Bus Routes Through  Mexico.  Bus Travel, Nogales to Yucatan,
Chihuahua to Mexico City Norte, Via Futura, Chihuahuenses,
Omnibus, ADO.  
  • Tips on Purchasing Bus Tickets in Mexico:
If you are purchasing bus tickets in a Mexican bus terminal and are not fluent in the
Spanish language, write your destination, time of departure, and the listed price on
a piece of paper or in a note book page along with your name spelled out legibly.

The ticket sales person will assign the seat to your name.

Bus lines post their destinations, departure times, and prices on boards behind the
counter in most stations or out in front at a few others. The clerk, seeing that you are
a tourist, might assume that you want an elevated level of service. (called Lujo,
Grande Lujo Ejecutivo etc.) The elevated level of service cost considerably more
but is not much different than “Normal” first class service except for the free bottle of
water and perhaps a bag of chips, possibly more leg room, fewer seats.

If you write down your destination, the price and the departure time, you prevent
communication errors.

Always choose your own seat. If you let the ticket clerk assign a seat, they will give
you the seat at the back of the bus and you will be too close to the lavatory, the
engine noise, the tire noise, and the slamming lavatory door.

Don’t stress too much over seats, however, the buses rarely fill and once the bus is
rolling you can move to a more comfortable location.
  • Bus Routes through Mexico
Three main bus routes south from the US border
offer travel the entire length of Mexico
  • Bus Routes, Nogales to Yucatan
From the northern border at Nogales, Juarez,  or Tijuana
there are two options:  the Central Highlands route through
Chihuahua  or the coastal route through Mazatlan.  

  • Bus Route. Mazatlan to Guadalajara
On the coastal bus route, Tufesa Bus or Primera Plus
buses reach Guadalajara from Mazatlan.

  • Bus Route, Guadalajara to Mexico City
From Guadalajara Primera Plus bus reaches Mexico City

  • Bus Route, Central Mexico through Chihuahua
The alternate bus route from the north and west is offered
by bus lines serving from the US border on the Bus Route,
through Central Mexico.  These could include Omnibus or
TAP Buses  from Nogales to Chihuahua,  then a Futura,
Omnibus, or Chihuahuenses Bus  to Zacatecas,
Aguascalientes, or San Luis Potosi, following the Central
Highlands south to Mexico City's Terminal Norte.
If you have started your trip from the US Border you will reach  Mexico City's Terminal Norte after about 36 hours
of bus travel from the time you leave Nogales or Agua Prieta.  
At Terminal Norte you will have several options to continue south.
You could go from Mexico City to Oaxaca (7-8 hours) via ADO and continue on ADO from there to Palenque and
then on to
Merida on the Yucatan.  
Alternately you could go via ADO from Mexico City to the Gulf Coast and follow the coast through Veracruz and on
to Merida.  Merida is a good transportation hub to all of the Yucatan.  
ADO continues service from Merida to Cancun and the border of Belize
Another option is to go to Oaxaca City and from there to San Cristobal de las Casas.  From San
ADO Bus goes over the mountains  to Palenque and on to Merida and the Yucatan.
Merida, Yucatan
Once you reach Mexico City, you will have many options for destinations via ADO
States of Mexico served by
ADO Autobuses
Campeche,  Chiapas, Izapa Ruin site,  Federal District of Mexico City,  State of México, Teotihuacan
Hidalgo, Tula Ruin site,  Oaxaca, Monte Alban Ruin Site,  Puebla,  Quintana Roo,  Tabasco, Olmec La
Venta,  Tamaulipas,  Tlaxcala,  Veracruz,
Jalapa,  Olmec,   Yucatán, Chichen Itza
Bus Travel Through Mexico:
Nogales to the Yucatan through the Central Highlands of Mexico.

  • Central Mexico Bus Routes
From Mexico City in Central Mexico, three main bus routes continue south and east: the central route to
Oaxaca City, the coastal route through Acapulco to Tapachula, Chiapas, and the Gulf Coast route through
Veracruz, Campeche, and on to Merida.

  • ADO Southern Bus Routes
ADO Bus serves from Mexico City and covers all of southern Mexico to the Borders of Belize and
Guatemala      ADO serves Chiapas and the Yucatan from Mexico City, Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca City,
and from Veracruz.    
  • The exception would be Easter and Christmas.
Although the buses will not likely be filled, the choice seats will
go early)

The downside to just showing up is that you might not get  
the seat that you want.
  • Seating
Any seat between seat 4 to seat 20 should be a good
ride  Anything in the high teens or the low 20s for a night
trip should smooth out every bump and every rattle. Any
seat in the high teens and low twenties makes a great
  • Avoid the Sun Side
For the central highlands, long bus trip south from the US,
the left side of the bus is the best side if you want to
avoid the bright afternoon sun which will be on the right
side of the bus. On the left, the sun will be no problem
and you can plan on sleeping part of the 36 hours or so
that it will require to travel from Nogales or Agua Prieta to
Mexico City's Terminal Norte.
Bus Travel through Mexico follows well established Bus
 These routes allow Travel from Nogales, Mexico to
the Yucatan of Mexico for example, and could include a bus
to Chihuahua then to Mexico City Norte Station, Via Futura
Bus, Chihuahuenses, or Omnibus.  From Mexico City, the
ADO Buses run bus routes south to the Yucatan.
ADO Bus Station in Oaxaca City
  • Bus Route and Bus Service Tips
You could board a first class bus at the border of
Tucson to go south at Nogales or at Agua
Prieta/Douglas Arizona all the way to the Yucatan
without ever needing a  reservation.

  • .  Most Mexican Bus lines do not have functioning
  • Exceptions: ADO, Tufesa, Primera Plus, Tica

You rarely need a reservation when traveling through
Mexico by bus; you can usually have the flexibility of just
showing up.  
  • Visits to Colonial Cities
The central highlands route would include trips through the cities of Chihuahua, San Louis Potosi, and Zacatecas
among many others.

The bus passes through Chihuahua the city  where the
Copper Canyon Train starts its 6:00 AM run west through
Tarahumara country as it heads for the Pacific coast at Los Mochis.

In any of the larger cities you can stop for tours and find plenty of hotels for an extended visit.  You can also
change bus lines as there are several that make the trip south to Mexico City.  
(You will find links on the
Mexico Home Page to many suggested side trips.)
Bus travel in Mexico is from
modern stations such as ADO's
first class terminal in Oaxaca