Mariscal Sucre International Airport (Quito)
The airport is located inside the city perimeter, north of Quito.
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Located in the northern part of Quito, five minutes’ drive from the city center, Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) is a busy airport serving as the main hub for flights to Ecuador. Generally referred to as Quito Mariscal Airport, the facility processes nearly 4 million passengers each year. Services are basic but well-maintained, and the staff is both friendly and efficient.
Most flights to Mariscal Sucre International Airport are from other cities in South and Central America (Bogota, Panama City, Caracas, Lima, Medellin, San Jose de Costa Rica and Manta), but there are long-haul flights available from a few major cities such as New York, Miami, Houston, Atlanta, Madrid and Amsterdam.
Due to its location in Quito, the airport cannot expand to accommodate the increasing demand for flights to Ecuador and a second facility is currently being built 11 miles (17.7km) outside the city. In the meantime, however, being inside the city limits means a cheap and easy trip to your destination.
There is only one terminal, split into a domestic and international area. You can walk easily from one to the other.
Getting into Town
Train: There is no commercial train service at present, but construction is underway to link Quito to other cities in Ecuador by rail.
Bus: There are several buses that leave from the airport on the Trolebus and Ecovia systems. The Metrobus Q buses cost US$0.25 and take about 15 minutes to get to town.
Taxi: Taxis are available outside the airport. Fares vary depending on your destination, but a trip anywhere within the city should not cost more than US$3. You can buy taxi vouchers outside the arrivals area. Many hotels offer complimentary shuttles for guests as well.
There is long and short-term parking available at the airport.
There are information desks located in both the international and domestic departures areas, and the staff is bilingual.
Money and communications: There are ATMs and currency exchange facilities in the airport, as well as public phones. It is notoriously difficult to get change for large bills in Ecuador; try not to bring anything larger than US$20 if you can help it.
Luggage: There are luggage trolleys available to passengers.
Conference and business: There isn’t much in the way of business facilities in the airport, although free Internet access is available. There’s also a VIP lounge in the international departures area.
Other facilities: Travel agencies, florists and medical services.
Wi-Fi: The airport has free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal.
Shopping: Don’t expect an international standard of shopping at Quito Mariscal; there are a few handicraft and souvenir shops, but not much else. There is duty-free shopping in the international departures area.
Food and drink: There are several restaurants and cafes in each area of the airport, most offering only sandwiches and pastries. There are American-style delis in the international area.