Transportation and travel Mexico
The bus is the only true form of land transportation between cities in Mexico. It goes absolutely everywhere, in conditions of comfort, however variable depending on the region and the course.
In large cities, companies are generally grouped together in a same central (terminal) of buses (or central truck), quite often eccentric. You have to get there by taxi or, cheaper but less practical, by city bus. These bus stations often offer cafeterias, shops, toilets (sometimes with showers) and luggage lockers.
It gets complicated when the companies each have their own terminal ... which is not that rare. In between, there are also towns with one terminal for 2st class buses and another for 1nd class buses - or one terminal for buses circulating in the region and another for long distances.
- 2nd class bus: 50 places, after). However, sometimes the best have TVs, toilets and even AC!
- 1st class bus: c, reclining seats, curtains on the windows, AC and even wifi. They make fewer stops and are therefore faster than the 2nd class. More expensive, of course, but not that much. In short, for long journeys or night trips, we strongly recommend them.
- Luxury bus (servicio de lujo): the top, with special women on the bus) very wide and super reclining. Great comfort! Compare with low-cost airline fares ...
- We forgot guajolote, turkey - because we used to travel there (and still sometimes today!) Between chicken cages, buckets filled with fish, sacks of pork ... Popular Mexico!
You can consult the websites of the main airlines (1st class), buy your tickets online, or call them free of charge (number 800 -... ”) within the country.
Here are the main companies in the country:
- ADO (Autobuses de Oriente)
- White Star
- Red Star
- ETN-Turistar Lujo
- México Omnibus
- First plus
- Reservation form ”which brings together the majority of bus companies, for example: miescape.com.mx.
Colectivos, microphones, peseros, combis and trucks
What a diffebrise. A simple wave of the hand is enough to stop them. We usually pay on the way up, or a little before arriving.
In addition to the nearby towns, colectivos also serve major city lines at 18 p.m. The competition raging, the drivers shout to announce their destination. A colectivo is faster than a bus and of a similar price (or even cheaper). On the other hand, it is rare that he drives better ...
Taxi is a convenient and economical means of transport. However, Mexico must be distinguished from the rest of the country.
- Outside the capital, taxis hardly ever have a meter. You will therefore often be asked for double the price! It is better to inquire about the current rates beforehand. In some cities, taxis have an official tariff.
- In Mexico City, taxis have a meter, so no problem ... provided the driver starts it.
- To avoid scams and attacks from illegal taxis, bus terminals and airports now all have an integrated prepaid taxi stand. You buy your ticket at the counter inside and pay a fixed price depending on the route.
- For some journeys (even a little long), if there are 3 or 4, the taxi is often not more expensive than the bus.
In cities, the safest and cheapest, it's to download the Uber application on your smartphone or tablet; no need to have a subscription and to have access to the telephone network, you just need to connect to the wifi.
With Uber, no payment to the driver, who knows your destination exactly, since he received it the moment he accepted your trip through the application. It's today the safest way to get around Mexico's major cities.
It is recommended that you pre-register.
L & rsquobrises from time to time. The rental companies often do not let anything go on the way back. It may therefore be wise to plan the franchise buyback upon signing the contract.
With some companies, it is possible to leave your car in another city than the one of departure, but this entails additional costs.
Some rules of conduct and particularities
Driving in Mexico isn & rsquochose because it is bought, quite simply) ... Here are some tips to know.
- Mexico is the kingdom of speed bumps, buffers, also called speed reducers or even vibrators ! They are found everywhere across the roads, often little or not announced ... Dreadful at night! Intended to enforce the speed limits, they especially finish the suspensions!
- Warning, the fires are placed United.
- At crossroads without traffic lights, there is often no stop sign or priority. We then go one by one, in order of arrival.
- The white lines and panels are little respected. Beware of forbidden directions often not indicated, take it easy by turning in a street, it can turn out to be one-way!
- Pay attention to the use of turn signal. Indeed, if a truck or a slow vehicle in front of you puts its turn signal on the left, it can mean 2 things: that it is going to turn left or that you can overtake it. It's for you to guess !
- parking: in town, there are many parking lots (estacionamientos), fortunately less expensive than in Europe. They are indicated by an "E". It is better to use them than to park on the street. First of all, you never really know if it's allowed or not. And then you are never sure to find your vehicle because of thefts.
In parking lots, you often have to leave your car with the ignition key, the guards move it around as needed. In this case, Mexicans do not leave any valuables inside.
The most common is to come across a guy who has appropriated a piece of the sidewalk and that he "rents" for a propina (5 to 10 pesos). In exchange for which, it monitors your vehicle.
- Surroundings of large cities: we leave and we enter the big mete. Signs are rare, even non-existent and often placed at the last moment.
Mexico City was elected 1st most congested city in the world ahead of Bangkok and Jakarta (Paris only arrives at 35th place).
- Four-lanes and highways (autopistas and carreteras de cuota): Pedestrians out of nothingness, cyclists loaded with huge zigzagging bales, stray dogs and poorly signaled workers are also part of the game ... We have even seen some who have come face to face with cows. At 120 km / h, the encounter can be painful. Also watch out for trucks. Here, the rule is simple: priority to the biggest!
- Night driving: not recommended. In Mexico City, the practice is that we do not stop at lights or stops - insecurity obliges. But still slow down and take a good look around.
The plane makes it possible to avoid long journeys by bus and is sometimes not much more expensive (especially in low season) thanks to the competition between the various low cost companies (it is nevertheless necessary to add the airport / city transfers). For connecting flights, allow a minimum of 2 hours for transit.