Getting around Honduras is actually fairly easy. There are four international airports with regular domestic service between them: Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Roatan. In addition the Bay Islands of Utila and Guanaja, each have a paved runway with regular scheduled service from La Ceiba and in some cases from San Pedro Sula or Tegucigalpa. The region around La Moskitia is basically accessible only by air and as such there are runways at Puerto Lempira, Ahuas. Palacios, Brus Laguna and Kaukira, all of them are serviced regularly from La Ceiba, but there is also some scheduled service from Tegucigalpa. There is a paved runway at El Aguacate, very close to the City of Catacamas in the department of Olancho, as well as in the coastal cities of Tela and Trujillo on the north coast of Honduras, however these last three do not have scheduled service in or out of them. For information on the different airlines that fly within Honduras visit our section on Domestic Airlines in Honduras. Please note that all of the local airlines, with the exception of Taca Regional do not have flights on Good Friday as well as on Christmas and New Years day.
Getting to the Bay Islands is easy, as there is regularly scheduled passenger ferry service from La Ceiba to Utila and Roatan. Service to Roatan is in modern, state of the art water jet catamarans with a capacity of up to 450 passengers, and the crossing takes less than 2 hours. The Safe Way Maritime Transportation Company that operates the ferries has a schedule with two daily departures from Roatan to La Ceiba: at 7:00 a.m. and at 2:00 p.m. Service from La Ceiba to Roatan departs daily at 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For more information on this service visit: www.roatanferry.com. Usually there is lots of space on the ferry and reservations are not required, arrival 30 minutes prior to departure is more than enough, however during specific high season dates, such as the Easter Holidays and the Christmas to New Years holidays it is really important to get reservations and book in advance. Usually, there is at least one extra departure on these dates. Please note that there is no service on Good Friday as well as on Christmas and New Years days!
The Utila Ferry is operated by Triple B Enterprises and they have several different vessels, mainly motor catamarans that are called Utila Princess, currently the service is operated on the Utila Princess III and Utila Princess IV. The crossing is a short one hour and they also have two daily departures: Leaving Utila towards La Ceiba at 6:20 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and from La Ceiba to Utila daily departing at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.. For more information, visit www.utilaprincess.com. The Ferry has a capacity for about 80 passengers, so if you are part of a large group it is important to make advanced reservations. As with the Roatan Ferry, there is usually plenty of space, however on special dates, such as Easter, Christmas and New Years holidays, as well as for special events such as the SunJam and Utila Carnival the ferry can fill up, so make sure you book your ticket in advance. Take note that there is no service on Good Friday as well as on Christmas Day and New Years day.
Ferry service to Guanaja is available departing from the main dock in Trujillo. Service only operates twice a week, with departures from Trujillo to Guanaja every Thursday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and returns from Guanaja to Utila every Monday and Friday at 9:00 a.m. They do not have a web page, so your only contact is by phone: (504) 9697 9892. Generally speaking I would recommend that you fly to Guanaja versus the ferry ride. The ferry is quite small and then you have to travel al the way to Trujillo to be able to board it!
There are many different passenger transportation bus companies in Honduras, and some of them have modern world class motorcoaches. The largest and most reputable company is Hedman Alas, who recently celebrated their 60th birthday. www.hedmanalas.comThey have regular service between Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula with connections from San Pedro Sula to Santa Rosa de Copan, Copan Ruinas, Siguatepeque, Tela and La Ceiba. In San Pedro Sula they also have service to the San Pedro Sula International Airport. You can book your ticket online and they are a very reputable option with the best coaches in town. One added benefit is the fact that they are strictly a non stop service; that is they will not stop and pick anybody up on the road.
Another good bus line is Viana¸ which offers service between Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba (www.vianatransportes.com )
Most international tourists arriving to Honduras by air will do so via the San Pedro Sula International Airport. If you are traveling beyond San Pedro Sula that same day, you have two basic options, the first is to check with the Hedman Alas bus company at the airport, (they have an office at the airport across the hall from the rental car booths). Depending on the time of the day, they can provide you with transportation to Copan Ruinas, Santa Rosa de Copan, Tela, La Ceiba and Siguatepeque via a short transfer to their terminal at the Metropolitan Bus Station in San Pedro Sula. Your other option is to take a cab to the Metropolitan Bus Station in San Pedro Sula. All of the bus companies that operate in or out of San Pedro Sula must do so from here, therefore you can catch a bus to anywhere in the country from this terminal. The security in the terminal is very good, however there are a lot of persons regularly running around to catch a bus so make sure you keep your belongings within your site! Unless you are on a tight budget or seeking the experience of a Honduran “chicken bus” ride, I really recommend you stick to the two bus companies that I have mentioned above. For more information on the different bus companies providing inter city service in Honduras visit our section of Honduras Intercity Bus Companies.