Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Guatemala City Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit. Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.
It was already closed but they opened the door and asked me what time did my flight take-off (about 09:00am). it was enough early so I could sleep there. – AirLife
GUA Airport Overview
To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, here is a quick run-down about what to expect during your time at Guatemala City La Aurora International Airport.
What to Expect
Guatemala City Airport (code: GUA) consists of a main terminal and a smaller regional passenger terminal. The main terminal has two concourses — central (used for larger aircraft) and northern. Only ticketed passengers can enter the airport and there is a heavy police presence. Once you are inside, WiFi is available to help pass the time. For added comfort while you wait, economy class passengers can pay to use one of the first class lounges. See Airport Lounges in the guide below for locations and access information.
Sleeping in Guatemala City Airport
As the airport is not open 24 hours and overnight sleeping is not permitted. See the Airport Hotels section below nearby hotels (some have airport shuttle!) or read some traveller airport reviews for more tips.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, all services and times listed below are subject to change. Some services and facilities may remain closed or operate with reduced hours. Airport tips and suggestions in this guide and elsewhere on the site were written before March 2020 and may no longer be valid. If you are planning to sleep in the public area of the terminal overnight, have a back-up plan! We’ve heard from a few travellers at other airports and they were not permitted to stay overnight. We’re not sure if that will apply to this airport, until a reader lets us know the current situation. We will start updating all of our guides in October 2021. To help us with this massive update, you can add or update information or write a review and submit photos and airport tips.
For more airport information continue scrolling down to explore more in our Guatemala City Airport Guide.
In this guide we may refer to locations as “landside” and “airside”. Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security. For more information on Europe’s Schengen Area, click here.
If sleeping in Guatemala City Airport does not appeal to you, there are hotels near the airport:
- Dai Nonni Hotel – (8 minutes from the airport) The hotel will arrange a driver for your airport pick-up. Approx. cost is US$10.00. Return service from the hotel to the airport is provided via taxi, approx. US$4.00. » Check Rates
- Adriatika Hotel Boutique – (10 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates
- Hotel Santander Plaza – (10 minutes from the airport) Roundtrip airport shuttle service is available. The shuttle is free, Monday to Saturday between 8:00AM and 5:00PM, transfers outside these hours cost US$10.00 each way. You must book in advance. » Check Rates
To see more options there is a list of hotels near Guatemala City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.
Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships
Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!
Passes Copa Club – Location: Main International Terminal, Airside, next to Gate 14. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs.
- Los Añejos Lounge – Location: International Terminal, Airside, North Wing, between Gates 6 and 7. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs.
Free WiFi is available airside at Guatemala City Airport. A reviewer tells us that WiFi is available in the gated areas of the terminal, but you must have a Guatemalan mobile phone in order to use it.
More Services, Facilities & Things To Do On A Layover At The Airport
ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available. Machines are operated by Citbank and Bancared. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Location: Landside, Third Floor / Landside, Arrivals Hall, First Floor.
Currency Exchange – Global Exchange – Location: Landside, International Departures, Third Floor / Landise, International Arrivals, First Floor – Hours: 3:00AM – 7:30PM (Daily).
Duty Free & Shopping – Duty Free is available at the airport.
Food & Drinks – At the time of this update there were no 24 hour food concessions at the airport.
Luggage Storage & Lockers – Not available.
Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, click here to update this airport guide.
Rest Zones – There are no dedicated sleeping areas, quiet areas or rest zones. If this information has changed, click here to update this guide.
Showers – Not available.
The airport is open from 03:00 AM until the last flight.
Guatemala City airport is served by the following airlines: Aereo Ruta • Aeroméxico • Aeroméxico Connect • American Airlines • Avianca • Copa Airlines • Delta Air Lines • Iberia • Interjet • Spirit Airlines • Transportes Aeross Guatemaltecos • United Airlines • Volaris • Wamos.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
The following car rental companies can be found at GUA airport: Ahorrent, Hertz, Avis, Budget, Payless Car Rental, Hertz, Thrifty y National, Dollar, Advantage.
Flat-rate taxis are readily available for hire in the ground transportation area.
Last updated: 2020-10-21
This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning. All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice. The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide: update the airport guide or write a review.