If you are traveling 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 to Guatemala City Airport 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 Guatemala City Airport 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 traveler 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!
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. Or if they are booked try the Lemon Tree. I haven’t stayed there personally as it opened after I left but I know the owner well and the photos look great. Alternatively, if you want a B&B I can’t recommend Donde Rita enough. She is a good friend and has opened up the most stunning Moroccan style B&B. I spent my last weekend in Guatemala there drinking mint tea. If you go be sure to say hi from me!
Looking for things to do in Antigua? I have a who load of ideas for you here.
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