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How to get from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake, Guatemala

Lago de Atitlan is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake.

Atitlan Lake (Lago de Atitlan) is one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and a must-see on your Guatemala travel itinerary.

The crater was formed from a collapsed volcano and is now filled with water surrounded by volcanoes and Mayan villages.

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake.

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How far is Atitlan Lake from Guatemala City?

The distance from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake is 74,5 miles or 120 kilometers.

The main transportation options to get from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake are:

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

From Guatemala City To Lake Atitlán

Getting to Atitlan Lake from Guatemala City

1. Bus from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake

Journey Duration: 5+ hours

Are you traveling on a small budget and/ or looking for an adventure?

Then taking the chicken bus from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake might be your best option.

The buses depart every hour at the corner of 21 Calle and 1A Avenida in Guatemala City.

We recommend taking the chicken bus only when you speak Spanish and travel with small luggage.

Be aware that the buses don’t have air-condition and can be quite full! We don’t recommend taking the chicken bus after dark!

2. Our recommendation: Shared Van Shuttle to Atitlan Lake from Guatemala City

Journey Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

Atitrans offers three daily shuttles from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake. The journey takes around four hours and 30 minutes and costs USD 42 per person. All vans have air condition!

Atitrans shuttle schedule to Atitlan Lake:

  • 06:00 AM
  • 09:30 AM
  • 02:30 PM
How To Get From Guatemala City To Atitlan Lake, Guatemala

3. Private Transfer from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake

Journey Duration: 3 hours

A private transfer is probably the most comfortable way to travel to Atitlan Lake. We recommend this option especially if you are traveling with your family or in a group.

Depending on the size of your group the cost per person is only slightly higher compared to a shared shuttle or even cheaper.

Prices for a private transfer:

  • 1 to 3 Passengers: USD 215
  • 4 to 6 Passengers: USD 245
  • 7 to 9 Passengers: USD 275

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

How To Get To Lake Atitlán

4. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 3 hours

Are you also a big fan of traveling independently? Whenever possible we prefer renting a car and exploring a new place on our own.

With a rental car, you are not only independent of bus or shuttle schedules, but you can also make stops on the way to Atitlan Lake.

We recommend stopping in Antigua, the old capital city of Guatemala, and/ or at the Iximché Mayan site.

How To Get From Guatemala City To Atitlan Lake, Guatemala

5. Uber or Taxi

Journey Duration: 3 hours

You can also take a taxi to Atitlan Lake. We recommend you agree on a fixed price!

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to get from Guatemala City to Lago de Atitlán?

It takes around three hours to get from Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan.

How far is it from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake?

The distance from Guatemala City to Atitlan Lake is 74,5 miles or 120 kilometers.