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Getting from Guatemala Airport to the Hotel Zone in the City Centre

Guatemala City is a bustling urban centre combining culture, rich local traditions, and stunning natural surroundings. The city is lively, charming on an architectural level, and inviting to visitors with its exceptional gastronomy and exciting nightlife that involves a lot of dancing.

When it comes to getting from the airport to your hotel in Guatemala City, there are two options; taxi and bus. An airport taxi takes around 15 minutes to reach the hotel zone, depending on traffic conditions, for €10 (GTQ 87) more or less. On the other hand, an adult rechargeable card for the Transmetro bus network system will cost you €2.30 (GTQ 20), including four bus rides. The time to reach the city centre by bus is approximately 25 minutes.

Welcome Pickups offers meet and greet services and a friendly introduction to Guatemala at the same price as a regular taxi. Click here to see the cost.

Comparison of the options

Welcome Pickups €32 15min 24/7
Taxi €10 15min 24/7
Bus €4.60 25min 05:00–21:00

How to get from the airport to your hotel in Guatemala City by taxi

As soon as your flight lands at La Aurora International Airport, taking an airport taxi is the most hassle-free way for a door-to-door transfer to your accommodation in the city centre. The distance is no longer than 5-6km, so you will reach your destination in about 15 minutes.

How much is a taxi from Guatemala Airport to the hotel zone?

Taxis picking up passengers from Guatemala City Airport (the so-called “white taxis”) are not metered. They operate based on a flat rate that fluctuates depending on the part of town you’re going to. You will be asked to pay €10 (GTQ 87), more or less, for most downtown areas.

If you would like to secure a competitive fixed-rate fare without hidden extra charges, you can pre-book a personalised transfer with a company such as Welcome Pickups.


€10 (GTQ 87)

Trip Duration

15 Min.

*Prices may vary unless booked in advance.

Value for money

Taxis are available 24/7 at Guatemala City Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

White taxis are queued up in front of Arrivals at GUA. Once you collect your luggage and exit the terminal, you will see the rank of available cabs.


Nothing will give more convenience and peace of mind to the start of your trip than getting to the door of your Guatemala City hotel with an airport shuttle, in privacy and style. Waiting times at the airport will be minimal. During the ride in your air-conditioned vehicle, you can focus on what’s important – your plans for the days you’ll spend in this natural marvel of Central America!

Editor’s Note

The bus is another affordable commute option, but you must walk to the nearest Transmetro station, Fuerza Aérea to get it, adding effort and time to your journey.

Useful Tips

The language barrier is strong in Central America. Some basic Spanish will be very helpful.
In their majority, airport taxis do not accept payment by card.
Though not necessary, a fare round-up will always be appreciated by your driver.

How to get from Guatemala City Airport to your hotel by bus

Since 2007, Guatemala City has had a modern bus network called Transmetro. The buses of Transmetro are comfortable, safe and fast. Line 13 connects the airport to the city centre via the Fuerza Aérea station on the right-hand side of the airport concourse.

What’s the cost of a bus ride from Guatemala Airport to the hotel zone?

When the Transmetro network was created, people used coins to buy tickets. The system was recently fully digitalised, and travellers now board buses using a card (“tarjeta ciudadana”). A new card per adult costs €2.30 (GTQ 20) and includes four bus rides.


€2.30 (GTQ 20)

Trip Duration

25 Min.

*The waiting time for the Line 13 bus is up to 20 minutes.

Value for money

Line 13 buses run from 05:00 to 21:00 on weekdays and from 05:00 to 20:00 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Where do I get the bus from?

The Fuerza Aérea Transmetro Station is on Avenida Hincapié, on the right side of the airport area. Unfortunately, there is no straight-line shortcut to the bus station, so to reach it, you’ll have to walk clockwise, around the airport area, for about 3 km.


Though the Line 13 bus is a comfortable way to reach the city centre zones, getting to it is pretty arduous. There is no direct connection from Arrivals, and you must go to Fuerza Aérea on foot. The walking distance is approximately 3 km.

Editor’s Note

If your flight arrives after dark, for your safety, refrain from walking - even for short distances. Take a taxi or private transfer instead.

Useful Tips

All Transmetro stations are fully accessible to people with mobility difficulties.
Transmetro buses are air-conditioned and have Wi-Fi on board.
Transmetro stations are equipped with machines where you can buy a new card or recharge your existing one.

Welcome Pickups transfer

Welcome Pickups

Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Guatemala. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

Best drivers

Hand-picked english-speaking drivers

Flight monitoring

Drivers are always on time

Quality support

24/7 email & phone support

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Same price as a regular taxi from the line


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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Guatemala Airport to my hotel in the centre?

There are two ways to reach the hotel zone from Guatemala Airport; taxi and bus. A taxi ride takes around 20 minutes and costs €10 (GTQ 87) on average. A bus card (including 4 bus rides) is €2.30 (GTQ 20) per adult, and the transfer lasts 25 minutes.

Is there a free airport shuttle to Guatemala City?

Generally no, there are no free shuttles connecting the airport to the city. Yet, many Guatemala City hotels have an airport shuttle service included in their offering to guests. Consult with your accommodation to find out.

What’s the cost of a taxi from Guatemala Airport to the hotel zone?

Taxis that pick up travellers from Guatemala Airport offer flat rates for transportation to the hotel zone or other city centre areas. The final fare to be paid depends on the exact distance and any possible extra charges, but overall, you can expect an average price of €10 (GTQ 87).

Nevertheless, you can avoid hidden costs, receive 5-star service and take advantage of a fully personalised, per-paid ride with a hand-picked driver by pre-booking your airport transfer with Welcome.

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