It’s an age old non-debate. Let’s face it, you’re either a chicken bus person or a shuttle bus person. But in case you’re somehow still sitting on the fence, here are some things you can expect from both types of transportation:
Are cheap, slow (being that they drive like maniacs but stop everywhere to pick up passengers) and depart constantly throughout the day. They’re also crowded, a little scary (particularly on those mountain curves) and a haven for pickpockets and bagslashers.
Are more expensive, faster (being that they go direct door-to-door) and depart once or twice a day. They can be less crowded, drivers are generally more tranquilo on the curves and are much less crime-prone.
Below are the destinations offered by Xela’s shuttle operators. All prices are in US dollars. You can book a ticket at any travel agency in town, including the ones advertised throughout this magazine. Make sure you ask if there’s a minimum passenger requirement – some routes require two or even four passengers before leaving.
|Fuentes Georginas||($10, 30 mins) departs 8am & 3pm|
|Panajachel||($15, 2 hrs) departs 7am & 3pm|
|Chichicastenango||($15, 2.5hrs) departs 8am* & 3pm|
|Antigua||($25, 4 hrs) departs 8am & 3pm|
|Huehuetenango||($20, 2.5hrs) departs 8am & 3pm|
|Guatemala||($30, 5 hrs) departs 8am & 3pm|
|Todo Santos||($60, 5.5 hrs) departs 8am|
|Cobán||($50, 10 hrs) departs 8am|
|La Mesilla||($25, 4.5 hrs) departs 8am|
|San Salvador, El Salvador||($55, 7 hrs) departs 8am|
|Lanquín||($52, 14 hrs) departs 8am|
|Monterrico||($35, 5.5 hrs) departs 8am|
|Copán, Honduras||($48, 8 hrs) departs 8am|
|Nebaj||($35, 8 hrs) departs 8am|
|Puerto Barrios||($35, 7 hrs) departs 8am|
|Rio Dulce||($38, 9 hrs) departs 8am|
|Flores/Tikal||($55, 14 hrs) departs 8am|
|San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico||($30, 8 hrs) departs 8am|
|Tapachula, Mexico||($25, 5.5hrs) departs 5am|
* NOTE: On Thursdays and Sundays the Chichicastenango morning shuttle leaves at 7am to arrive in time for the market.