Buses are the most widely used means of transportation for Hondurans. Buses are often essential to visit the more out-of-the-way destinations, and budget travelers will be happy to hear most buses are relatively comfortable and inexpensive. For example, the four-hour direct bus ride between San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa costs only US$8 for regular service, US$18 for first-class.
Direct, first-class bus service is available between main cities and destinations like San Pedro Sula , Tegucigalpa , La Ceiba , and Copán . Of the different companies operating these routes, Hedman Alas is considered far and away the best, with new, comfortable buses, each equipped with bathrooms and providing on-time service. But you won’t find luxury on any but these few routes. Many buses to smaller towns are converted U.S. school buses, with bench seating designed for children, so if you’re tall, expect a bit of discomfort.
The designated bus station in most towns is called simply the terminal de buses. In Tegucigalpa and Comayagua , each company runs its own terminal, and unfortunately, they’re not centrally located. The terminal at San Pedro Sula is few minutes outside of town, and the convenience of being able to switch buses without leaving the terminal more than makes up for any inconvenience in getting to and from the station.
Determining bus departure times for most (non-first-class) buses can be a bit of a guessing game. Some buses leave only when full, which means you should get there early, while others leave at the appointed time, full or not. Generally, long-distance buses leave on a regular schedule.
When you arrive at a station to catch a bus, expect to be accosted by ayudantes, or helpers, who will tell you in urgent tones that the bus you want is just out the door and you must buy a ticket immediately. You may then get on the bus and wait another hour before leaving. Another common trick is to tell you the bus is a directo (direct) when in reality it stops whenever it sees another potential passenger (or “whenever a chicken flaps its wing on the side of the road,” as one long-suffering local put it).
In some buses, you are expected to buy a ticket at the station beforehand, while in others the ayudante will come around and collect the fare after the trip has begun. If the latter is the case, you will be asked how far you are going, and your fare will change accordingly. Hold on to ticket stubs, as the drivers sometimes collect them at the end of the ride.
In the converted school buses, backpacks and other luggage that does not fit in the overhead racks is stowed in the back, where a couple of seats are normally removed to add space. More expensive buses have compartments below, but if your bag is stashed there by an ayudante, keep a close eye on the door until the bus pulls out. Buses in San Pedro Sula  in particular have been notorious for having bags ripped off while the unsuspecting victims are on board, awaiting departure. Hedman Alas is a notable exception to this—they take good care of the security in all of their terminals.
Apart from the rare express buses, it’s customary to flag down a passing bus anywhere along the route—extremely convenient for those traveling in rural areas. Don’t bother trying to look for a designated bus stop; just get out on the road and stick out your hand when a bus comes by.
When planning a trip by bus, remember that schedules can change, and prices will fluctuate with changes in the price of fuel. If the price of gas has gone up lately in the United States, you can be sure that bus prices will have gone up in Honduras  as well.
On rare occasions, buses will be stopped by police and all men will have to get off and line up to be cursorily frisked and have their identifications checked.