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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.


Local time is GMT -5.


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


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.


The international access code for Ecuador is +593. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

Emergency number

101 (Police); 131 (Medical Emergency)

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Public holidays


Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport


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 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.


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


Free wifi is available.