San Salvador – Terminal de Oriente

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…

 

Destinations:

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

Ruta 302 – Usulután (only at 6am the rest leave from terminal del Sur)

 

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If you have taken any of the buses on this page, please drop us a comment below about how the trip went, what time you left, how long it took and what it cost. And, definitely let us know if we have anything wrong.

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FINE PRINT

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!

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PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY

Main Entrance
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

The street out front the main entrance
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Bathrooms are inside if you need them
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
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Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Inside the station
Photo taken: March 16, 2016

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7 travel tips for San Salvador – Terminal de Oriente - share your tips below!

  1. Cender Nataren

    buenas noches, necesito informacion para ver si nos pueden hacer una excursion a Guatemala, Xocomil Xetulul, desde San Salvador, Mejicanos, 3 y 4 de agosto ( 2 dias) entiendo que sus buses tienen baño incorporado.
    necesitaremos 2 unidades.
    quedo a la espera de sus comentarios.

    • centrocoasting

      hola no somos una agencia, solo viajeros, por este informacion recomiendo contactando las empressas: Platinum o Ticabus

  2. Gerry E.

    I’ve used the Oriente terminal several times now. Route 116 to San Vicente is a busy service. I’ve taken both the “DIRECTO” and the regular bus service. For me it’s worth the extra 60 cents to take the directo. First bus leaves from San Salvador at 6am. The last at 5:40 pm. The buses in the mid day are the least busy. Heading from San Vicente to San Salvador the buses start at 4:30 am and run until 4:15 pm. Again , mid day buses are best. Save your ticket when you get in. All the times they run are on the back. Try not to take the regular bus. It takes much longer, and goes through some of the gang-ridden areas. ENJOY!!

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks for the tips, Gerry! Helpful information.

  3. Malcolm Collins

    I am the owner of Hostal Cumbres del Volcán. We have two locations in San Salvador, one in Colonia Escalon 1 block below the Hotel Crowne Plaza and the other in Colonia Flor Blanca across the street from Gimnasio Nacional Jose Adolfo Pineda. I have a lot on information on city buses for San Salvador, with an orientation from each of our locations. Your information for the inter-city buses is the best on the internet. But information on city buses is very hard to find. I have spent several years trying to learn the routes, and am still not quite there. Our Flor Blanca location is new, and I know the buses from Escalon much better as that has been open for 7 years (Flor Blanca less than 1 year). I have a Guide that I wrote (in English) for our guests that has a lot of bus information. I can send you a .PDF file if you give me an email address. I also may soon post it (when I can figure out how) on our new web site: cumbresdelvolcan.com We are also on Facebook as Hostal Cumbres del Volcan. Our email is info@cumbresdelvolcan.com The more and the better information for tourists the better. You guys are doing a really great job and performing a much needed service. I would love to help. Malcolm Collins

    • centrocoasting

      Thanks so much, Malcolm! I sent you an email. City buses are a great thing to have more information about.

  4. Douglas

    Señores hay mucha fotos pero lamentablemente no hay un numero de teléfono donde poder pedir información sobre los horarios de las rutas.

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