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How To Get from Flores to Tikal [2023]

Wondering how to get from Flores to Tikal, Guatemala? Wonder no more, because you’ve found the ultimate guide to make your journey. Find out all the options and choose the best one for you!

Flores is commonly referred to as the gateway to several nearby Mayan ruins, among which Tikal is by far the most popular one. This impressive ancient citadel ought to be on your itinerary in Guatemala!

In this post, you’ll find the best alternatives on how to get from Flores to Tikal for all budgets, preferences, and desired comforts. Check them out!

Best Flores to Tikal Tours

The easiest way to visit Tikal is to join a tour, as you’ll not only have transportation covered but enjoy pick up at your hotel, and benefit from the insights of a knowledgeable guide. Below you’ll find the best Tikal tours from Flores. 

➤ The Archeological Focus Sunrise Tour Tikal is ideal for the early risers (and not!), and takes you on an extensive tour around Tikal Natural Park. After witnessing the sunrise from the top of a pyramid, you’ll learn about the history of Tikal, the importance of the structures for the Mayans, and the flora and fauna of the place. Breakfast and lunch are included.  ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ If you’re really not a morning person, you can join the Archaeological Focus Tikal Sunset Tour. You and a small group will follow your guide around the UNESCO World Heritage Site, learning about the impressive ruins and spotting the wildlife as the day comes to an end. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ The Maya Adventure Private Day Tour includes lunch and private transportation, and it takes you around Tikal National Park. Visitors will learn about the history of the park and enjoy the chance of climbing some of the structures, all with a private guide. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

READ ALSO: These Are the 11 Very Best Tikal Tours

Tikal to Flores Shuttle with Guide

You can also make the trip from Flores to Tikal by shuttle, which picks you up at your hotel and takes you directly to the archaeological site. The shuttle also includes a guide and a tour around the Tikal National Park, so you’ll enjoy a full-day trip with all the main benefits of an actual tour. This is the option we chose and it was a great experience.

When you click on GuateGo page, it’s not immediately obvious which option is this. If you click on More information, it will be the option that says Guide in the collapsible menu next to Pick up at hotel.

The Flores-Tikal shuttle departs daily at 8 AM and costs $45. Round-trip transportation is included.➥ BOOK IT HERE

Shared Shuttle from Flores to Tikal

If you’d rather explore the site on your own, you can book the shared shuttle to get to Tikal and then wander around at your pace. It’s the most convenient option if you’re on a budget.

It doesn’t include hotel pick-up as the previous option or the private transfer. Instead, it departs from the I Love Petén sign at the entrance of Flores, where you’ll meet your driver and the other passengers. Depending on where you’re staying in Flores, it might not be the most convenient of options.

When you click on GuateGo page, it’s not immediately obvious which option is this. If you click on More information, it will be the option that says A/C in the collapsible menu next to Entrada Flores.

If you’re far from the location, the difference ($15) might well be worth booking the shuttle with a guide, with the added benefit of having a tour included. 

The shared shuttle departs at 8 AM daily, and it costs $30 round-trip. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Private Transfer/ Taxi to Tikal

How to get to Tikal with all the comforts? If you want to be taken directly from your hotel to the site, and picked up after your tour to get back, then your best option is to book a private transfer or a taxi

Although it’s the most expensive transportation option, it may be convenient if you’re a group of at least 4 people, and you’ll enjoy hassle-free and private transportation. The Flores to Tikal distance is 39.7 miles (63.9 km), and the journey will take around 1 hour. Below are the best options:  

➤ You can book in advance a Roundtrip Private VIP Transfer from Flores to Tikal with hotel pick up and drop-off included, which will take you and your group of up to 3 people to the site, and wait until you’re ready to get back. 

All vehicles have insurance and air-conditioning. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

➤ If your hotel is in Tikal or you plan to visit the site as soon as you land in Flores, you can opt for a Private One-Way Transfer from either Mundo Maya International Airport or Santa Elena Airport to Tikal. It accommodates up to 5 people, and you’ll get to choose the time of the pickup. It doesn’t include the Tikal-Flores transfer after your visit.

All vehicles are air-conditioned and insured. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Public Bus from Flores to Tikal

You can also take the bus from Flores, Guatemala to Tikal, which takes around two hours to arrive at the ruins. The bus departs almost every hour and it’s the cheapest way to visit Tikal, costing around $5 at the time of writing, although not the most comfortable in the least.

If you’re on a really tight budget, though, it’s an option to get to visit the site.

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Monday 9th of January 2023

Going in a few weeks! Can you give me a sense what time these modes of transport return? And is it only once/day? Also, where does the bus leave from? How would I find out what the earliest bus departure is? Finally, if I stay near the park, can I go in and out for the price of 1 admission (so I could go to my hotel for lunch, or so I could go for both sunrise and sunset)? Thanks!


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

Hi Dan, it's hard to say because each company runs at different times, so you'd be better off checking on each individual company's website or contact them directly. Usually the tours that arrive before sunrise will leave around mid-day and most other tours early afternoon (3-4 pm). The shuttle usually runs once a day. I think your day ticket lets you go in and out as many times as you want, but again just send a quick message to the hotel you're thinking of booking and they will for sure know.

Luis Araya

Thursday 29th of December 2022

How long dies it take to buy the tickets to Tikal National Park?