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In general there are two places to grab the bus when leaving Juayuá. If you are heading south towards Sonsonate or north towards Ahuachapán then your buses will arrive and depart from right across from the Scotia Bank (see map). If you are headed to Santa Ana then the bus stops just one block south of Hotel Anahúac (see map)


To/from Santa Ana 

Take bus 238. It takes about 1.5hrs and costs $0.80. Buses heading to Santa Ana leave at the corner of Calle Mercedes Pte and 5a Av Sur (see map).

A big thanks to your fellow traveller named Marc for sending in a shot of an updated schedule (Sept 2018). This schedule seems to change fairly often so if you see any new changes let us know in the comments below!

Bus schedule from Santa Ana to Juayua

To Ataco 

Grab the 249 headed to Ahuachapán. It passes Ataco along the way. To come back, the same bus. They leave every 15min,  $0.50, ~ 30min.


To Sonsonate

Bus 249, every 15min,  $0.60, ~ 45min


To Ahuachapán

Bus 249, every 15min,  $0.60, ~ 45min


To San Salvador

Take the 249 to Sonsonate and switch to the 205 to San Salvador arriving at the  Terminal de Occidente.


To Suchitoto

Take the 249 to Sonsonate and switch to the 205 to San Salvador. You will arrive at the Terminal de Occidente and need to switch to the Terminal de Oriente and get the 129 which heads to Suchitoto. Read more about getting there on the Suchitoto page.


To Lago de Coatepeque

Take the 238 to Santa Ana and then switch to the 220 or the 242 which will take you all the way to the lake.


Cerroverde, Izalco and Santa Ana Volcanos.

Head to Santa Ana on the 238 bus. Change to the Terminal de buses Vencedora and get the 248. The bus leaves at 7:30am and returns back to Santa Ana at 3pm and 4pm  ($0.90).


To/from the beach: La Libertad, El Tunco, Sunzal, El Zonte, La Mizata

To get to Juayuá from the beach, your best option is to take the direct 287 bus to Sonsonate which leaves from La Libertad and passes the entrance to these beaches. This bus runs only twice per day leaving La Libertad at 6am and 1:30pm. From Sonsonate you then change to the 249 bus to Ahuachapán, which will pass Juayuá.  This bus can depart La Libertad early so best be at your stop a little bit early.


Heading back to the beach you can grab the 249 bus from Juayuá to Sonsonate and then change to the 287 heading to La Libertad. This bus also only leaves Sonsonate twice per day at 6am and 3:30pm so you have to time your trip accordingly.


If you don’t make the 287 then you can head to San Salvador first.  No need to change stations in San Salvador as they both arrive and depart from Terminal de Occidente.


to/from Guatemala

If you are coming from Guatemala through La Hachadura you need to take the  259 bus heading to Sonsonate and change buses to the 249 heading to Ahuachapán and get off at Juayúa.  If you are coming from Las Chinamas you will head to Ahuachapan and then head south to Sonsonate.



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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 bus stop for buses heading to Sonsonate or Ahuachapán

Same stop as the previous photo but how you will likely find it - with one or two buses waiting.

You will know you are in the right spot when you see the Scotia Bank.

If you are heading towards Ahuachapán then you stand a little further up the street here at the corner. The bus you see waiting there is the one going to Sonsonate and it stops in front of the little snack shop.

Leaving for Ahuachapán at the corner in front of the park benches.

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22 travel tips for Juayúa - share your tips below!

  1. Julia

    We went from Juayua to El Zonte last week. First, we took the bus to Sonsonate and from there we hopped on a bus to San Salvador. The driver dropped us in Santa Tecla (which is just shortly before San Salvador; so we avoided going into the city and then again out of it). From Santa Tecla we took a direct bus to El Zonte via La Libertad (number 107). In Santa Tecla the driver dropped us off on the main street and we asked people for the bus stop for El Zonte (which was somewhere around here:
    In general, this was a fast and smooth way from Juayua to El Zonte.

  2. Lukas

    We took the bus 238 from Santa Ana to Juyayua today. We have a picture of the new timetable. Do you have an email to send it to?

    The most important ones are probably those:
    6.50 / 9:50 / 11:50 am from Santa Ana to Juayua
    6:10 / 7:10 / 9:10 / 12:10 / 14:10 / 16:10 the return

    Sunday is a bit different, but mostly the same.

    • Amy

      I am about to do this route tomorrow. Where is the bus station/ stop in Santa Ana? Thanks Amy

  3. Lou

    Hi there – took the 248 bus from Santa ana to juayua today! We have an updated timetable if you want the picture. Much appreciated for your helpful information!

    • Lou

      Whoops – I mean 238 bus 🙂

    • Katlijne

      Hi! Could you send me the updated timetable? If yes, I will provide you with my contact info. Thanks!

  4. Martin

    New bus schedule for 238 Santa Ana – Juayúa found at Santa Ana Terminal. How can I mail or upload a pic of the new schedule?

  5. Emy

    This is still how it works! To get to Juayúa from El Tunco (or the other places there like El Sunzal). I did it last week and took the bus at 6:00. The bus from Sonsonate to Juayúa leaves every 15 minutes!

  6. Xavier

    Bus 249 to Sonsonate is USD 0.50, not USD 0.60.

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