Mexico Bus Travel to Mazatlan-

Mexico Bus Travel, Border Crossing, Nogales To Mazatlan by Tufesa Bus

Bus To Mazatlan

The first leg of a bus trip through Mexico from north to south could be the great beach town of Mazatlan, about 800 miles to the south of Nogales on the Pacific Coast.

Plan on leaving Tucson in the early afternoon to reach Mazatlan by dawn the following day (16 hour trip)
This might sound grim to some but the luxury Tufesa bus is a high tech rolling hotel made for sleeping. Once darkness descends (7:00 PM) you can sleep while the miles speed by.

Farmland reaches all the way south for 600 miles but at Mazatlan the mountains below Durango start to pinch in and the farms turn to citrus and tropical fruits.
At Mazatlan you cross the Tropic of Cancer and enter the true tropics.

  • Ruin Site Side Trip
See "Alta Vista Ruin Site on the Tropic of Cancer"
This is a long side trip to be sure but for those that follow the zenith days it is worth the detour.
To reach the ruin site; go to Zacatecas either from Durango City or from Zacatecas City. Alta Vista is near Sombrerete in the small town of Chalchihuites. It is a little-known site except for those that follow the solstice. The site is located directly on the Tropic of Cancer.

Tip: Estimate the Miles and Time Between Stations
  • Guia Roji Road Maps
One can better plan a long bus trip through Mexico by using the maps offered by Guia Roji, a book of 42 maps that fits in the daypack. It is important on a long bus trip to estimate your miles between cities and bus stations, more importantly, your time between stops. Plan on doing 50 miles an hour and plan your departure so that you arrive in your destination terminal early in the morning so that you have daylight to explore the city, beach, or ruin site.
  • Tucson to Mazatlan

An example is the trip from Tucson to Mazatlan; it is 800 miles distant, which computes to a 16-hour trip from Tucson. Therefore, you want to leave Tucson around noon or early afternoon so that you arrive in Mazatlan at 6-7 am and have time to explore the beaches or find your hotel.

Mountain travel will be much slower than 50 mph. A trip from Oaxaca City to the Pacific Coast beaches of Puerto Escondido or
Zipolite for example will cover only 125 miles but take 7-8 hours. You can ask the ticket sellers at the station the trip duration.

If you do head inland to Durango from Mazatlan, pick up some motion sickness medication. The old mountain road to Durango is as steep and twisting as any you will ever see and bound to make you queasy. (New Road opening soon)

Bus Travel

Bus travel will offer comfort, adventure, and a flexible tour through the city, ruin site, or village.  With bus travel you are free to detour, stop, speed through, or lounge for a few days.
 Bus travel offers comfort and a lack of anxiety that will allow you to explore the country..

These tips might help you see more and see it comfortably.

  • Buying BusTickets

Buses rarely fill and it is just a matter of going to the ticket counter and buying your bus ticket.  Choose your seat  towards the front or middle of the bus.
You rarely need to wait more than an hour for the next bus.  There are many bus line, bus routes, and levels of bus fares to choose from at the larger cities.  The only time that you might find full buses is during Christmas week, Easter, and the week of Day of the Dead.   
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Autotransportes Tufesa

Border Crossing, Nogales To Mazatlan by Tufesa Bus

Bus trip Through Mexico
Traveling from Tucson Arizona through Mazatlan you could reach any city in Mexico.  Tufesa ends its bus route in Guadalajara where many other bus lines run in all directions including routes to Mexico City.

Mexico City Bus Terminals

From Mexico City, four first class bus terminals serve bus routes to all of Mexico.

Mexico Bus Travel includes Buses that cross the Border  at Nogales.  The Tufesa Bus runs Phoenix  to Mazatlan along the coast. Tufesa Bus service continues south to Guadalajara

Tufesa Bus Crosses The Border

Bus service from the north includes Tufesa's Border-Crossing buses based in Phoenix that run bus routes through Nogales To Mazatlan and beyond to Guadalajara.  
Omnibus and Tap also run bus routes to Mazatlan from stations in Nogales.

Mexico Bus Travel includes Border Crossing buses run by Tufesa Bus that serve from Nogales To Mazatlan and beyond to Guadalajara. Primera Plus (abovea) serves Mazatlan from Mexico City
Mexico Bus Travel includes Border Crossing buses run by Tufesa Bus. Other lines such as .  Chihuahuenses and Futura serve from Agua Prieta and other border towns to Chihuahua and Mazatlan and south to Mexico City.
Primera Plus serves from Mazatlan south to Mexico City through Guadalajara.
Tufesa Bus crosses the border at Nogales Mexico
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Border Crossing, Nogales To Mazatlan
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