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Monument La Rotonda, Guayaquil
 

Practical info Guayaquil, Ecuador

Getting around the city

Guyaquil has a modern bus system that covers most of the city, and provides a cheap, easy-to-navigate transportation system for visitors. Taxis are also available, but it is necessary to agree on a fare upfront as tourists are regularly overcharged. Driving in Ecuador can be unnerving; however, many popular sights can be seen on a walking tour along the River Guayas.

Time

Local time is GMT -5.

Electricity

Electrical current is 120 volts, 60Hz. Two-pin plugs are standard.

Currency

The US Dollar (USD) is the official currency in Ecuador. It is recommended that travellers bring US dollar notes as other foreign currencies are difficult to exchange outside of Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca. Small denominations in good condition are the easiest to exchange outside of the main cities. In the main centres most currencies can be exchanged at banks and exchange houses (casas de cambio) at variable commission rates. ATMs are available in the cities, and major credit cards are accepted in tourist areas and large hotels, although a commission of six to eight percent is often charged.

Communication

The international access code for Ecuador is +593. Calls made from hotel rooms can be expensive, but public telephones can be found in most public buildings in the main cities. The most cost-effective way to telephone internationally is from call centres, which are located in most towns and cities. They also offer fax services and sometimes internet, although internet cafes are available in the main towns. The local cell phone network uses GSM; European, Australian and phones from other non-GSM networks will not work but cell phones can be rented at the airport or at cellular phone shops.

Emergency number

101 (Police); 131 (Ambulance)

Visa and health information

Everything about visa and health information

Public holidays

Climate

Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport

www.tagsa.aero

Getting to the city

The local bus service provides trips from the airport to the main bus terminal in the city centre. Many hotels offer shuttle transfer services.

Car rental

Car rental companies at the airport include AVIS, Budget, Hertz, Localiza, Enterprise, and Thrifty.

Airport taxi's

Authorised taxis can be found outside the terminal building at any time of day.

Transfer between terminals

The two terminals are within easy walking distance.

Facilities

The airport has luggage trolleys, information desks, restaurants, currency exchange, a bank, ATMs, VIP lounges, travel agencies, baggage wrapping and storage, massage therapy, as well as a variety of souvenir shops and dining options.

Parking

Parking is free for the first 15 minutes, then charged at US$1.20 per hour and US$14.40 per day.

Internet

Free wifi is available.