? Ecuador Online Tickets - How It Works
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Ecuador Online Tickets
 - How it Works

First a little bit about 'Why'

Ecuador is unique in that it does not yet have a uniform transportation grid for online reservations similar to surrounding countries in South America. There are some small efforts going on, but nothing widespread yet.


This gives a lot of room for each bus company to set its own rules,and therefore what one company requires can be very different from the next. 


For the traveler, this makes Ecuador feel a bit wild and bureaucratic, a condition that will steadily change over time, but that's also part of what makes Ecuador the real adventure people from around the world write stories about, so maintain a positive attitude and be flexible, it's good for your traveling spirit!



Andestransit has implemented arrangements with several local transport providers to utilize our backbone engine and reservation system to more easily get you the tickets you need to get where you want to go!


However, the way AndesTransit works in Ecuador is different than how we work in other countries, and we provide the following graphic to explain:

  • Example: 1st of January

    1. Order Date

    A. This is the date you place your order for a ticket. You choose a date on which you want to travel, i.e. your departure date and buy your ticket.
    B. You then receive a receipt and a notification of your "release date", which is the earliest date we can acquire your ticket, and is sent to you the same day or the next morning at the latest.
    C. Your payment is refundable up until your release date. 

  • Example: 15th of January

    2. Release Date

    A. Your release date is a 24 hour period from 11 a.m. to 11 a.m. starting on a date we provide to you as described above when you buy your ticket. During this 24 hours, you will receive your ticket (by email), which is typically one to two days before your departure date.
    B. In most cases we can send you your ticket before the close of business hours, but if not, before the end of the 24 hour period (11 a.m. the next morning).
    C. After 11 a.m. on your stated release date (the beginning of your 24 hour period), your payment is no longer refundable.

  • Example: January 17th

    3. Departure Date

    A. This is the date of your trip, simply put; the date you selected to travel when you ordered your ticket in step 1.
    B. The ticket you received on your release date (step 2) is now yours, and you can take it to board the bus according to instructions and a map we will provide you along with your ticket. 

Order when you want,
receive your tickets closer to your travel date

When you order your ticket, AndesTransit will send you a receipt and a separate mail notifying you of your release date. Your release date is the date we can legally send you your ticket. Your payment is 100% refundable until your release date.

Why? This is because most Ecuador bus companies won't release tickets until one or two days in advance of your departure (some might offer more advance releases, see table below). Therefore, we only go to them on your behalf prepared with your reservation on their earliest possible release date.  Got it?

Orders in by 11 a.m. on Release Date
Tickets sent by 11 a.m. next day

We operate on UTC-5 (Quito time) Monday-Friday, and have a 24 hour turnaround for Ecuador tickets, but often get them to you the same day.  So if your release date is today, as long as we have received the order before 11 a.m., we will send you your ticket before 11 a.m. the next day.

Tips: Avoid ordering too close to or on a weekend, as we only fulfill ticket orders Monday-Friday.
Order plenty in advance.  Orders for the same day or next day have a lower chance of success.

Upload my passport?

Some of our carriers, not all, require a copy of your passport page in order to dispense a ticket. If this is the case for your selected route, you will be given an opportunity to upload a photo of your passport page during the order process. This can be as simple as taking a picture from your phone, and only needs to be the one page with your photo and passport data on it.

Boarding with my phone?


Some carriers, not all, will allow you to board by showing a copy of your ticket from your mobile phone, while others will need to print it for you, and yet others will require you to print it before boarding.  WE ALWAYS RECOMMEND you PRINT it yourself to avoid potential delays and hassles at the boarding point. 

Ecuador Online Routes

The below comparison table presents the routes in Ecuador, or to and from Ecuador for some international carriers*, that are available to book reservations online according to the program described on this page. You can also get a basic understanding of the terms and conditions of each to help you make the choice that is best for you.


You can book a ticket by simply clicking on the Show Me link in the table, which will launch the latest schedules and prices on the andestransit search engine, and there look for the green shopping cart icon next to the same route to proceed with making your reservation.


All Ecuador tickets are refundable before 11 a.m. on your release date (the beginning of the 24 hour period), and non-refundable after 11 a.m. on your release date (the beginning of the 24 hour period). To learn more, start from the top of this page.


* - Not all international carriers in and out of Ecuador are applicable to this program. You can get tickets through andestransit for CDS and CIVA routes the same day as you order, with no restrictions and no wait.

DestinationHow far in advance
can I reserve?
When will I receive
my ticket?
Requires upload
of my passport?
CarrierLink to
Schedules/Prices

From Ambato




Macas1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoTouris San Francisco Oriental

Show Me

From Esmeraldas




Quito1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
From Guayaquil



Bahía de Caraquez1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoRDCShow Me
Bogotá3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Cali, CO3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Chiclayo, PE2-60 daysSame day as you orderNoCIVAShow Me
Lima, PE2-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCIVA/CDSShow Me
Lima, PE3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Mancora, PE2-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCIVA/CDSShow Me
Manta1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoRDCShow Me
Piura, PE2-60 daysSame day as you orderNoCIVAShow Me
Trujillo, PE2-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCDSShow Me
Tumbes, PE2-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCIVA/CDSShow Me
From Macas




Ambato1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoTouris San Francisco OrientalShow Me
From Manta




Guayaquil1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoRDCShow Me
Quito1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoRDCShow Me
From Puyo




Quito1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoTouris San Francisco OrientalShow Me
Zamora1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoTouris San Francisco OrientalShow Me
From Quito     
Ambato1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Ambato1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoNambijaShow Me
Alausí1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
YesTurismo OrientalShow Me
Atacames1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
YesPanamericana
Internacional
Show Me
Atacames1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Atacames1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Azogues1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
YesTurismo OrientalShow Me
Babahoyo1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoBolívarShow Me
Baeza1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Bahía de Caraquez1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoReina del CaminoShow Me
Baños1-120 dayswithin the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
NoTSFOShow Me
Baños1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Bogotá, CO3-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCDSShow Me
Bogotá, CO3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Borbon1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Cali, CO3-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCDSShow Me
Cali, CO3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Cali, CO3-180 daysup to 1 week before your tripNoRDAShow Me
Canoa1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoReina del CaminoShow Me
Chillanes1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoBolívarShow Me
Cucutá, CO3-180 daysup to 1 week before your tripNoRDAShow Me
Cuenca1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes Santa/
Flota Imbabura
Show Me
Cuenca1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
YesPanamericana
Internacional
Show Me
Azogues1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
YesTurismo OrientalShow Me
Coca1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes BañosShow Me
Coca1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Coca1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
YesPutumayoShow Me
El Pangui1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoNambijaShow Me
Esmeraldas1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Esmeraldas1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Gualaquiza1-120 dayswithin the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
NoTSFOShow Me
Gualaquiza1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoNambijaShow Me
Guaranda1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoBolívarShow Me
Guayaquil1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes EcuadorShow Me
Guayaquil1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
YesPanamericana
Internacional
Show Me
Guayaquil1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoFlota ImbaburaShow Me
Huaquillas1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes SantaShow Me
Huaquillas1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
YesPanamericana
Internacional
Show Me
Huaquillas1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Huaquillas1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Ibague, CO3-180 daysup to 1 week
before your trip
NoRDAShow Me
Lago Agrio1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes BañosShow Me
Lago Agrio1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Lago Agrio1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoPutumayoShow Me
Latacunga1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoUnidos SalcedoShow Me
Latacunga1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Lima, PE3-180 daysSame day as you orderNoCDSShow Me
Lima, PE3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Loja1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes SantaShow Me
Macará1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes SantaShow Me
Macas1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes BañosShow Me
Macas1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoNambijaShow Me
Macas1-120 dayswithin the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
NoTSFOShow Me
Manta1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
YesPanamericana
Internacional
Show Me
Manta1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoFlota ImbaburaShow Me
Manta1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Manta1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoReina del CaminoShow Me
Muisne1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Piura, PE3-180 daysDay after you orderNoOrmeñoShow Me
Puerto El Carmen1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
YesPutumayoShow Me
Puerto López1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoReina del CaminoShow Me
Puyo1-120 dayswithin the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
NoTSFOShow Me
Puyo1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Puyo1-120 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoNambijaShow Me
Riobamba1-28 days1-28 days
in advance of your trip
NoEcuador EjecutivoShow Me
San Lorenzo1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
NoTrans EsmeraldasShow Me
Santa Elena/
Salinas
1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Shushufindi1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes BañosShow Me
Shushufindi1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
Shushufindi1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
YesPutumayoShow Me
Tarapoa1-120 days1-3 days
in advance of your trip
YesPutumayoShow Me
Tena1-120 days1-2 days
in advance of your trip
NoTransportes BañosShow Me
Tena1-120 days1-14 days
in advance of your trip
NoAmazonasShow Me
Zamora1-120 dayswithin the 24 hours
in advance of your trip
NoTSFOShow Me
Zaruma1-120 days1 day
in advance of your trip
YesTransportes
Occidentales
Show Me
From Tena




Quito1-2 daysSame day as you orderNoFlota PelileoShow Me