Information & Guidance for Coastal Living At It's Finest

Reina Bus Transportation

To & From

Manta / Guayaquil

Reina Del Camino Bus Transportation

For Your Information, If You Have Not Experienced This Bus Trip

Numerous expats have experienced the Reina bus trip to and from Manta / Guayaquil bus terminal and the Guayaquil airport to fly to and from the US numerous times.

Bus Terminal Locations

There are several buses that run between Manta & Guayaquil. This information is with the Reina bus service , which my wife and I have experienced along with numerous expats & visitors. Reina buses are straight through to & from Manta & Guayaquil. Reliable, nice, AC and safe.
The Reina Del Camino bus runs to & from Manta / Guayaquil numerous times daily. In Manta, the Reina Bus Terminal Terrestre de Manta is off the Malecon just after the downtown district & Avenida de la Cultura, on a side street that parallels 4 de Noviembre (not the bus station in the downtown district behind CNEL electric company). A taxi ride from the central area in Manta to this terminal is about $2.00 (it might be a little more with several suitcases).
In Guayaquil, the bus terminal is next to the airport (Avenida de Las Americas/Avenida Pedro Mendez Gilbert, Terminal Terrestre de Guayaquil). A Taxi ride between the bus terminal / airport in Guayaquil is about 10 minutes & cost about $5.
Note: With limited Spanish just write Terminal Terrestre de Guayaquil on a piece of paper and show the taxi driver. You shouldn't have any problems. Most taxis at the airport and/or bus terminal routinely work these locations. They are safe, but always check out the seals on the taxi door and maybe make a note of the taxi number, just in case. You pick the taxi you feel comfortable riding in. This travel for expats/tourist is a normal & safe choice. Just use your "common sense".

Manta Online Tickets & Schedule Click Here: Reina Bus

At the Reina del Camino bus terminal in Manta you will see the schedule of the numerous times the bus departs for Guayaquil on the ticket window (below). There you can purchase your bus ticket(s) to Guayaquil ($6.50 each). Your bus ticket will be “white/original and yellow/copy”. The bus ticket will have: date, time in 24hrs. 3pm = 15:00, destination, bus number#, and seat number(s) assigned on the bus, etc. Check your ticket information to make sure you have the correct ticket for the date, time, and to where you are going. You can purchase your bus ticket(s) several days in advance.

Bus departs from Manta: Destination Guayaquil:
2:30, 5:00; 5:30, 6:30, 7:30; 8:30, 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30, 17:30, 18:30 & 19:30. About 3 1/2 hours to Guayaquil. Times are subject to change but there are several departure times.
Suggestion: Schedule a time to arrive in Guayaquil before dark giving yourself daylight to get to where you need to go. Spend the night in Manta and leave the next morning.

NOTE: Ecuador uses the 24 hour time, so 10:00 is 10:00am; 12:00 is 12:00pm; 15:30 is 3:30pm; 16:30 is 4:30pm, 20:30 is 8:30pm, etc. So, when purchasing your bus ticket(s) remember to use the correct time 24 hour time.

Bus departs from Manta: Destination Quito:
6:15, 8:15, 10:15, 12:00, 14:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00 & 23:00


If arriving at the Guayaquil bus terminal (terrestre) by way of Reina bus from Manta.
Exit the bus making sure you have your luggage (you might also use one of the luggage attendants at the bus terminal to assist with hauling your luggage on a handcart). Walk into the terminal proceeding straight through until to have reached the center of the terminal (nice shopping area). Looking to your right you will see the Exit / Entrance to the terminal (if time allows there are numerous nice stores to shop). Once outside the terminal there will be several Taxis available (remembe
r to make note of the Taxi number, etc. JUST IN CASE). If going to the airport, again it’s about a 10 minute / $5 ride.

If arriving at the Terrestre de Guayaquil to leave by way of Reina bus to Manta. Once at the bus terminal walk in the main entrance. The area will look like a shopping mall (very nice). Walk 2/3's the way through the shopping area and then go to the left and the next corridor over. You will notice numerous bus company ticket booths for obtaining bus tickets to many different cities in Ecuador. Look for the ticket booth "Reina Del Camino" (ticket booth #29, look for the ticket booth labeled with their logo). There you can purchase your bus ticket to Manta (around $5.50 each). The schedule is on the wall with buses running numerous times daily to Manta. You will need to show your Passport and/or Cedula for ID on your tickets. Booth #29

Once you have purchased your ticket(s) you will need to go to the 3rd floor (same side as ticket booth)  to board the bus; however, if you have time before leaving you might want to shop around (1st floor stores for shopping and food court in the bus terminal). Once in the boarding area you are stuck until you get on the bus. At least 20 minutes before your departure time go to the bus boarding area. The boarding is on the 3rd floor on the left side of the terminal. If you have several suitcases there are elevators and/or escalators to the 3rd floor at each end of the terminal (you might also use one of the luggage attendants at the bus terminal to assist with hauling your luggage on a handcart. He will follow you to the ticket booth and to boarding, if necessary). Once into the boarding area you will see poles with numbered signs on the top. Reina Del Camino buses normally board in the area numbered "#111” (double check the signs and/or show your ticket and ask). The sign should say Reina Del Camino #111... Your bus ticket it will indicate the Bus #. Check to ensure you are boarding the correct bus.
Your bus ticket will be white/original and yellow/copy to include a short white ticket stub for the boarding area. The bus ticket will have: date, time in 24hrs ~ 3pm = 15:00, destination, bus number, and seat number(s) assigned on the bus (see below). Check your ticket information before leaving the Reina ticket booth to make sure you have the correct ticket for the date, time, and to where you are going.
The short white ticket stub is to get you into the bus boarding area ($.50). The Reina bus ticket (white & yellow) is shown when boarding the bus. If you have luggage/suitcases they will be placed under the bus. The bus company attendant will give you a ticket with a number on it for each piece of luggage, once placed under the bus.

Ticket Sample: View the notes I made on the ticket

NOTE: For carry-on items (pocketbook, backpack, laptop case, etc.) when boarding the bus you will be ask to open your carry-on so they can inspected the contents inside (no weapons). They will do a light search of your person before getting on the bus. Safety first.
NOTE: Keep your valuables, pocketbook, backpack, laptop case, etc. in your seat with you not under and/or over head.

Once on the road to and from Manta / Guayaquil a Reina attendant on the bus will walk through and ask for the "pink" copy of your bus ticket and/or may take the pink copy when boarding. The bus Reina bus is an “Express” route to and from Manta / Guayaquil. About 3 hours & 30 minutes. There may be a very quick stop in Jipijapa (1 hr from Manta) along with a passenger pickup (vendor) to sell fresh hot baked goods (GOOD STUFF, cost about $.25 - $.35 each).

At the bus station in Manta there will be Taxis available. If you do not speak Spanish have the place and address of where you are staying on a piece of paper for the Taxis driver. Manta people are great, cost for most places in the Manta city area will be $3-8; ask Cuánto Cuesta - How much is. (if heading out of the city, it will be more).

Bus Departures from Guayaquil to Manta (Time 6:00pm + 12 = 18:00 Hours)

2:00am, 4:15, 6:15, 6:55, 8:30, 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 12:20pm, 14:20, 15:05, 16:00, 17:00, 17:30, 18:20, 19:15, 20:30, 21:30, 22:30 (pm). About 3 1/2 hours to Manta. (times are subject to change, but there will still be numerous departing times)
Suggestion: Schedule a time to arrive in Manta before dark giving yourself daylight to get to where you need to go. Spend the night in Guayaquil and leave the next morning.

Guayaquil: Destination Portoviejo
13:30pm, 16:30pm, 18:30pm

Guayaquil: Destination Bahia
8:00am, 9:45am, 11:25am, 12:50pm, 14:25pm, 16:45pm, 19:00pm, 21:00pm, 23:00pm

Bus Departures from Manta to Guayaquil

3:30(am); 4:30; 5:30; 6:30; 7:30; 8:30; 9:30 10;30; 11:30; 12:30(pm) on the half hour through 23:30(11:30pm) (remember the 24 hours clock for times)

Guayaquil Airport

The Guayaquil airport is nice, clean and easy to get checked in and out of. There are several shops for buying the last time items before leaving to include restaurants. When flying into Guayaquil airport customs/immigrations takes about an hour if the plane is full. So, if you have arrangements for someone to pick you up at the airport, plan accordingly.

PS: I know personal drivers (bilingual) with car / van here in Manta for a personal ride to or from Guayaquil / Manta. This transportation to or from Guayaquil / Manta airport / bus terminal cost about $80 - $120 (3 hr. ride).

Good Luck,
Al Eisele

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