As the main international gateway airport in Guatemala, La Aurora International Airport (GUA) serves Guatemala City with flights arriving from major cities across North America, Europe, and Central/South America. It’s located just a 15-minute drive from the city center.
When your plane touches down at La Aurora, you have several options to efficiently make your way into the capital city itself:
Taxi Official airport taxis are available just outside the Arrivals terminal 24 hours a day. The fare into Zone 10 or downtown Guatemala City will cost around $12-15 USD and the taxi ride takes 15-30 minutes depending traffic levels along the CA-9 highway. Taking an airport taxi is a safe, quick and hassle-free method. Be sure to only use official, metered taxis based at the airport to avoid scams.
Shared tourist shuttle buses like those offered by Trans Galgos and Grayline Shuttles pick up just outside the terminal as well. For around $8 USD you will be dropped off at your hotel downtown within 45-60 minutes. Door-to-door shuttle services are most convenient if you have lots of luggage.
For budget travelers, urban buses also stop very near the airport exit. You can catch the 83, 91 or 92 buses heading directly into downtown Zones 9 or 10 for less than a $1 fare. While the cheapest option, public buses do involve slightly more hassle with luggage and finding the closest bus stop to your hotel.
Finally, you can arrange a rental car from an agency counter at the airport itself. Major firms like Hertz, Avis and Budget have locations in the main Arrivals hall. Expect rates around $15-30 USD per day for a basic sedan. Having your own rental car does provide the most flexibility for touring the country beyond Guatemala City at your own pace. Just be prepared to brave chaotic city traffic!
With good transportation infrastructure directly from La Aurora Airport, getting into Guatemala’s largest and most modern city is simple using any of these options that best suit your travel needs and budget.
What method will you choose to start your Guatemala City adventure?