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Bus Ride from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula

I’ve never ridden a bus like this.  Picture a fully reclining, over sized, international overseas business class airline seat… and now put it on a huge Mercedes-Benz bus of the Hedman Alas bus line in Honduras.  That was my 3 hour ride from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula Friday evening, April 15th, in order to catch my Spirit Airlines flight to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Saturday morning.  Add to that a full length movie (in English with Spanish subtitles), sandwich, cookie, and drink all for L.360 Honduran Lempiras or US$19.  I chose to spend the extra US$4.00 to upgrade to “Executivo VIP” class.  Like the airlines, my bag was tagged and checked upon arrival.

This was the tallest bus I’d ever seen or rode in my life.  Lighting, air conditioning and audio were all adjustable from the overhead consoles.  The luxury seat was so comfortable that I had difficulty watching the movie because I kept nodding off to sleep.  This was NOT what I expected in Honduras.  I continue to be very pleasantly surprised by the freedom, comfort, and very friendly Honduran people even for this “Gringo Loco”.

When coming to Honduras this is a great option to get you from the main airport in San Pedro Sula to La Ceiba (close to where our Inn is located) check out their schedule here and see if it fits with your flight times.

Taxi to San Pedro Sula International Airport

At the end of the bus ride from La Ceiba to San Pedro Sula (SAP airport code), I needed a taxi to the airport to catch my Spirit Airlines flight to Ft. Lauderdale, FL.  The bus trip that departed at 7:00pm is the best connection with the 1:20am Spirit flight, but is also one of the few San Pedro bus trips that do not connect directly to the international airport.  So I needed a taxi from the bus terminal.

This afforded me the opportunity to meet our great Honduran taxi driver in SAP, Luis.  I called Luis, who speaks pretty good English, just prior to my bus departure. He was waiting for my upon my arrival at the Hedman Alas bus terminal in San Pedro.  He charged me L.300 (~US$15) which seems like a lot compared to the bus ticket, but the taxi ride was a good half an hour at the going taxi rate.  Luis is very friendly.  I learned that he’ll charge US$120 for the direct trip from the SAP airport directly to our inn in Sambo Creek.  Some folks may want this direct drop off option, vice the bus.  You can also take a SOSA airlines flight from SAP to La Ceiba for around $80 one way.  But you still need a taxi from the La Ceiba airport to Sambo Creek and the Diving Pelican Inn which we can arrange for you with our other driver (La Ceiba Luis).

Whatever, your desire we can help make travel arrangements for you when visiting us at the Diving Pelican Inn.

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  1. Michelle says:

    Just an update on the Hedman Alas bus lines. I recently rode the smae bus to San Pedro Sula airport and had the same fabulous experience. Just a note though, they have raised the prices the executive plus ticket is now $30 and $22.34 for regular (which by the way is still very nice, the only real difference is the seats don’t recline to an almost horizontal, like they do in the Executive Plus. Overall an experience I would definitely recommend if it works with your flight times.

  2. Deren says:

    What is an average drive time via Taxi from Sambo Creek (Hotel Helena)to San Pedro Sula airport on a weekday morning?

    • Michelle says:

      Hi Deren,

      We are 2 doors down from Helen’s, when we drive to SAP an average time in the early morning is about 3 hours. Now since cabs are a little more aggressive than I 3 hours is a very safe bet for you as long as there are no unforeseen circumstances.

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