your Options Here.

Choices for shared and private services to cross the border

Reviewed

on: 14/01/24

by: Kali Kucera, AndesTransit

Your Complete Guide to Crossing the border between Ecuador and Colombia (or reverse)

Update: As of January 11th, 2024 both Colombia and Ecuador no longer require travelers to present a vaccination card or a negative PCR test prior to entering the country. However, Ecuador has declared a 60-day state of emergency to bolster public safety from the rise of criminal gang activity. One aspect of this is to require all foreign travelers entering the country by land to present an apostilled police background check that certifies the traveler has no history of crimes. Please speak to your embassy about how you retrieve the required background check and allow the necessary time to receive it as apostilled before making your trip across the border.

How much should I expect to pay for crossing the Colombia Ecuador border?

The best price point is on Thursdays when we have regularly scheduled trips planned to pick up qualified travelers at the border. These are called shared shuttle trips, so you would be sharing the ride with other travelers, with prices ranging from $76 to $99 per person/seat depending on what portion of the distance between Bogota and Quito you require transportation.

For trips on any other day of the week (except major holidays, which we do not serve), the shuttle service is considered a private shuttle arrangement reserved exclusively for you and your immediate family or personal traveling group. Therefore you should use the Private Reservation buttons below if you must travel on any day of the week that is not a Thursday.

Ready to make a reservation?

First, consult the below chart to determine which type of shuttle works best for you (shared or private), then proceed to the corresponding section to begin the reservation process.

 

Shared Private

Cost

Pay only for the seats needed.

Pay for the whole vehicle.

Cost

Cheapest for a solo traveler.

Cheapest for groups.

Scheduling

Trips only operate every Thursday.

No date limitations.

Scheduling

Dates may be more restricted for solo travelers.

No minimum passengers required.

Scheduling

Departure times operate on a set schedule.

Departure time is more flexible.

Conveniences

Rest stops decided by driver.

Flexible to stop where you want on the route.

Conveniences

Pickup from fixed locations. Delivery to your hotel, but limited to Ibarra, Ipiales, Otavalo, and Quito.

Both pickup and delivery locations more flexible between Quito and Ibarra.

Conveniences

Driver assists passengers with migration protocol at border.

Driver assists passengers with migration protocol at border.

Policies

Non-refundable, but postponable up to 90 days.

Non-refundable, but postponable up to 90 days.

Shared Shuttle Services

Shared shuttle services are limited to the Rumichaca route that crosses the border near Ipiales, Colombia or Tulcan, Ecuador. These are chartered cars or vans, not buses, the size depending on how many riders are registered to make the trip. You have a choice of boarding or departing the shuttle on the Ecuador side in Quito, Otavalo, or Ibarra. Ibarra<-->Ipiales is the minimum price point you can reserve, even if you request to go a shorter distance. The shuttle does not operate south of Quito or north of Ipiales. However, you can purchase connecting buses from our site that go to or from Ipiales, Colombia to other cities in Colombia, or go to or from Ibarra, Otavalo, or Quito to other cities in Ecuador. Buses operate inside the respective countries. They do not cross the border. Only the shared shuttle service crosses the border. If you need something that is more flexible than these conditions, you should refer to the Private Shuttles section below.

To reserve a seat on a Shared Shuttle

Just use the yellow search bar below and type in one of the following origin and destination pairs (or click these list items to directly load the query)

From Colombia

In order to get to Ipiales from other cities in Colombia, you can also purchase bus tickets on andestransit.com or colombiaschedules.com.

From Ecuador

In order to get to Quito, Otavalo, or Ibarra from other cities in Ecuador, you can also purchase bus tickets on andestransit.com or ecuadorbus.com.

Private Shuttes

Private shuttle services are much more flexible with departure and arrival locations and schedules. However, the international crossing is limited to the Rumichaca crossing. Shuttles do not cross at any other border crossings as those other crossings have to be traversed manually by pedestrian bridge or by boat.

To reserve a Private Shuttle

Search for your trip here!

Orientation map for planning

Recommended reading

South America Borders guide book.
Title: South America Borders

Author: Kali Kucera and Lorraine Caputo

Format: e-book

Abstract: Detailed guidance on crossing borders in South America, including visas, transport routes, and pitfalls to avoid.

More information: Click here