Quito Metro: Everything you need to know

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The Quito Metro improves mobility for foreigners and locals by offering an efficient alternative to private transport, reducing road congestion, and enabling fast and direct travel. Its integration into the public transport network facilitates the connection between different modes of transportation, improving accessibility for people in the city. It also contributes to sustainable urban development, making the city more attractive for residents and visitors.

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel where you can get to by the Quito Metro
Architectural wonders Quito’s Historic Center

The Quito Metro: Ecuador’s first-ever rapid transit system


Quito’s metro system links the southern and northern parts of the city in approximately 34 minutes. The route, which measures roughly 14 miles (22.5 kilometers), has 15 stops—starting in the south of the capital, Quitumbe, Moran Valverde, Solanda, Cardenal de la Torre, El Recreo, La Magdalena, San Francisco, Alameda, El Ejido, Universidad Central, Pradera, La Carolina, Iñaquito, Jipijapa and the last stop in the north being El Labrador.

Fares and tickets

The fare costs 0.45 cents for the general population, $0.22 for seniors and students, and $0.10 for disabled users. There are several methods of payment, the most accessible being through ticket booths at station entrances, where both access cards and tickets can be purchased. Some machines accept cash or bank cards.

Hours of operation

From Monday to Friday, the Quito metro operates from 5:30 am to 11:00 pm, while on Saturdays, it operates from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm. The metro runs from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm on Sundays and public holidays.

Frequency of trains

The Quito Metro has two types of daily schedules: peak hours and off-peak hours. Peak hours are from 6:30 to 10:00 and 17:00 to 20:00. Users must wait around five minutes for the next train. During off-peak hours, passengers must wait up to eight minutes to board the next train.


To improve service and response times for any possible emergencies that may occur during the operation of Ecuador’s first underground system, the Quito Metro Metropolitan Public Company (EPMMQ) and the Integrated Security Service (ECU 911) have signed an agreement to act in cooperation in the event of an emergency.

In addition, the Quito Metro has 700 cameras and 80 guards operating throughout its 15 stations. An additional 240 members of the National Police will be present to provide security for users.

San Francisco Station

The San Francisco Station is located in the heart of Quito’s vibrant Historic Center. It is the seventh stop on the Quito Metro’s Line 1. Passengers disembark/board right under the San Francisco Plaza in Old Town.

Quito Metro: San Francisco Station
Quito Metro: San Francisco Station

Why is it the most visited and most beautiful station?

This station is a space full of history and forms a part of the city’s architectural and monumental heritage. This station is iconic not only for its location and historical character but also for being the deepest of the fifteen stations and for the type of work required for its construction. In several ways, the construction of this station stands out as a conservation project of great significance and worldwide recognition. The crowning element of this station is the Historic Center of Quito—the largest and best-preserved Historical Center in all of Latin America, which, together with the Plaza de San Francisco, serves as one of the most emblematic public spaces of Ecuador’s capital. Ultimately, this bestows this station with tremendously unique characteristics consisting of heritage and culture.

A one-of-a-kind boutique hotel across the street

We invite you to immerse yourself in the unique experience of traveling on the Quito Metro and discovering the San Francisco station. This transportation hubspot will connect you with the historical and cultural essence of the city.

Just a few steps from San Francisco station, the charming Hotel Casa Gangotena awaits. This elegant boutique hotel, housed in a restored colonial mansion, offers luxurious accommodation and an unforgettable experience steeped in Quito’s authenticity. You can admire the majesty of the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the historic Plaza San Francisco from its balconies.

Plaza San Francisco de Quito

The Plaza de San Francisco, in Quito, Ecuador, was founded in 1534 by Spanish conquistadors. Over the years, the square underwent transformations and constructions that consolidated it as a focal point in the city’s life. By 1978, UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Quito, which includes the Plaza de San Francisco, a World Heritage Site, underlining its cultural and historical importance. Witnessing religious, political, and social events, the square remains a vital meeting point, attracting visitors with its historic charm and central role in the city’s identity.

Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel in Quito, facing the historic San Francisco Church
Iconic Casa Gangotena, San Francisco Church

Nearby tourist attractions

Quito’s Plaza de San Francisco is in the heart of the city’s historic center and is rich in tourist attractions. Here are some of the main attractions nearby.

  • Iglesia de la Compañia de Jesus: A few steps from the Plaza de San Francisco, this baroque church is known for its impressive decoration and detailed architecture. Its interior is adorned with gold and religious artwork.
  • Basilica del Voto Nacional: A majestic gothic church located within walking distance. You can climb its towers for breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
  • Carondelet Palace: The Ecuadorian government’s seat in the Plaza de la Independencia is essential in the country’s political history. Guided tours are sometimes available.
  • Museo de la Ciudad: Offers fascinating insight into Quito’s history, with interactive exhibits and a look at day-to-day life in the city over the years.
  • El Panecillo: A hill that offers panoramic views of Quito and is the site of the Virgin of Quito statue, known as the “Winged Virgin.”
Statue at The Panecillo in Quito near Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel
Majestic view from The Panecillo.

Discover Quito in this unique and exciting way by exploring the Quito Metro and the charming surroundings of its numerous stops! After your fascinating journey through the Quito Metro, we invite you to complete your experience by immersing yourself in the elegance and comfort of the heart of the historic center right here at Casa Gangotena Boutique Hotel.

Casa Gangotena offers a serene refuge amidst the hustle and bustle of the city. Enjoy the perfect balance of luxury, culture, and hospitality in this oasis in the heart of Quito.

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