You can travel from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas by shared shuttle or private transfer.
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Distance from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas
The distance from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is about 419.3 kilometers or 260.5 miles.
The duration of the trip is about 10 hours by car.
Transportation Options from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas
The following table outlines all transportation options from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas:
|Atitrans Shared Shuttle from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas||11 hours||USD 85|
|Private Transfer from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas||~10 hours||USD 450|
Getting to San Cristobal de las Casas from Atitlan Lake
Travel time: 11 hours
Since traveling from Lake Atitlan to San Cristobal de las Casas requires crossing the Guatemala-Mexico borders, transportation options are pretty limited.
Therefore, a shared van shuttle organized by a travel agency is your best bet. The Atitrans Shared Shuttle is an excellent option for travelers looking for a convenient, budget-friendly way to get from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas.
The shuttle offers a comfortable and scenic journey, with several stops along the way to break up the 11-hour trip.
These shared van shuttles depart from Panajachel, which is the main town on the shores of Lake Atitlan and arrive at Central Park in San Cristobal de las Casas.
However, these Atitrans shared shuttles have only one daily departure and fill up quickly.
So, booking in advance is essential to guarantee your seat and ensure that you arrive at the departure point on time, usually at the Atitrans office or a designated pickup location in Panajachel.
You can book your tickets online here for only USD 85!
Once on the shuttle, you can sit back, relax, and take in the views as the shuttle makes its way through the picturesque countryside. The shuttle makes several stops along the way, so you can grab a bite to eat, stretch your legs, and even snap some photos.
The journey from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is filled with breathtaking scenery, so be sure to bring your camera to capture the region’s beauty!
Once you arrive in San Cristobal de las Casas, you can easily take a taxi to your hotel or continue your travels.
Taking the Atitrans Shared Shuttle is a great way to see the best of the region and experience a comfortable and convenient across-border journey between these two popular destinations!
2. Private Transfer from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas
Travel time: ~10 hours
Another option for traveling from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is by private transfer.
This option offers a more personalized and flexible experience compared to the shared shuttle and is ideal for those who value privacy, comfort, and the convenience of door-to-door service.
To book a private transfer, contact a travel agency or directly reach out to us through our form below!
You can specify your pick-up location at Atitlan Lake and your drop-off location in San Cristobal de las Casas, and the driver will take care of the rest.
This option is a bit pricier, so it’s perfect if you’re traveling with a group and agree to share the cost. Vans are available for USD 450 and can accommodate up to 8 passengers. So, the more passengers, the better!
The private transfer van has comfortable seating and air conditioning, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing journey. You can enjoy the scenic route in privacy without worrying about multiple stops or other passengers.
Additionally, with a private transfer, you have the flexibility to make stops along the way, take your time, and adjust your schedule as needed!
Prices for a private transfer from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas
- 1-8 passengers: USD 450
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest way to travel from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas?
The cheapest way to travel from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is by shared van shuttle. Atitrans provides shuttle tickets for only USD 85!
What is the fastest way to get from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas?
Car travel is the quickest way to get from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas. Driving by car to San Cristobal de las Casas takes only 10 hours!
How long does it take to get from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas?
The travel time can vary depending on the mode of transportation, but it typically takes about 10-12 hours by shuttle bus, and about 10 hours by private transport or car.
What is the most convenient way to travel from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas?
The most convenient way to travel from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is by private transfer, as it offers a direct and quicker route compared to other modes of transportation.
Is it possible to rent a car for the journey from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas?
Although you might find a rental agency that will allow you to take your car across borders, this is rarely possible, and is more complicated. Therefore, getting a car rental to drive from Atitlan Lake to San Cristobal de las Casas is inconvenient.
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