Bus

From Quito (2.50$)

Try to get right hand seats as the trip offers some scenic views.

Direct

  • Flor del Valle has direct buses from northern Quito's Ofelia bus station:
    • During the week: 8:00, 9:00, 16:00
    • Saturdays: 7:40, 8:20, 9:20, 16:00
    • Sundays: 7:40, 8:20, 9:20, 14:00, 17:00
  • The route is operated by Cooperativa Flor del Valle / Cayambe.
  • The Terminal is about a 30 to 40 minute taxi ride from the tourist area (La Mariscal) or, if you are more adventurous, you can take the "Metrobus" bus rapid transit.

Indirect

  • From Quito's northern Carcelen bus station there are more frequent buses to San Miguel de los Bancos or Esmeraldas. You can take any of those buses and get of at the Y de Mindo (pronounced "E de Mindo"). Some of the companies are Kennedy, Aloag and San Pedrito
  • The same buses all pass by at the Condado roundabout and shopping mall, heading for the "Mitad del Mundo". There you can catch them all but might not get a seat.
  • At the Y de Mindo there are always Taxis waiting to take you down the road into Mindo. They normally charge 3$ for a private ride or 50Cents to 1$ per person on a shared Pickup-Truck.

To Quito (2.50$)

Try to get left hand seats as the trip offers some scenic views.

Direct

Be sure to buy your ticket well in advance as they can sell out!

  • During the week Flor del Valle has 3 daily buses from Mindo to Quito: 6:30, 13:45, 15:00
  • Saturdays Flor Del Valle has buses 6:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00
  • Sundays Flor Del Valle has buses 6:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00 (be sure to book in advance as the Sunday buses always sell out fast.)


Indirect

  • You can always take taxi from town (around 3$) to the Y de Mindo and stop a Quito bound bus which passes quite frequently.

Quito Airport

Quito's new International Airport lies a good hours drive out of Quito (in rush hour between 15:00 and 18:00 you can calculate 2 hours)  and a Taxi from or to Mindo will cost around 80$. If you want to get there cheaper you can go to Quito's old airport where a direct  confortable bus leaves every 20min (8$). Alternatively you can go to Rio Coca Bus Terminal and take the airport bus there, which makes 5 stops on the way goes every 15min  and costs 2$.

If your flight goes early in the morning you should go a day before and have the possibility to sleep in Tumbaco, where you can take a cab or bus to the airport the next morning.

Santo Domingo (2.30$ - 4$)

The bus company Kennedy goes directly from Mindo to Santo Domingo for 4$ and has daily buses at 6:30, 7:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 17:00.  This direct bus though takes the longer road (4h)  via Puerto Quito and La Concordia. You can get there faster by going to  San Miguel de los Bancos (30min) and taking a bus going via Las Mercedes (2.30$) from there.

To and from other Places

The main other destinations are the beaches of Esmeraldas and Manabí which are accessible if you take a frequent bus from Mindo to San Miguel de los Bancos (30 min). From there you can catch a direct bus to Esmeraldas or take the bus to Santo Domingo which is the hub for the Manabí beaches.

One advanturous route is the route from/to Otavalo which goes through Nanegalito, Garcia Moreno and Apuela and is serviced by local buses.

Taxi

A taxi ride to and  from Quito costs between 45$ to 55$ but involves a lot of bargaining with the taxi driver.

Car

If you are driving your own car you from Quito you will have to follow the signs to the equator monument "mitad del mundo" and when you arrive there just pass it straight. The scenic road leads you past a turnoff to the Pululahua crate view and the towns of Calacalí and Nanegalito. At km 78 (Y de Mindo ) there is the well marked turnoff to Mindo on your left hand side.

Motorbike/Bike

If you are on bike or Motorbike and don't want to use the main road you can make the trip from Quito longer and more adventurous by taking the Ecoruta Paseo del Quinde, which starts in northern Quito and passes through the highland town of Nono and some smaller villages on its way down to Mindo. The trip is spectacular and there are also agencies which organize it for you.