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Mexican bus service from Austin? Or snowbird rideshare?

I'm trying to research el cheapo overland travel to Mexico and running into some questions that Lonely Planet and the like haven't answered. I'm hoping that someone who knows the lowdown will Google in here. Oh, lazyweb, I invoke thee!

First, since NAFTA it's a common sight to see Mexican bus lines operating in Texas cities. I gather that they offer direct tickets to numerous destinations in interior Mexico. I've done long-haul bus travel in Mexico in the past and it was pretty grueling, with lots of long layovers and unreliable transfers along the way, but the claim is that these lines will let you go to sleep in Austin and wake up in San Miguel or San Luís Potosí (with a 2:00 AM muster for Mexican immigration, I suppose). Have things improved that much since my day?

I've also heard that, thanks to Homeland Security restrictions, multi-hour delays at the border for vehicles entering the US are now common. Therefore it's been suggested that it can be quicker on a return trip to catch a bus to Nuevo Laredo, walk across the pedestrian bridge to the US side, and then catch a Greyhound for points north. Maybe, but that operation sounds like it would be a multi-hour process itself, since neither station is adjacent to the bridge. Anybody have any recent experiences to report?

Another complexity is that there's no central station or source of information on Mexican bus lines operating in Austin. So far I've checked out the one that stops next door to Mr. Natural: Autobuses San Luís, 1907 E. César Chávez, tel. 512-320-0104, with nightly service to Laredo, Monterrey, San Luís Potosí, Querétaro and Celaya. I'm still looking for Autobuses Conejo ("más rápido que el Greyhound"), Autobuses Americanos and any others in town.

Secondly, another rumor is that there are so many expats and snowbirds who travel regularly between Austin and San Miguel de Allende that they have their own rideshare website, or at least their own watering hole on somebody else's site. Any truth to that? I don't see any sign of them on Craigslist.

Finally, it's at the wrong corner of Mexico to do me any good, but someone has set up the ingenious Tijuana Busboard: digital photos of the posted schedules at the Central de Autobuses in Tijuana, BC. Subject to change without notice, of course, but much better than no info at all. If I end up making this trip, perhaps I'll copy the idea and put one up for Nuevo Laredo.

Tijuana Busboard
travel 2004.12.05 link

Comments

i made the trip from austin to monterrey this march, and found that the San Luis people were very nice but their bus was very slow (late to leave, stopped for an hour in san marcos/san antonio) and laid out exactly like a mid-level greyhound--upholstered seats, but not much leg room and even less arm room. doable, but it was a bitch to sleep in them, and i wouldn't have been able to do it at all if i was't travelling with my cousin to lean against. further they drop off at random places in monterrey, not at the bus station, which was rather a pisser, since we got dropped off in the middle of nowhere in the rain. a van took about 10 of us downtown but still not to a bus station or even the "normal" drop off place (we were lucky that the only person who spoke english on the bus also got off at monterrey; he had been on it several times before and his girlfriend was at the wrong place to pick him up as a result of the random location. we also arrived hours late...)

on the way back into austin we took americanos, and damn, that bus was fly. we're talking more legroom than first class on an airplane, and seats about first-class comfy. it was quick and quiet. it dropped us off on riverside at pleasant valley at 4am though, which would have been a severe loss if not for my memory of the number for a cab and the presence of my cousin's cellphone. you'll have to speak spanish to get in touch with them though--there was nobody at their san antonio office (which i called at some point) who spoke english.

the sad truth is that the border crossing took around 2 hours average. they take every piece of luggage off the bus and do a random draw to see who gets their stuff searched, on the way in, and they just xrayed everyone on the way out. however half of that time was just spent waiting for god knows what, either on the road leading up to the cross-point or sitting there, post-inspection, waiting for the bus to be cleared.

both of my crossings happened in the middle of the night, though, so who knows what it would be like somewhere else.

in summary, i recommend skipping the san luis folks, though they are a solid fallback if you don't mind being cramped/slow. americanos has no austin office so you might get to drive to SA or something if you want to use them. would love to hear what you find out and how your trip turns out, as i plan to bus it back to mexico sometime this winter. for ~$25/each way the bus is by far the best deal i can imagine.

chris [prentissblogl cxe w punkto tf] • 2004.12.05
Prentiss, don't forget to brush up on The Old Patagonian Express before you leave.

I second the recommendation of Americanos. I have taken them to and from Monterrey. I don't think the idea of walking across the bridge is all that bad, with the long luggage wait (which, no matter when you leave Austin, will invariably be at midnight and last until 3 am and completely ruin all chance of sleeping the whole way down).

The buses are nice coach buses. Unlike on my long-haul Greyhound rides, it seemed like many of the riders knew each other.

I have only taken Americanos to Monterrey. Beyond that, I understand the bus system is supposed to be pretty consistent and as good as that first leg, but I haven't yet checked that out myself.

Somewhere I think I wrote about one of my bus trips... oh, yes -- here.

ataraxy [ataraxy cxe graduallydisappear punkto com] • 2004.12.06
Last New Year's Day I took a 22-hour ride from La Paz, Baja California Sur, to Tijuana on the ABC bus line. Along the way we were stopped (everybody out, claim your luggage from below, submit to random ransackings) three times by the army (presumably searching for drugs/weapons) and once by immigration. Perhaps they're only doing this in Baja rather than on the mainland, but it's certainly shifted my cost/benefits analysis toward air travel in Mexico...

Gabriel Suerte [gabriel cxe suerte punkto com] • 2004.12.06
I took the train from Mexico city to Laredo, walked across and then took the greyhound back to Austin. No problems whatsoever. And I remember it being super cheap, 1st class, they even had sleeper cars for a liitle extra, but were all out when I went.

Susanne • 2004.12.06
Sounds like a nice trip, Suzanne. What year was that? According to a recent Moon travel guide, the Fox administration privatized and dismantled all Mexican rail service except for a boutique line (Chihuahua to Los Mochis via the Copper Canyon) or two. I have good memories of a train trip from D.F. to San Miguel de Allende circa (gulp!) 1983.

Gabriel Suerte [gabriel cxe suerte punkto com] • 2004.12.06
If you do take a train in Mexico, be sure to go Clase Primero Especial. It's worth a few extra pesos to not have to share your space with livestock... =)

jim in austin • 2004.12.06
I've taken several buses to Mexico from Austin in the past year - and I've had both good and bad experiences. Autobuses San Luis dropped me off one very expensive taxi ride away from the bus station. I took one from a place on Riverside to Matehuala, and it wasn't too bad. The best one was on 7th & Chicon, to San Luis de la Paz - empty bus, no stops, great experience. The best bet is to get personal recommendations, I think, and make sure you actually get dropped off at the bus station! Also, I'm always stumbling into bus offices in obscure parts of East Austin - but I can never find them in the phone book.
I've had no problem taking the bus all the way across the border - border crossings can get a little long, but never longer than an hour or two for the entire thing. I had some friends cross the weekend after New Years, and because of the holiday, there was a huge wait - seven hours, they were told. But as long as you're not trying to cross during a busy time, you should be fine.
Feel free to email if you have specific questions and/or recommendations! I'm going to Mexico for New Year's via bus - still trying to find a direct bus from Austin to Zacatecas (instead of changing in Monterrey).

Sara [snafu_97 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.12.08
I've taken several buses to Mexico from Austin in the past year - and I've had both good and bad experiences. Autobuses San Luis dropped me off one very expensive taxi ride away from the bus station. I took one from a place on Riverside to Matehuala, and it wasn't too bad. The best one was on 7th & Chicon, to San Luis de la Paz - empty bus, no stops, great experience. The best bet is to get personal recommendations, I think, and make sure you actually get dropped off at the bus station! Also, I'm always stumbling into bus offices in obscure parts of East Austin - but I can never find them in the phone book.
I've had no problem taking the bus all the way across the border - border crossings can get a little long, but never longer than an hour or two for the entire thing. I had some friends cross the weekend after New Years, and because of the holiday, there was a huge wait - seven hours, they were told. But as long as you're not trying to cross during a busy time, you should be fine.
Feel free to email if you have specific questions and/or recommendations! I'm going to Mexico for New Year's via bus - still trying to find a direct bus from Austin to Zacatecas (instead of changing in Monterrey).

Sara [snafu_97 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.12.08
My husband and I went on Autobuses San Luis to Querétaro, and we took a not-too-costly cab ride from there to San Miguel de Allende. The ride down was gruelling mostly because I can't sleep during travel, but it was an adventure. They played bad movies the whole way there, some with the volume WAY UP. The scenery was unbelievably beautiful and all the side-street city dropoffs were mysterious and interesting. It's hard to explain the unique combination of torture and wonder the whole experience was for me.

I can't remember which line we took back, but it was very nice because the bus was empty. The worst part was they Greyhound from the border back to Austin.

Kim [kmel cxe excitementmachine punkto org] • 2004.12.11
Thanks for all the comments, everybody! I'm starting to think that I'm the only méxicophile in Texas who doesn't have a tale to tell about catching a bus from a makeshift barrio bus stop.

To add one more, quite authoritative data point, my friend David (who recently moved with his wife and kids to Guanajuato) highly recommends walking across the border in either direction and catching overnight luxury-class buses between Nuevo Laredo and points in the interior. The roughest part, he says, is the "dirty Greyhound" between Austin and Laredo.

Meanwhile, I've made another blog entry with scanned ads for Mexican bus lines taken from Austin Spanish-language newspapers.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.12.11
Does anyone have experience with transportes nacionales or estrella blanca. Two middle aged school teacher type ladies want to take the overnight bus from laredo to san miguel. Can you easily get cabs from just over the mexican side of the bridge to the bus station in nuevo laredo? Thanks, Dana

dana [danawil77 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.01.02
Hi all, my friend and i are travelling round the us currently but will be heading to cancun early march from texas (probably san antonio) and returing later in the month - however we do begrudge paying the $400 airfare so were thinking of alternatives - will we be able to catch a bus out that far? what fares is it likely to be? is there a rail option? THanks, chris

Chris, England [chrisvaughan5 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.01.16
Yes, you can get to Cancun from Texas by bus, but it would take you (a guess here) three days hard traveling, maybe more. There wouldn't be any through buses that far so you'd need to change in Mexico City, or possibly you could bypass Mexico City and change in Veracruz or one of the other cities on the Gulf. From what I hear it wouldn't pay to hug the Gulf too closely as the roads are pretty bad; in Mexico sometimes the shortest route isn't the fastest.

The cost would be cheaper than flying but maybe not as much cheaper as you'd think.

I'd suggest you consult the standard Lonely Planet or equivalent guidebooks to come up with some rough travel times (for something like Laredo to Monterrey, Monterrey to Veracruz, Veracruz to Merida, Merida to Cancun) then post your proposed itinerary to the Thorn Tree at lonelyplanet.com and see if people think it's a workable one.

Alternatively, you could spend the $400 on airfare and save it on hotels and food by picking a cheaper (and nicer!) destination than Cancun. You don't say how long you were planning to spend there, but if it's more than a short visit you could eat up your $400 there fast.

Good luck and have fun!

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.01.16
I have crossed into Mexico with San Luis and El Conejo and it's about the same. They used to charge a little mordida to let you cross a little quicker but I don't think that's allowed any more. Hard to imagine Mexico without bribes though. I really believe that it is better to cross the bridge on foot and hail a cab on the other side. You can take your car to a secure parking lot that's attended 24 hrs right beside the bridge. The rate for parking for prolonged periods is cheaper if you go during business hours to the police station and lease a spot for a month. It used to be around $60 a month that way. If you go with the daily rate, I think it's $8 a day. If you take el Conejo, you can probably walk from their bus station across the bridge, if you aren't carrying a lot or you're backpacking. Once you get to the bus station, there are lots of different bus lines going to Monterrey and after that you can easily find a bus going anywhere in Mexico. San Luis does not take you to the Autobus Central where you will want to be nor does el Conejo although you will be pretty close. I think it was Estrellas Oros or something like that while I was there that I liked best. Ask for Directo. You might not get exactly what you had in mind and you might have a well intentioned empresa that wants you to not stop at every junction but happened to hire a driver who wants to suppliment his salary with additional passengers on street corners or snack and cosmetic vendors who he allows on the bus if they pay him a little cash. I highly recommend taking buses though. If you can't enjoy the antic that you see, you should stay home.

tom [tomboyles cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.04.20
Googlin' in on ya.....We took the Americanos from the Austin Greyhound terminal to San Miguel, and from San Miguel to Austin Greyhound June 04. Like chris, we were quite happy. Took around 17 hours, but, unlike long flights we have taken, you could get off and stretch your legs. We stayed at the hostel and enjoyed thid well preserved national monument! We were tried to get res over the net, phone, etc. but were told at the station to just show up an hour ahead of time. We left in mid week, had no trouble, but by San Antonio the bus was full...

robertandlaura [malonetravels2 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.05.11
are there any boats or ferrys to from miami florida to cancun mexico

princess [msprincess_one cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.05.27
what is the cost of traveling from loredo texas to cancun mexico where can you can the tickets and bus lines what is the route shortest that is i do not fly is it safe to drive through mexico

princess [msprincess_one cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.05.27
Just came down from San antonio to Queretero by bus. Pleasant trip. Good bus, wonderfull seats, no hasle at border, really good experience.

ann daub [anndaub cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.05.30
Thanks for the report, Ann. Which bus line did you use?

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.05.30
Ann replied: "The bus line is Turimex International... Grupo Senda. They seem to go to many places in Mexico. San Antonio number is 210-736-0756. Not everyone speaks English, but they do the best they can. They leave from throughout Texas."

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.06.01
I plan to tour through Mexico for a month this summer with my son. He is 18. We want to get from Austin to Chihuahua so we can catch the train through Copper Canyon. Any assistance or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

David [topgoon1 cxe juno punkto com] • 2005.06.08
quisiera saber el costo de austin
a dalton georgia

macario [arias_xl cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.08.26
I highly recommend Turimex International and Grupo Senda. The only thing to watch out for is crossing into the US from Mexico during Mexican Holidays. It took my bus 19 hours to cross in early August!

Mike Harris-Stone [Mike punkto Harris punkto Stone cxe gmail punkto com] • 2005.09.25
At the end of November I need to take a bus from Austin to Zacatecas. What are the current suggestions? Is there a direct busline anyone has heard about? Or should I take Greyhound to Nuevo Laredo, walk across the border and then take a first-class bus from there to Zacatecas? I'm a female traveling alone, so I want the safest option. I am familiar with traveling within Mexico (I'm living in Zacatecas right now), I'm just not familiar with the whole transnational bus travel thing. Thanks!

Kelly [kellyshanahan cxe comcast punkto net] • 2005.10.17
At the end of November I need to take a bus from Austin to Zacatecas. What are the current suggestions? Is there a direct busline anyone has heard about? Or should I take Greyhound to Nuevo Laredo, walk across the border and then take a first-class bus from there to Zacatecas? I'm a female traveling alone, so I want the safest option. I am familiar with traveling within Mexico (I'm living in Zacatecas right now), I'm just not familiar with the whole transnational bus travel thing. Thanks!

Kelly [kellyshanahan cxe comcast punkto net] • 2005.10.17
Trying to get from Houston to San Miguel de Allende by bus (and return) next Spring.

Friend recommended Transportes de San Miguel, but I can't find them.

Want an ejecutivo bus.

Can anyone assist? No anything about Autobuses Adame?

Thanks,
Sheila

Sheila Harrison [sheilaharrison cxe earthlink punkto net] • 2005.10.21
I am trying to figure out how to go from Austin, Texas to San Jose Costa Rica. Does anyone have experience or knowledge of what contacts I need to make or general information on this subject. Time is of small importance and I can tolerate a fair amount of inconvience but not crime.

thanks
Terry

Terry Cook [cookterry cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2005.12.08
Has anyone used bus service from San Antonio to Monterrery or Saltillo? I want to take my son with me to Mexico, and want to save a little money also. PLEASE help me out....Is Americano bus service safe for a very limited spanish speaking gringo? Thanks,

Darren [jiujitsusa cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.12.16
Just returned from Saltillo and Zacatecas and thought I'd post about our good travel experience. We traveled from Austin to Laredo by car, parked at the Laredo Riverfront Parking lot at the end of Santa Maria ($8 per day, open 24/7), and walked across. You can easily walk from the lot to the bridge or there's a suttle that runs from 10 am to 7pm. After encoutering a jerk at immigration (make sure you always ask for more days on your tourist card than you actually need -- it costs $ to make a change later), we took Omnibus de Mexico to Saltillo. These buses run frequently and you shouldn't have to wait more than an hour or so. The OdM bus was 1st class and very nice - much nicer than the Futura 1st class we took from Saltillo to Zacatecas. Note that the bus schedules change and the schedule I got ahead of time from Bus Across Mexico ($2 for a list of any individual route) didn't include the bus we actually took.
In NL, I asked about buses from Saltillo to Zacatecas and the OdM guy who sold us the ticket to Saltillo at immigration told us they run every 1/2 to 1 hour. This was wrong. Not nearly as frequent that direction as from Zacatecas to Saltillo. Don't know why. Had to wait about 1 1/2 hours for a bus in Saltillo and took Futura. The bus was not nearly as nice for the following reasons: filthy bathroom (OdM was clean); far less legroom; more video screens, which made it difficult to avoid the bad flicks; seats not as comfortable. Based on this experience, we opted for OdM bus back to NL. Took an overnight that left at 9:30 and arrived at 7:30 am in NL. (If you're making several stops in Mexico, just always check the schedule when you arrive for your next leg.) BTW, the bus time estimates in Lonely Planet are very accurate and useful for planning.

Another note: you have to take the initiative to get your tourist card from immigration when you cross and also to drop it off when you come back -- no one on the Mexico side seems to care. You also have to pay a $20 tourist fee.

Does anyone know what happens if you don't get the card or don't drop it off or pay the fee????

Eric [epeabody cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.01.07
I need help finding a bus route from leon, gto to zacatecas. Any ideas?

julia malinsky [aneymark1 cxe carolina punkto rr punkto com] • 2006.01.17
I have travelled last year from Austin to Morelia by Autobuses Americanos, and the first time it was really good... border crossing very easy (winter) no luggage check; able to sleep during the night. Second time it was spring... customs: everyone off the bus, walk and wait and see if you get a green light when you pass. It seemed they only wanted the "propinas" (tips) for putting your luggage back on the bus! Middle of the night and very irritating. People on the bus seemed to be talking all night so sleeping was difficult.
However, I am now in Houston and possibly will venture another winter trip if I can find a decent bus from here.
Any ideas?
Thanks

Karen LaChance [unicorn999 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.01.26
I took the bus to San Miguel de Allende many times. It's great, leaves aroun 11 pm, arrives around 6pm in S.M. d.A. Take th street east, after the bridge go (left) north. about 3 0r 4 blocks, on the right is a Mexican small restaurant. That is the HQ for Transportes de San Miguel de Allende. Sorry, I don't have a phone, but it's easy to find if you foollow my instructions. have a ncie trip

walter meyer [kon-tiki punkto rr punkto com] • 2006.02.01
I am headed from Austin to San Miguel de Allende. Does anyone have recommendations/contact info for first class bus service?

Jeff [oldvailskibum cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.05.09
does anyone know about cost for bus travel, my husband and i will be traveling from nuevo laredo to guadalajara i hope, any info would be great!

lnz • 2006.05.22
does anyone know about cost for bus travel, my husband and i will be traveling from nuevo laredo to guadalajara i hope, any info would be great!

lnz • 2006.05.22
I am a single parent taking my children (ages 13,12 & 7) to Mathehuala for a Wedding and Quinceniera in mid August. I found cheap airline tickets from Chicago via Southwest Airlines to San Antonio and am looking for the quickest and most comfortable way to get to Mathehuala from San Antonio. I am no stranger to traveling in Mexico but am struggling with how to cross the border. Question #1: Should I take the Greyhound from SA to Laredo and then cross via foot and catch a bus on the Nuevo Laredo side.... OR..... Should I take a bus directly from SA to Mathehuala? I don't mind walking but am concerned about safety and I don't mind paying a little extra if it is going to make a difference. Question #2: I would really appreciate any help: phone #'s, websites, buslines, costs, etc... would really help me decide. Thanks and I will post my findings when I return from the ShinDigs.... Peace Out

Tony [tonyd2005 cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2006.05.24
My husband and I travelled last summer from Nuevo Laredo to Guadalajara by ejecutivo class bus on the Estrella Blanca Line. The cost was about $110 for one person one way. Not bad travelling...large reclining seats, movies(although bad), TAKE TOILET PAPER!!!

Betty [edbetty cxe ktc punkto com] • 2006.05.28
UPDATE: In May 2006 I took another trip and found a bus line out of Austin that I really like. See the details here.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.06.03
I go to school in austin and would like to take a trip to monterrey and was thinking about using a bus. What transporation company do you recommend?

Jason • 2006.06.27
Hi, I am interested in the Mexican equivalent of the Chinese busses that operate out of NY, Boston and Washington. The immigrant population is reviving the US bus industry!! With the greatest roads in the world, why not? Is there any centralized location for finding schedules? I know they exist because I've seen them and timetables at small shops in Georgia and North Carolina. Specifically, I would like to know about routes that service Atlanta, New York and Texas. Douglas

Douglas • 2006.07.17
Douglas, this is the first I've heard of the Chinese buses you describe. Fascinating!

Here in Texas we see a lot of buses that operate routes into Mexico. I haven't seen full-scale bus lines catering to Mexican travelers headed for the East Coast, but I have seen ads for smaller vans that claim to serve all sorts of destinations east, north and west of here. Those small vans don't look particularly comfortable.

I've found no central source for information about Mexican bus lines. That unfilled need is why people keep posting questions to my humble little blog. I've been scratching my head about how better to serve this emerging community, but without the formal involvement of the bus companies in keeping the data up to date, I fear it would be a losing battle.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.07.17
I am looking for a bus line to take a friend of mine from Bellville, Texas (50 miles west of houston, texas to monterrey, mexico. I am not able to get the phone number for the Turimex office in Houston. Is a simpler and better way for her to go from Sealy, Texas to Laredo, and croos to get another bus to monterrey?

nancy [nrstern cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.07.24
Very highly recommend Transportas San Miguel for excellent and very inexpensive bus service to and from San Miguel de Allende and Austin. Well under $100 each way. Cheaper than driving. To Mexico is $20 more because of border fee. Clean, polite, professional standouts I've used very frequently. Always two uniformed drivers on board so the drivers take turns sleeping and remain fresh for the drive on surprisingly excellent roads. Departs from Austin daily about 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. from ABARROTES MEXICANOS, a little neighborhood breakfast and lunch spot at 901 Tillery in East Austin. Very sweet people, be prepared for Spanish. They are only open from 7 to 7, and then close until a few minutes after 9:00 p.m. to open only for the bus arrival, tickets, luggage loading and departure. Phone is 926-1709. It is across the street from a Catholic Church. Senior discounts available. Now charge for excess luggage weight, same formula as the airlines, so you'll pay extra if you travel with the kitchen sink. Depart Austin about 10:00 p.m., comfortable, restroom on board, drink and snack furnished, usually very smooth arrangement for a quick border crossing. Makes a few stops for ground restrooms, snacks and about 40 minutes for breakfast in Mexico. Arrives in San Miguel generally 2:30 -4:00 p.m. to its station in the Atascodera area of San Miguel in the same shopping center as the Gigante. Plentiful taxis available. SMDA taxis are price fixed. It is under $2 to El Centro.

Return trip departs San Miguel from Atascodera station about 6 or 7 p.m., arrives Austin about 11:00 a.m. If you have no one to pick you up in the daytime, take a short cab ride downtown for a bus line if on a budget. Although buses service the area at night, it is very dark, a little hard to find and I wouldn't do it. If you take a cab for the Austin departure, don't arrive before 9 pm or it will be closed. It won't be much if you leave from downtown. If flying to Austin, take the Airport Flyer city bus for about a dollar from the airport to around 7th and Congress and then take a cab to the bus departure area.

The seats have a middle arm rest, so take a pillow and a light blanket and you will be more comfortable. Because San Miguel has no airport and flights to Leon and Queretaro can be pretty expensive and not all that frequent, this very reliable bus company is often the fastest - and definitely the cheapest - way to easily get back and forth. Drivers have always been bilingual and exceptionally professional. San Miguel is a treasure. The sights are beautiful. The culture is more old world European. Dress more respectfully than is usual these days in Texas and more doors will open to you. You will be grateful to have shoes that can handle cobblestones.

Christina [lemonadecottage cxe earthlink punkto net] • 2006.07.25
Can someone please advise? I am interested in going from some Texas border town (Mexican side, anywhere from Matamoros to Ciudad Juarez) to Tijuana and want to know if there are any Mexican bus lines that make this trip. My objective is to rent a car in Tijuana and drive to Cabo and Todos Santos, Baja Sur, drop the car off at the agency, backtrack by bus to La Paz, and take the ferry to Topolobampo, then bus home (South Texas). Any advice you can give will be greatly appreciated. I have to assume that, at the very least, there are 2nd class buses running from Ciudad Juarez to Tijuana via HW2, but I wonder if there is any 1st class service on this route, which partly hugs the border states, bumping the border at places like Agua Prieta and Sonoita before passing through Mexicali and on to Tijuana. Thanks. --JiM

James Martin [j punkto martin1218 cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2006.07.27
My husband and I are looking for bus travel from ciudad juarez to queretaro we would also like information on a safe place to park our car on the u.s. side we were thinking about long term parking at the el paso airport. If anyone has any nformation on bus lines and the best way to get from el paso to the bus station in ciudad juarez and the parking it would be appreciated.

julie lopez [stevenson-lopez cxe verizon punkto net] • 2006.08.27
Wednesday, Oct. 4, '06 7:00 AM
Omnibus Mexicanos bus # 6017 traveling East on I20 between Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas.
This driver is an accident waiting to happen. They were changing lanes without a signal while traveling at a high rate of speed. They ran me off the road and several other automibles as well. I think it was a female driver. They need to have someone talk to them regarding driving safety.

Dan Ellis [dlel cxe netzero punkto com] • 2006.10.04
Hey whats the address for the adame station in dallas??

Victor [Surfhcobum89 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.10.15
hey wutt is the address in witchta

jesus moreno [Jesussk8er123 cxe aol punkto com] • 2006.10.16
Hi Prentiss,
I enjoyed reading your web site. I plan on trying to travel from Los Angeles to any point(s) in Florida. Do you know of one or more Mexican bus companies that will do it?(autobuses and/or shuttle vans) Also the possibility of making this trip via Asian bus companies(in conjunction with Mexican concern(s).
Thanks for your help!

Scott Cohen [GODRULESTHEUNIVERSE cxe YAHOO punkto COM] • 2006.11.04
Sorry, Scott, I don't know. I've seen ads for cross-country (intra-US) bus and van service marketed to Spanish speakers, but I don't think they're Mexican companies per se. I'll bet if you picked up a Spanish-language newspaper in LA you'd find some ads that would help you get started.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.11.04
Am looking for recommeded bus line from dallas to san miguel in spring. may be for group of 10 - 15 people. Any recommendations? Any details or suggestions appreciated.

Cynthia [cynthiasparacin cxe netscape punkto net] • 2006.11.15
My wife and I will be travelling from Dallas to San Miguel in December and are leaning toward the Transportes de San Miguel bus recommended by Christina above. Have seen their bus station in San Miguel and it looks fine. Wondering if anyone knows the location of their station in Dallas. Will post my experiences after we make the trip.

Gary Paramore [gazzapazza cxe mindspring punkto com] • 2006.11.20
Prentiss, I just wanted to say thank you for this blog and all the help that you have given others in traveling to Mexico.

I have been to Real de Catorce, Monterrey, Saltillo, San Luis, Gomez de Palcios, Torreon, Durango, Cuernavaca, Mexico City, Mazatlan, Taxco, and many other places in Mexico. I have traveled both by bus and plane and must say that I prefer the bus overall when time permits.

I do not have any stories of ill fortune to tell as all of my travels have been nothing but an adventure. I love Mexico and all that it has to offer. Those that fly over the country are missing far more than they will ever realize.

By the way, do not take the Greyhound from Austin to the border. The Mexican buses are much cleaner and comfortable and they stop less!

Again, Prentiss thank you and I owe you a cup of coffee when we meet. Email me and let's hook up.

Bill Hood [bill cxe schoolofscreenprinting punkto com] • 2006.11.22
I'm surprised that after all this time people keep coming to this blog for info about bus travel to Mexico. I'm starting to give some idle thought to what a site devoted just to that topic would be like.

If you think that might be interesting, please help me out: Take this short survey on what you'd like to see in a Mexican bus travel site.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.12.12
What is the fastest way to get to Leon, Guanjuato from Dallas, TX?

Angeles • 2006.12.13
Hi I will be traveling to Morelia in May and I was wondering if anyone knows what other papers I need at the border besides my passport. Has anyone taken the bus to Morelia? which bus line do you recommend? thanks for your help.

neo gutierrez [neogutierrez cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2007.01.11
Prentiss, I can't believe that I searched Greyhound bus Austin to San Antonio and your blog site came up! Incredible, dude!

bill van eimeren [billve cxe sanantoniozen punkto org] • 2007.03.06
Need to send a 25 yr. old Mexican girl from US (departure city flexible, she's coming from South Carolina) to Leon Mexico - or maybe San Miguel de Allende. Is Americanos Bus line still the best? Will she be safe? What is the safest departure city in Texas. She is only going south, not returning to US by bus. This will be in June, 2007.

nancy [njh99 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2007.04.13
Nancy, where are you in South Carolina? Have you made arrangements for the young Mexican girl's travels? I'm currently in Spartanburg, SC, and have plans to relocate to San Miguel de Allende in June, 2007. From my extensive research, I plan to take the Americanos USA bus line from San Antonio, TX. This same bus also leaves from Austin. It leaves Austin daily at 12:45pm, and San Antonio at 2:45pm. The bus arrives in San Miguel around 8:00am the next morning. There are stops along the way, but no bus change! If I can be of assistance, please notify me.

Rose [roseauntie cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2007.05.23
Went to San Miguel on Transportes San Miguel based on recommendations above. (May 2007). Christina told me they use a small town to cross the border, thus avoiding the backup at Laredo. The trip was awful. Daughter and I both are tall; our knees were smack up against the seatback ahead. At Laredo at 2am, joined long line to get thru border. For 2 hours the overhead lights were on +off, no way to sleep (couldn't anyway sitting straight up). Only Spanish was spoken. Finally stopped for an inedible meal at 10am next day in Matahuala. 17 hours total. Never again. For the way back, we were told Turimex had a better bus--only able to leave from Queretaro, not SMA. Took taxi to Queretaro, then Turimex to E Ben White in Austin. The seats were a little farther apart, but still not what you'd call lujo class as inside MX. After about 4 hours the bathroom started to emit a truly nauseous smell. Hell on wheels. Went through Laredo again, but only 45 min, not 2 hours. Then got held up (? reason) on the other side for 1-1/2 hours while the bus drivers from 5 different buses socialized at the side of the road. Again, only Spanish spoken. 17 hours again--swollen ankles. Never again.

keaton [keaton2 cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] • 2007.05.25
My husband and I made a roundtrip on July 2, 2007 from Austin to Monterrey with Autobuses San Luis and had no problem, trip was very comfortable their buses are clean not like other busline i traveled with so i highly recommed thid busline this the fifth time i travel with this line no complains they are located on 7th st. between shady and springdale and tel. 512-300-0104 what i like about the people that attend the window they will guide you on your trip.

Nadia • 2007.07.09
In my personal experience traveling from San Antonio to Monterrey, Turimex is a much better deal than Americanos (cleaner buses, no lengthy stops, better customer service), even though they don't offer the "Ejecutivo" bus any more.
Anyway, does anyone know the address to the riverfront parking lot?

Fidel Martínez [fidel_martinez1971 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2007.07.31
I will be traveling from Dallas to Celaya and am looking for lux line. I hear that Turimex no longer offers lux/executive service. Any recommendations.

Blanca [bolivarez1 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2007.08.01
this is a great site!

quick decision: austin to san miguel

americanos vs. transportes de san miguel

which would you take with children?

dgb • 2007.08.16
this is a great site!

quick decision: austin to san miguel

americanos vs. transportes de san miguel

which would you take with children?

dgb • 2007.08.16
this is a great site!

quick decision: austin to san miguel

americanos vs. transportes de san miguel

which would you take with children?

dgb • 2007.08.16
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