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If you know where and how it’s pretty easy to travel El Salvador. Depending how much money you want to spend and how much time you have there are different ways to get where you want. There are five options that we can recommend to you:
- Use public transport (cheap but sometimes unreliable and less comfortable)
- Get a rental car (expensive & comfortable, but you’re fully flexible)
- Travel with tour operators (full comfort, no stress but more costly than the public transport)
- Rent a scooter for short distances.
- Get an UBER especially if you need a spontaneous ride in the capital San Salvador.
Travel El Salvador with public transport
If you use public transport, we can recommend the following site: www.centrocoasting.com/elsalvador. They offer accurate information about bus stations and bus schedules in Central America. If you want to go from El Tunco to El Zonte, for example, public buses are leaving almost every 20min.
You pay about US$ 0.75 -1.00 one way. It is the cheapest way to get around in El Salvador, but also it’s not very comfortable sometimes, especially when you travel with a surfboard or a lot of luggage. Also the bus drivers seem to be in a rush always: time is money – or driving fast is cool.
If you travel to Guatemala, Nicaragua or Honduras www.ticabus.com is the best option. We can recommend Surfo’s & Tiki Travel in El Tunco. “Patiño” in El Tunco can arrange your tickets from www.ticabus.com to almost every place in Central America.
Scooter Rental in El Salvador
Scooter rental are not that common in El Salvador as in other countries. They are useful if you need to get from one surf spot to another.
We don’t recommend them for longer distances.Also the driver’s here in El Salvador, especially the bus driver, don’t seem to accept “weaker” people in the traffic sometimes.
Be careful!Greg and Vane in El Tunco rent scooters. They also can bring you the scooter to your place if you don’t stay in El Tunco. You need to fill out a contract and leave your passport as a deposit.Prices are US$ 10 for one hour, US$ 15 for half a day and US$ 25 for 24 hours.
You can also ask for special a discount if you rent a scooter for more than one day.Opening times are from 10 am to 6 pm every day and on Saturdays until 11 pm. You can find Vane & Greg’s place at the main road in El Tunco.