How to get from Guatemala airport to Antigua safely and cheaply

How to get from Guatemala airport to Antigua safely and cheaply

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In this guide, I will share with you the best way to get from Guatemala airport to Antigua including private cars, shuttle buses, and Chicken busses, I’ve covered them all! There is no Antigua Guatemala airport, the closest airport to Antigua is in Guatemala City and it isn’t always the most smooth journey.

Having lived in Guatemala and traveled to and from Aurora International Airport in Guatemala more time than I care to remember, I’m a pro on getting to Antigua. If you are an early or late flight though more often than not, it is better to find hotels in Guatemala city near the airport to avoid traveling in the dark.

The main ways you can get from Guatemala City to Antigua are:

Now not all of these modes of transport are created equally! So read on to find out more about each of them and my personal recommendations for getting to Antigua from the airport.

Distance from Guatemala City Airport to Antigua

The distance from Guatemala City Airport to Antigua is just under 40 Kilometers. On a good day, it will take you 45 minutes. On a normal day an hour and on a bad day it could take several hours!

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Why you should travel from Guatemala Airport to Antigua

If you are traveling to La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala, then you probably want to get out of Guatemala City as soon as you can. It’s not somewhere that tourists like to hang around for safety reasons.

The closest place to Guatemala City Airport that’s tourist-friendly is Antigua Guatemala. If you are planning to explore Guatemala, Antigua is the perfect place to start your adventure. That said if you have an early or late flight and are nervous about traveling in the night then it is often best to stay at a hotel close to the airport.

All of the hotels/ hostels have a free airport shuttle. There are plenty of hotels in Guatemala City near the airport, but I have a few I have used that I recommend. 

Here are the hostels near Guatemala city airport I recommend

Hostel Donde Regina – click to check prices

Laguna Sky Guatemala – click to check prices

Mariana’s Petit Hotel – click to check prices

How to decide the best form of transport for you to get to Antigua

So here’s the thing. I have people commenting all the time complaining that GuateGo is too expensive and Chicken busses are cheaper or letting me know that they managed to get an Uber for just a few $$ more than a shared shuttle.

I get it. I really do.

But here’s the thing. We all have different priorities when it comes to transport in a foreign country.

When I first moved to Guatemala, I didn’t speak a word of Spanish, and I needed to get to Lake Atitlan for my Spanish course the day after my flight got in. I was so nervous about traveling in Guatemala I booked a private driver to pick me up and deliver me to San Pedro. The thought of doing this now seems ridiculous to me as I know Guatemala so well. But back then, it was an important decision.

Now for me, the priority is always getting from A-B in the least stressful way that doesn’t break the bank, or involve me waiting around at the airport for hours. So sometimes I book a shuttle, sometimes I’ll take an Uber.

Here are your options as I see them for transport to Antigua:

  • If you are feeling nervous about the journey then book a shuttle with GuateGo. That way you know you will be picked up and dropped off and it will cost you less than $20.
  • If you don’t want to deal with shuttles and don’t mind potentially being stuck in a car with a stranger for several hours then take a taxi, Uber, or book a driver.
  • And if you are crazy and want to risk wandering around Guatemala City with your backpack in search of a Chicken Bus then please be my guest…

Now for the details, here is exactly how you do each option.

Book a place on a shared shuttle from Guatemala airport to Antigua

This is the method of transport between Guatemala airport and Antigua that I recommend. It is the cheapest, safest, and easiest way to travel. You can pre-book your shuttle (recommended) which will cost more money, BUT you will have peace of mind, and you shouldn’t have to wait for too long.

To book a shared shuttle from Guatemala City airport to Antigua click here. 

If you decide to risk it and not pre-book, when you are exiting the airport there will be shuttle vans there waiting to take people from Guatemala airport to Antigua. The cost is around $10-15, and it takes just over an hour with good traffic.

Now the biggest pitfall of not pre-booking a shuttle is that you will be waiting for at least two others to join you. I’ve been sat there for 3 hours before. You may get lucky, but for a few $$ I would just pre-book at least a day before with GuateGo.

How to pre-book a shuttle to Antigua:

When booking be sure to check From: la Aurora airport To: Antigua Guatemala. Then select how many tickets you want and your dates. Note: Every shuttle will wait between 30 to 40 minutes for you to come out of the airport. They will be holding a sign with your name on. So make sure you look out for it! Don’t forget to book your return journey too.

The shuttle will drop you off at your hotel or a central point in Antigua if you have nothing booked.

If you arrive in the evening after 8:30 pm then you may need to take a taxi, Uber, or get a hotel room. You can probably spot a fellow traveler who you could share with to save money. It’s always worth asking people at the airport. 

Hire a Private Driver to drive you to Antigua from Guatemala City Airport

To do this, you can do a bit of a Facebook search in the Antigua Guatemala groups as there are always local drivers posting in there offering their services, or check out Viatour. The driver will be there to pick you up from the Guatemala City airport with your name on a sign and deliver you directly to your hotel.

Take an Airport Taxi from Guatemala airport to Antigua

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!

Book an Uber to take you to Antigua

Uber is available in Guatemala, and I have known people to book an Uber from Guatemala airport to Antigua. If you are traveling solo though I wouldn’t recommend it unless you are traveling after 7 pm due to traffic (it will cost a fortune quite possibly more than a taxi).

The cost can be as low as $18 USD outside of peak times but on average you will be looking at around $23 USD for an uber to Antigua. The biggest issue with Uber is the traffic. It may not look far on the map from Guatemala City to Antigua but believe me, if you are traveling during peak times it can take hours!

If you want to use Uber however you are going to need to use your phone! You can easily buy a Claro simcard at the airport so long as your phone is unlocked. The airport doesn’t have an official free wifi network, but if you buy a coffee in one of the little cafes they do have wifi which is a bit on the slow side, but it will be enough to book an uber.

Rent a car and drive yourself from the airport to Antigua

Firstly, renting a car in Guatemala is a terrible idea.

Unless you know Guatemala well and are experienced in driving in Latin American countries with roads full of potholes (craters) where no one pays any attention to traffic lights, give this a miss. But if you are convinced this is the option for you, then there are several rental car companies based in the airport, and you can book here.

Take the public bus from Guatemala airport to Antigua

This is not the way I would recommend you to travel from Guatemala airport to Antigua.

Especially if you don’t know much Spanish. In fact, if you don’t speak 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. That’s not to say you shouldn’t use chicken buses in Guatemala (you absolutely should!) just not when you first arrive and while carrying everything you own…

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.

When you clear immigration you will see signs for shuttles, just tell them you want to go into the city to the bus station. They will book you on the next shuttle.

Looking for Accommodation in Antigua?

There are 3 places I recommend Selina or Yellow House Hostel if you are looking for a hostel. Alternatively, if you want an Airbnb I can’t recommend this house enough. The owner Chelsea is a very good friend and I stayed in the larger one last time I was in Antigua. For hotels, I recommend Hotel Mesón de María, Barbara’s Boutique Hostel, or Hotel Paseo de la Merced.

How to get from Guatemala airport to Antigua safely and cheaply

Book your trip now

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  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
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  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
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This Post Has 77 Comments

  1. Radu

    Hello! I made a video about taking the chicken bus from Guatemala City to Antigua:
    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. Claire Summers

      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

        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. Claire Summers

          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!

  2. Eliza Drummond

    Hi Claire,
    What a great website! Can you recommend a hotel in Antigua with breakfast for an older couple. We love hostels, but we prefer to sleep in one bed when possible 🙂

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Eliza! Thanks so much. I LOVE Guatemala and I get so excited when people are planning their trips. Yes, I have a friend who runs a BnB. She is Guatemalan but lived in Morocco for many years before returning and starting the BnB. it is close to the central area, it’s great value for money and she speaks fantastic English. Her name is Rita and you can find here on Facebook. Be sure to let her know I sent you 🙂

      If you have any other questions be sure to let me know, and let me know how you liked Guatemala!

  3. Luca

    Hei claire
    Were i can pay for ä shuttle in guatemala äirport after 19:30
    To antigua

    1. Claire Summers

      Hay Luca, when you arrive at the airport you can book a shuttle from one of the 2 desks there. You will have to wait until there is 4 of you though. So if you are in in rush (I’ve had to wait for 2 hours before) then Uber is your best bet! During the day is much easier as there are lots of people needing transport, evenings are pretty quiet!

      1. Shelley

        Hi Claire!
        Is Uber safe to use in Guatemala? ie Airport to Antigua?

        1. Claire Summers

          Hi Shelly. I didn’t ever use it myself but I know many people who have. From their experience yes it is very safe to use in Guate.

  4. Jock

    Hey Claire, thanks for the info. For the second option you listed — taking a shuttle from GC to Antigua — do you have to book in advance, or can you just expect that they will be available and running during the day? My flight arrives around 11am on a Thursday. Trying to figure out how much planning is needed ahead of time for this portion of the journey. Thanks in advance for your help!

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Jack, so sorry this went into spam! I’ve just found it now. At 11am on a Thursday you should be fine. I never bother booking but I have always had to wait for an hour or so for a few more people to share the shuttle. I’ve never even bothered to try and book in advance. I think Uber is pretty reasonable too as a backup. Sorry again and hope I’m not too late!

    2. Claire Summers

      Hi Jack, just to let you know I’ve been contacted by a company who you can book the shuttle online before you get there. It’s a little bit more expensive than just booking it in the airport, but they have a shuttle at 1 pm so by the time you clear customs and immigration you shouldn’t have long to wait. You can book all of your transport with them in Guatemala. This is pretty huge as before now you had to do it all through agents.

  5. Cabinas Jimenez John J. podson

    Thank you Claire..! from the Osa Peninsula. !

  6. Yafit

    Hi Claire,
    Where does the shuttle from the airport drops people off in Antigua? If I need to get to a specific address? Is Antigua small and walkable?

    1. Claire Summers

      Yes they will drop you to your hotel or hostel. Or if you don’t have one they will drop you at parque central ?

  7. Yafit

    Ah ok thanks. So if I have a specific address I don’t need to worry to find myself.

  8. Zaki Sadiki

    Hi Claire

    So glad I stumbled across your website. I’m off to Guatemala on 19th November from London and starting the Moon Course in San Marco, Lake Atitlan on 24th November. So was thinking of going to Antigua for a few days first. If anyone else is heading there and wants someone to hang with do message me. Always looking to meet new people on my travels.

    1. Guy Angela

      I’ll be there Nov 19-24 (Antigua & Lake Atitlan)!

  9. Teresa

    Hi Claire, Have you used GuateGo for transportation and for tours? I can’t find any reviews for this company online. Just want to make sure they’re reliable, etc. Can you share more information on what it’s like if you have used them? Thank you!

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Teresa! Great question. No they didn’t exist when I lived there. But one of the girls I worked with while I was there who I know very well and trust works for them. I’ve had Skype meetings with her and the CO of the company and I have been very impressed by what they are doing. They are a start up but are doing very well so that’s why I have endorsed them. The only thing to point out is that you will pay a little more booking through them as this covers card fees and their fees. However if I was to return to Guatemala I would 100% use them. For me it’s worth the higher price knowing I’m going with a reputable company… I had some total nightmare shuttle rides in Guatemala haha. Hope that helps ?

      1. Teresa

        Thank you, Claire! It looks like they have a lot of great options. I think I’ll give it a go!

        1. Claire Summers

          Please let me know how you get on ❤️ have the best time in Guatemala!

    2. Yafit

      To add to Claire’s answer, I jut booked GuateGo shuttle from Guatemala airport to Antigua for tomorrow Sunday Nov 4th (after reading Claire’s recommendation) and can let you know about my experience as soon as I can afterwards ?

  10. Yafit Gabai

    The ride was on time and very comfortable. The driver was waiting with a sign with my name. I know it’s low season now but we were only 3 people and the van was quite comfortable and specious. Even before booking I had emailed them with questions back and forth and they were prompt to respond to every question. I was not sure I would make the 1:30pm ride so they suggested that I book the one at 2:3o but saved me a spot for 1:30 as well, in case I make it. Again this could be due to not having many people at the moment. Overall the experience was very good.

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Yafit that’s so good to hear! Thank you so much for your feedback and letting people know about your experience. Really helpful. Claire

  11. Angela Guy

    Great blog! I’m going to be in Guatemala Nov 19-24 (first time, so excited!)… For Nov 24, there’s a shuttle from Antigua to the airport at 11 am, that gets to the airport at 2 pm. My flight departs at 3:45, do you think that’s enough time to get through security etc.? Or should I take the 9:30 am shuttle instead? Thanks!

    1. Claire Summers

      This is so tough. I have got through super quick at times and other times it’s taken forever. If it were me I would take the early one. The roads in Guatemala aren’t the best, and traffic getting out of antigua and into the city can be pretty bad.

  12. Keisha

    I wanted to thank you for this article. It was of great help when I got to Guatemala!

  13. Archana Vallabhaneni

    Hello Claire,

    Thank you the article!

    However, I am in a fix now as I bought tickets to Guatemala on a whim and will end up landing at 1:00am on Dec 6th(night of Dec 5th) into La Aurora airport and would really like to head to Antigua straight without the hassle of getting in and out of GC. I also read that we are not allowed to spend the night inside the airport there. Would you know if getting an Uber or a taxi to Antigua at that time of the night is safe enough and would they be available at that time at all? I also read that there is no public wifi in the airport and so I wouldn’t even know how to order an Uber. Do you have any suggestions please?

    P.S. If anyone is traveling at that time and wants to split the ride with me(for the sake of $$ as well as safety), please holler.

    1. Claire Summers

      100% get an Uber! Taxis are also pretty safe but I would go with an Uber. Just make sure you book your accom in Antigua and let them know. You can also speak to your hostel/hotel as they might be able to send someone to pick you up ?

  14. sidney

    Hello Claire,

    We are going to Guatemala as a couple (30 years old). I really liked your blog, I was wondering with your experience you recommend Must things to do in Antigua and Lac Atitlan. Our 2 main stops during our 10 days trip.
    We would like as well to go to the sea.. relax

    If you have any ideas I would be pleased to read you! (we look for activities, adventure mixed with relax moments)

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Sidney if you go to the Guatemala page you will see I’ve written about everything I recommend doing. But my number 1 would be hiking acatenango! You really must do that. Guatemala isn’t great for the sea. But I’d recommend traveling to el paradon from antigua on a shuttle. I also wrote about this. If you have any questions about it let me know.

  15. sidney

    Great I will check all this thanks!

  16. Lorraine Keegan

    Hi Claire, thank you for a fabulous website. I plan on travelling solo to Guatemala in July so I want to be very well prepared to lessen my anxieties!!! I’m flying into and out of Guatemala city airport. I have about 3 weeks in total. I would be so grateful for a recommended itinerary.

    1. Linda

      Heyy! Excuse me for comment here but i am in your same situation, I will go to Guatemala in July! As a traveling solo. And I am same coping with the anxiety ?.
      First Claire ur blog is great!!! It’s save me a lot. Almost with everything hahah
      And second Lorraine good luck with u trip and may be we could meet us haha
      My final destiny will be Semuc Champey but i have to take the shuttle in Antigua at 8am and my fly arrive at 1pm so I will have to spend the night there to take the bus the next day. I was thinking to take the ca express because basically it’s the same cost even its cheaper!! But I still don’t decided anything.
      So, cool girls! Thank u for ur help and if some one have a recommendation to me, or something It will be welcome to me.
      Good vibes !!!

      1. Claire Summers

        Hi Linda you will be able to get a shuttle to Antigua if your flight arrives at 1pm for sure! I’m actually just about to update everything on Guatemala after my month there last month (still catching up). CA express is great but they do drop you off outside Antigua so you would have to walk or catch a Tuk tuk to your hotel. You can book shuttles through guatego for $18 or if you don’t mind waiting a few hours at the airport you can normally get on a shuttle there for $10 (I personally prefer to book so I know what time I’ll be getting picked up.) if you do decide to stay in the city for the night then I have a list of places safe to stay close by on my blog! Hope you girls get to meet up! Have the best time in semuc… OMG that place is incredible! Let me know if you are going to Rio Dulce as I just went and have lots of recommendations… I just need some writing time lol

  17. Nicole

    Hi Claire! I’m going to Antigua for the first time in a couple weeks and the CA Express bus looks like a good option for me. My flight is scheduled to land at 1:30 – any thoughts on whether the timing for going through immigration, etc. will work for their 3:00 shuttle?

    1. Claire Summers

      Hey, I would say yes. The airport is small and I have never been held up coming out. But just let them know your flight details. Its a new company and they seem great. I’d be really grateful if you let me know your experience if you do use them. I’m heading back to Guatemala in the next few months and I’ll be seeing for myself, but in the meantime, I’d love to know what you think of them!

  18. Emily

    Do you know car seats are required for children on the shared shuttles, or what Guatemalan laws are for that? (4 year old and 7 year old)

    1. Claire Summers

      There are no laws haha… You would be lucky to find seat belts in most public transport. My advice would be that if you are concerned contact guatego and speak to them about it. I’m confident they will help you out with this.

  19. Russell

    Hi Claire,

    There seem to be plenty of safe shuttle services within the terminal for 10 USD. I’m not really sure smell why you recommended GuateGo given how much more expensive the service is. It also stops at several places to pick up more passengers if it doesn’t fill at the airport so it’s probably no quicker than taking one of these services.

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Russell firstly because you often have to wait for hours for one of the shuttles as they only leave when there are 4 people. If you arrive in the morning not so much of an issue, if you arrive after 2pm you will have a long wait. Secondly this sight is for women traveling solo. Many of us prefer to book our transportation before we arrive in a new place as it helps us to feel safe. You can also pay online so great if you don’t have $ or Q and lastly they are a trustworthy service. Not all services in Guatemala are. I think if you read the post you will see I do say you can get a shuttle in the airport so I’m not hiding anything, guatego are my preferred method of travel and this is my blog.

    2. Claire Summers

      Also I’ve never experienced them stopping to pick up random people. They only pick up others have booked. Very strange of that happened to you!

    3. Laura

      I took an Uber for $21, door-to-door service. It was perfect and about the same price as the GuateGo shared shuttle. Just a heads up for any other travellers checking out this great blog.

  20. Joe

    I’m getting a quote for $18 p/p from GuateGo, which is almost the same price as taking an Uber ($19). Uber is door-to-door service on demand and would face the same traffic issues as any shuttle would.

    I wonder if the shuttle industry will suffer from price wars on this front. Uber is pretty safe and you get a whole car to yourself.

  21. Juan P Garcia

    Hi Claire;
    Wow, thanks for all your info, I am going tomorrow to GUA and just have one day and was planing a day trip to Antigua wasn’t sure of what my options would be to get there but you have made it very clear and what to expect.
    Very informative, thanks

  22. Jeremiah

    The only thing that scares me is that my plane does not land until 1:05 and not to sure how long customs will take. Ca.Express and GuateGo both have 1:30 departures. Do you think I would be able to make these departure times or do you think Uber would be the best bet?

    1. Claire Summers

      I would contact Guatego and ask them. They are super helpful.

  23. Cloé

    Hi Claire!
    I’m from France and planning a two weeks trip in Guatemala, at the end of December/beginning of January.

    Our flight will arrive a bit late, around 7pm I think at La Aurora Airport and we wanted to go straight to Antigua and had no idea how.
    So thank you so much for writing everything about this trip down!
    I’m so glad I found your blog.

    I’m reading the rest of your articles now and it’s perfect because I already know how to get from Antigua to Lake Atitlan thanks to you again.

    I need to learn a bit of Spanish though…

    Thank you and have a great day!


  24. jules

    Hello Claire, thank you for your blog. We would like to travel from Guatemala City to Flores in November. We land in Guatemala City at noon, wanted to spend the 2nd day in Antigua and take the bus early to Flores on the third day. Where would you stay in the meantime? In Guatemala City (Zone 10) or in Antigua? Thanks for your help!

  25. Pedro DaFonseca


    For 2 people, are we better off in a Taxi or the Guatego Shuttle to Antigua

    1. Claire Summers

      That totally depends on you! There may not be much difference in cost. So it’s more about if you would rather be in a taxi of a bus ?

  26. Moes

    Hi Claire,

    Thank you for all info, super helpful. We are a family with 2 young kids, arriving at the airport 19:30pm on a Monday evening destination Antigua. Just looking to be as safe as possible, what would you say is our very best option? Should we stay the night in Guatemala City?

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi Moes, I’d say stay in the city for the night and then get an Uber in the morning to Antigua. There are lots of places I’ve recommended on this post, or in my Guatemala city accommodation post. Just check they do a free airport pickup before you book. It gets dark early in Guatemala (around 6.30) so I think you would all feel better traveling in the morning rather than at night.

  27. Dominique

    Hi Claire! I really enjoyed reading your posts, I’m in the midst of planning my first solo trip and your blog was a great find! I looked through all of your comments, and I’m worried my question is just another version of someone else’s but…eh, here goes: my flight lands at 1AM…I wouldn’t mind just ubering straight to Antigua, but will I be able to catch an uber?? I just don’t want to waste time/hours checking in somewhere else for a few hours when my trip is so short. What time does Antigua “wake up”?

    1. Claire Summers

      Uff that’s a super tricky time to be arriving. If you have booked somewhere to stay and they are cool with you turning up at 3am then I’m sure you’ll be able to get an Uber. But honestly all the people I know who were mugged, or almost mugged in Antigua is was very early morning between 5-6.30am. So unless you have somewhere safe to go I really would not recommend just hanging out on the street at that time in the morning. Best to stay in the city and then take the first shuttle to Antigua. Most places open between 8-10am in Antigua. So if you leave the city between 6-7 that would get you there at a good time.

  28. Car Service

    You always inspire us with your amazing work. Keep sharing amazing work with us.

  29. Courtney

    This may be super weird, but I’m hoping to experience a chicken bus at some point on my trip, haha. I don’t want to for my trips to the airport and back because I need to be there at a sure time. If I’m spending a week in San Pedro, will there be an opportunity to take one? Maybe to Chichicastenango?


    1. Claire Summers

      Yes!! 100% yes. You have to take the chicken bus. Just not to and from the airport! I’ve written a post on how to get to chichi on the chicken bus. It’s super easy and a lot of fun!

  30. Christopher Webb

    Hi Claire,

    How large are the shuttle buses? We will have two bike boxes and an additional bag filled with our panniers.

    Ideally we’d like to just place these on a shuttle and then build our bikes later that day at our accommodation.

    1. Claire Summers

      Hey! Ooo that’s a tricky one! Do you have whatsapp? I’d give the guys a GuateGo a message and ask their advice. The shuttles are often full and the luggage is strapped to the rooftop. So you might be fine.

  31. Courtney

    Hi- If my flight lands at 11:30 pm, do you think it’s best to stay the night near the airport or to make the journey to Antigua that night? I’d rather go straight to Antigua, but from a safety standpoint, I don’t know what is best.


    1. Claire Summers

      If it was me I would stay the night close by and travel early the next morning. I probably wouldn’t be worried about safety on the road at night. More about arriving so late in Antigua and having to check-in at 1-2am. But that’s just me!

  32. Erika

    Hey Claire! How long does it take to get through the Guatemala airport? My flight lands at 2 and I’m wondering if I should book the shuttle for 3:15 or 430. Thanks!

    1. Claire Summers

      It’s normally pretty fast. The airport is very small. 3:15 should be fine. If you book with GuateGo and let them know your flight time if there are any issues you can just call them and they will rebook you on the next shuttle 🙂

  33. Alexa

    Hello Claire!!

    I’ll be spending 8 days in Guatemala. I am arriving to the Guatemala City Airport around 9pm. I’d like to hit Lake Antitlan, Antigua, and El Paredon. Each hotel shared that they can coordinate private transportation. Which city/town would you advise I head to first given that I am arriving so late? The last city I visit needs to be somewhere I can easily get a rapid COVID test in order to head back to the states.

  34. taahira keturah

    Greeting Claire , i am traveling to Guatemala next week for the first time and reading your comments is really helpful, i will be arriving late night and was debating renting a car and driving , based on your earlier suggestions i will probably stay at airport hotel for arrival night and rent car and drive to my stay in Atitlan for the morning. i want to go to the Chichi market and shop as a must do … can you offer any suggestions or share your experience with the market?

    1. Claire Summers

      I would 100% stay in Guate for the night and then rent a car in the morning. All the hotels run free pickups and drop-offs to the airport. You won’t want to be driving at night in Guatemala, the roads are pretty awful!

  35. Amit Bek

    Hi claire, I am landing in Guatemala City at night, 10:08pm. I tried to book a shuttle to Antigua as you suggested but the hours were only early. Do you know if there are shuttles ar night as well?
    I already booked for a hostel in Antigua.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Claire Summers

      Hi, there is no transportation that late at night. The roads in Guatemala aren’t great. If I was you I would just stay in the city and travel to Antigua in the morning. If you are adamant you want to go then it will be best to just arrive and pay for a taxi, or try and get an Uber.

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