Airfare to Guatemala City, Guatemala
Guatemala City if the main entry point in Guatemala, thanks to it’s capital status and large size of more than 3 million residents. Tourists often come to take in the historic churches, learn more about traditional life at places such as the Ixchel Museum of Traditional Costumes and to visit nearby volcanos and Lago de Amatitlan. Tourists interested in culture should stop by the main square on Sunday evenings to witness the locals of ‘Guate’ at services.
Airfare to Guatemala City will be the cheapest on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday. Mondays are popular with business travellers and weekends are key dates for holidaymakers wanting the longest trips possible – avoid these dates.
Also consider flights into San Salvador, El Salvador. To get between the cities, you can grab a spot on a train, bus or flight. Look for cheap flights on no frills airlines. Tikal Jets Airlines flies to Guatemala City. Although it will take longer to reach your destination, a bus or train could save you enough cash to make it worth your while.
Another possible money-saving tip is to look for flights that go through San Jose, Costa Rica, or another major gateway city instead of flying direct. Because there are more flights – and competition – from these cities on low budget airlines, you can save some cash over flying non-stop to your destination. It is very common to layover in one of these main cities.
Finally, consider traveling on a lesser-known carrier. Aviateca (TACA) is the national airline. However, United Airlines, American Airlines and other airlines also stop in Guatemala City.
The most expensive air tickets to Guatemala City are found during peak holiday travel times, such as the New Year. Also be aware of national events or festivals, which can also cause ticket prices to rise.
Summary of Money Saving Tips:
- Fly mid-week
- Book your holiday during the off-peak season
- Consider flying into San Salvador, El Salvador and traveling overland to Guatemala City via train or bus
- Look for flights that go through large cities, with many flights
- Check out carriers besides the national airline – they may undercut the monopolistic competition
For more information on Guatemala City, check out BootsnAll’s Guatemala City Travel Guide.