Going to Xela, you can't easily make reservations. Tickets are normally available if you arrive in sufficient time before departure. The trip is about 4 to 4.5 hours. The last departure is at 5:30 or 6PM. Allow sufficient time to clear immigration and get to the bus station—if necessary, stay overnight in Guatemala City and leave the next day. We have an optional airport pickup and homestay available if you need to do this. The schedules below are accurate to the best of our knowledge but may change without notice.

Alamo (recommended)
Cost Q80 (about $10), some have restroom, air conditioning, sometimes rest stop midway.
12 Avenida "A" 0-65, Zona 7, Guatemala City Tel: 2471-8626
Guatemala City to Xela: 5:00am, 6:15am, 8:00am, 10:30am, 11:45am, 12:30pm, 1:45pm, 3:00pm, 4:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm *
Xela to Guatemala City: 3:00am, 4:00am, 4:30am, 6:30am, 8:00am, 10:15am, 12:45pm, 2:30pm, 4:45pm
* Fri and Sun only

Xelabus (recommended) on Facebook only
Cost Q100 (about $13), restroom, WiFi, air conditioning
Calzada Roosevelt, 12-76 Zona 7, Centro Comercial Rus Mall Local C1-114, Guatemala City Tel: 3762-5306, WhatsApp 2235-5742
Guatemala City to Xela: 5:45am *, 7:00am **, 8:30am, 11:00am 2:30pm 4:15 pm
Xela to Guatemala City: (Mon–Sat) 5:00am, 8:30am, 12:30pm 2:00pm 4:00pm; (Sun) 8:30am, 10:30am 1:30pm, 3:00pm, 4:30pm
* Mon–Sat only
** Sun only

Linea Dorada, Fuente del Norte (not recommended)


A valid passport (not due to expire within 6 months) is required to enter Guatemala, but citizens of most countries do not need a visa. The complete list of countries from which a visa is not required is on our FAQ page.

Australia: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Canada: Passport Canada

Ireland: Department of Foreign Affairs

United Kingdom: Home Office Identity and Passport Service

United States: US Department of State Passport Services

Answers to common questions about traveling are on our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.