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Quito, Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

How much does it cost to travel to Quito?

You should plan to spend around $52 per day on your vacation in Quito. This is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors.

Past travelers have spent, on average for one day:

  • $20 on meals
  • $6.99 on local transportation
  • $44 on hotels

A one week trip to Quito for two people costs, on average, $724. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    $52
  • One Week Per person
    $362
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    $724
  • One Month Per person
    $1,552
  • One Week For a couple
    $724
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    $1,449
  • One Month For a couple
    $3,105
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How much does a one week, two week, or one month trip to Quito cost?

A one week trip to Quito usually costs around $362 for one person and $724 for two people. This includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

A two week trip to Quito on average costs around $724 for one person and $1,449 for two people. This cost includes accommodation, food, local transportation, and sightseeing.

Please note, prices can vary based on your travel style, speed, and other variables. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price per person often goes down because kid's tickets are cheaper and hotel rooms can be shared. If you travel slower over a longer period of time then your daily budget will also go down. Two people traveling together for one month in Quito will often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

A one month trip to Quito on average costs around $1,552 for one person and $3,105 for two people. The more places you visit, the higher the daily price will become due to increased transportation costs.




Independent Travel

Traveling Independently to Quito has many benefits including affordabilty, freedom, flexibility, and the opportunity to control your own experiences.

All of the travel costs below are based on the experiences of other independent travelers.

Is Quito expensive to visit?

Quito is a reasonably affordable place to visit. Located in Ecuador, which is a reasonably affordable country, visitors will appreciate the relatively low cost of this destination. It is in the top 25% of cities in the country for its affordability. If you're traveling on a budget, then this is a good destination with affordable accommodation, food, and transportation.

Within South America, Quito is a moderately priced destination compared to other places. The overall cost of travel here is fair for the region and comparable to Cusco or Bogota.

For more details, and to find out if it's within your travel budget, see Is Quito Expensive?

How much money do I need for a trip to Quito?

The average Quito trip cost is broken down by category here for independent travelers. All of these Quito travel prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.


Category Cost
Accommodation 1 (Double Occupancy) $44
Local Transportation 1 $6.99
Food 2 $20
Entertainment 1 $16
Tips and Handouts 1 $2 - 5
Alcohol 2 $9 - 26
Accommodation Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

The average price paid for one person for accommodation in Quito is $22. For two people sharing a typical double-occupancy hotel room, the average price paid for a hotel room in Quito is $44. This cost is from the reported spending of actual travelers.


  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    $22
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
    $44

Hotel Prices in Quito

Looking for a hotel in Quito? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options.

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Actual Hotel Prices
The average hotel room price in Quito based on data provided by Kayak for actual hotel rooms is $42. (Prices in U.S. Dollars, before taxes & fees.)

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Transportation Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

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  • The cost of a taxi ride in Quito is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $6.99 per person, per day, on local transportation in Quito.


  • Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    $6.99

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Flights to Quito
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Rental Cars in Quito
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What did other people spend on Transportation in Quito?

Typical prices for Transportation in Quito are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Quito, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Taxi from Bus Terminal to Hotel
    $10


Food Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • While meal prices in Quito can vary, the average cost of food in Quito is $20 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Quito should cost around $7.97 per person. Breakfast prices are usually a little cheaper than lunch or dinner. The price of food in sit-down restaurants in Quito is often higher than fast food prices or street food prices.


  • Food2 Meals for one day
    $20

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Entertainment Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • Entertainment and activities in Quito typically cost an average of $16 per person, per day based on the spending of previous travelers. This includes fees paid for admission tickets to museums and attractions, day tours, and other sightseeing expenses.


  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    $16

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What did other people spend on Entertainment in Quito?

Typical prices for Entertainment in Quito are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Quito, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Entrance to Guyasimine Museum for Two
    $8.00


Tips and Handouts Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average cost for Tips and Handouts in Quito is $3.32 per day. The usual amount for a tip in Quito is 5% - 15%.


  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
    $3.32


Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

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  • Unfortunately, bad things can happen on a trip. Well, you've just got to deal with it! The average price for a scam, robbery, or mishap in Quito is $2.69, as reported by travelers.


  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
    $2.69


Alcohol Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • The average person spends about $17 on alcoholic beverages in Quito per day. The more you spend on alcohol, the more fun you might be having despite your higher budget.


  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    $17

What did other people spend on Alcohol in Quito?

Typical prices for Alcohol in Quito are listed below. These actual costs are from real travelers and can give you an idea of the prices in Quito, but your costs will vary based on your travel style and the place where the purchase was made.


  • Beers for Two
    $9.00


Water Budget in Quito
Average Daily Costs

Calculated from travelers like you

  • On average, people spend $0.95 on bottled water in Quito per day. The public water in Quito is not usually considered safe to drink.


  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
    $0.95


Quito on a Budget
Quito La Ronda, Quito, Ecuador
Nestled between two mountain ranges lies the world's highest capital city, Quito, Ecuador. For history lovers, Quito is a very desirable destination as it's home to the Quito Historic Center – one of the largest and best-preserved historic centers in the Americas.

Even though Quito is full of people – in fact, it's the second most populous city in the country – very few of its inhabitants speak English. Luckily, however, the citizens of Quito tend to speak a slower and more clear Spanish than surrounding areas. This is the perfect place to practice what you read in your Intro to Spanish book.

Before visiting Quito, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, give yourself a few days to grow accustomed to the elevation. Staying 9,350 feet above sea level takes some getting used to. Second, don't be fooled into thinking that just because you're visiting a town on the equator that you'll need all your summer clothes. Because of the city's elevation, the area keeps a relatively cool climate year round.
Sights
Quito is full of countless museums and cultural centers to immerse yourself in the local history and traditions. From gold works of art to galleries full of local art to re-enacted scenes of social history, Quito has enough museums to keep any traveler engaged for days.

Just outside of Quito is the spot where it was first discovered the world is round. The spot where the measurements were made are marked with a monument known as "Mitad del Mundi," or middle of the world.

At such a high elevation, you may already feel on top of the world, but the best view is from the top of the world's second-highest cable car. Travel up the 4,000 meters to see volcanoes and the entire city below.
Neighborhoods
The city is divided into four sections. The south is a mostly working class area with most of the city's population. Thins in the south tend to be cheaper, and the main train and bus stations are located down there. The north is the "modern Quito." This is where the rich come to play. With high rises and boutiques, there is also a sophisticated culture complete with museums, art galleries and world-class restaurants. The Old City is Quito's main attraction. With the colonial and independence architecture of forty churches and seventeen plazas. It's the perfect area for wandering. The surrounding valleys make up the fourth district. They're good for a weekend getaway, and even better for experiencing the real Ecuadorian cuisine.

Activities
For the more leisurely traveler, an afternoon wandering the old city is just the ticket. The mixture of colonial and independence era architecture is a gorgeous backdrop, and if you're there during Christmas or Easter you'll see a number of events and processions. Browse craft shops, cafes, and hotels for an afternoon of sightseeing,

If you're up for a bit more adventure, you may be interested in a mountain biking tour. There are several operations offering tours of volcanoes, lakes and valleys. Better yet, try some horseback riding. Local ranches have horses equipped for riders of all experience levels.
Food and Dining
This international destination caters to every taste bud out there. Restaurants in Quito offer every flavor, but you'll definitely want to sample the fresh seafood and fish. Order the potatoes, plantains and tropical fruits.

Transportation
Getting around Quito isn't too difficult with three different, independent public bus systems – El Trole, Metrobus and Ecovia. The ride is inexpensive and there is a stop located at many tourist hotspots.

Taxis are everywhere and relatively inexpensive compared to many other international cities. Most tourist destinations are fairly close together. In general, you should always stay with the yellow taxis, and be sure your driver turns the meter on so you don't get ripped off. Carry small denominations and have exact change because many drivers will claim to not have any change.

Renting your own car is an option, but not particularly recommended for getting around the city. With cheap taxis, the effort to rent a car is simply not worth it. If you don't speak Spanish, avoid this option altogether as it's an easy to swindle travelers out of more money.


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1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase. Thus, the overall daily average cost is not a summation of the individual categories.