Getting there & away
Buses from here run all over Guatemala and into Mexico, Belize, Honduras, El Salvador and beyond. Most bus companies have their own terminals, some of which are in Zona 1. The Terminal de Autobuses, in Zona 4, is used only by some 2nd-class buses. The city council has been on a campaign to get long-distance bus companies out of the city center, so it may be wise to double check with Inguat or your hotel owner about the office location before heading out there.
Most major rental companies have offices both at La Aurora airport (in the arrivals area) and in Zona 9 or 10. Companies include the following:
Ahorrent (www.ahorrent.com) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2362 8921/2); Zona 9 (2361 5661; Blvd Liberación 4-83)
Avis (www.avisenlinea.com in Spanish) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2260 6242); Zona 9 (2339 3249; 6a Av 7-64)
Dollar (www.dollar.com) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2261 3257); Zona 10 (2332 7525; Av La Reforma 8-33)
Hertz (www.hertz.com.gt) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2470 3800, 2470 3838); Guatemala City Marriott Hotel (2339 7777); Holiday Inn (2332 2555); Hotel Real Inter-Continental Guatemala (2379 4444); Westin Camino Real (2368 0107); Zona 9 (2332 2242; 7a Av 14-76)
Tabarini (www.tabarini.com) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2260 6343); Zona 10 (2331 6108; 2a Calle A 7-30)
Tally Renta Autos (www.tallyrentaautos.com) Aeropuerto Internacional La Aurora (2277 9072); Zona 1 (2232 0421/3327; 7a Av 14-60)
Thrifty (2379 8747; firstname.lastname@example.org; 1a Av 13-74, Zona 10)
Guatemala City’s Aeropuerto La Aurora (2334 7680) is the country’s major airport. All international flights to Guatemala City land and take off here. At the time of writing, the country’s only scheduled domestic flights are between Guatemala City and Flores. The major carrier, Grupo TACA, makes two round-trip flights daily (one in the morning, one in the afternoon), plus an extra flight four mornings a week which continues from Flores to Cancún (Mexico) and flies back from there via Flores in the afternoon.
Tickets to Flores cost around US$127/204 one-way/round-trip with Grupo TACA, but some travel agents, especially in Antigua, offer large discounts on these prices.