Information & Facts
Car rental companies include Avis, Budget, Hertz and
There is an airport shuttle bus, which meets most flights and
drops off at the larger hotels. Bus 32 leaves for the centre every
30 minutes and buses leave regularly from Guatemala City to Antigua
(journey time 1hr). Taxis are also available.
Tel: +502 (0)2 600311 or 3326084 or 3326085.
US$3 (security tax).
There are banks and bureaux de change, bars, shops and
restaurants at the airport. Shopping at the airport is particularly
good, with plenty of local crafts on offer. Other facilities
include a post office and pharmacy, hotel reservations and tourist
The official language is Spanish but English is
understood in hotels and tourist destinations. Many indigenous
languages are also spoken.
The official currency is the Quetzal (GTQ) divided into 100
centavos. In 2001 the US Dollar became the second official currency
alongside the Quetzal and both are accepted. Travellers cheques and
major credit cards are accepted, though some more than others. It
is recommended to take travellers cheques in US dollars. Cash
exchange is easier, but more risky. Visitors are not advised to
exchange money at the informal booths on the street. There are ATMs
in the towns and cities, which accept American Express and Visa.
MasterCard and Diners Club have a more limited acceptance.