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There are essentially three main spots to grab the bus out of Ahuachapán.


Be aware that google maps indicates that there is a “Terminal de buses” a couple blocks north of the Parque General Francisco Menendez. This is incorrect. There may have been a terminal there at one time, but the large building is now a massive market – which incidentally is fun to wander around!


To Las Chinamas Border

If you are heading to Las Chinamas then you need to head to Parque General Francisco Menendez (see map and photos) where buses leave regularly.


To Sonsonate, Ataco or Juayúa

If you are headed to Sonsonate, Ataco or Juayúa on bus 249 then you will head to the main intersection where the Ruta las Flores heads south out of town (see map and photos). You will also find smaller sized buses to Ataco, which cost $0.40 and take about 25mins.


To Santa Ana

If you are on your way to Santa Ana on the 210 then you will leave from the same general location as that main intersection but on the other side of the multi street intersection where you will find several buses to several locations passing leaving from a connecting street (see map and photos). The costs 0.90$ and takes 1 hour 10.


To San Salvador

If you are heading to San Salvador on the 202 then you need to head out of town a bit to grab the bus. Hire a red tuc tuc to take you there. You can also walk as it’s not crazy far, but a tuc tuc is cheap and they will know exactly where to take you. Sorry no images of this bus stop.




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We do note 100% guarantee accurate information. In general the majority of buses operate between just before sunrise until sunset. Times are listed when we have them, but remember, you are in El Salvador and even the locals say the schedules are 'loco' sometimes. Always plan enough time in your day for travel and plan to be at your destination before the sun sets. Avoid arriving when it's getting dark. Short distance buses will cost between $0.25 and $1.50 and longer distance buses $1.50-$3.00. Some routes offer more than one class of travel: regular class and especial which often has a/c and makes fewer stops but cost a little more. Also, know that you and only you are responsible for your own health and safety in your travels and the choices you make. Travel safe and travel smart - and have fun!




Parque General Francisco Menendez. Multiple buses to nearby locations leaving this zone. This is where you head if you are going to Las Chinamas.

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

A closer look at Parque General Francisco Menendez

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The main intersection where if you look straight ahead the Ruta las Flores leaves town and heads south towards Sonsonate. If you go left you are heading towards Santa Ana.

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

Same intersection where you can see a bus waiting to head to Juayúa.

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

One of the streets branching off of that main intersection where buses heading to many locations line up and wait to leave. The bus to Santa Ana drives up this road.

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

Intersection location

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The market that exists where google maps says there is a "Terminal de buses"

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The streets around the market

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The streets around the market

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The streets around the market

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

Inside the Market - find anything you ever wanted here!

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

The streets around the market

Photo taken: April 5, 2016

5 travel tips for Ahuachapán - share your tips below!

  1. Xavier

    I took the 210 bus from Santa Ana de Ahuachapán and back. It costs 48 cents (one way), and takes approximately 1:10 to 1:20 depending on traffic conditions. The return bus to Santa Ana actually didn’t make it all the way to the Lara Pineda bus terminal, I assume because it was rush hour so everyone got off the bus some three of four block before reaching the terminal.

  2. William

    From Santa Ana it is bus 210.
    It takes 1.5 hours and costs 50 cents.
    Last bus departs at 19:00 and they leave every 10 minutes or so

    To Las Chinamas border it’s bus 11(small). Search for Las Chinamas bus stop on google maps. In the corner of the park
    It takes about 35 minutes and costs 50cents.
    Keep in mind the last bus from the border to Guatemala City leaves at 15:30 so arrive in time before that.

  3. caroline

    I took the bus from Santa Ana to Ahuachapan and bus 210 costs 0.90$ and takes 1 hour 10.
    Then I took a minibus to Ataco (0.40$) and took 25mn.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for helping out, Caroline!

  4. Hendrix


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