Baños is an important transit point on the West – East axis, but it is not on the Panamericana Highway. You can find buses to Baños from the major towns, but a bus from, say, Quito to Riobamba will not come close to Baños.
The best and cheapest way to get to Banos is by bus. From Quito it takes about 4 hours.
To Baños from Puyo
The terminal in Puyo is situated about a kilometer from the city center along the road to Baños. The ride takes just over 1.5 hours. It is a very beautiful road, especially closer to Baños, where you will pass many waterfalls. In Baños the bus stops at the terminal on Amazonas.
To Baños from Ingapirca
From Ingapirca there are frequent buses to El Tambo and Cañar. The first bus leaves around 6 am. The bus stops many times along the way to pick up people and their goods. It’s a half hour ride to El Tambo where you change buses. Gett off by the park where it’s easy to stop a bus heading north. In Riobamba you’ll get on another bus headed to Ambato. In Ambato, get off at the Mayorista Terminal and wait by the road for the Baños bus. The entire journey should take around 7 hours.
Banos is a small town and you can easily go around on foot. Taxis are available if it’s raining. The “chiva” is the local colourful tourist bus and offers a relaxing journey. Horses and go-carts are a lot of fun, too!
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about Baños transportation.