Visiting Cities, Ruins, or Beach Areas
The bus stations in the larger Mexican cities are open 24 / 7. You can arrive in the morning and check your luggage for a small fee. You are then free to travel the city, ruin, or beach with just your daypack. (the Mochila in Mexico)
- Luggage Storage at Bus Station
Caution: some bus luggage storage areas close at night
Taxis are usually inexpensive ( $3 to $6 USD) to reach the Centro Historico of the Colonial cities
You could also catch a local bus or collective taxi to the beach or ruin after a little inquiry at the station or some web research.
price. Ask where the collectivo passes for your destination and you can save. See addition info on the web at Mexico Transportation: Taxis, Collectivos, Travel.
- Collectivos are shared taxis that charge per passenger and offer a better
Keep your daypack with you and your essentials like sweater, computer, camera, snack, water, etc in the pack in the overhead or under your leg rest. Keep your passport, visa, money, credit cards, ATM cards etc on your person.
Don’t share drink or food with strangers. Don't accept food or drink from strangers.
Let the starter or concierge arrange for your taxi in Mexico City and in other large cities. The price will be preset and there will be no surprises.
If you are on the street, ask for the taxi stand or go into a hotel and ask the clerk to call a taxi. Let the starter at the bus station arrange for the cab. Always agree on a price before entering.
You avoid Pirate cabs if you let the starter of concierge /desk clerk order the taxi.
Ask other travelers to join you and share the price, the taxis charge by the trip not by the number of people.
A large city could have more than one bus station; Mexico City Bus Terminals Mexico City has four first class stations.
Write down the name of your station once you arrive and before you catch a taxi to head into the Centro Historico of the city or to the beach or ruin site.
These stations might just be a three letter abbreviation (TAM, for instance for Transportation Autobus Moralia, or ADO for the First Class terminal in Oaxaca) Tapo in Mexico City)
You are apt to forget this after a day of touring or beaching.
Write this on your ticket stub and you have the station name and the bus line.
Do the same with your hotel or hostel. Ask at the desk for a card with the name and address. Hand that to a taxi driver when you want to return to the station and you will have no problem.
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Bus Travel Through Mexico, Bus Lines Serving Mexico, Bus Travel Tips
Border Crossing Bus Lines
Buses that cross borders can be found at
the US border in Nogales, Mexico, such as the Tufesa Bus Line which runs a service from the US that crosses the Mexican Border.
This Cross Border Bus can make your bus trip through Mexico easier, you don't need to change buses at the border.
The Tica Bus line runs service from Tapachula, Chiapas to Panama City Panama.
The long- haul first class buses of Mexico can be an alternative to the airliner that allows you to visit Mexico's many colonial cities.
First Class Buses, Mexico
The first class bus lines operating in Mexico offer more leg room and are more comfortable than an airliner.
The service in Mexico is plentiful and, other than being a longer trip in terms of time spent traveling, a much more stress-free experience.
See list of Bus Line websites below
Bus Travel Through Mexico is as simple as just showing up to pay your bus fare. The websites don't have full function and the buses rarely fill. There is frequent and plentiful bus service within Mexico with overlap by bus lines on many bus routes.
Tips on Bus Travel in Mexico
Although you might be passing through the tropics, the Air Conditioning systems on the first class buses can be blasting frigid air, bring a sweater or jacket.
Many bus terminals in central Mexico are in the high mountains and can be cold.
Mexico City is at 7400 feet above sea level and can be cold in the winter.
The bus movies on some bus lines are annoyingly loud and of the action adventure genre. Earplugs can help if you want to sleep.
The buses use hub cities and usually stop about every four hours. This can allow you to leave the bus for an extended visits to the small colonial cities or beach towns and resort areas along the way.
- Bus Stations In Hub Cities
Always choose your own seat. Seat numbers one to twenty give the best ride. Seats in the back can be noisy and will be too close to the lavatory.
Many new stations have been built in Oaxaca CityMexico's colonial cities like this one in
The websites, for the most part, lack function with the exception of ADO, Tica, Primera Plus, (Flecha Amarilla) and Tufesa.
It is possible to determine the bus routes from the website but in most cases not possible to order tickets. This is usually not a problem. You can arrive an hour before departure and be assured a seat except during holiday season such as Christmas/New Year and Easter. Book a day ahead or in the morning of an evening bus trip if you want a choice seat.
What is the best seat see tips below
Bus fare is about 1.2 to 1.5 cents USD
ADO First Class Bus Terminal Oaxaca City, Mexico
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