Are you looking for ways to travel from Guatemala City to Antigua?
If so you’re in the right place, in this article we are going to look at the best ways to get to Antigua both safely and efficiently.
Before I started to plan my first trip to Guatemala I had no idea how I was going to get to Antigua.
After finding a Spanish teacher from the local Spanish school, I got the answers I needed. Here I’ll share with you everything that I learned.
Guatemala City to Antigua
It’s worth noting that I have traveled to Guatemala on more than one occasion and have had various experiences arriving and exiting the countries borders.
I had a bit of a mishap on my first trip to Guatemala but I’ll save that for later. Firstly let’s get to the most important information for you to be able to arrive in Antigua safely.
Guatemala City to Antigua Map
To get a visual insight into how this journey looks please see the map below. As you can see at just under 40 Kilometers it is not too far.
If traveling from the airport, you can expect the journey to take around 40-50 minutes depending on the traffic. The first time I arrived it was Semana Santa so the roads getting in Antigua were gridlocked.
Guatemala City Airport to Antigua Tickets
On arrival, there is not that much information on how to do this journey but there are actually a few ways you can get to Antigua depending on your budget and personal preference.
Below are all the methods I found:
- Airport Taxi
- Airport shuttle
- Chicken Bus
- The CA Express
If you’re arriving in Guatelama Airport for the first time, getting to Antigua from Guatelama city will be your goal.
When I say Guatemala City I am referring to La Aurora International Airport which is where you’ll land.
If you want to book you ticket immediately with no questions asked, the CA Express offers an online service.
But if anything changes with your travel plans you won’t be eligible for a refund.
Not only is Antigua a great hub for all backpackers and travelers to Guatemala, but it’s also home to some of the best hostels and hostel in Guatemala.
See Antigua as your launchpad to see the rest of Guatemala. If you are arriving at the airport late in the evening or in the middle of the morning, you may want to hang around at the airport or get a private airport taxi.
If staying in one of the more luxury hotels in Guatemala, you’ll find that they offer a free airport shuttle and in many cases, it can be worth staying for one night to take advantage of the free service.
No matter which method you choose you’ll want to make sure you have got some local currency with you so you can pay your way.
If you take an Uber, you’ll need to have an internet connection which is hard to find at the airport.
Guatemala City to Antigua: Travel Advice
So when traveling from Guatelama City, how do you decide which method to take?
My advice would be to have decided before you arrive. I recommend you take a look at the factors below to give yourself a helping hand.
Get a private hire or prebooked shuttle if:
- If it’s your first time in Guatemlala
- You don’t speak a word of Spanish
- You are travelling in alone
- If you want to get to your hotel in the shortest time
- You have afair amoutn of luggahe
- You’re arrving late at night
- You are travelling in a group
The idea of choosing the private hire or prebooked shuttle is for those who arrive and don’t want to have to think twice about getting to Antigua, and, are not on a tight budget.
For example, see this private shuttle service offers transport for around $18USD enabling you to get from Guatemlala City airport to Antigua.
Again, if you are an experienced backpacker who thrives off solo travel and the unknown, simply walking outside the airport to catch one the local chicken buses should not be a problem for you.
Take the Chicken Bus or Collectivo if:
- You have experiemnce traveling this way in Latin America
- Your good at speaking Spanish
- Traveling on a tight budget
- Have some time to kill
- You have minimal luggage
- You are arriving during daylight hours
As you can see, the Chicken Bus or Collectivo idea is great if you don’t have any time commitments, and, you are traveling light, plus, arriving during the day.
Other than that, you will likely feel it makes more sense to go with the private hire method.
The first time I traveled to Antigua from Guatemala City I had arranged to be picked up by my Spanish school.
Like the hotel method, I mentioned above this is another way to take advantage of your contacts.
For a price, usually between $15USD-$20USD, most Spanish schools offer shuttle services that will collect you from the Guatemala City airport.
Guatemala: Travel Tips
Below I have listed some travel tips that you should find useful for arriving in Antigua. As you may already know, Antigua is a major hub for all travelers who are backpacking Guatemala and further afield.
It makes sense to get a head start on the travel essentials such as accommodation and even have an idea of what activities you can get involved with before you arrive.
Where to Stay in Antigua
Have you sorted your accommodation? Here’s a great place to stay in Antigua if planning on staying a few nights.
- Airport Shuttle
- Fast Internet
- Bicycle rental
With its shared lounge and extravagant bar, Selina Antigua makes one of the most beautiful and elegantly decorated places to stay in Antigua. Located within a couple of minutes from the Santa Catalina Arch.
Here is another other great recommendations for Antigua if you were looking for a more luxury style hotel or you feel like a rest from staying in hostels.
Travel insurance for Guatemala
Do you have travel insurance for Guatemala? Before you start your adventure here remember that having decent travel insurance is crucial.
I always recommend backpackers and travelers (no matter who you are) use World Nomads Insurance for fully comprehensive cover.
If you are due to travel soon, you can get a Get A Free Quote by clicking the link or the image above and filling out your details – that way you’ll get instant cover from the exact date that you choose.
On many occasions World Nomads has provided me with reliable insurance cover for travel in Latin America and the rest of the world.
Guatemala City to Antigua
As you arrive in Antigua you quickly get acquainted with beauty.
I have written a specific guide on things to do in Antigua which will give you some excellent ideas on what to do whilst here.
Lastly, I hope this guide has given you a better idea of how to get to Antigua and taken any doubt away from this simple journey.
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