Transport in Guatemala

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Transportation in Guatemala includes roads, waterways, and airports. It formerly included railways.


A Guatemalan Chicken bus. Chicken buses are repurposed American school buses. Guatemalan Chicken Bus.jpg
A Guatemalan Chicken bus. Chicken buses are repurposed American school buses.

Ground transportation

Chicken buses, recycled and often colorfully painted former US school buses, are popular within cities and for short-distance trips. There are a number of Guatemalan bus and van transport companies that most travelers use to get from the airport in Guatemala City to Antigua, Lake Atitlan in the Western Highlands of Guatemala and Monterrico on the Pacific coast.

Some first class bus operators (such as Litegua between Guatemala City and Puerto Barrios, Fuente del Norte between Guatemala City and Flores, and Monja Blanca to Cobán) run safe, modern air-conditioned buses for longer distances. In some parts of Guatemala City passengers on public buses are vulnerable to crime therefore it is not a good idea to take public buses in Guatemala City nor chicken buses from Guatemala City to other destinations. Shuttles and taxis (often tuk-tuks)are the better option. There are no passenger trains.


Guatemalan streets tend to be one-ways to ease congestion and move traffic.




narrow gauge: 884 km 3 ft (914 mm) gauge (single track)


260 km navigable year round; additional 730 km navigable during high-water season


Ports and harbors

Atlantic Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Merchant marine

None (1999 est.)


Ferries are available in certain regions, such as Sayaxché or around Livingston. The best way to get to the various Mayan villages around Lake Atitlan is on one of the ubiquitous "shark" boats.


450 (2006 est.)

Named airports

Airports - with paved runways

Airports - with unpaved runways

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