Route information for Copan Ruinas to Utila has been sent to us from the adventure traveller at atewasabi.com. A big thanks to Alex for this contribution!
!! MUST leave early (7am) to reach the island the same day, as the ferry runs only twice a day: 9am & 4pm. The slow ferry was broken with no estimated time to repair.
#1: 8:30 shuttle bus from Copan bus terminal to La Entrada – 70 Lempiras, hop off and hop on the new bus
#2: 10:36 chicken bus to San Pedro Sula – 100 Lempiras, arrive at 12:40 at a very big bus terminal. If you take the same bus, don’t waste time in the bus terminal and try to get the first bus out to Ceiba (sellers will tell you their bus goes first. Check!).
#3: 13:45 bus to Ceiba 115 Lempiras (another company would sell the ticket for 125 Lempiras). Arrive at 18:00 to Ceiba (there is Walmart and lots of fast foods, and a hostel right in front of the bus stop) – 10USD/night with AC.
#4 Taxi to the ferry (the next day)- 50 Lempiras/person (6 people)
I made this journey today and just made the ferry. Some updates below.
We arrived at 4:45am and found that there was no Casasola until 6 (160pp). This bus arrived at about 10:30 in San Pedro Sula. We then took the 11:15 Transportes Cristina bus to La Ceiba (180pp), which arrived at 4pm. We were straight in a taxi (240 – probably ripped off but no time to argue) and made it for 4:20, ten mins to spare.
I’d not recommend trying this as if there were any bad traffic etc we would not have made it. If you could get to San Pedro Sula before 9:30 there is a bus then.
Might be a special case, but I missed the ferry today taking the 6am bus from Copan ruinas. First bus was from 6am-10:45am. Transferred buses in SPS and it took about 5 hours (11:30am-4:30pm). I’d do the 5am just to be safe.
We took the 0500 from copan for 140L, and arrived in San Pedro Sula a few minutes past 0830.
We missed the 8:30 to La Ceiba, the next was 0900 or 0930. We went with Transported Cristina at 0930 for L125. Most companies was either L115 or L125. All the offices are on the top floor of the station, but if you buy the ticket downstairs it is a bit cheaper. Arrival in La ceiba at 13:22.
There is either taxi to the ferry or local bus to the parque Central and from there a bus for L10 to the ferry.
There is only one ferry now, departs at 0900 and 1640. Cost L600 + L25 la ceiba port departure tax bullshit.
We took the 0500 and made it to la ceiba with lots of time to spare. The 0600 will make it too, but the taking the 0700 is cutting it a bit close in my opinion.
The times for the bus
Copan Ruinas => La Ceiba: L140
We left today at 6.00 am from Copan to Utila and we catched the ferry.
We arrived in San Pedro Sula at 10.30. Somebody was already coming to us to show where we have to buy the tickets and where the bus is. The bus directly left when we get in and we were in La Ceiba at around 14.30. We heard afterwards that the bus from San Pedro Sula had 1 h delay.
When we arrived in La Ceiba we took the taxi and had easy time.
But I do not know when the buses are leaving normally San Pedro Sula.
The prices are right.
Thank you, Ben!
This is a really easy trip on public transport and saves $30USD compared to the shuttles.
A minibus leaves copan ruinas at 6am and 7am to San Pedro Sula. To get to Utila in 1 day you need to take the 6am bus. It costs 140L and you should arrive 15mins early to get a decent seat.
We took the 7am bus which arrived at San Pedro Sula at 11.20.
We took the 12.45 (only actually left at 1.15) Diana Express bus to La Ceba for 115L which arrived at 6pm. There were quite a few companies that left at 11am which should arrive at La Ceba in time for the 4.40 ferry.
We stayed overnight at a hotel next to the bus terminal before taking a taxi the next day for 100L to the ferry.