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A Comprehensive Guide to Hiring a Car in Quito, Ecuador

Experience the wonders of Quito, Ecuador's capital city, with the convenience and flexibility of car hire services from Rhino Car Hire. Nestled in the Andean foothills, Quito is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its colonial charm, vibrant culture, and stunning natural surroundings. With a rental car from Rhino Car Hire, you can explore Quito's historic Old Town, visit iconic landmarks such as the Basilica del Voto Nacional and the Plaza de la Independencia, and venture into the surrounding valleys and mountains for breathtaking views and outdoor adventures. Whether you're here for business or leisure, hiring a car in Quito with Rhino Car Hire allows you to discover the city and its surrounding attractions at your own pace, making your Ecuadorian journey truly unforgettable.


To rent a car in Quito, you'll typically need:

  1. A valid driver's license from your home country.
  2. An International Driving Permit (IDP) - This isn't mandatory for every agency, but it's recommended for foreigners.
  3. A valid passport.
  4. A credit card to secure the booking and handle potential deposits.

Vehicle Choice

Quito's urban areas have well-maintained roads, but if you're planning on adventuring into the Andes or exploring more rugged terrains, consider an SUV or a vehicle with higher clearance.

Driving in Quito: What to Expect

  1. Road Conditions: Main roads and highways are generally in good condition. However, once you venture out of urban areas, be prepared for variable road conditions, including unpaved and bumpy tracks.

  2. Traffic: Quito can be busy, especially during rush hours (7-9 am and 4-7 pm). The city has a system called "Pico y Placa" restricting cars from driving during certain hours based on license plate numbers to reduce congestion.

  3. Altitude: Quito is over 2,800 meters (9,186 feet) above sea level. This doesn't impact driving directly but can affect you physically if you're not acclimated.

  4. Parking: Most hotels offer parking, but when in the city, it's best to use secured parking lots ("parqueaderos") or areas with designated parking.

  5. Safety: While driving in Quito is generally safe, always be aware of your surroundings, especially at night. Avoid leaving valuables visible in your car.

Tolls & Fuel

  1. Tolls: There are several tolls on the highways, especially if you're traveling between cities. Always have some cash in small denominations.

  2. Fuel: Petrol stations are plentiful in and around Quito. Fuel is relatively affordable in Ecuador. Stations offer "Extra" (regular) and "Super" (premium) gasoline, as well as diesel.

Must-Visit Attractions and Distances from Quito

  1. Mitad del Mundo (Middle of the World): Roughly 26 km (about 45 minutes) north of Quito, this site marks the Equatorial line.

  2. Otavalo: Located about 110 km (around 2 hours) north of Quito, this town is famous for its indigenous market.

  3. Cotopaxi National Park: Approximately 50 km (around 1.5 hours) south of Quito, this park houses the active Cotopaxi volcano.

  4. Mindo: A 98 km (around 2 hours) drive, Mindo is renowned for its lush cloud forests, biodiversity, and adventure activities.


Hiring a car in Quito offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore the rich tapestry of Ecuador's landscapes and cultures. With the above guide, you're well-prepared to embark on an unforgettable Ecuadorian road trip. 

Current Rental Rates in Quito

Chevrolet Spark

4 Adults, 5 Doors

From 26.53 EUR/day
Chevrolet Spark

7 Days rental at 185.72 EUR from 17/06/2024

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  Manual |

Kia Picanto

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 27.52 EUR/day
Kia Picanto

7 Days rental at 192.68 EUR from 17/06/2024

  2 |
  Manual |

Kia Soluto

5 Adults, 5 Doors

From 28.93 EUR/day
Kia Soluto

7 Days rental at 202.52 EUR from 17/06/2024

  3 |
  Manual |

Key Highlights for Car Hire at Quito: Making the Most of Your Journey.

  • Explore the historic Old Town of Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, easily accessible by rental car, and discover its charming cobblestone streets, colonial architecture, and vibrant plazas.
  • Take a scenic drive along the Pan-American Highway to the equatorial monument of Mitad del Mundo, where you can straddle the northern and southern hemispheres and explore interactive exhibits about Ecuador's geography and indigenous cultures.
  • Journey to the TelefériQo, Quito's iconic cable car, and ascend to the top of Cruz Loma for panoramic views of the city and surrounding Andean peaks, accessible by rental car for a convenient and unforgettable experience.
  • Visit the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve, an ancient volcanic caldera just a short drive from Quito, where you can hike through lush cloud forests, explore unique geological formations, and soak in natural hot springs.
  • Embark on a day trip to the Cotopaxi National Park, home to the towering Cotopaxi volcano, accessible by rental car, and hike through high-altitude ecosystems, spot Andean wildlife, and marvel at breathtaking landscapes of glaciers and paramo.


Quito - Popular Destinations

  • Quito Mariscal Sucre International Airport

Our Most Popular Rated Local Car Rental Suppliers from Quito

based on 45 reviews
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No.2: AVIS,
based on 26 reviews
18 min (average wait time)

Quito car hire information

  • 7.0/10
    Best Rated Agent:
    Europcar EMEA Franchise
  • € 185.71
    Average price:
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  • € 26.53
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    Most popular model:
    Chevrolet Onix
  • 69
    Total Cars Available

Average prices per day in Quito

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