Travel Update: San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba
Why would we need a travel update for the San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba route? Everyone knows that Hedman Alas, the leading bus company in Honduras has that route covered! Heck they even have an office within the Port of La Ceiba facilities to provide service to their customers that are arriving to La Ceiba via ferry and need to continue by highway towards San Pedro Sula. From there they connect via the company hub in San Pedro Sula to Copan Ruinas, Tegucigalpa and Guatemala City. Furthermore, it is also well known that Viana, the second-best transportation company in Honduras has service between La Ceiba and San Pedro Sula with connections towards Tegucigalpa.[themify_hr color=”light-gray” width=”1″ border_width=”1″]
Current Alternatives to Travel
Well, you see, both companies have temporarily suspended their service to La Ceiba. Although they are expected to soon re open the routes, if you are arriving in San Pedro Sula and need to travel to La Ceiba, you will find both companies have discontinued this route. This is the purpose of this Travel Update. There are several options available, and it is best that you know of them before hand so that you incorporate them to your travel plans. First and above all, there are still many bus companies offering the route. Probably your best alternative is Transportes Cristina. They have several daily departures and most of their buses have a functioning air conditioning system. However, they do frequent stops along the highway to pick up or drop off passengers in route. This translates into a longer travel time.[themify_hr color=”light-gray” width=”1″ border_width=”1″]
Take a Short Flight Between These Two Cities!
If you are traveling to and from the airport, then you will need to negotiate a taxi once you arrive at the San Pedro Sula Metropolitan bus Terminal. There is of course the option to fly between both airports. Aerolineas Sosa provides one daily flight between both cities. An early morning departure from San Pedro Sula guarantees you will arrive in time for your connecting flight. The drawback is that the air fare is not cheap. And then you will probably have several hours to hang out at the airport waiting for your flight. The return flight from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba departs at 2:30 pm, so it allows you to land in San Pedro Sula, clear immigration and check into Sosa Airlines Counter.[themify_hr color=”light-gray” width=”1″ border_width=”1″]
Another option is to hire a local taxi from the San Pedro Sula airport to bring you to La Ceiba. The price of the transfer should be around 140 to 150 USA dollars. Steep if it is only one or two of you, but reasonable is you are part of a group.
Take the Shuttle!
Finally, Roneey Shuttle is operating a route between La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula. The schedule from La Ceiba is meant to allow passengers arriving from the islands to catch their service. You can book and prepay your ticket on line, so that is convenient. Their meeting point is at Wendy´s Hamburger restaurant at Mega Plaza Mall in La Ceiba and will drop you off either at the airport or the San Pedro Sula Bus Terminal. They depart Wendy´s at 9:30 and arrive at San Pedro Sula Airport at around 12:30 PM.. The return trip departs from the airport towards La Ceiba at 1:00 PM.[themify_hr color=”light-gray” width=”1″ border_width=”1″]
We hope that Hedman Alas and Viana will reopen their route very soon. In the meantime, I do hope that you find this info useful to travel between both cities. We will provide a continuous travel update.
August 13, 2019 @ 1:16 pm
Too late leaving and too soon returning to be of much use for arriving and departing flights from SAP.
They depart Wendy´s at 9:30 and arrive at San Pedro Sula Airport at around 12:30 PM.. The return trip departs from the airport towards La Ceiba at 1:00 PM.
August 13, 2019 @ 7:10 pm
Indeed Richard! I hope that Lanhsa starts flying to SAP soon with a convenient schedule. It has gotten complicated traveling between San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba.
August 13, 2019 @ 8:12 pm
SOSA has had the exclusive for too long. As is so common in Honduras, there is no incentive to allow competition from carriers by limiting the amount of flights in and out of the country.
Mabel Darling (@linguisticness)
July 2, 2021 @ 2:01 am
I can’t find a service from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba and really need to in the next two days. Anyone have a recommendation?
July 2, 2021 @ 2:17 pm
Good morning Mabel! Aerolineas Sosa offers a flight from San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba, although it may be via Roatan. Transportes Cristina and Kairos have the best service currently available between San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba. Finally, you can hire a private driver to bring you this way. I can recommend PAL Bus service. they have cars and minivans and can provide the service. you can contact them at 3177 8849. I hope you find the information useful!
April 7, 2022 @ 1:51 pm
This information is super helpful. I am arriving in a few weeks into San Pedro Sula, arriving at night (9.50pm) – is there any transport to get down to Le Ceiba in the evening to catch the ferry the next day do you know? My research said the Diana goes every 30mins but wasn’t sure if it was 24 hours
April 13, 2022 @ 8:06 pm
No, as a general rule there are very few buses operating after dark in Honduras, I would be surprised if Transportes Diana or Cristina actually have departures after 18:00 hrs. You will probably need to spend the night in San PEdro Sula and take an early bus to La Ceiba.