Travel Budget for Quito

Provincia de Pichincha, Ecuador

How much does it cost to travel to Quito?

How much money will you need for your trip to Quito? You should plan to spend around $32 per day on your vacation in Quito, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $13 on meals for one day and $3.47 on local transportation. Also, the average hotel price in Quito for a couple is $29. So, a trip to Quito for two people for one week costs on average $452. All of these average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

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  • 2 Weeks Per person
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  • One Week For a couple
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
  • One Month For a couple
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A vacation to Quito for one week usually costs around $226 for one person. So, a trip to Quito for two people costs around $452 for one week. A trip for two weeks for two people costs $904 in Quito. If you're traveling as a family of three or four people, the price 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 can often have a lower daily budget per person than one person traveling alone for one week.

How expensive is Quito?

How much does a trip to Quito cost? Is Quito expensive? The average Quito trip cost is broken down by category here. All of these Quito prices are calculated from the budgets of real travelers.

While meal prices in Quito can vary, the average cost of food in Quito is $13 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Quito should cost around $5 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.

The cost of a taxi ride in Quito is significantly more than public transportation. On average, past travelers have spent $3 per person, per day, on local transportation in Quito.

  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
  • Accommodation1 Typical double-occupancy room
  • Food2 Meals for one day
  • Water2 Bottled water for one day
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
  • Tips and Handouts1 For guides or service providers
  • Scams, Robberies, and Mishaps1
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2019
Flights to Quito

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How much money do I need for Quito?

Typical travel prices in Quito are listed below. These actual costs can give you an idea of the price of travel in Quito. Please keep in mind that the cost of travel in Quito can vary depending on your specific style of travel.

  • Entrance to Guyasimine Museum for Two
  • Tour of Quito
  • Taxi from Bus Terminal to Hotel
  • Imodium
  • Beers for Two
  • Water
Typical tour prices for Quito

How much do tours to Quito cost? Multi-day tours can often be an effecient way to see the highlights of a country or region.

  • Contiki Tours for 18-35 year olds
    7 days
    $ 925
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    12 days
    $ 800
  • Expedia Vacation options for all
    8 days
    $ 1390
  • G Adventures Adventure and cultural tours
    9 days
    $ 1750
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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.
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.
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.

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.

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.

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