Getting there & away
San Pedro Sula is a land transportation hub, connecting the north coast to western and southern Honduras. However, if you’re not planning to stop, you can sometimes save time by transferring buses at El Progreso instead of going into San Pedro proper.
The city built an enormous Terminal Metropolitana de Autobuses (Metropolitan Bus Terminal; 5km south of town) that was designed to bring all the bus lines under a single roof and relieve some of the traffic congestion in town. The opening has been continually delayed, however, and travelers still use the slew of individual bus lots, distributed mostly south and east of downtown.
The free tourist magazine Honduras Tips has a very helpful section on bus routes around the country.
You can get additional bus information in Honduras Tips, or by calling individual bus lines during working hours.
Transportes Hedman Alas (553 1361; www.hedmanalas.com; 3a Calle NO btwn 7a & 8a Avs NO) has deluxe service to Guatemala City (executive/plus US$45/59, eight hours) that continues to Antigua (executive/plus US$51/66 one way, nine hours), departing daily at 9:50am. Transportes El Rey Express (550 8950; www.reyexpress.net; 9a Av SO btwn 9a & 10a Calles SO) has first-class service to Guatemala City (US$26 one way, 6am, 8½ hours). Transportes King Quality (553 4547; www.kingqualityca.com; 2a Calle SO at 9a Av SO) has deluxe service to San Salvador (executive/king US$28/41 one way, six hours, 6:30am and 1pm).
Aeropuerto Internacional Ramón Villeda Morales (15km east of San Pedro Sula) is the country’s busiest airport, more so even than Tegucigalpa. Planes come and go from all the major cities in Central America plus several from the US, Mexico and Europe, and of course domestically to Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba. It has conveniences such as a bank, internet and call center, car-rental agencies and even a Hedman Alas bus terminal.
American Airlines (553 3508, at airport 668 3244; www.aa.com; Av Circunvalación at 5a Calle SO, Edificio Banco Ficohsa; 8am-noon & 1-5pm Mon Fri, 8am-noon Sat)
Continental (557 4141, at airport 668 3208; www.continental.com; Av Circunvalación btwn 7a & 7a A Calles SO, Edificio Versaille; 8am-noon & 1-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat)
Delta (550 1616; www.delta.com; 18a Av SO, btwn 9a & 10a Calles SO; 8am-noon & 1-5pm Mon-Fri)
Sosa Airlines (/fax 550 6545, 550 6548; 1a Calle O btwn 7a & 8a Av SO; 8am-noon & 1-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat)
TACA/Isleña (516 1061, at airport 668 3183; www.taca.com; Av Circunvalación at 10a Av NO; 8am-noon & 1-5pm Mon-Fri, 8am-noon Sat)