How to get from Guatemala City to Antigua

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If you are travelling to Guatemala then you probably want to get out of Guatemala City as soon as you can! It’s not somewhere that tourists really like to hang around. The closest place from Guatemala City that tourist friendly is Antigua. If you are planning to explore Guatemala Antigua is the perfect place to start your adventure. In this post, I’m going to talk you through the ways you can get from the airport in Guatemala City to Antigua.

 

The “I’m on a super-tight budget and every penny saved counts” way

This is not the way I would recommend and if you don’t know much Spanish I would strongly advise against it! There is a lot of reported crime on the chicken buses between Guatemala City and Antigua so use caution when choosing this route.

 

You will need to take a shuttle into the city to the main bus terminal and get a “chicken bus” to Antigua. The cost of the chicken bus ride is 10Q ($1.25). But honestly, though, it really isn’t worth it.

 

The “normal” way

When you are exiting the airport there will be shuttle vans there waiting for people. The cost is $10 and it takes just over an hour with good traffic. They are pretty safe and run regularly. If you arrive in the evening then you may need to take a taxi (see below). You can probably spot a fellow traveller who you could share with to save money. Or take a look at the Guatemala Transport website and you can try and book a shuttle ‘out of hours’ through them.

 

The “money’s no object” way

If you are feeling flush then you can take a taxi from the airport directly to Antigua for $35. If you prefer to travel in a little bit of comfort and don’t like the idea of your backpack/ suitcase being strapped to the roof of a van then this is the mode of transport for you!

If you are travelling to Guatemala then you probably want to get out of Guatemala City as soon as you can! It’s not somewhere that tourists really like to hang around. The closest place from Guatemala City that tourist friendly is Antigua. If you are planning to explore Guatemala Antigua is the perfect place to start your adventure. In this post, I’m going to talk you through the ways you can get from the airport in Guatemala City to Antigua.

Looking for a place to stay in Antigua? I highly recommend Wiltcho and Charlies if you are looking for a hostel. It’s my go-to place, best showers and most comfortable beds in Guatemala!

Looking for things to do in Antigua? I have a who load of ideas for you here.

If you need a cheap flight to Guatemala check Skyscanner first! Or download their App here, and don’t forget your insurance!

 

 

4 Replies to “How to get from Guatemala City to Antigua”

  1. Hello! I made a video about taking the chicken bus from Guatemala City to Antigua: https://youtu.be/gjIrmEDprEI
    I think the bus is “safe enough” if you take it around lunch (when it’s not that crowded so you can take the backpack inside with you, not stored on the roof) and try to sit in front (locals told me it’s safer). For 10 quetzals + 1 quetzal for the Transmetro bus which takes you to El Trebol, it’s a bargain compared to the price of the shuttle (around 80 quetzals).

    1. That’s so cool! Thank you for sharing 🙂 I got the chicken bus quite a bit in Guatemala but I never did get it from the airport. I think I was just too lazy after my flight… my backpack is pretty big haha

      1. Elisabeth Butler says: Reply

        Hey Claire! Do you travel solo to Guatemala? I’m planning on going to Antigua but my family is worried because I’m a woman…Would love your thoughts on this!

        1. I was in Antigua for the best part of 8 months solo. It’s an incredible place and I felt very safe there. There is a great community of strong women who I became very good friends with. Most of them are running NGO’s or doing other wonderful work with local people. So rest assured you will be fine in Antigua!

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