San Salvador – Tica Bus & Platinum

Both the Tica Bus website and the Platinum website have all the schedules and prices listed so have a look there to find out more info on this part. Recently Tica Bus has made it possible for you to buy your ticket online!  An great new option that I have been waiting for a long time!

 

TICA BUS

San Salvador has two different Tica Bus stations. Both have hotels attached.  A lot of travellers have the question of which station they should come and go from. In my opinion they are two very different stations and I will explain why.

 

The San Benito station (with attached hotel Meson de Maria) is in a fairly nice area with several restaurants, bars and discos nearby. It is a modern, clean and attractive part of San Salvador and many will tell you it is even safe to walk around at night (this is not an endorsement to walk around at night, just what I was told). There is a bank just down the street as well as several fast food restaurants. The hotel is very clean and has a nice restaurant inside with an open balcony. The rooms are a bit more expensive than the other station, San Carlos, but you get what you pay for. If you don’t like the Meson de Maria hotel that is attached to the station there is a hostel across the street named La Zona with other hotel options not too far away. Have a look at some photos below of the area below.

 

The San Carlos station may be closer to the two major local bus stations, Occidental and Oriente, and the rooms are a bit cheaper, but that is about it. The area is not as nice and, although there is likely some good local food nearby, I personally wouldn’t feel good about wandering around at night in this area. The hotel management was very nice and although it is simple inside it is clean. Have a look at some photos below.

 

Have a look at the Tica Bus station in Managua or Tica Bus – San Jose

 

PLATINUM

There are two Platinum stations – but sorry, I only have information for one of them here. The San Benito Tica Bus station and one of the Platinum Stations are almost next door neighbours. If for some reason you need to switch from one to the other then this is a convenient set up for you. Same as the description of the San Benito Tica Bus station location, this is a nice area with a lot of amenities.

FIND A PLACE TO SLEEP

Booking.com

Help us fill in any missing information
Let us know if we have something wrong
Share your knowledge in a comment below

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!

CONNECTING STATIONS

PHOTOS TO SHOW YOU THE WAY

TICA BUS SAN BENITO

View of the hotel from across the street.


Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN BENITO

Sorry, for some reason I only have a photo of the stairs to the hotel. But, it was a very nice clean place. Price $24 and up.

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN BENITO

View from the restaurant

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN BENITO

100 meters away is this rotunda. Several fast food restaurants nearby and just on the other side is a bank.

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN BENITO

Inside the ticket office

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

View from the street

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

The street in front of the station

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

The street in front of the station

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

Inside the hotel entrance

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

The Tica Bus office

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

TICA BUS SAN CARLOS

One of two areas

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

PLATINUM SAN BENITO

View from the street

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

PLATINUM SAN BENITO

Inside the waiting area

Photo taken: March 16, 2016

Add Info

Update Image

2 travel tips for San Salvador – Tica Bus & Platinum - share your tips below!

  1. David

    So do the buses to Guatemala leave from both terminals, San Benito and San Carlos?

Leave a Comment