USEFUL INFORMATION about Antigua’s Bus Station “LA TERMINAL”
and How to Get to Other Destinations
Buses depart from main Bus Station behind the Municipal Market. It is called “La Terminal” by the locals.
To find the bus you need, check for a sign on the front of the bus indicating its destination(s) or there will usually be someone yelling out destinations as well.
Guatemalan Towns have long names, so, buses use abbreviations such as:
Guate = Guatemala City
Xela = Quetzaltenango
Chichi = Chichicastenango, and so on.
Buses generally run from about 5am to 7pm. Cost varies from town to town. You don’t pay until the bus is on its way, there will be a person coming around to collect.
How to get to/from the following destinations:
GUATE (Guatemala City) – There are frequent buses about 4:30 am to 7:00 pm. Buses run down 7a. Calle to Calle Chipilapa before leaving the city.
On the way back to Antigua get off the bus as soon as you enter the city because buses drive all the way to Jocotenango before going back to the Terminal.
From Guate you can catch buses to Río Dulce, Flores/Tikal, Copán (Honduras), Cobán and other locations. It may be cheaper but it is complicated. It is easier and safer to check in Antigua’s different tourism agencies, they usually offer shuttles to different destinations.
CHIMAL (Chimaltenango) – You can catch a bus to Chimal at Antigua´s Terminal or you can catch it on its way at Av. El Desengaño, Parque San Sebastián or Calle Ancha.
When you get to Chimal, if you take of the bus, as soon as you reach the main highway (before you get to the Terminal) you can catch buses going North on the Panamericana, just cross the footbridge to the other side of the highway and wait for the buses going to Chichi, Pana, Huehue, Xela, Quiché, etc.
From Chimaltenango you can head northward to these destinations,
but not all buses go all the way, sometimes you will have to make a bus change at
Los Encuentros, Chichi or Cuatro Caminos.
If the bus says “DIRECTO” (Directo means all the way), for example “Pana DIRECTO”, “Chichi DIRECTO” in that case, you are OK, but if not, please read below because it is a multi-stepped process depending on your point of arrival:
Have a nice Trip !