How to take a cab in…Quito, Ecuador

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How to take a cab in…Quito, Ecuador

Zipping around the world looking for the best countries to retire cheap, teaches you that cabs are different all around. How are cabs in Quito, Ecuador?

First there are a lot of them. Not as many as in Bangkok, but more than most cities in Canada. Quito is split into three very distinct areas. The downtown (partying/bars), Northside (malls,high rises, modern) & Old town (churches, architecture)these are all very different. If you’re scouting out Quito to see if it’s the best place to retire in, you need to see all three areas.

Here’s the best way to do it. 

Start by downloading Cabify


Once you have the app downloaded, go to promotions and enter my code SAMSONC1. Now you get $6 in cab rides (and so do I….which would super useful if I was in Quito, lol).

Now you can use Cabify to go anywhere in the city without having to speak Spanish. (Also Uber is coming soon.)

Returning from your trips can be always tricky, because you might not always have WIFI. To get back, you’re going to want to flag down a normal cab. (Don’t worry it’s safe.) And like I said before, there are a lot of them

Now here’s where it gets interesting. 

After flagging down a cab, negotiate a price. DO NOT USE THE METER. I know this might go against every instinct you have. And I still don’t believe this is the better deal in Quito, but it is.

Going from Old Town to downtown costs rougly $4 by Cabify, and that’s the same price you can negotiate a cab for. It really isn’t a problem. If you totally disregard my advice, you’ll pay $6 minimum. That’s 50% more.  (How do you know how much to negotiate for? Well, I’m assuming you’re going to use Cabify ahead of time to get a good estimate.)

Also by negotiating a price the cab drive actually takes you to the address. (Whatttt?!) That’s right. TWICE I’ve had cab drivers get “Close enough” and want to drop me off when using the meter. When you have a negotiated price, you don’t even have to worry. You just tell them, this isn’t where we negotiated for.  And they keep driving till they get you to the right spot.

I hope this article helped you with your quest of finding the best country to retire cheap. Cabs are great, but sometimes a pain! Scroll to the bottom of the page for more tips and articles on finding the cheapest places to retire. And if you liked the article, please share on social media (I’d love it if you did!)

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About the Author:

Samson Chui is the chief travel blogger behind Best Countries to Retire Cheap. His goal is to find the best country to retire for $1000.

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  1. […] The first step is getting to the bus station. Terminal South is the one you’re going to want to head to. If you’re staying in old town like I was it’s less than $5 to get there via Cabify How to take a cab in Quito.  […]

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