This station is jam packed with buses. I wont bother to explain where to go to find yours. Just walk up and someone will immediately try to help you find the bus you want. Have a look at the photos below so you know what to expect when you arrive.
City bus to the Terminal de Oriente
From the San Benito area in San Salvador city, the 34-B will take you to Terminal de Oriente. San Benito is where the Tica Bus station and La Zona hostel are located. Bus 34-B passes a bus stop about 1 block away, check this city bus stop location here on Google Maps.
From the Ceiba de Guadeloupe take the 34-A.
Terminal de Occidente both the 34-A and 34-B pass by but you can also take the 7-C. The 7-C will drop you right in front of the Terminal and the others across the street. All buses $0.20.
Note that these buses goes through one of the less desirable areas of San Salvador and the Terminal de Oriente is in a less desirable area too. Be aware, keep your phone and valuables in your bag and don’t arrive or leave as it’s getting dark.
Terminal de Oriente to Suchitoto
This bus doesn’t pull into the actual station, instead it passes on the main highway outside of the station and it is coming from the Punta de Microbuses 140 in the centre – here is where it is in Google Maps. As for the bus, you have two options. You can either take the 129 full size bus with a/c for $1, or the 140 microbus $0.90. Very important: there are several 140 microbuses that pass here so be sure you get on the one labeled Suchitoto. I am told some of the other routes go to some less safe areas. Both buses take about the same time.
Suchitoto to Terminal de Oriente
When in Suchitoto you can grab either the 129 full size bus with a/c for $1, or the 140 microbus $0.90 (~1hr). All buses pass in front of the Mercado Municipal. Check the Suchitoto page for more info. Very Important Info: on the return trip this bus passes close but not right at the Terminal de Oriente. You are likely to be let off in the same spot I was and I am not sure I recommend it. Essentially you left at a little side street that leads to a staircase that cuts up to the station and through a back road. This little back road has a high military presence and probably for good reason. Remember, the area around the Terminal de Oriente is not a good one, and my guess is a little back alley like this is low on the safety list. So what to do instead? Stay on the bus until the last stop and grab a really cheap taxi to the terminal.
Suchitoto to San Miguel
From San Miguel to San Salvador there are two options: 1) regular bus for $1, or 2) Super Especial for $5. The regular bus, also called the Directo, leaves about every 15 minutes and takes about 2.5hrs and starts around 3am until 5pm. The Super Especial takes about 2hrs and leaves less frequently – the current schedule (2017) is 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am, 11am, 12:20pm, 1:40pm and 3pm (see photo of ticket below).
Suchitoto to Usulután
There is only one bus a day, at 6am to Usulután from this terminal. This bus (302) also leaves the from the Terminal del Sur many times per day. You can get either a directo bus ($1, 2.5+hrs ) or a super especial ($3, ~2hrs).
More destination information coming soon…
Ruta 129 – Suchitoto
Ruta 125 – Chalatenango
Ruta 111 – Ilobasco
Ruta 119 – La Palma y Frontera el Poy
Ruta 116 – San Vicente
Ruta 110 – San Sebastián
Ruta 306 – Santa Rosa de Lima
Ruta 309 – Santiago de María
Ruta 301 – San Miguel
Ruta 304 – Puerto La Unión
Ruta 305 – San Francisco Gotera
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