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Public Transportation in Valle de Los Chillos

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Valle de Los Chillos is an important step in adjusting to life in Valle de Los Chillos. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Valle de Los Chillos, a picturesque valley located just outside of Quito, Ecuador, offers a variety of public transportation options for both locals and expats. The most common forms of public transportation in this area include the Metrobus-Q, inter-parish buses, and taxis. With these options, it’s entirely possible for an expat to live comfortably in Valle de Los Chillos without a car, relying on public transportation and walking for their daily commute. However, the convenience and comfort of these options can vary, and it’s important to understand the specifics of each system to make the most of them.


The Metrobus-Q is a rapid transit bus system that serves the greater Quito area, including Valle de Los Chillos. It’s a reliable and efficient way to travel, with buses running frequently throughout the day. The system is generally safe, even at night, and is used by a wide range of people, including women traveling alone and children going to school. The cost is quite affordable, with a single ride costing just $0.25. However, the buses can get crowded during peak hours, which can be uncomfortable for some passengers. The Metrobus-Q has several routes that cover most of the city, making it a convenient option for daily commuting.

Inter-Parish Buses

Inter-parish buses are another common form of public transportation in Valle de Los Chillos. These buses connect different parishes within the valley and are a good option for those who need to travel longer distances. The cost is slightly higher than the Metrobus-Q, with fares ranging from $0.50 to $1.00 depending on the distance. The buses are generally safe, but it’s recommended to be cautious with personal belongings as pickpocketing can occur. The buses run less frequently than the Metrobus-Q, so it’s important to plan ahead and check the schedule.


Taxis are a popular choice for those who prefer a more private and comfortable mode of transportation. They are readily available throughout Valle de Los Chillos and can be hailed on the street or booked through a taxi service. The cost varies depending on the distance, but it’s generally affordable, especially when compared to taxi fares in larger cities. Taxis in Valle de Los Chillos are considered safe, but it’s always a good idea to use a reputable taxi service and avoid unlicensed taxis. One downside is that traffic can be heavy during peak hours, which can increase travel time.

In conclusion, public transportation in Valle de Los Chillos is diverse and generally reliable, making it possible for expats to live comfortably without a car. However, each system has its pros and cons, and what works best will depend on individual needs and preferences. It’s recommended to try out each option and see what works best for your lifestyle and commuting needs.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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