There are 6 ways to get from Quito to Machala by plane, bus or car

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Fly to Santa Rosa, bus  •  2h 37m

  1. Fly from Quito (UIO) to Santa Rosa (ETR) UIO - ETR
  2. Take the bus from Santa Rosa to Machala

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Bus  •  11h 5m

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

$10 - $14

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Fly to Cuenca, bus  •  4h 47m

  1. Fly from Quito (UIO) to Cuenca (CUE) UIO - CUE
  2. Take the bus from Cuenca to Machala

$279 - $488

Bus via La Troncal  •  10h 24m

  1. Take the bus from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe to La Troncal Quito
  2. Take the bus from La Troncal to Machala La Troncal

$21

Bus #2  •  11h 20m

  1. Take the bus from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe to Machala Quito / ...

$11 - $16

Drive  •  8h 4m

  1. Drive from Quito to Machala 545.8 km

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The cheapest way to get from Quito to Machala is to bus which costs $10 - $15 and takes 11h 5m.

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The quickest way to get from Quito to Machala is to fly and bus which costs $270 - $490 and takes 4h 47m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Quito to Machala. However, there are services departing from La Mascota and arriving at Machala via Quito - Terminal Quitumbe and La Troncal. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 10h 24m.

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The distance between Quito and Machala is 373 km. The road distance is 545.8 km.

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The best way to get from Quito to Machala without a car is to bus via La Troncal which takes 10h 24m and costs $21 - $22.

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It takes approximately 2h 37m to get from Quito to Machala, including transfers.

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Quito to Machala bus services, operated by Cooperativa de Transportes SANTA, depart from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe station.

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The quickest flight from Quito Airport to Santa Rosa Airport is the direct flight which takes 1h 10m.

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Quito to Machala bus services, operated by Cooperativa de Transportes Patria, arrive at Machala station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Quito to Machala is 546 km. It takes approximately 8h 4m to drive from Quito to Machala.

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  • Distance: 372.7 km
  • Duration: 2h 37m

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

You can take a bus from Quito to Machala via Quito - Terminal Quitumbe and La Troncal in around 10h 24m.

Airlines
LATAM Ecuador
Website
latam.com
Flights from Quito to Cuenca
Ave. Duration
54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$60 - $350
TAME
Website
tame.com.ec
Flights from Quito to Santa Rosa
Ave. Duration
1h 10m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $290
Flights from Quito to Cuenca
Ave. Duration
1h 1m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$70 - $240
Bus operators
Cooperativa de Transporte CIFA
Phone
+593 07 2937 874
Email
info@cifainternacional.com
Website
cifainternacional.com
Bus from Santa Rosa to Machala
Ave. Duration
37 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Schedules at
cifainternacional.com
Pullman Sucre Internacional
Phone
593 072822329
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Cuenca to Machala
Ave. Duration
3h 20m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$5
Schedules at
es-la.facebook.com
Cooperativa de Transportes SANTA
Phone
032521061 GERENCIA 03 – 2521068 – 099227581 • AMBATO 03 – 2521 061
Email
cooperativasanta@hotmail.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe to La Troncal
Ave. Duration
5h 35m
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$15
Schedules at
cooperativasanta.ec
Panamericana Internacional
Phone
+593 (2) 2557133 / 2557134
Email
info@panamericana.ec
Website
panamericana.ec
Bus from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe to Machala
Ave. Duration
9h 45m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$10 - $14
Schedules at
panamericana.ec
Transportes Occidentales
Phone
+593 2-303-4291
Email
info@ocidentales.ec
Website
occidentales.ec
Bus from Quito - Terminal Quitumbe to Machala
Ave. Duration
10h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$11 - $15
Schedules at
occidentales.ec
Book at
transportesoccidentales.teletiquete.com

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TAME offers flights from Quito Airport to Santa Rosa Airport.

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There are 25+ hotels available in Machala. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Quito to Quito Airport is to taxi which takes 39 min and costs $220 - $270.

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