Quito Airport Guide
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$25.00) • Priority Pass.
Free WiFi is available at new Quito Airport near the gates. Additionally, an Internet Café is located on the Domestic Arrivals Hall.
If sleeping in Quito Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Wyndham Quito Airport Gran Condor - In September 2014 it was announced this hotel will be built on airport grounds. It will open in late 2015.
- Quito Airport Suites - (7 min from the airport) Until the Wyndham is completed, this is currently the closest hotel to the airport. 24-hr airport shuttle service available ($). Day use rooms cost $25 (for 1-2 people) for stays from 9am to 9pm.
- Garden Hotel San Jose Aeropuerto - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available.
- Posada Mirolindo - (10 min from the airport) Airport transfers available.
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals in Quito on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Location: Landside, Arrivals / Departures - Airside, Domestic and International Departures.
- 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 - Location: Arrivals Hall. Hours: open 24 hours. Rates: unknown.
- Showers - Showers are available in the Salón Mitad del Mundo [ see Airport Lounges above ].
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportion: Getting To/From The Airport
The travel time from the new airport to Quito is between 60- 90 minutes depending on traffic.
Aeroservicios provides transportation from Quito to the New Mariscal Sucre International Airport 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, without intermediate stops. For more details on times, schedules and fares, visit the Aeroservicios web site.
The Metropolitan District of Quito has two services that operate from Rio Coca Avenue, north of the city, and from the Interprovincial Terminal Terminal Quitumbe in the south. This is to facilitate public access to the New Quito International Airport.
The fare from these bus terminals to the New Airport is $2 and will decrease from subsequent stops, which total 11 intermediate stops. The operators are:
- Departing from the Terminal Coca River: SOTRANOR Consortium. Hours: 5.30AM-10:00PM.
- Departing from Terminal COSIBO: Quitumbe Consortium. Hours: 5:30AM-7:00PM
Tickets are $8 per trip per person. They can be purchased on the Aeroservicios web site (only payments with international credit cards). You can also buy tickets at counters in the arrival hall of the New Airport Mariscal Sucre.
La Cooperativa de Taxis Aeropuerto Mariscal Sucre # 34 and La Asociación de Cooperativas del Valle operate this service 24/7, 365 days a year. Fares depend on the area you will be travelling to. Here are the fares as of July 2015: Quito Norte (US$ 22.50 - 27) • Quito Centro Norte (US$ 22 - 28) • Quito Centro (US$ 26) • Quito Centro Sur (US$ 27 - 29) • Quito Sur (US$ 28 - 33.50) • Los Chillos (US$ 25 - 32) • Tumbaco - Cumbaya (US$ 13.50 - 17).
The following car rental companies can be found in the public area of the Arrivals Hall: Avis • Budget • Hertz • Localiza • Thrifty.
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!
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Last Updated: 06 October 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.