In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Quito Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
we arrived at the airport and found nothing but metal seats with armrests
My husband gave me my dream trip to The Galapagos for my 65th birthday. We chose our dates early and made plane reservations. the day I tried to make hotel reservations, I discovered that the new airport (opening that very DAY) was to be our destination and that no hotels had been built in the area. We arrived at 11PM and had to meet our tour at 7AM. Not knowing what the airport would have by way of furniture, I bought two inflatable pool floats and packed them. When we arrived at the airport, and found nothing but metal seats with armrests between, and no open lounges, we blew up our floats, found a private spot under a stopped escalator and slept for 4-5 hours. No one seemed to mind us being there and we felt pretty safe. WE are adventuresome folk and have camped a lot, so didn't feel terribly deprived but it would have been nice if they could have kept a lounge open overnight. We would have happily paid for the privilege of resting on a couch.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
Andean Travel Company has posted some photos of the new Quito airport. It looks very sparkly and nice, but not exactly airport sleeper friendly. Seating landside looks limited, so you should be prepared to sleep on the floor. Airside seating screams "armrests". The airport is still new, so let's give them time. Having been to the old airport many times, this is a significant improvement.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Quito airport either by purchasing a day pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Salon Quito - Location: National Departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$15.00) • Priority Pass.
- Salón Mitad del Mundo - Location: International Departures, Airside. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$25.00) • Priority Pass.
Free WiFi is available at new Quito Airport near the gates. Additionally, an Internet Café is located on the Domestic Arrivals Hall.
Bravo to clever folks responsible for this airport development. As of the open date there are no airport hotels. As a result, the Quito Airport should be hosting a lot of airport sleepers awaiting their early morning flights. Unless you want to take a taxi in the middle of the night, the only hotels that I have been able to find even remotely close to the airport are these ones listed below. Email me if there are any others that you know of:
- Wyndham Quito Airport Gran Condor - In September 2014 it was announced this hotel will be built on airport grounds. It will open in late 2015.
- Rincon de Puembo - according to the hotel's web site, they are located 10 minutes from the airport.
- Quito Airport Suites - 5 minutes from the airport. Transfers are available 24 hours.
- Hosteria San Carlos Tababela - 10 minutes from the airport. Transfers are available 24 hours.
- Su Merced - located 15-20 minutes from the airport. Transfers can be arranged.
- ILATOA - The owners tell me that the transfer time is approx. 30 minutes. Transfer rates: $40 (6am - 12pm) and $ 50 (12am - 6am). A taxi is approx. $15.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Location: Landside, Arrivals / Departures - Airside, Domestic and International Departures.
- Car Rentals - Localiza, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Thrifty.
- Currency Exchange - Global Exchange - Location: Landside, Departures Terminal / Airside, Arrivals Hall - Hours: open 24 hours.
- Food & Drinks - At the time of this update there were a variety of food concessions at the airport including a few that are open 24 hours.
- Information Desk - Location: Landside, Arrivals /Departures Hall - Hours: open 24 hours.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Information not available
- Showers - Information not available
Transportion: How to Get There
The travel time from the new airport to Quito is approx 90 minutes.
- Public Bus - A public bus travels between the airport and the city (Rio Coca Bus Station in the north end of Quito), but it makes stops along the way and will likely be a long ride. Cost: $2.
- Airport Express Bus - The express bus departs from the old Quito airport and goes directly to the new airport without stops. The buses have Free WiFi. Journey Time: up to 1.5 hours. Departs: every 20-30 minutes / 24 hours per day. Cost: $8. Tickets can be purchased online and also at both of both airports. You are permitted 1 piece of luggage up to 23kg, and one piece of hand luggage. For additional luggage, there is a surcharge of US$ 2 and for over sized luggage the surcharge is US$ 2.50.
- Taxis - The estimated cost of a taxi between the city and new airport is US$ 25-40.
The airport is open 24 hours.
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Quito Travel Resources
- Quito Hotel Deals - compare rates, check availability and read reviews
- Patio Andaluz - a wonderful hotel located in the old town. I stayed here in September 2008. Highly recommended!
- The Magic Bean - Located in the new town. I haven't stayed at the hotel, but you should definitely have a meal in the restaurant. On the times I've visited over the years, the food was good and they served large portions!
Last Updated: 11 May 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.