Ecuador Online Tickets - How It Works

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First a little about 'Why':

Ecuador is unique in that it does not yet have an online ticket grid similar to surrounding countries in South America.  There are some small efforts going on, but nothing widespread yet.  On top of that, the country-wide standards for passenger reservations gives a lot of room for each bus company to set its own rules, so what one company requires can be very different from the next.  This makes Ecuador feel a bit wild and bureaucratic, and it will steadily change over time, but that's also part of what makes Ecuador the real adventure people from around the world write stories about, so maintain a positive attitude and be flexible, it's good for your traveling spirit!

 

AndesTransit has implemented arrangements with several local transport providers to utilize our backbone engine and reservation system to more easily get you the tickets you need to get where you want! 

 

However, the way we work in Ecuador is different than how we work in other countries, so please pay attention and read on:

Order whenever you want, receive your tickets closer to your travel date

When you order your ticket, AndesTransit will send you a receipt and notify you of your Release Date. Your Release Date is the date we can legally send you your ticket.  Your payment is 100% refundable until your Release Date.

 

This is because most Ecuador bus companies won't release tickets until one or two days in advance of the departure, so we only go to them prepared with your reservation on their earliest release date.  Some companies will release a week or more in advance, but only under specific conditions and that are unique to them.  

Orders in by 11 a.m., Tickets out by 11 p.m. UTC-5 (Quito time) MON-FRI

We have a 12 hour turnaround for Ecuador tickets, meaning as long as we receive your order by 11 a.m. (Monday-Friday), we will send you your ticket before 11 p.m. the same day, but not before your release date (see above).  
Example A: You place an order on January 1st for a trip on March 15th.  Your release date will probably be March 13th.  You have until 11 a.m. March 13th to cancel and get a 100% refund.  Otherwise, we will send you your ticket on March 13th before 11 p.m.
Example B:
You place an order today at 10:30 a.m. for a trip tomorrow at 7 a.m. We will send you your ticket before 11 p.m. today.
Example C: You place an order today at 12 p.m. (noon) for a trip tomorrow at 7 a.m.  Your order will be rejected and refunded, as you ordered too late.  See example B to be successful.
Example D: You place an order on a weekend (Sat or Sun) for a departure date also the same weekend. Your order will be rejected and refunded, as many resources are closed on weekends. If a weekend is in your scenario, either an order date, release date, or departure date, please try to order a week in advance and that will give us better time to ensure your ticket acquisition will go smoothly. 

In all cases, an order placed today must be for a trip that is tomorrow or later, but must be placed before 11 a.m. today (or whatever is the release date).

Other weird stuff:

-- Some carriers (not all) require a copy of your passport page containing your name and passport number.  You will be given an opportunity to upload a photo of that during your order, which can be as simple as taking a picture of it from your phone, and only needs to be that one page.

-- Some carriers (not all) will allow you to show your ticket from your phone when you check-in, while others will need to see it and then print a copy from their system so you have the paper version on board.  To expedite things, we recommend just printing your ticket yourself before you check in.

-- In most all cases, online-arranged tickets are only available for routes departing from Quito.  We hope to expand that to departures from other cities as soon as we can. 

 

Ecuador Online Routes

This below comparison table presents the routes in Ecuador that are available to book reservations online, and the terms and conditions of each.

 

You can book a ticket by simply clicking the green shopping cart buttons in the table (), which will launch the latest schedules and prices, and there look for the same shopping cart icons to proceed with making your reservation.

 

All Ecuador tickets are refundable before they are sent to you, and non-refundable after they are sent to you. To learn more, see the above section Ecuador Online Tickets - How it Works

 

From Ambato

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Macas 1-2 days No Same day as you order Touris San Francisco Oriental

 

From Esmeraldas

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Quito 1-120 days No 1-3 days in advance of your trip Trans Esmeraldas

 

From Guayaquil

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Bahia de Caraquez 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina
del Camino
Bogotá, CO 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Cali, CO 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Chiclayo, PE 2-60 days No Same day as you order CIVA
Chone 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina 
del Camino
Lima, PE 2-180 days No Same day as you order CIVA/CDS
Lima, PE 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Mancora, PE 2-180 days No Same day as you order CIVA/CDS
Manta 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina 
del Camino
Piura, PE 2-60 days No Same day as you order CIVA
Trujillo, PE 2-180 days No Same day as you order CDS
Tumbes, PE 2-180 days No Same day as you order CIVA/CDS

 

From Macas

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Ambato 1-2 days No Same day as you order Touris
San Francisco Oriental

 

From Manta

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Guayaquil 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina
del Camino
Quito 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina
del Camino

 

From Puyo

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Quito 1-2 days No Same day as you order Touris
San Francisco Oriental
Zamora 1-2 days No Same day as you order Touris 
San Francisco Oriental

 

From Quito

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Atacames 1-120 days Yes 1-14 days
in advance of your trip
Panamericana
Internacional
Atacames 1-120 days No 1-3 days
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Atacames 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Bahía de Cqz 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Reina 
del Camino
Baños 1-120 days No
1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Baños 1-120 days No within the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
TSFO
Bogotá, CO 3-180 days No Same day as you order CDS
Bogotá, CO 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Borbon 1-120 days No 1-3 days
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Cali, CO 3-180 days No Same day as you order CDS
Cali, CO 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Cali, CO 3-180 days Yes up to 1 week before your trip RDA
Canoa 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Reina 
del Camino
Cucutá, CO 3-180 days Yes up to 1 week before your trip RDA
Cuenca 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes Santa
Flota Imbabura
Cuenca 1-120 days Yes 1-14 days
in advance of your trip
Panamericana 
Internacional
Coca 1-120 days Yes 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Coca 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Esmeraldas 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Esmeraldas 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Gualaquiza 1-120 days No within the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
TSFO
Guayaquil 1-120 days Yes 1-28 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Ecuador
Guayaquil 1-120 days Yes 1-14 days
in advance of your trip
Panamericana 
Internacional
Guayaquil 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Flota Imbabura
Huaquillas 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes Santa
Huaquillas 1-120 days Yes 1-14 days
in advance of your trip
Panamericana 
Internacional
Huaquillas 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Huaquillas 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Ibague, CO 3-180 days Yes up to 1 week before your trip RDA
Lago Agrio 1-120 days Yes 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Lago Agrio 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Lima, PE 3-180 days No Same day as you order CDS
Lima, PE 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Loja 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes Santa
Macará 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes Santa
Macas 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Macas 1-120 days No within the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
TSFO
Manta 1-120 days Yes 1-14 days
in advance of your trip
Panamericana 
Internacional
Manta 1-120 days No 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Flota Imbabura
Manta 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Manta 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina 
del Camino
Muisne 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Piura, PE 3-180 days No Day after you order Ormeño
Puerto López 1-2 days No Same day as you order Reina 
del Camino
Puyo 1-2 days No Same day as you order Touris 
San Francisco Oriental
San Lorenzo 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Santa Elena 1-120 days No 1-3 days 
in advance of your trip
Trans Esmeraldas
Santa Elena 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Shushufindi 1-120 days Yes 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Shushufindi 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales
Tena 1-120 days Yes 1-2 days
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Baños
Zamora 1-120 days No within the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
TSFO
Zaruma 1-120 days Yes 1 day 
in advance of your trip
Transportes
Occidentales

 

From Tena

Destination When can I reserve? 
(min-max days in advance)
Requires upload
of my passport?
When will I
receive my ticket?
Carrier
Quito 1-2 days No Same day as you order Flota Pelileo

 

 

 




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