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Guadalajara To And Away (regional Transportation)

Getting to and way:

By bus: Guadalajara has an old and new bus station.

The new bus station (Nueva Central Camionera 33/3600-0896) is about 10 kilometers (a 15 - 30 minute drive) southeast of downtown Guadalajara. This station is for longer trips, such as to Morelia (four hours, 273 pesos, first class), Mexico City (Terminal Norte, 7 - 8 hours, 445 pesos, first class). From downtown Guadalajara, bus TUR goes to/from Avenida Alcalde/Avenida 16 de Septiembre to the inside of the new bus station for 9.50 pesos. A taxi from the new bus station to downtown has a set fare of 95 pesos, if bought at the kiosk at the bus station. Bus 616 (5 pesos) goes between the old and new bus station and downtown, too (6 a.m. - 9:40 p.m.).

The new bus station is large, with seven annoyingly separated "modulo" sections, each with several competing companies. Primera Plus and ETN are in the first section, however, if you want to travel first-class. (Both have free WiFi in their waiting rooms.) Buses leave frequently, mostly to northern, western and central Mexico. If you want to go to southerly destinations such as Oaxaca, you'll probably have to change buses in Mexico City.

The old bus station (Antigua Central Camionera, 33/3650-0479) is about 1.5 kilometers southeast of downtown, a block east of Calzada Independencia via Estadio. The old bus station has two halls for second-class buses that serve destinations including Puerto Vallarta but mostly local ones such as Tequila and Lake Chapala. (Auto Transportes goes to Chapala/Ajijic every half-hour from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m., 30 pesos). A taxi from downtown to the old bus station costs about 25 pesos.

By plane: The international airport (33/3688-5248) is about 17 kilometers (30 - 60 minutes by car) from the city. Direct flights connect Guadalajara with many U.S. cities, including Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Taxis from the airport are priced by zone (about 200 pesos to downtown). Ask for directions to reach the bus stop to get to downtown.

Airline offices around town include: American Airlines (Av. Vallarta 2440, 33/3616-4090,; Mexicana (Av. Mariano Otero 2353, 33/3112-0011,; Delta Air Lines (López Cotilla 1701, 33/3630-3130,; Continental Airlines (Astral Plaza Galerias 8-9, 01-800-900-5000,

By car: Guadalajara is at the hub of several toll roads. From Mexico City, take toll road 15D; from Puerto Vallarta, use Highway 200, then toll road 68D and 15D.

24 Apr 2010

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