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Flores (Guatemala) by bus

Flores (Guatemala) by bus

Buses from Guatemala City and Belize City as well as various other destinations all over the country stop at the Fuente del Norte bus station in Santa Elena, a five minute auto-rickshaw ride across the causeway from Flores island (Q5). From Guatemala City (travel time: 8 to 10 hours), you have the following options:
  • Altobuses del Norte (ADN), 8a Avenida 16-41 Zona 1, Guatemala, 2251-0610 | 2251-0079 | 2251-0050, . New First Class (express) buses for Q180 (Sep. 2010), leave Guatemala City at 10:00pm - on Fridays and Sundays, there's also a bus at 9pm. The final stop is Santa Elena, but the bus will go to Flores to drop passengers who wish to stay there. These are comfortable buses, and the price includes a drink and a snack. The seats are two across on the left and solo on the right. Try to get a seat to the back, as you will be far from the driver's and assistent's talk. Keep in mind that the seats have different spacing for the legs, so it's worth asking to check the bus before choosing your seat.
  • Linea Dorada, 7767-5198, . Runs first class buses leaving Guatemala City at 9:00pm for US$30,"first class" buses at 10:00am and 12:00pm for US$22 and an economy bus leaving at 10:00pm for US$16. Get your tickets from the official office, as the touts will sell you crappy seats in the back row for double the money and leave you wondering why all the other passengers get drinks and food, there is no food or drinks in the economy and first class buses, they make several stops along the way, and usually arrive with an hour or two delay.
  • Fuente del Norte, . Has 15+ departures from Guatemala City per day. Most of these are local runs with second-class buses (older pullman coaches without air conditioning), but they also operate a few first-class express buses (with toilets and air conditioning) leaving from Guatemala City at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 10:30pm, and a deluxe bus leaving from Guatemala City at 9:00pm. Tickets range from Q110 for a second-class bus to Q160 for a first-class bus to Q200 for the best seats on the luxury bus. Get one of the downstairs "camitas" and bring either a sweater or blanket if you are going overnight.
  • Monja Blanka Has a nice bus with movies for 50Q to Guatemala City from Coban From Cobán (travel time: 5 to 7 hours), there are a few through Fuente Del Norte local buses, or you can use the frequent public microbuses (colectivos) that operate along the highway between Coban and Santa Elena. If you choose the microbus option (total fare: Q70) you will have to change to another microbus at Sayaxché after you take a quick boat or maybe the ferry across a river. The colectivo option may actuelly be quicker, because if there is a backup for the ferry, you can quickly pay a couple Quetzals for a boat ride across. There are also tourists shuttles offering direct door-to-door service from Flores to Cobán for around Q100. The road from Cobán is very scenic; it's a smooth paved ride all the way (though windy for about an hour out of Coban). From Belize City, you have the following options:
  • There are tourist shuttle buses from the Belize City water taxi terminal to Santa Elena: Linea Dorada at 9:30am or San Juan Express at 9:30am and 2:30pm, US$15-US$20, travel time: 5 hours. Note that these buses do not make any stops in Belize; if you are travelling from San Ignacio or Belmopan, you must use the option below.
  • Take a local Belize bus to Benque Veijo (3 km from the border). Then take a taxi to the border, walk across, and continue to the Melchor de Mencos bus station (less than 1 km from the border), where there are frequent microbuses and the occasional pullman coach to Santa Elena. Approximately US$12; travel time: 2 hours.
  • There is also a direct bus from Honduras and El Salvador. See the "Get Out" section below for details on travel to Palenque in Mexico.

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