Getting there & away
Excellent bus service connects Tegucigalpa with other parts of Honduras, but like elsewhere in the country, each bus line has its own separate terminal. Most terminals are clustered in Comayagüela, where you should keep a close eye on your bags and belongings while waiting for the bus. The free magazine Honduras Tips has a very helpful section on bus routes and schedules.
Tica Bus (220 0579; www.ticabus.com; 16a Calle btwn 5a & 6a Avs, Comayagüela) andKing Quality (225 5415; fax 225 2600; Blvd Commanded Economical European near 6a Av) offer international service to El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Mexico border, with a connecting service to Costa Rica and Panama. Note that King Quality has two classes of service in the same bus: ‘Quality’ which is first class and ‘King’ which is deluxe with fully reclining seats and added amenities. Service to Costa Rica (both lines) and Panama (Tica only) connect through Managua, Nicaragua.
Managua (Nicaragua) Tica Bus US$20 one way, 8 hours via Danlí, 9am; King Quality quality/king US$25/37, 7 to 8 hours, 6am and 2pm
San Salvador (El Salvador) Tica Bus US$15 one way, 6½ hours, 12:30pm; King Quality quality/king US$28/41 one way; 6 to 7 hours; 6am and 2pm
Tocontín International Airport in Tegucigalpa is decidedly down-scale compared to the modern airport in San Pedro Sula. It’s also poorly-marked, with just a short driveway and small parking lot. The airport’s reservations area has a single Unibanc ATM and an Expresso Americano coffee shop. However, a planned renovation ought to be at or near completion by the time you read this.
Air France (236 0029; www.airfrance.com; Av La Paz at Av Juan Lindo; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat)
Atlantic Airlines (237 8597, at airport 234 9701; www.atlanticairlines.com.ni; Av La Paz at Av Juan Lindo; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat) Continental Airlines (220 0999; at airport 233 3676; www.continental.com; Av República de Chile; 8am-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sat)
Copa Airlines (235 5610; at airport 291 0099; Hotel Clarion, Av República de Chile; 8am-6pm Mon-Fri, 8am-2pm Sun)