Getting there

By air

Flight prices go up from July-August and during Easter and Christmas. There are four international airports in Honduras but the main gateway is
Toncontin Airport in the capital city of
Tegucigalpa. There are regular bus and taxi services to the city. The
other main airports include San Pedro International Airport, La Ceiba
International Airport and Roatán International Airport. Most passengers fly direct from the United States and other Central American countries.

By car

If you’re doing a road trip through Central America, use the Pan-American Highway, which runs from Mexico to Panama via Honduras. It can take a couple of hours to get through the border. Speaking Spanish is essential to sort out the paperwork.

By bus

Buses link Honduras with El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The border crossings are open daily from 7am to around 5pm. You’ll either have to walk across the border to a connecting
bus, or hand your passport over to the driver if you don’t need to change buses.

Getting around

You haven’t really travelled in Central America until you’ve survived a journey on a ‘chicken bus’. Buses are the main mode of transport and Honduras has a two-tier system. Chicken buses are the cheaper, second class option and they’re hot, slow, cramped and usually suspension-shy. The good news is the journeys are usually short and you’re plonked right in among the locals who travel with everything from giant sacks of potatoes to squawking chickens. It’s a great way to sample some on-the-ground local colour.

No trip is complete without regular stops to buy frescos (drinks) that often taste as strange as they look. Buses often have salsa music reverberating around the seats, and sometimes American R&B music too.