Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport Guide (UIO)
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located around 18km (12 miles) northeast of central Quito (36km/24 miles by road).
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport replaced an airport of the same name as Quito’s main airport in 2013. Our Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport guide includes contact details, terminal information and transport options to and from the city centre.
The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport opened for business in February 2013, replacing the previous facility of the same name, which was located just north of the city centre. Work on improving the access roads to the new airport is currently in progress.
There is an airport information desk in the public departure area and a tourist information point (tel: (02) 281 8363) in International Arrivals.
From central Quito, take the E28 highway east via Cumbayå towards Tumbaco, turning north onto the E35 at Pifo. After 3km (2 miles) on the E35, the Conector Alpachaca road branches off the E35 and leads directly to the airport. Owing to the winding nature of the roads around Quito and traffic congestion, the journey can take anything between 60 to 120 minutes.
Bus: Public buses operate between the airport and the city bus stations. Journey time is somewhat longer than that of the coach, but the fare is much cheaper at US$2 per person.
Coach: The Aero Servicios coach service (tel: (02) 604 3500; aeroservicios.com.ec) operates at 30-minute intervals, 24-hours a day between the city centre and the airport (journey time: 90-100 minutes; fare: US$8 – with additional charges for extra luggage). Vehicles are air-conditioned, offer Wi-Fi access and have English speaking staff. Tickets can be booked in advance on the company’s website.
Shuttle: Shuttle minibuses serving major hotels in Quito are available outside Arrivals. Prices vary according to the destination.
Taxi: Taxis are readily available outside the terminal building. Fares should be pre-paid at the desk in the terminal entrance, and range from US$25 to US$45 depending on time of day and number of passengers. The journey time to the city centre also varies according to traffic, but is generally around 60 to 120 minutes.
Public telephones are available throughout the terminal. Wi-Fi access is fee for the first 30 minutes.
Duty-free shopping is available for international passengers. Gift shops offer a range of local crafts and souvenirs, and the range of shopping outlets is expanding.
Left-luggage services are not currently available at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport. Lost property enquiries should be directed to the customer service desk or the airline concerned.
There are no meeting facilities at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport; however such facilities are available at larger hotels in the centre of Quito. VIP lounges are located in the domestic and international departure areas and can be used for a fee.
Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport is fully accessible for wheelchair users and designated disabled parking spaces are provided. Assistance (tel: (02) 395 4200, ext. 2718) is available upon request before arrival at the airport. In addition, the airline should also be notified of any special requirements.
Short- and long-term parking for around 900 vehicles is adjacent to the terminal complex.
Car hire operators: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Localiza and Thrifty are represented at the airport. Offices for these providers are situated in the public area of Arrivals.
There are currently no hotels at Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport, but there are some small, independent guesthouses in Pifo. A selection of major international hotels can be found within the city, some of which provide courtesy shuttles for their arriving and departing guests.
The tourist information desk (tel: (02) 281 8363) in International Arrivals can provide assistance with hotel reservations.