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How To Travel To Guatemala

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By air

Guatemala’s main airport, La Aurora International Airport (IATA: GUA), is located in Guatemala City. International flights come mainly from other Central American countries, the USA, Mexico, Colombia and Spain. The airport recently underwent a modernising reconstruction. Today it is a glass and concrete building with modern shops and duty-free facilities, as you would expect in any large city. However, restaurant options are still somewhat limited. American Airlines, Avianca, Copa, Delta and United all fly to Guatemala, but at high prices. Iberia also flies to Guatemala City.

Guatemala’s second airport is located in Flores (IATA: FRS), in Petén. This small airport receives flights from Guatemala City and neighbouring Belize.

By car

From Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, access is via the Pan-American Highway. Access by road is also possible, with more difficulty, from Belize.

By bus

  • From Belize. Several companies offer express buses from Belize City to Flores, Guatemala, via San Ignacio and Xunantunich, with connections to Guatemala City. A cheaper alternative is to take a local Belizean bus to the border town of Benque Viejo, a taxi to the border and from Melchor de Mencos to Flores by colectivo or a taxi to Tikal.
  • From El Salvador. Buses are available from San Salvador and Santa Ana.
  • From Honduras. Services are offered from Copán Ruinas, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa.
  • Mexico. Buses are available from Tapachula, Palenque, Chetumal, Tulum, Cancún and Mexico City.

From further afield, it is possible to reach Guatemala from Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. The following bus companies offer international connections (the addresses in the links below are their addresses in Guatemala City):

Pullmantur, 1a Avenida 13-22 Zona 10 (Holiday Inn Hotel), +502 2495-7000. Operates buses between Guatemala City, Tegucigalpa and San Salvador.

TransGalgosInter.7a Avenida 19-44 Zona 1, +503 2232-3661, +503 2220-6018, +503 2230-5058. Departure at 1pm. International services to Tapachula from Guatemala City via Retalhuleau and Coatepeque on one route and twice daily to San Salvador on another. They also operate a third domestic route to Quetzaltenango from Guatemala City. $17.

PlatinumCentroamerica (King Quality), 4 Ave 13-60 Zona 10, +502 2501-1000. Serves Guatemala City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and Managua.

Comfort Lines, 4 Ave 13-60 Zona 10, +502 2501-1000. Runs mainly between Guatemala City and San Salvador.

Ticabus (Transportes Internationales Centromaericanos), Calzada Aguilar Batres, 22-55 Zona 12, +502 2473-3737. Departures at 6 am and 2 pm. Central bus company operating buses on the Central American isthmus between Panama City and Managua. From Managua, one route goes to Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula in Honduras, while another goes via the Pan American Highway to San Salvador, Guatemala City and Tapachula in Mexico. They also have another north-south route that connects El Salvador with Honduras…

Transportesdel Sol (Hotel Crowne Plaza), +502 2422 5000, +502 4147 3104. Departs at 3:00 am and 4:00 pm. Goes to Guatemala City, San Salvador, Tegucigalpa and Managua. 28 $ (one way).

With the boat

There are several ferries to and from Puerto Barrios and Livingston, as well as Punta Gorda, Belize.

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