If you are travelling Guatemala I’m sure you have a tick list of places you want to go. If you decide to skip a visit to Semuc Champey you will likely be either travelling from Antigua to Flores or Flores to Antigua. So here is a guide talking you through the different options of how you can travel from Antigua to Flores and Tikal
The cheap way
Honestly, I don’t think anyone in their right mind would entertain this! The cost wouldn’t be much less than a tourist bus. There would be a lot of changes and it would take FOREVER!
The normal way
Get the 1st class overnight bus from Guatemala city. You can book this through any travel agent in Antigua and they can either arrange for you to get a transfer from your hotel to the bus. OR or you can get a chicken bus or taxi into the city and buy your ticket at the bus company of your choice.
The three companies that do this route are:
- FDN- Fuente del Norte
- ADN: Autobuses del Norte
- Linea Dorada
The cost is around 220Q if you get on at Guatemala City. If you book through a tour operation in Antigua you will pay a little more. Shop around though and speak to local people before you commit to a booking.
You can book a 1st or 2nd class bus. The main difference is that the 1st class is a little nicer but it only makes 3 stops. The 2nd class bus will stop many times along the way.
The bus leaves Guatemala City around 10:30 pm and takes around 9 hours, you should arrive in Flores at around 5-6am.
If you get a shuttle from Antigua they will likely pick you up around 6 pm! So if you want to save yourself some time book a taxi to take you a little later.
Top Tip: These buses have AC so make sure you wrap up warm as it gets very chilly!
The money’s no object get me there quick way
You can fly from Guatemala City to Flores. The cost of a one-way flight varies from around $108 up to $300. The flight takes 1 hour and both airports have shuttles and taxis that can take you from the airports to your accommodation. Make sure you check Skyscanner for your flights to get the best deals.