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Guatemala City

Are local buses, trams, trains or taxis safe and affordable?

Some are safe, all are affordable. There's a recommended taxi company that will charge US$5-10 for trips within the central city. There's a new transurbano line of city buses that are supposedly much safer than the red city buses - they don't take any cash and every stop lets out on a platform staffed by police - but they still aren't recommended and honestly don't serve routes that will be useful for most expats. Some of the inter-city bus lines are safe and affordable, you just need to check on the route and the company. - Jun 7, 2015
No.The Embassy recommends that you used only the yellow taxis. Minimum fare is Q25 per ride (about US$3.50). - Apr 23, 2014
There is no rail network. Local buses are crowded, unsafe and prone to all sorts of violent crime. Intercity buses are the same, with the added risk of reckless drivers trying to out-maneuver their competitors in order to reach the next bus stop first and collect more passengers. Even though many tourists regularly use them (particularly backpackers), truth is that they are best avoided. The main roads are generally very good, but avoid secondary roads (Rutas Nacionales) unless you know from a trustworthy source that they are in good condition. - Jan 3, 2014
No trains, and most intra-city buses are off limits. There is an excellent Yellow Taxi/Taxi Amarillo service that is safe and reliable. - Nov 7, 2011
Buses are not safe due to gang control of them, but yellow and green taxis are safe and well-priced. - May 2, 2010
Buses are not safe and I would not recommend taking them. Some people do, but only carry very minimal cash. And don't hail taxis off the street - it's much better to call a reputable company. There are no trains here. - Mar 11, 2008