Getting Around Honduras

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    Honduras Bus Travel

    by calcaf38 Updated Jul 3, 2009

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    Buses in Honduras are either decommissioned US school buses or grimy old touring coaches. The school buses are still yellow (unlike in Guatemala, where they are gaudily redecorated).

    As of 2009, the fare is less than $2 per hour - some times much less. The conductor collects the fare en route, and gives you a piece of paper, the length of which depending on how much you have paid. Hold on to it, as it may be collected when you step off the bus.

    The buses are slow, especially in mountainous country where they seem to inch up in first gear. Stops are on demand, and plentiful. Preachers occasionally get up for a fierce sermon. Kids board the buses regularly to offer snacks and drinks.

    This is a safe and economical form of transport, but you need at least elementary Spanish to make it to our destination.

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    Hedman-Alas

    by calcaf38 Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    Hedman-Alas is an upscale bus company which links a limited number of destinations in Honduras and Guatemala (Tegucigalpa - San Pedro Sula - San Pedro Sula Airport - Tela - La Ceiba - Copán Ruinas - Guatemala City - Antigua Guatemala). In some towns like Tela, the Hedman-Alas terminal is further from the center than the humble bus station.

    The rates on Hedman-Alas are approximately five or six times higher than on the regular buses: where the slow bus with the unpredictable transfers would be $4, Hedman-Alas will charge you $23, for instance - and take one hour less. Hedman-Alas runs its buses only a few times a day, though, whereas the regular buses might ply a certain route every half hour.

    If time is of the essence - to catch your return flight, possibly - Hedman-Alas might be a good investment. Also for a long journey, the Hedman-Alas coaches are much more comfortable. But the (sparse) crowd is less colorful than in the regular buses, and there are no sermon-shouting preachers, no vendors...

    Hedman-Alas runs a tight ship: you can charge your ticket; you check-in your luggage; an agent snaps your picture when you board (for security, not as a souvenir); you get a water bottle and a cookie; there is a boarding and a disembarking pass, and most buses have a little restroom.

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    La Ceiba: Saving on cab fare

    by epicult Written Aug 7, 2003

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    In La Ceiba you cut your cab fare (into town) to $2.00 US by walking out a couple hundred meters to the main road (I believe $8.00 US is the cost from within the airport parking lot).

    This general rule of thumb can be applied to pretty much any airport in Central or South America. You may want to ask a 'badged' airport official about safety outside the airport before making this decision though.

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    Toncontín International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Jun 12, 2012

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    Toncontín International Airport (TGU) is located about four miles (six kilometers) from downtown Tegucigalpa. It handles many international flights, although the airport in San Pedro Sula, the nation's second-largest city, is actually the primary international gateway to Honduras. Because it is closely hemmed in by tall mountains, and because it has the shortest runway of any major international airport, Toncontín International Airport is one of the world's most dangerous airports to fly into and out of.

    Airlines serving Toncontín International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, American Airlines, Central American Airways, CM Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Grupo TACA, Islena Regional Airlines, Lansa Airlines, Rollins Air, and United Airlines.

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    By Air to Honduras

    by calcaf38 Written Jul 3, 2009

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    San Pedro Sula is the prime gateway to enter Honduras by air, with the capital Tegucigalpa a close second.

    I flew into San Pedro Sula nonstop from New York / Newark with Continental. This flight only operates on Saturdays. There are two daily flights from Houston with Continental, and service from Atlanta, Dallas, and Miami with other airlines. There are flights between Honduras and its neighbors too, of course, on TACA airlines. And there are smaller planes to reach the famed Bay Islands.

    There is a Wendy's in the main hall, and a very small cafeteria past security. The airport is isolated (unlike that at Tegucigalpa, which looks on pictures like it's smack downtown).

    The immigration procedures are slow, as all flights from the US seem to land at once in the late morning. A departure fee of $32 is due upon leaving.

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    Transportation to/around Moskitia

    by epicult Written Jun 4, 2003

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    Transportation here is very expensive and the logistics are more complex than you might think. Typical transport is via dugout like the one pictured here.

    The trip from La Ceiba to Las Marias took us 13 hours including our flight to Palacios and all boating. River trip activities included things like helping farmers and their horses across small channels, navigating the rio Platano at night and multiple stops in river-side villages.

    I highly recommend a guide who knows the area and the network of people that can get you there, eventually :-)

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    Pick-Up

    by calcaf38 Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    When buses aren't available or practical, you can often find someone willing to give you a lift in the back of his pickup truck. It's called a pick-up, and pronounced picop.

    Naturally, you need to hold on to your hat, and spread sun screen beforehand. And it can be quite rattling on unpaved roads. But you see the landscape much better than from the inside of a bus.

    When you reach your destination, slap on the top of the cab, and the driver will stop to let you off. The standard payment during my visit was 20 Lempiras (a little more than a dollar).

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    More Aero Adventures

    by epicult Updated May 29, 2003

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    Traveling by plane in Honduras is cheap which is great for those with time constraints. Most of the planes are old Russian carriers. They may be held together with duct tape and rarely do any of the accessories work (sometimes not even the seatbelts) but they get you there, and cheap!

    The airlines are almost always on time unlike many 3rd world airlines. Most airline employees are very helpful and friendly. National carriers are 20+ seaters for more popular destinations while others are 10 seaters or so.

    Unfortunately, they don't abort landings when poor doggies (like the ones pictured) get in the way. We witnessed a couple of very close calls :-)

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    Fly to Utila or take the boat?

    by epicult Updated May 8, 2003

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    Personally, I like to spent time exploring and not in transit. If you feel the same way (or simply have limited vacation/travel time) and want to get to Roatan or Utila , take the plane. I believe the ferry is 10.00 USD or so to Utila. If you shop around you can find a flight for 15.00 and it's only 15 minutes.

    Why sweat a few dollars, unless you have heaps of time on your hands. Not to mention all airlines fly to the islands 4 or 5 times a day and you can take your pick! Enjoy your hangover in bed, not getting seasick on the ferry at 9:00 am. hahaha...

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    Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport

    by traveldave Updated Jun 12, 2012

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    Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) serves San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras. It is located about nine miles (11 kilometers) from the city center. Because the airport is more convenient than Tegucigalpa's airport to most of the tourist attractions of Honduras, including the Mayan ruins of Copán, and the beaches and diving venues of Tela and Roatan, it is the primary international gateway to the country.

    Airlines serving Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, AeroMexico Connect, American Airlines, Copa Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Grupo TACA, Islena Regional Airlines, Maya Island Air, Spirit Airlines, and United Airlines.

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  • Different Kind of Buses

    by dawnpaz2000 Written Mar 9, 2003

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    You can get around to the major cities and small towns via Direct Buses, Non-Direct, or Chicken Buses. The Direct Buses and Non-Direct have ^specific^ time schedules and don´t make any stops. If it is more than a 4 hour trip they will stop half way for the driver to take a 15-30 minute break and for you to get some refreshments and/or food. The prices are not bad at all and you usually can plan a timed trip by taking these buses. The chicken buses are usual school buses that take off whenever they are full and make MANY stops-usually on the side of roads or actually going into little towns and can take hours to get to your destinations. The good part is that you meet the locals and see how they get to and from places. Don´t be surprised if there are indeed actual chickens, goats, and pigs on the bus. These buses are VERY cheap and have no airconditioning. Prices vary from these buses, but really, all are cheaper than the United States. Ask the locals or other ^gringos^ for information.

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    La Ceiba-Golosón International Airport

    by traveldave Updated May 29, 2012

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    La Ceiba-Golosón International Airport (LCE) is a small airport serving La Ceiba, a small city on the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras. The airport handles mostly domestic flights, although there are a few flights to neighboring Central American and Caribbean countries.

    Airlines serving La Ceiba-Golosón International Airport: Aerolineas Sosa, CanJet, Cayman Airways, Grupo TACA, and Islena Regional Airlines.

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    From Guatemala to Copan, Honduras

    by quime Updated Nov 2, 2004

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    There are several tours from Guatemala to Copan, Honduras. The cheapest price I found were 15 USD from antigua to copan, only one way transport fee, and 60 USD including a night in a hotel and free entrance to the ruins.
    i did it by local buses, only 3 USD From G. City to Chiquimula, then 1 USD to the border town of El florido, and then 1 USD to copan, a total of 5 USD! and 3 hours and 30 min lentgh.
    From Guatemala city to Chiquimula the scenearywasnt big deal. When in chiquimula change bus and take a small one or a pick up that will take you to el florido. it must be full of locals, after many stops on the way youlll be at town of amotan, the car must be empty here, wait for 10 minutes and headed to el florido.
    I saw in the route betwen El Florido and Copan the drivers were asking 20L to the foreigners, but that is ilegal, i told the driver people in the hotel told me just 15L and he agree, but after all, it was only 5L, about .30 cents USD.
    Take the right side for a better view.

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    BUS TRAVEL FROM SANPEDRO & TEGUC

    by kiwigal_1 Written Jun 17, 2004

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    Luxury Non-Stop Service - Viana Clase Oro
    Tegucigalpa, Boulevard Fuerzas Armadas, Tel. 239-8288. San Pedro Sula, Ave. Circunvalación 200 Mts Wendy's, Tel.556-9261. * Buses are at 06:30, 13:30 15:30, 18:15 Sunday to Friday and at 06:30, 09:30, 13:30, 15:30 on Saturdays.

    Direct Service - Hedman Alas
    Comayaguela, 11 Ave. 13 y 14 Calle, Tel. Teg. 237-7143. San Pedro Sula, Bo. Guamilito 7 y 8 Ave., 3 Calle N.O., Tel 553-1361. * Departures are every hour between 06.30 and 17.30 from both Teg. and SPS.

    Multiple Stops Service - Norteños
    San Pedro Sula, Bo. El Centro, 6 Calle, 6 y 7 Ave., Tel. 552-2145. Tegucigalpa, 3 blocks up from Mercado Mam?EChepa, Tel. 237-0706. * Buses depart from 06:00 to 14:30 daily.

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    Getting a cab

    by joiwatani Written Sep 30, 2011

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    All of the cabs in Isla Roatan are monopolized by one company and the cab drivers are hired by them. There were no independent cab drivers who own their own cabs.

    I made a deal with a cab driver for the whole day so he can tour us around the island. He brought us to the market in Coxen Hole, Monkey Place, and even waited for us when we were shopping. He told us where to buy inexpensive gifts and brought us to the arts and crafts place.

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