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There are 5 ways to get from Cuenca to Quito by plane, bus or car

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Fly  •  1 h 36 min

  1. Fly from Cuenca (CUE) to Quito (UIO) CUE - UIO

$89 - $252

Cheapest option

Bus Cooperativa de Transportes Loja Internacional  •  8 h 5 min

  1. Take the bus from Cuenca to Ambato Loja
  2. Take the bus from Ambato to Quito

$11 - $33

3 alternative options

Bus Flota Imbabura  •  9 h 15 min

  1. Take the bus from Cuenca to Quito - Terminal Quitumbe Cuenca

$12 - $16

Bus Cooperativa de Transportes SANTA  •  9 h 39 min

  1. Take the bus from Cuenca to Riobamba Cuenca
  2. Take the bus from Riobamba to Quito Terminal Quitumbe Quito / ...

$19 - $20

Drive  •  6 h 34 min

  1. Drive from Cuenca to Quito 290.9 miles

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The cheapest way to get from Cuenca to Quito is to bus which costs $12 - $16 and takes 9 h 15 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cuenca to Quito is to fly which costs $85 - $260 and takes 1 h 36 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cuenca to Quito. However, there are services departing from Cuenca and arriving at Quito via Ambato. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 8 h 5 min.

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The distance between Cuenca and Quito is 302 km. The road distance is 465.4 km.

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The best way to get from Cuenca to Quito without a car is to bus which takes 8 h 5 min and costs $10 - $35.

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It takes approximately 1 h 36 min to get from Cuenca to Quito, including transfers.

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Cuenca to Quito bus services, operated by Cooperativa de Transportes Loja Internacional, depart from Cuenca station.

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The best way to get from Cuenca to Quito is to fly which takes 1 h 36 min and costs $85 - $260. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $10 - $35 and takes 8 h 5 min.

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The quickest flight from Cuenca Airport to Quito Airport is the direct flight which takes 52 min.

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Cuenca to Quito bus services, operated by Cita Express, arrive at Quito station.

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Map of how to get from Cuenca to Quito.
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  • Distance: 188.6 miles
  • Duration: 1 h 36 min

What companies run services between Cuenca, Ecuador and Quito, Ecuador?

LATAM Ecuador and TAME fly from Cuenca to Quito 5 times a day. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cuenca to Quito via Ambato in around 8 h 5 min.

Airlines
LATAM Ecuador
Website
latam.com
Flights from Cuenca to Quito
Ave. Duration
52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
TAME
Website
tame.com.ec
Flights from Cuenca to Quito
Ave. Duration
1 h 1 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Bus operators
Cita Express
Phone
+(593)042-140668
Website
transportescita.com
Bus from Ambato to Quito
Ave. Duration
2 h 5 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$4
Schedules at
transportescita.com
Book at
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Flota Imbabura
Phone
+593 (2) 223 6940 / 256 5620
Website
flota-imbabura.com
Bus from Cuenca to Quito - Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
8 h 55 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
flota-imbabura.com
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multipasajes.com
EXPRESS SUCRE Cooperativa de Transportes
Phone
+593 (7) 286 7473 / 283 5717
Bus from Cuenca, Ecuador to Quito - Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$11 - $14
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
andestransit.com
Road
$11 - $14
Cooperativa de Transportes SANTA
Phone
032521061 GERENCIA 03 – 2521068 – 099227581 • AMBATO 03 – 2521 061
Email
cooperativasanta@hotmail.com
Bus from Cuenca to Quito Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
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Bus from Cuenca to Riobamba
Ave. Duration
5 h 50 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
facebook.com
Bus from Riobamba to Quito Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Schedules at
facebook.com
Turismo Oriental
Phone
(593-07) 2868490
Website
turismooriental.ec
Bus from Cuenca to Quito - Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$14
Schedules at
turismooriental.ec
Book at
andestransit.com
Cooperativa Trans Vencedores
Phone
(593) (6) 2981395, Terminal Carcelén: 0997 321-293
Email
coop_transvencedores@hotmail.com
Bus from Riobamba to Quito Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
3 h 15 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
transvencedores.com.ec
Book at
andestransit.com
Riobamba Cooperativa de Transportes
Phone
+593 (0) 32943410 Riobamba / (0) 23824841 Quito / (0) 42130830 Guayaquil
Bus from Riobamba to Quito - Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
3 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
facebook.com
Book at
andestransit.com
Chimborazo Cooperativa de Transportes Interprovincial
Phone
(593) (3) 2953118
Bus from Riobamba to Quito Terminal Quitumbe
Ave. Duration
3 h 40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
transporteschimborazo.com
Book at
andestransit.com

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Yes, the driving distance between Cuenca to Quito is 465 km. It takes approximately 6 h 34 min to drive from Cuenca to Quito.

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TAME and LATAM Ecuador offer flights from Cuenca Airport to Quito Airport.

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There are 826+ hotels available in Quito. Prices start at $17 USD per night.

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