By Bike or Scooter
You can easily rent a bike, a helmet, and padlock and explore Quito on two wheels. Yellow Bike rents bikes by the hour, half-day and day, and also offers guided bike tours (reservation only; 2-10 people). Quito has a series of bike paths and dedicated bike lanes running north-south through the commercial and tourist area. Yellow Bikes rental office can be found in La Mariscal on Lizardo Garcia 512 and Diego de Almagro.
You can rent motor scooters for a great outdoor adventure at Freedom Bike Rentals. They offer well maintained dual sport scooters and motorcycles for daily and weekly rentals at great rates with no hidden charges. Their rental office is on Juan León Mera N22-37 (between Carrión and Veintimilla.)
The local bus transportation system in Quito is quite fast, efficient and inexpensive. There are three main bus lines which travel along one of Quito’s three main North-South thoroughfares. These lines are Trole, (green) Ecovia, (red) and Metrobus (blue.) They travel on their own car-free lanes and run at 10 minute intervals from 6 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The bus fare is .25 cents
The blue Metrobusses run along Avenida América, from the Universidad Central del Ecuador (northeast of Parque El Ejido) to the Ofelia Transfer station north of the OLD airport.
The green Trole buses run along Maldonado and Avenida 10 de Agosto. In the old town, southbound trolleys take the west route (along Guayaquil), while northbound trolleys take the east route (along Montúfar and Pichincha).
The red Ecovía buses run along Avenida 6 de Diciembre between Río Coca terminal in the north and La Marin Terminal in the old town (el Centro.)
There are TWO main bus terminals in Quito, and one in the South (Quitumbe) and one in the North (Carcelen.)
Terminal Quitumbe services all the buses that go to any destination south of Quito. This includes all of the coastal provinces, all of the Amazonian provinces, and most of the mountain provinces. This terminal can be reached by local buses (which often leave La Marin in Old Town) or by the Trolebus and Metro trolleys.
To reach Hostel Revolution from the Quitumbe terminal you will need to take the trolley to El Recreo, and then change buses to get to the Alameda stop. It will take about 1 hour travel time.
Terminal Carcelén is located at the far north end of Quito. This is where you can catch buses to Otavalo, Cotacachi, Ibarra, and Imbabura This terminal can be reached by local buses (which you can catch at La Marin in Old Town or El Ejido in New Town) or by Ecovia, Trolebus and Metro.
To reach Hostel Revolution from the Carcelén station, take a bus to La Y trolley stop and then take the trolley to the Alameda stop.
Local city Cabs are all yellow and have red ‘taxi’ stickers in the window. They are inspected and are usually in a good state of repair. Most Cabs have meters but most drivers use a “flat rate” system. Always negotiate the price with the driver before getting into the cab. If you feel the quoted fare is too high, flag down another cab. The minimum fare is $1 for short trips. Most trips from el Centro to la Mariscal will cost about $2.50 – $3.00 and you will pay about $4 for a longer trip. Most drivers won’t change bills over $5.00 so try to have plenty of $1.00 coins. Rates are higher at night and on Sundays. Always check to make sure you have all your belongings because anything left behind will almost never be returned. Late at night you should exercise caution about flagging down a cab. Many Cab drivers have cell phones and will allow you to make prior arrangements for pick-up up at a certain time and destination. If you find a driver you like and want to do some sightseeing you can usually negotiate an hourly (about $8.00) or daily rate ($50-$60.)