Moving Around Guayaquil: Metrovia

In Guayaquil we recently opened a Mass transportation System called Metrovia, it’s good and passes thru the most important tourist zone: Downtown. The only problem: it is still not covering the whole city.

How much is a Metrovia’s fare?

It cost 25 cents of US dollar and if you don’t leave the stations you don’t have to pay more to take another bus.

Where do I get in? Get down?

That will depend on where you are located. The most important station, “Terminal Rio Daule”, is in front of the Terrestrial Port and just 1km away from the Airport. For now the system starts here and goes only to the south (passing thru Downtown)

Going from north to south, we recommend you to get down in “La Catedral” station, from there you can walk on downtown’s most important streets: visit the churches, parks, commercial areas, museums and go to the “Malecon” and “Cerro Santa Ana”. Nowadays, the last two are the most visited tourist attractions of the city. In case you take the Metrovia coming from the South, a good place to get down is “Biblioteca Municipal” station, near the Cathedral.

For more information visit of the Metrovia route please visit www.metrovia-gye.com/start.htm, although the page for now is only in Spanish.

Is it safe?

Yes, but please be careful and watch your personal possessions when the busses are crowded.

If I am not close to the Metrovia system?

Pitifully the rest of the public transportation system is not good at all: bad service, unorganized and really dangerous. Our advice is to take a cab.

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Moviéndose en Guayaquil: Metrovia

En Guayaquil recién inauguramos un sistema de transporte masivo, la METROVIA, es bueno y pasa por la principal zona turística: el Centro. El único problema: aun no cubre toda la ciudad.

¿Cuanto cuesta el pasaje de la Metrovia?

25 ctvs de dólar y mientras no salga de las paradas no debe pagar mas para tomar otro bus.

¿Donde me subo y donde me bajo?

Eso dependerá de donde se encuentre. La parada más importante, la Terminal Río Daule, se encuentra frente al Terminal Terrestre y a 1km del aeropuerto. Por el momento va solo hacia el sur (pasando por el Centro de la ciudad). Yendo de norte a sur, recomendamos bajar en la parada La Catedral, desde ahí se puede recorrer a pie las principales calles del centro: conocer varias iglesias, parques, zonas de comercio, museos y llegar al Malecón y al Cerro Santa Ana. Los dos últimos son los principales atractivos turísticos de la ciudad hoy en día. En caso de tomar la Metrovía en el Sentido de Norte a Sur, un buen lugar para bajar es la parada de la Biblioteca Municipal, cercana a la Catedral. Para mas información del recorrido de este sistema pueden ir a www.metrovia-gye.com/start.htm, aunque por ahora la pagina solo esta en español.

¿Es segura la Metrovia?

Si, aunque no esta de más cuidar bien sus pertenencias cuando el bus vaya lleno.

¿Si no estoy cerca del sistema Metrovia?

Lastimosamente el resto del sistema de transporte publico no es bueno: mal servicio a los pasajeros, desorganización y es bastante peligroso. La recomendación es tomar un Taxi.

One response to “Moving Around Guayaquil: Metrovia

  1. Oh it’s not true the rest of the transportation in GYE is dangerous! Taking a cab is fine but can be expensive. I found a book listing all the bus collectivo’s routes… and if you’re in GYE long enough, you’ll start noticing which numbered buses go where… (Yay 63 Orquedias!) Watch your belongings there as anywhere else, but you needn’t avoid the other buses if you (1) have a rough idea of where you’re going or (2) if you can read the stops on the front of buses. And the locals are sure to offer help…

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