Although Ecuador’s railway system is currently in shambles (mainly because of lack of funding and frequent landslides), the Ecuadorian Railways (EFE) recently launched a restoration project to rehabilitate the “most difficult railway in the world”. In May 2009, the restored 100km (63-mile) stretch from Quito to the provincial capital of Latacunga re-opened to the public.
The Quito train station, located at Sincholagua and Vicente Maldonado (tel: (02) 265 6142) is about 2km south of the Old Town. Purchase tickets in advance at the train ticket office, Bolívar 443 y García Moreno (tel: (02) 295 1400). Trains are old-fashioned and many passengers ride on the roof.