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Guatemala City To Tikal Flores: Bus Times & Prices

By Daisy Li
This is post is on how to get from Guatemala City to Flores (Tikal National Park). I will go over a few different methods, as well as the 3 different bus companies and their departure times, price, location, and safety (based on reviews). The cheapest bus was Maya de Oro’s economy option.:)

There are multiple methods of transportation that can be used to transit between Guatemala City and Flores. You can grab an hour-long flight or a 9-hour bus ride. You can also opt for tour companies with private shuttles or simply rent a car.

Flights From Guatemala City to Tikal

The easiest way to get from Guate City to Flores is by flight. Guatemala International Airport to Mundo Maya Airport in Flores are usually US 100 and lasts around an hour.

From Flores airport, you can book a tour to Tikal Park. Or instead of opting for self-transfer, you can grab a private tour from Guatemala City to Tikal and Yaxha.

Buses From Guatemala City to Flores (Tikal)

Taking a bus from Guatemala City to Flores is the most economic mode of transportation. Based on my research, there are three bus companies that operate between Guatemala City and Santa Elena Bus Terminal. From Santa Elena Bus Terminal, you can take a Q. 20 tuk-tuk ride towards your stay on the Flores peninsula.

The three bus companies are Fuente del Norte, Linea Dorada, and ADN.

Maya de Oro/Fuente del Norte

Address: Zone 1, 17 street esq. 9th avenue and from Centra Norte.

Phone: +502 2251 3817

Based on price and reviews, Maya de Oro (a Fuente del Norte brand) is what I took. It had the cheapest option of Q. 130 and offered a 9-hour night bus from Guatemala City to Flores.  I arrived at 6:30 am in the morning, which was much more preferable than arriving in the middle of the night. There were a few scheduled stops along the way. The operator informed me that every bus has a GPS monitor and that drivers are required to report every stop. The economy bus was a bit packed in the beginning and the seats were average, but I didn’t mind the ride!

All in all, I felt safe throughout the ride.

They were also very quick to respond on their Facebook Page, which was a huge plus.

Economic Service Q. 130 (US 16.8)

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 05:30 am
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 08:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 09:30 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:00 pm

 

Premier Service Q. 145 (US 18.8)

 

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 07:30 am
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 07:30 pm

 

Special Services Q. 180

 

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:00 am
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 02:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 05:30 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:00 pm

 

Golden Maya Grand Luxury Service Q. 200 (US 25.9 2nd Level)
Q.260 (US 33.7 Ground Floor)

 

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 09:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:30 pm

Linea Dorada

Address: Zone 1, 8 av. 16-41

Phone: +502 2251 0610

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:00 am
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 08:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 09:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 10:00 pm

The price of the ticket for the bus Guatemala city to Flores is Q. 250.87 (US 32.5) one way, if you buy your return ticket it costs Q. 436.51 (US 56.6). IF you do not have a return date your ticket can be left OPEN for 30 days and you would have to confirm your return one day before your trip. This is a first-class bus with air conditioning, tv, reclining seats, curtains and two drivers per bus. The duration of the trip is 8 hours.

You can pay online through your debit card or credit card. These are direct buses and there aren’t any stops along the way. They also have great email support (movilitycristobalcolon@gmail.com)

Autobuses Del Norte S.A. (ADN)

Address: Zone 1, 8 av. 16-41

Phone: +502 2251-0050 or 2251-0079

Although I contacted this company through its official Facebook Page, I never received a response.

I couldn’t find a legitimate website (I swear it was a virus site I kept on clicking).

After further reading, saw a few negative reviews regarding their safety. So I decided to avoid this company altogether. Maybe they’ve changed over the years? Do let me know if you’ve experience with ADN!

UPDATE!
They responded to me after a few days on their Facebook Page 🙂

Departure Destination Hour
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 09:00 pm
Guatemala Petén Santa Elena 09:30 pm
Petén Santa Elena Guatemala 07:00 pm
Petén Santa Elena Guatemala 07:30 pm

These buses run from Monday to Sunday. The cost of the ticket is Q. 180 one way and Q.360 round trip. They accept Visa or Mastercard with a surcharge of Q.9.00 per ticket. You can cancel the round trip to Petén or Guatemala.

Getting from Flores/Santa Elena to Tikal

It’s extremely easy to get from Santa Elena Bus Terminal to Tikal. There is a Q. 80 (US 10.3) return ticket that you can purchase for a direct shuttle. You can also grab a chicken bus at the stop sign outside of the bus station.

From Flores, it might be best to book through your hostel as there aren’t any terminals. The shuttle service from Santa Elena does pick up, I supposed without any additional cost.

Let me know if you’ve any questions!

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4 Comments

Edie December 29, 2021 - 1:32 pm

We took the Fuente del Norte bus at 7.30am from Guatemala City to Santa elena/Flores. We had read that the AC would be turned up high, so wore tracksuit pants and long sleeve T-shirts.
The journey was as hot as hell – no AC whatsoever, a sweltering sauna. The curtains were shut on the bus so that the sunlight wouldn’t beat in, so we had no view.
Once the child behind had pooed her pants, and the girl next to us was being sick into a plastic bag, and the stench started to fill the roasting bus, we decided to cut our losses and get off at Rio Dulce.
It wa honestly the bus trip from hell. I think it could have warranted further research, as apparently the lunchtime buses are the more luxurious Maya de Oro buses, and I suspect the night buses are too. But be careful, I’m reasonably resilient and have done lots of long bus journeys in Central America and around the world very happily.

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Daisy Li March 1, 2022 - 3:02 pm

Thanks for the update Edie 🙂 I did the trip in 2019 and luckily, had a decent time–took the night bus and passed out the whole way through! But yikess, what you went through does not sound pleasant at all, hope the rest of your trip was much better!

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KUNAL S July 7, 2021 - 4:23 pm

Thanks for such a well written and informative posts1

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Dawn December 5, 2019 - 3:49 pm

Thanks so much for posting this info–it was a big help for me. I took the Maya de Oro bus last night from the Guatemala-Belize border to Guatemala City. And I dressed warmly–you’re right, the AC is too cold!!

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