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Ataco, or more formerly known as Concepción de Ataco, is very easy to come and go from. Buses pass by the edge of town in front of the Parque Ecologico San Francisco – although you wont find this park on google maps (see photos).


From San Salvador

To get to Ataco by bus from San Salvador take the 205 from the Terminal de Occidente to Sonsonate. Then change to the 249 to Ahuachapán – which will pass Ataco along the way.


From Juayuá

From Juayuá take 249 heading to Ahuachapán. This bus passes Ataco after about 25 minutes.


From La Libertad (El Tunco, Playa Sunzal, El Zonte, La Mizata) 

To get here from the coast take the direct bus from La Libertad at either 6am, ~1:45pm to Sonsonate. This bus will pass El Tunco, Playa Sunzal, El Zonte and La Mizata and takes about 2hrs. Then the 249 to Ahuachapán which will pass Ataco along the way.


From Santa Ana

From Santa Ana take the 238 bus to Juayuá. Walk two blocks from where you are dropped off to the bus stop next to the Scotia Bank and wait at the corner. Take the 249 bus heading to Ahuachapán and get off in Ataco.  Alternately, go to Ahuachapán first and then switch to the bus heading to Sonsonate which will pass Ataco on the way. Trip time is about 1hr 45min in total. Both buses leave the Terminal Francisco Lara Pineda.



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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!




The buses stop in front of this parque - however it is not indicated on Google maps (see marker on map)

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Heading to the bus stop from the town center.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

The bus stop.

The two buses waiting here are the 249 heading to Ahuachapan and bus 20 which makes a loop from Ahuachapan to Juayua to Apaneca and back.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Bus 20 - Ahuachapan to Juayua to Apaneca and back.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

Heading towards town center from the bus stop.

Photo taken: April 3, 2016

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4 travel tips for Ataco - share your tips below!

  1. Erika

    We went from San Salvador to Ataco on December 2019 as you suggested here and it’s still working. We payed 1.3 from San Salvador to Sonsonate because it was AC and with less stops.

  2. Isi

    The owner of my hotel in Ataco suggested me to go to El Tunco via Ahuachapan instead of Sonsonate. So I took a local chickenbus from Ataco yo Ahuachapan, a Mototaxi to the new bus station, and then bought a 1.50 ticket for the 202 Especial (with stops and AC, but it stopped only once ) to San Salvador. Dropped of at Ceiba de Guadalupe . Then crossed the road and took the minibús 102A as you published. It was fast. This happened on April 17th, 2019.

  3. Bob

    From Santa Ana to Ataco vía Ahuachapán it took us 1,5 hour, and we even let the first bus from Ahuachapán to Ataco go because it was really packed when we arrived.

    In that second bus the bagage rails in the bus were too small for our backpacks (only time that happened), but in that case you can put your stuff in the back of the bus.

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks, Bob!

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