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QUETZALTENANGO

Terminal of buses: Galgos

Calle Rodolfo Robles 17-43, Zone . Tel. 7761-2248
Daily to Guate:
4:00am
12:30pm
3:00pm
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Terminal of buses: Alamo

Xela

14 Av. 5-15, Zone 3 Tel. 7767-4582
Daily to Guate:
4:30am
6:30am
8:00am
10:15am
12:45pm
2:30pm
4:45pm
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Terminal of buses: Linea Dorada

Xela

12 Av. & 5 Calle Zone 3. Tel. 7767-5198
Daily to Guate:
4:00am
2:30pm




Other tips for your trip.

Getting to Xela: If you arrive early and wish to come directly to Xela, you will have to get yourself to the bus station. There are several first class companies, though most our students use Galgos , Alamo or Linea Dorada (Spanish for Greyhound).

Arriving at Guatemala City's airport: Visas:   Generally 90 day visas are available, though occasionallythey have been shortened for political reasons.  Sometimes a clerk will assume that you want only a 30 day visa.  Just ask politely for 90 days if you need it.

Changing money: Once through immigration, you can change money at the glass booth directly in front of the stalls.  The exchange rate has been described as one of the best in Guatemala, so change the amount you want.  It might be good to check the exchange rate from home, before you arrive.  You can do this on the Internet or at various banks.

Early morning arrivals and changing money:   For those of you arriving in the wee hours of the morning (i.e.. 5 am)  you'll find that you might have trouble finding ANYWHERE to change money.  If this is the case, you might want to bring some Guatemala money from home (if you can find a bank that has access to it).  If you're in a real bind, one of our past students, Natasha, a student from Canada, found that a McDonald's in the city (which open pretty early)  took US money and gave her Guatemalan change in return.

Terminal of buses: And is open until about 9 or 10 pm.  But go early in the day.  You should try not to travel in Guatemala at night for your personal safety.  If your plane gets in after 12 noon, it's probably best to stay the night in Guatemala city (unless you have experience traveling and getting around in the country).

To get to Galgos, Alamo or Linea Dorada: 1. Take a city bus: There is a bus stop in front of the airport. You might want to verify with the driver that you are going to Zona 1. (if you don't speak Spanish yet, writing it down might help). The cost is about a quetzal or perhaps a bit more.
2. Taxi: It's about a 10 minute ride to Zona 1. Negotiate the price BEFORE you get in. It costs about Q70 or a bit more (as of 2003).

  • Get off at the Rotunda: The cheapest way to CBA is to get off the bus at the Rotunda (it's a make-shift terminal).  You will have to tell the bus driver ahead of time you don't know the town and to please let you out there.  "Me gustaria bajar a la Rotunda, por favor?" will do for those who don't yet know the language.  Then they will unload your stuff there and you can get a cab.

  • Negotiating cab fare:  Negotiate a price BEFORE you get in.  Usually you can get the cab driver to drop his price 1/2 to 1/3.  It may cost around 20-25 Quetzals (1997).

  • Give the address: CBA:  12 Avenida 10-27, Zona 1.  It's one blocks south from Parque Central.

  • Getting off at the terminal: should the 1st class bus not want to fool around unloading your stuff at la Rotunda, don't worry, get out at the terminal and take a cab.  It will just be a little longer.  20 Quetzals should be enough (2003).


GUATEMALA

Terminal of buses: Galgos


Supermercado Samaritano at 7th Avenida and 19th calle in Zona 1 Tel. 2253-4868
Daily to Xela:
8:30am
2:30pm
3:00pm
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Terminal of buses: Alamo

Guate:

12 Av. "A", 0-65, Zone 7. Tel. 2471-8626
Daily to Xela:
6:15am
8:00am
10:30am
12:30pm
3:00pm
4:00pm
5:30pm
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Terminal of buses: Linea Dorada

Guate:

16 Calle & 10 Av, Zone, 1 Tel. 2220-7990

Daily to Xela:

8:00am
3:00pm

 
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