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Some information is available at the Man in Seat 61.

Note: the railway in Ecuador became bankrupt in 2020 and ceased operating with their assets being transferred to the Ecuadorian State. . Money is being raised to restart operations, hopefully in 2023.


  • 1067 mm (3 feet 6 inches) Cape; for main railways.
  • 1435 mm (4 feet 8½ inches) Standard; for metro and tramway.


  • 750 V DC for Cuenca Tramway
  • 1500 V DC for Quito Metro

Rule of the road

Mainly single track but not known on metro/tramway.


The Quito Metro resumed commercial operation on 1 December 2023.


The standard gauge Cuenca Tramway opened 25 May 2020.

Recent and Future Changes

Recent Changes

The Quito Metro official inauguration was on 21 December 2022 and commercial service started on 2 May 2023. The system was shut down on 11 May 2023, after technical problems but commercial operations resumed on 1 December 2023.

Future Changes

The Quito Metro re-opened 1 December 2023 with full operation expected in the second quarter of 2024.

The Government aims to reopen six sections of main line railways for tourism purposes in 2023.

Obscure and Sparse Passenger Services

None known