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Public Transportation in La Ceiba

Learning how to get around using public transportation in La Ceiba is an important step in adjusting to life in La Ceiba. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.
|-Public Transportation in La Ceiba

La Ceiba, a vibrant city on the northern coast of the country, offers a variety of public transportation options for both locals and expats. The city’s public transportation system includes buses, taxis, and mototaxis, each providing a unique way to navigate the city. With these options, it’s entirely possible for an expat to live comfortably in La Ceiba without a car, relying on public transportation and walking to get around. However, the convenience and comfort of each mode of transportation can vary, and it’s important to understand the nuances of each to make the best choice for your needs.


Public buses are a common sight in La Ceiba, providing an affordable and efficient way to travel around the city. The buses run on fixed routes, covering most areas of the city, and are a popular choice for daily commuting. However, they can get crowded during peak hours, and the comfort level may not be up to the standards some expats are used to. Safety is generally not a concern during the day, but it’s advisable to avoid late-night bus rides. The cost of a bus ride is typically around 25 Honduran lempiras (about $1 USD).


Taxis in La Ceiba offer a more comfortable and convenient mode of transportation, albeit at a higher cost. They are readily available throughout the city and can be hailed on the street or booked in advance. Taxis do not have meters, so it’s important to negotiate the fare before starting the ride. Generally, a taxi ride within the city should not cost more than 100 lempiras (about $4 USD). Taxis are considered safe, even for women traveling alone, but it’s always a good idea to use reputable taxi companies and avoid unmarked taxis.


Mototaxis, or tuk-tuks as they are often called, are a unique mode of transportation in La Ceiba. These three-wheeled motorized rickshaws are a fun and inexpensive way to get around, especially for short distances. They can navigate through traffic and narrow streets with ease, making them a popular choice for quick trips around the city. A mototaxi ride typically costs between 10 and 20 lempiras (about $0.40 to $0.80 USD). While they are generally safe, it’s important to hold on tight as they can be a bit bumpy!

Overall, public transportation in La Ceiba is accessible, affordable, and provides a viable alternative to owning a car. Whether you choose to hop on a bus, hail a taxi, or zip around in a mototaxi, you’ll find that getting around the city is relatively easy. However, as with any city, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and take basic safety precautions when using public transportation, especially at night.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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