Bus Travel Through Mexico, Border Crossing, Nogales, Tufesa Bus
Bus Travel Through Mexico:
Border Crossing, Nogales, The Tufesa Bus
You can book a cross border bus from Tucson south to Mazatlan or Guadalajara, Mexico on the Tufesa Bus
Tucson's Tufesa Station is at 5550 South 12th Avenue, Phone 520-294-3780 website, http://www.tufes.com/.
A small station serves passengers from Tucson through to Mexico.
The ticket seller speaks English and Spanish. You will not need a reservation although Tufesa has a good website that would allow you to make a reservation and get a seat assignment.
You rarely need a reservation when traveling through Mexico by bus; you can usually have the flexibility of just showing up.
You might not get the seat that you want if you don't book ahead but any seat between seat 4 to seat 20 should be a good ride
Consider the sun side as the sun can be hot and blinding. On a southbound bus the afternoon sun will be on the right side
The bus passes through Los Mochis, the town where the Copper Canyon Train starts its 6:00 AM run north through Tarahumara country. Another eight hours from there and you cross the Tropic of Cancer near Mazatlan.
In Mazatlan you can change buses to the Primera Plus bus line, an elevated level of service to Guadalajara and Mexico City.
Tufesa runs only as far south as Guadalajara.
Primera Plus offers a sandwich, snack and water on boarding. Their buses have two lavatories, men’s and women’s, leg rests, and plentiful departures to Guadalajara and Mexico City.
From Mexico City, an ADO bus will run to Oaxaca. From there take ADO to Tapachula, Chiapas. In Chiapas the Tica bus runs south from the same terminal and reaches Panama City.
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.
If you write down your destination, which you probably couldn't’t pronounce correctly anyway - try saying Coatzacoalcos three time rapidly - write 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.
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Bus Travel Through Mexico is made easier by Tufesa Bus with a Border Crossing bus route in Nogales Mexico. Tufesa Bus crosses the border from Tucson to Nogales, Mexico and runs a coastal bus route south to Guadalajara.
Tufesa Bus crosses the border at Nogales
Primera Plus Bus runs luxury, first class routes from Mazatlan south to much of West Central Mexico includig Guadalajara and Mesico City
Tucson Arizon provides Tufesa bus routes south