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Mexican bus service from Austin, part II

Many thanks to everyone who replied to my previous thread on Mexican bus lines operating in Texas. My research continues. In the spirit of the Tijuana Busboard I rounded up all the Spanish-language papers I could find in Austin and scoured them for bus ads. There were more such papers (a subject for another blog entry) and fewer such ads than I'd have expected; clearly this bus network still relies primarily on word of mouth. Here are scans of all the ads I saw, dated approximately the first week of December 2004, subject to change without notice, your mileage may vary, swim at your own risk, caveat emptor, cave canem:

Although I'm still intrigued by these cross-border bus lines, I'm starting to think that it may be easier to use domestic buses and handle the border crossings on your own, not only to avoid long delays for vehicular crossings, but because that gives you more flexibility in scheduling: there are a lot more connections to choose from in and out of Nuevo Laredo than the handful which terminate in Texas. And I find the idea of doing the border crossing by day and then catching a night bus more appealing than planning to cross the border mid-journey at 3:00 AM. See the comments in my previous post for more info.

travel 2004.12.11 link

Comments

My boyfriend and I took the Greyhound/Turistar from Laredo to Mexico City. When crossing at the border all Gringos were asked off the bus to buy the 12$ tourist visa and get ID check (this was Dec. 1999). When we got off the bus drove off with out us abandoning us in Nuevo Laredo our stuff still on the bus. I got some Nuevo Laredo Police officers to chase the bus down for us and we got back on it. My boyfriend had luckily bought both our tickets on the United States side via greyhound with his American Express. He told American Express what had happened and they didn't pay for the bus tickets because we had been left at the border.

elenamary [elenamary cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.12.12
When I had been planning my trip to Mexico last year, my mom told me that if we took the bus, we'd get the Greyhound to the border, then find a bus line in Mexico that would take us to our destination. Sounds like that's what most people do.

kika • 2004.12.13
If you get the greyhound on the US side it is partnered with Turistar, at least in Nuevo Laredo, so you shouldn't have to change buses along the way.

elenamary [elenamary cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2004.12.13
I want to take a luxury bus from Laredo, Texas to San Migeul de allende, GTO any suggestions?

Tommy Ashley [tommya cxe plano punkto gov] • 2005.01.03
To: Tommy Ashley. I too am wanting to take Ejucutivo Bus line from Nueva Laredo into the interior (Guadalara). It is my understand that Ejucutivo is the ONLY line that will go NON STOP to a Mexican destination. Grey Hound is "supposed" to be linked with Estrella Blanca (owners of Ejucutivo) but Grey Hound hasn't been able to help me by phone AT ALL. Maybe a trip to S.A. will get me some info. Now tr. SMA.....if you have a dependable car, I can tell you that DRIVING YOURSELF to SMA is not a hard thing to do.I'm a woman and I have done it alone. The toll road is fantastic and not that expensive. If you drive (as fast as me) you can be in SMA in 8 hours. Cross the border at Laredo about 6am. That keeps you from standing in horrific lines. There is one check point further into the interior after you leave Nueva Laredo. They may want mordida to let you pass quickly. If you have nothing in your car except a suitcase, they'll pass you on quickly. Email me if you want to discuss this more. KAY

Kay Howard [kayhoward cxe swtexas punkto net] • 2005.01.13
Thanks for the info, Kay! The encouragement about driving and the tip about a 6:00 AM border crossing are helpful.

Is "Ejecutivo" really a bus line? I was under the impression that it was a class of service, and several companies offer ejecutivo-class buses. "Ejecutivo" as I understand it (and as I experienced it last week on the leg of my trip from Nuevo Laredo to Monterrey) means a newer, cleaner bus with more legroom and a few other amenities.

As for non-stop service to interior destinations, it depends on what you mean by "non-stop". There are lots of companies operating in Texas which have through buses -- for instance Autobuses Americanos which I took on my return from Mexico -- but of course they stop every few hours for food and restroom breaks, they stop at the border and internal Mexican checkpoints, and they may stop at major destinations along the way to drop off and let on passengers. The word the bus companies themselves use is "direct" or "directo", meaning you don't have to change buses.

I couldn't find any ejecutivo-class buses that operate in Texas. Are you saying that Estrella Blanca operates some? If so I need to track them down.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.01.13
Oh, yeah, I took the trip that this was the research to prepare for. You can read about my bus experiences in Mexican buses, part III.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.01.13
Great to find other folks in Austin sharing Mexican bus info. Three pieces of info to share (as of January 2005): (1) Autobuses Americanos now has an office in Austin: 512/928-9237 ... 1140 Airport Blvd; or toll free at 1 877-boletos; (2) El Mundo is by far the best of the local Spanish-language newspaper for bus ads; it only comes out once a week on Thursdays and can be hard to find, but it is usually available at Fiesta Mart or any of the Aranda’s taco chains; and (3) passenger vans are also available for rent to drive to Mexico, per the local yellow pages (can’t recall name of the company). I've taken three trips down in the past couple of years. On the first one, I drove my car to the Laredo bus station, bought a ticket here on the U.S. side to Saltillo, MX, and all went well with the trip. However, be aware the cost of parking at the bus station in U.S. was about $10/day, so this get expensive. Next trip I used Pegasos, a small busline that stops in Austin and goes all the way to Dolores Hidalgo, MX (about a half hour, if memory serves, by taxi or bus to San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato, in opposite directions). That Pegasos trip left something to be desired, as they stopped several times at small towns in South Texas so it took about 6 hours just to get to the border (normally about a 4 hour trip); then the onboard bathroom malfunctioned and the odor was .… truly sickening. The driver swapped buses in San Luis Potosi because of this problem and things were fine thereafter. Coming back, I used Autobuses Americanos from San Miguel de Allende all the way to Austin. Very comfortable and problem free. In all of my trips, the border crossings have had minimal hassle and taken no more than a couple of hours. Also, someone mentioned the excessively loud movies which are shown; my solution is small foam ear plugs you can buy at the drug store, then followed by a pair of closed-ear headphones (preferably the cheap $7 noise-blocker type they sell for hunters). You can also wear earbud type headphones instead of the foam earplugs, if you prefer music or Spanish audio. Voila ! Paraiso! (So long as the toilets work.)

cosmo99z [tdk001 cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] • 2005.02.01
Dumb! Drive,no bus!

JC [pcuazza cxe charter punkto net] • 2005.02.04
Hi!
Hope, I can find somebody to help me, I live in Pa. far from the south, I was living for 10 years in Texas close to the border Mc Allen-Reynosa. I am from Monterrey, N.L.and I love San Miguel de Allende, in Mc Allen they have a (new building) bus station you can by tickets direct to Monterrey and anothers points of Mexico, they are very nice buses,and you cross the border with no problems. Actually in 2003 I was traveling by bus from Mc Allen to Williamsport, Pa. Man! 48 hours in the road! and the seats doesn't have a #. The good thing about Mexico buses, is you buy your ticket and you can pick your favorite seat. Here is first come, first serve. Horrible!

well
I know the majority of the people in this website are from Austin (by the way I love Austin is one of my favorite cities in Texas), but if you know somebody living in Pennsylvannia, please let me know, I am planning going to Texas and Mexico driving! Any info la apreciare!.

JUANY [dolphjuany cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.02.26
My wife and I took an Americanos bus from Dallas to Mexico City (and back) in January 2005. The trip was very successful. We did the midnight crossing at Laredo without incident, but the ideal crossing would be around 9 PM if you are doing the long haul to Mexico City. On the way back, we crossed the border in the morning. It took an hour to get through customs, but we had made friends by then and enjoyed chatting the time away. Our new friend was a resident of Laredo and liked to take Americanos to Monterrey. He said it greatly simplified the border crossing. From Monterrey, he would upgrade to a Lujo bus going to his destination.

Mark Mills [mmills cxe htcomp punkto net] • 2005.03.05
Can anyone tell me where the bus station is in Monterrey if I take Autobus Americano? Is it just ONE bus station in Monterrey? Thanks!

Norma [cow86 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.03.14
started calling these bus companies, all the numbers seem to be dead. Any updated information?

John [bungalow_dweller cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.04.24
I would like to have some hint to travel from Dallas to Mexico City. If you can put some bus line to contact I will appreciate it.

Thanks
Omar

Omar [Omorale2 cxe Hotmail punkto com] • 2005.05.09
I'm confused after reading this thread -- can I take a de lujo bus all the way from Austin to Guadalajara, or must I take something lesser from Austin to Monterrey, then upgrade to de lujo? Also, does anybody know if a trip to Guad means going to Mexico City and then over to Guad, or can I go directly to Guad? I'm planning to go next week, will post here any updated info I find when I return. Thanks.

EMC [itraveller cxe mac punkto com] • 2005.06.06
EMC, I don't think anyone is operating ejecutivo or de lujo -class buses out of Texas, just first class. If you want better than that you have to change in Nuevo Laredo or Monterrey. I'd love to learn otherwise, though!

When I was on the homeward leg of my trip in December I boarded a bus in Zacatecas which I believe originated in Guadalajara and bypassed Mexico City. It took me all the way to Laredo. It wasn't an ejecutivo, but my guess is that there would be fairly direct ejecutivos from Monterrey to Guadalajara, if not from Nuevo Laredo.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.06.06
Turistar Ejecutivo is my preferred line. I've traveled with my dad on a number of occasions to Torreon/Gomez Palacio/Lerdo from Cd. Juarez and have ridden Omnibus de Mexico, Futura and Turistar and Turistar is the best out of all three. The Busscar 300 series model I rode in was very nice. So were the Dina Paradiso coaches they used to run but I guess have since been retired. (My dad once rode Estrella Blanca back to Juarez but that's another story in itself!). The 9:50pm bus gets you to Juarez around 7:00, just in time to catch the Americanos shuttle from the Juarez bus station to El Paso. I have a feeling Americanos drivers time their departures to El Paso to give that bus time to get there as a number of passengers went to the Americanos/Greyhound desk at the Juarez bus station and purchased tickets to El Paso and beyond. But the ticket lady told me it was good for any run to El Paso (they run every hour) The cost of the shuttle has gone down, years ago it was $8, this last time it was $6.

During the $8 days Americanos wasn't around (was Turismos Rapidos back then) and Chihuahuenses ran the shuttle. In days past, you could get off the bus, walk over to the shuttle and pay the driver cash right there but now you have to exit the bus and enter the terminal (there's a fence that separates the arrival/departure areas) and pass through customs. There is also a sign that says El Paso bound passengers MUST purchase a ticket in order to get into the departure area. The customs hassle was light, no "red light/green light" since I was heading north but I did get frisked when my cellphone set off the metal detector, lol.

My guess is that they found people were arriving from other Mexican border cities, bypassed the ticket desks thereby sneaking past the customs officers at the entrance to the departure area and paying drivers cash to get on buses heading into the interior.

Americanos stops at both the Americanos terminal and the Greyhound terminal.

Patrick [patmvaldez2 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.06.07
Help !!! We see the same question time and time again, but no clear answer.......or not one we understand.....1.We want to go to San Miguel de Allende from Nuevo Laredo..........2. We want to travel at night in one of the luxury buses (two seats on one side, one on the other, the key here is a comfortable night's travel).........3. The bus doesn't have to arrive in San Miguel, just in the area. We can't imagine why, but the luxury buses don't go to San Miguel......We still need the comfortable night.....If we had one clue, we could find the time to arrive in Nuevo Laredo.......bus station phone number, the bus line name, a departure time, anything tangible.

patti [patti cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] • 2005.06.26
instead of taking a bus to mexico just drive, why deal with all of that i get from austin to guanahuato in less then 10 hours

el tury [jtvhslp2001 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.06.27
I am a midwestern Gringo with a great
mexican wife and I have been traveling these routes for nearly 25
years and would like to add my two cents......
see www.omnibusdemexico.com
or www.etn.com.mx (be patient!)
www.grupoestrellablanca.com.mx

The larger mexican lines (ejecutivo,
turistar, omnibus de mexico ) have
joined the 21st century and now have
web sights, or can at least sell over
the phone with a credit card/give seat# ,confirmation. Greyhound has fallen asleep at the switch and is loosing out on this sale opportunity ,
not even offering similar service in the u.s., The " enlaces greyhound " term 20 years old already and there is no actual "connection " or :codeshare; like with airlines.

"autobuses americanos" is partially
owned by greyhound and if you can find a phone number to them they will
reserve you a seat northbound but southbound its' still first come first
sirved. They operate from the border
towns and go up I_-35 to dallas or
to the carolinas. I cannot say they
have stellar service but drivers are
helpfull enough and their schedules are fairly well kept.YOU cant beat the price.
I live in cleveland ohio and go to Monterrey mexico a lot, the airfare is usually about $600-700, BUT (this is probably the case from
most northern states) FLY TO MCALLEN, LAREDO for about $300-350 & catch one of these buses ($20) even if you have to overnight ( I only recommend Mcallen for overnights, Laredoeans by and large are very hostile inkeepers) its still a pleasant trip and even if you are going to as far sauth as Mexico city, a pleasant trip.)

Turistar Ejecutivo is reliably good.

Americanos has a 1-800-number and they serve San Antonio,Laredo,Austin,Dallas, HOuston, Go under www.yellowpages.com in these cities and they are usually listed under "AMERICANOS USA'.

Driving into Mexico is getting easier all the time, buses though are a great alternative if you dont want the risk or hastle. Figure gasoline ( is STILL about 30cents a gallon more in Mexico, Insurance,Customs deposits etc.Tolls, etc. Driving does not become 'economical" until you have 3 or 4 individuals riding. Besides, on longer trips it's overnight and you loose less time.,the drivers know where to stop & eat.

Anyone with any questions feel free
to e mail me on any related subject.

phil [philmwi cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.07.02
Well, we made the trip to San Miguel de Allende and know the "skinny" on the luxury bus with three seats across.

AT the bus station in Laredo, you can get tickets in advance ($75.00 July, 05) for Turistar (the company) Ejecutivo (the class) bus to Caretaro. This IS the luxury bus that has three seats across which recline almost completely horizontal. It leaves Nuevo Laredo at around 5:00 p.m. (and may have a later one, but I'm not certain), stops very little, and arrives in Caretaro around 4:30 a.m. at a really, really nice bus station. Walk over to another terminal to catch a "regular" bus from there to San Miguel de Allende for about $4.50, This one takes an hour or a bit more.

This was a very pleasant trip. The ejecutivo busses have movies, clean restrooms, pillows, and with our blankets, xtra pillows, comfy clothes, and snacks, the trip was a really nice night, and we woke up "there".

We do occassionally drive in, but it is troublesome to get the car permisio, and gas and the tolls are pretty expensive. This way we are rested when we arrive, it is like having extra days.

Thanks for the advice, everyone. Have a good trip when you can !!!!

patti [[patti cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] •] • 2005.07.13
My comment cut short....Anyway, the bus leaves around 5:00 p.m. and there may be more, I'm not sure. The trip was extremely comfortable, the seats recline almost horizontally, was very clean, comfy, TV, AC, dark. (Tho we recommend ear plugs, sometimes the TV is loud, and sometimes the driver plays the radio.

We arrived in Queretaro around 4:30 a.m. at a very nice(safe) station. Change terminals (easy) to get a regular bus to San Miguel for about $4.50.

patti [[patti cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] •] • 2005.07.13
i am searching for a nicer bus that travels to guanajuato out of san antonio,tx, if possible, or nuevo laredo, if it came down to that. because we would be traveling at night we would like for the trip to be a comfortable and safe one. help!

pili [cruz4fam cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.07.13
i am searching for a nicer bus that travels to guanajuato out of san antonio,tx, if possible, or nuevo laredo, if it came down to that. because we would be traveling at night we would like for the trip to be a comfortable and safe one. help!

pili [cruz4fam cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.07.13
What is the best bus service to get me from San Antonio Texas to Guadalajara, Mex.

d.r

David Reed [daver cxe bmi punkto net] • 2005.07.14
Patti. Thanks for the info. Sounds like that is the way to go!
A few questions:
I live in Austin. Is there no way to reserve a bus in advance from here. I think you are saying that I need to be at the Turistar bus station in Laredo. Is this right?
If so do you know the address?
Is this the round trip cost from Laredo to San Miguel and back?
Thank you!

jody [jodyhorton cxe mac punkto com] • 2005.07.21
http://www.expologistica.com.mx/versitioweb.cfm?urldestino=www.centraldelnorte.com&expositor_id=1640
Take a look and see if this will give some help on which lines travel which routes. Thanks for the providing a central site for Mexican bus information.

Ann Harris [harrisa cxe hayscisd punkto net] • 2005.07.23
My family (me, husband, kids 5 and 8) just came back from a great trip to Zacatecas and Queretaro. We found it easiest to drive to Laredo, cross and get a bus on the other side. We parked for $5/day at the parking lot of the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, on the river: the number is 956-722-2411. (There are other parking lots in Lar. as well. It was nice to end up at the hotel for breakfast after the night ride from Queretaro.) The hotel van took us to the bridge, which we crossed; then got our visas at the office on the other side, and took a cab to the bus station (about $5). Since the next bus to Z-cas wasn't leaving for an hour and a half we got on the next one to Monterrey and once there got on the next bus to Z-cas. This was of travelling worked great for us--I highly recommend not dealing with buses on this side, if possible, but getting to the bus station in NL. Once you're there you have more options.By the way, although the Ejecutivo buses (Estrella Blanca company) are super-nice, the primera clase buses by Futura and Omnibus de Mexico were totally fine too. We saved $20 per person on the way up by taking primera clase.

Omnibus's number in Mex is 01-800-7-65-66-36.
Estrella Blanca's is 01-55-57-29-0707.
We did not have a lot of luck researching bus schedules online, but did find this website for the city of Nuevo Laredo: http://www.nuevolaredo.gob.mx/turismo/guiaturistica-autoeblanca.htm with some schedules.

The fare from NL to Z-cas was about $52 per person. From Q-ro up to NL it was $66 pp (1st class).
One thing that is good to know is that the bridges in Lar/NL have DIFFERENT NAMES depending which side of the border you're on. What from the American side is Intl Bridge 2 is called Puente 1 on the Mexican side. This is the bridge you will probably cross by foot.

Thanks to all the rest of you who posted before us!

Isabelle [isanews cxe texas punkto net] • 2005.08.01
My family (me, husband, kids 5 and 8) just came back from a great trip to Zacatecas and Queretaro. We found it easiest to drive to Laredo, cross and get a bus on the other side. We parked for $5/day at the parking lot of the Rio Grande Plaza Hotel, on the river: the number is 956-722-2411. (There are other parking lots in Lar. as well. It was nice to end up at the hotel for breakfast after the night ride from Queretaro.) The hotel van took us to the bridge, which we crossed; then got our visas at the office on the other side, and took a cab to the bus station (about $5). Since the next bus to Z-cas wasn't leaving for an hour and a half we got on the next one to Monterrey and once there got on the next bus to Z-cas. This was of travelling worked great for us--I highly recommend not dealing with buses on this side, if possible, but getting to the bus station in NL. Once you're there you have more options.By the way, although the Ejecutivo buses (Estrella Blanca company) are super-nice, the primera clase buses by Futura and Omnibus de Mexico were totally fine too. We saved $20 per person on the way up by taking primera clase.

Omnibus's number in Mex is 01-800-7-65-66-36.
Estrella Blanca's is 01-55-57-29-0707.
We did not have a lot of luck researching bus schedules online, but did find this website for the city of Nuevo Laredo: http://www.nuevolaredo.gob.mx/turismo/guiaturistica-autoeblanca.htm with some schedules.

The fare from NL to Z-cas was about $52 per person. From Q-ro up to NL it was $66 pp (1st class).
One thing that is good to know is that the bridges in Lar/NL have DIFFERENT NAMES depending which side of the border you're on. What from the American side is Intl Bridge 2 is called Puente 1 on the Mexican side. This is the bridge you will probably cross by foot.

Thanks to all the rest of you who posted before us!

Isabelle [isanews cxe texas punkto net] • 2005.08.01
I TRAVEL FROM HOUSTON TO SAN LUIS POTOSI VERY OFTEN, WHEN IN HOUSTON TAKE TRANSPT. CHAVEZ,(NORTH MAIN NEAR I-45 N. ACROSS KFC) CLEAN, ALMOST FAST, AND CROSS THE BORDER AT 2 AM
YOU WILL BE IN SAN LUIS POTOSI AT 9 AM, AND THEN TAKE THE BUS TO SMA, IF YOU WANT TO, BUT SLP HAS NO GRINGOS LIFE IS CHEAPER, LOTS OF THINGS TO SEE,
MUCH BETTER, GIVE IT A TRY

GEORGE NOT A GRINGO [HUBHOUSTON cxe YAHOO punkto COM] • 2005.08.04
IF YOU GO TO REAL DEL CATORCE, SAN LUIS POTOSI, NEAR MATEHUALA(JULIA ROBERTS MADE A MOVIE HERE) YOU WILL SEE LOTS OF KIDS FROM AUSTIN TX., SMOKING POT EATING PEYOTE, AND IN THE DAY TIME LOTS OF OLD GRINGOS FROM MINNESOTTA, MICHIGAN, OHIO, WALKING THE DAY TOURS
MUST SEE, NICE PLACE.

GEORGE NOT A GRINGO [HUBHOUSTON cxe YAHOO punkto COM] • 2005.08.04
Have you traveled to Mexico on Turimex? Found them in the internet under Gruposenda.com. Nice site, but among others it shows offices in Austin, San Marcos and San Antonio. But the phone in San Antonio is a Fax number.
I want to travel to San Luis Potosi from SA. Any other recomendations? Several friends have not had much luck with Autobuses Americanos.

Angie [laddchaos cxe satx punkto rr punkto com] • 2005.08.13
just made the trip from queretero to austin on Americanos Autobuses (Sept. 2005). Left on at 9:30 PM. $75.00. it was quiet after two movies. The bus was a two seater and very uncrowded. I would still take a three seater (Turistar- ejecutivo line) the next time, hoping again for it to be uncrowded. There were three quick stops for food and bathroom breaks with a swift border crossing. And I had a ton a luggage-only xrayed. So, it was direct but there were those stops. Make sure to bring sweaters, blankets etc. cause it was incredibly over air conditioned.

wendy [wenglenca cxe aol punkto com] • 2005.09.29
I took Austobuses Americanos from San Antonio, TX to San miguel de Allende, GTO. two summers ago. We were able to purchase our tickets and catch a direct bus from San Antonio, which is why we departed from there despite living in Austin. The drive was 18 hours, but the bus wasn't full, so it was comfortable. Also, they play movies. The border crossing was easy ($12, have cash!) and we stopped inMonterrey for a half hour and got to stretch our legs around 3 am. Do not get lost in the monterrrey station, though! I don't think its terribly huge, but you don't want to miss your bus leaving again. Have some single pesos b/c restrooms in mexico charge. I highly reccomend Americanos.

Renee [reens82 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.09.30
I took Austobuses Americanos from San Antonio, TX to San miguel de Allende, GTO. two summers ago. We were able to purchase our tickets and catch a direct bus from San Antonio, which is why we departed from there despite living in Austin. The drive was 18 hours, but the bus wasn't full, so it was comfortable. Also, they play movies. The border crossing was easy ($12, have cash!) and we stopped inMonterrey for a half hour and got to stretch our legs around 3 am. Do not get lost in the monterrrey station, though! I don't think its terribly huge, but you don't want to miss your bus leaving again. Have some single pesos b/c restrooms in mexico charge. I highly reccomend Americanos.

Renee [reens82 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.09.30
looking at taking a trip to san luis potosi, mx from san antonio, tx. What bus line do you recommend? Traveling alone and at night to avoid the day traffic.

rita [rijusa96 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.10.05
Here is our plight. We plan to leave San Antonio on Dec. 18th. We are headed to Guadalaraja. There seems to be some mixed messages, so please set me straight. We would like to take a bus from San Antonio to Neuvo Laredo, and get on a bus that is going to Guadalarja. Questions are: which bus line from Neuvo, which one makes the least amount of stops, what is the cost. If anyone can answer any of these questions, I would be most grateful.

Jacque [herbladyjacque cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.10.17
Whatever your destination, try to obtain your personal permits at the mexican consulate in downtown Austin or if one is available in your city. About 3 years ago we made atrip to Gomez Palacio, Dgo, passing through Nuevo Laredo, and those Mfrs charged us $20 bucks per person for our permits ( when permits are free if you travel in mexico for less than 7 days, which was our case)+ our vehicle permits. In the end though, we did save by driving down there our selfs, but were out of an extra $100 we could have used for purchases!

Isela [iselavramirez cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.10.18
Whatever your destination, try to obtain your personal permits at the mexican consulate in downtown Austin or if one is available in your city. About 3 years ago we made atrip to Gomez Palacio, Dgo, passing through Nuevo Laredo, and those Mfrs charged us $20 bucks per person for our permits ( when permits are free if you travel in mexico for less than 7 days, which was our case)+ our vehicle permits. In the end though, we did save by driving down there our selfs, but were out of an extra $100 we could have used for purchases!

Isela [iselavramirez cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.10.18
Prentiss,

Will I be receiving an answer to my question about travel from San Antonio to Guadalaraja from this site or will you be emailing me. I really need to find out about bus service. If you don't have an answer, can you suggest another site? Also, I called the number for Turimex International Group Senda 210-736-0756 in San Antonio, someone had suggested on your site. They no longer have bus service. Thanks
Jacque

Jacque [herbladyjacque cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.10.18
I'm looking to book bus tickets from Acupulco to Huatulco in. Anybody have a suggested bus line or ideas? Tks

Susan [longpoucher cxe yahoo punkto ca] • 2005.10.18
Just wondering the best way to get to copper canyon from Austin. I could drive (anyone know how long that would take?) or I could take the bus (anyone know which bus?). Also, any ideas on other places to go from Dec 26th until Jan 1st?

thanks for you help

Layne

Layne [layne cxe liquidtravel punkto org] • 2005.12.10
is there a bus line that runs from san antonio to reynosa mexico??
i just hate those f*cked up greyhounds

or any bus line that goes from san antonio or san marcos,texas to reynosa
in mcallen and reynosa there's a bus line called Transpais it's bad ass those buses are great

junior [kabron21 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2005.12.11
I used Turimex round trip between Dallas and Monterey around the second week of November, 2005. The guy sitting beside me on the return trip was from San Antonio and he said Ejecutivo runs between San Antonio and Monterey but couldn't tell me if they go to Dallas. My Mexican husband says the same thing all of you say - Ejecutivo is the best. Does anyone know a phone number for Ejecutivo in Dallas?

Molly Dunbar [molly cxe haconsult punkto com] • 2005.12.18
I think "ejecutivo" is a class rather than a company, and lots of bus companies run ejecutivos. What I don't know is whether there are any ejecutivos that operate into Texas. If so, that would definitely be the bus to take.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2005.12.18
I am going to Monterrey for surgery in March. I want to take a bus from San Antonio to Monterrey and due to surgical committment, I need to be sure that all the details are ironed out before I leave so that I arrive in time for my check in and pre-ops. I will need to reserve in advance both the trip into Mexico from San Antonio, and the trip back from Monterrey into San Antonio. I am having trouble finding bus lines that provide this service and knowing all the ins and outs of international ground travel. I need to be on a comfortable bus, especially for the post op trip home. I could use advice, links, suggestions, etc. Thanks so much!

victoria k. [onehorsegirl5 cxe msn punkto com] • 2005.12.26
Need to travel from Austin to Mazatlan on bus. Anyone have experiences they can share regarding their trip, especially the bus line(s) used? Any lines travel all the way through from Austin on ejecutivos class?

Richard [shermanr cxe cox punkto net] • 2005.12.27
i'm on a mission to take a buses from austin, through mexico, into guatemala. i've purchased a turimex ticket from austin to queretaro, and am looking for advice on how to get from queretaro to guatemala/close to the guatemalan border, preferably closer to the pacific side--around tapachula. any advice on travelling that far south would be greatly appreciated! also, any advice on transferring buses in queretaro. many thanks!

meridith [soyunasirena cxe aol punkto com] • 2005.12.30
I am looking for a direct bus from Iowa or Chicago IL to San Luis Potosi and I want non stop and I would llke info on a busline

Angela Perez [laguerradesanluispotosi2533 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.01.23
I would like to go to monterrey,I am traveling from providence rhode island and am thinking of takeing the amtrack train to laredo,is this the best crossing to get there,and what is the best way to cross?

dennis [chdjase cxe gmail punkto com] • 2006.02.05
i m trying to catch a bus from dallas texas to cuernavaca or mexico city whatever is easiest, perferably an ejecutivo because it sounds the safest and easiest, does americano have this class and i think i read that others have taken the americano from here, can't find the website though , can you guys help me out

Israel [oracleip cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.02.05
Dennis, Amtrak schedules in Texas are extremely dicey. Several members of my family have tried taking Amtrak here and they've experienced severe delays every time. Sometimes they've had mechanical breakdowns that affected the air conditioning or even forced them off the trains and into Amtrak-provided buses. On the other hand, when things don't break down I agree with you that trains are much more comfortable than buses. If time is not an issue for you you could go for Amtrak.

Does Amtrak really go to Laredo, though? I thought the only route in Texas was Chicago -> Ft. Worth -> San Antonio -> El Paso -> LA.

Israel, I haven't found any ejecutivo-class buses operating in Texas. If anybody knows of any, please share!

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.02.06
I should charge you for this!
Travel Mexico= I've been living in the Valley (McAllen) for fifteen years. I've traveled alot in Mexico by bus. Follow these simple steps (forget that you can get ticketed in the U.S.)
1) Exit off HWY 83 onto 23'd street going south.
2) Appx. ten minutes you'll reach Hidalgo. You'll see Casa de Cambios. Exchange some money. You can use your credit cards at ATM in Mex., but go ahead and get some cash! The exchange rates here are very good.
3) You will see a Whataburger on your right hand side as you approach the bridge-TAKE A RIGHT AT THAT LIGHT! If you mess up and pass the Whataburger, immediately turn into the grocery store parking lott! You are heading to the bridge.
4) the first block after taking a right, turn left. Drive all the way down (1 small block). At the very end of the street is a parking lott. Park there. It is very cheap. I always try to get a spot closest to the booth. I've never been ripped off. Put your valuables in the trunk, anyway.
5) Walk to the bridge, but don't go through the turnstyle. There is a Greyhound bus stop close. If you don't see it, ask someone or ask a border patrol agent. Busses come past every hour. Buy a ticket & wait. Now, I've never done this before. I know where the bus station is in Mexico. I take minibusses for 20 cents + walk. DO NOT TAKE A CAB, THEY ARE ONLY THERE TO RIPP YOU OFF! Don't give them the pleasure. I have ridden the greyhounds out and intoo Mexico frome the McAllen station. You won't get a parking spot there, though.
5) At the Mexico bus station. There are several busses to choose from. Their time tables are posted in plane sight, so you can figure out when you want to leave. The difference in price from 3,rd to 1,st class is so smnall + I rode a 3'rd from Tampico once, it stopped everywhere + was a old city bus sold to Mexico then converted- horrible! had orange seats so it had to have been thirty years olds!
The further you go into Mexico, the more chances you'll have an opportunity to ride a really nice bus. Noreste is a b class=like Greyhound, they pretty much travel only on the border hence Noreste. The Orient is great etc. The best busses don't necessarily have the best schedules. But, no matter what, you won't wait too long, and as I said, the further you go the more likely you'll be on a nice bus. Even if it's only Monterey.
6) Get your ticket + seating assignment. Unless you plan on drinking, don't sit in the back by the toilet. And no, that doesn't necessarily means it will smell.
7) Yeah, you just paid with Pesos
8) Now, get your documents and go visit the office just off of the entranceway to where the busses come and go (you'll see it). Tell them you need a visa. You will need a birth certificate + DL or a passport or maybe another form of ID will do it? In the old days you could just give the guy $10, Now, they have it where they fill out stuff (instead of just typing it out) and they will tell you that ASAP you goto a bank, pay them $10 and get your visa. I never did the last part. When I came back, a check point cop tried to get money out of me "No money No money No comprendo" Don't try this. I've been going in + out of Mex for years. I play too many silly games + got deported once.
9) Your set
10) Now, hang out. Get your shoes shined for a dollar. Or, go across the streat to the El Pollo Loco or something. Buy some food for the road. Also, there is a 7-11. But!, just beyond that a little is a Gigante grocery store. You can buy some liquor etc. or (this info. is priceless) Fresh Cubanos, not that overpriced crap they pawn on the border. Get you a pack of tiny hand rolled Romeo & Juliets, or whatever.
11) You can e-mail me with questions. Fritzthecat2006@yahoo.com. I'll answer any question you like. I pretty much know alot about regular down to Earth nitty gritty servival stuff. I've heard so many bad stories. Mexico (Tampico in particular) is my chosen second home. Many times I'm more comfortable there than here. However, there is alot of reasons to keep your guard up. But, you know me, Fritz, I just keep crying out for "More, more, oh God can there be any more!"
Adios Pancho

Roger Harder [fritzthecat2006 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.02.19
Alright! I need some help. I am 19 and I am planning to drive my dad's car from Maine to Mexico with some friends in a couple weeks. We're going to go rock climbing at a place called el potrero chico outside Hidalgo. So we would cross the border of Texas at Laredo probably. Should we leave the car and take a bus at the border? Is it safer to drive? Can I even get across the border, since the car is my dad's and not mine? We could also get a ride from monterrey in mexico to the climbing area if need be? What do you folks think? Any help would be hugely appreciated!

-Rob

Rob L. [roblatoya cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.02.20
My daughter and I took a trip from Austin to Monterrey for a few days and it was a total nightmare on the bus. We took Autobuses San Luis. Do not take that bus line if possible. They suck and do not care about you! The bus broke down 3 times and they finally switched buses in Laredo after many hours. It took 18 hours to get there instead of 8. We missed my cousind wedding and there is no way anything can replace that event.
They were late departing to and from by several hours. The bathroom on board was the worst I had ever seen. I almost vomited while trying to escape the nasty conditions! The A/C broke down and we had no water or food the entire trip. We felt like hurrican victims with no chance of rescue in sight! There were a lot of other problems that I would like to forget. Never again!
They would not refund any part of the ticket and did not care if you had problems or not. It was a bus ride from HELL!
If anyone has any suggestions on a better bus line to Monterrey from Austin please let me know!

Nancy Barnes [nbarnes1 cxe austin punkto rr punkto com] • 2006.03.18
Way easier in my opinion to catch a bus from austin to the border, cross over, and grab an early morning bus from a mexican line to your destination. If you go from austin to DF direct on one line (as i did from one of the companies that depart of cesar chavez, you end up spending way too much time in customs, have to pay to keep mexican customs from searching the bus, have you change buses as soon as you cross anyways, and in the end, once you pass a certain point ( cant remember where, somewhere near the durango turnoff perhaps) they just buy a ticket on a mexican line and stick you on some bus that goes the rest of the way.

D [danielmaj cxe gmail punkto com] • 2006.03.20
i am traveling to guatemala city by bus, of course i will have to go through mexico i know there is a bus from chicago(where im from) to guadalara mexico but i need help and info from there. any and all is apreciated please and thank you

Tim [Vagranthh2169 cxe aol punkto com] • 2006.03.23
Tim, that sounds like quite an adventure! I hope you're planning plenty of time and stops along the way.

If you look at a map of Mexico you'll see that Guadalajara is well out of the way between Chicago and your destination. My guess -- and it's just a guess -- is that the best route would take you through Mexico City, mostly because it's the hub for Mexico's transportation system and the bus routes and roads along the coast would not be as good as the ones down the middle of the country. After Mexico City I'm not so sure -- the Inter-American Highway runs through Oaxaca, Salina Cruz, Tuxtla Gutiérrez and then to Guatemala City, but it's conceivable that a route through Puebla and Villahermosa would save time by making an end run around the mountains. However on the map I don't see an easy way south from Villahermosa so that may be entirely wrong.

I'd recommend you do the following: do some preliminary research by consulting the "getting there and away" sections of Lonely Planet's Guatemala and Mexico books for some major cities along your route. Then figure out the best way to get from Chicago to Laredo. In Laredo, find the best way to get to Mexico City. In Mexico City, find the best way to get to Guatemala.

Have fun y ¡que te vaya bien!

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.03.23
Bus from tapachula mexico to Guatemala city you can take tica bus lines for 20.00 US

mj 65 [mj65 cxe houston punkto rr punkto com] • 2006.03.27
can anyone give me an idea of best overnight bus from Nuevo Laredo to DF...departure/arrival times and prices one way...
thanks in advance

benito [bydesign512 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.04.15
I'm trying to find a way to take a Mexican bus from McAllen to Chicago because what I've heard about Greyhound doesn't sound too appealing - any advice?

KBohne [Katita_108 cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.04.24
it has been some time since i have visited sma, there was a place a block or two west of bellas artes - anyone know the name? i'm looking for something in that $ range or less, hopefully less!
what is executive class bus travel running these days fron NL to !Queretero?
thanks!

Jeff [expatriate cxe jschultz punkto net] • 2006.05.15
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 used to live in Austin, TX last year and i traveled to Monterrey every weeks (para ver la vieja :).
Turimex is a very, very nice company. Buses are very clean. Customers are very quite, mostly mexican retired. Seats are very comfortable, you can lower them at a 45° angle and they don't stink. Most of the time the bus is half empty so you get 2 seats for the price of one. You should bring a pillow with you if you travel overnight (a real one or one you can inflate). Prices are better in mexico (30% off as I remember). What I did is that I bought a one way Austin-Monterrey ticket at the beginning. And then I bought a round trip Monterrey-Austin-Monterrey every time I went back to MTY (como 700 pesitos). You can use a return ticket up to 6 months later. Their website is Gruposenda.com.

Xavier [xavytex cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.06.15
I need help. This august im planning on going to Calera,Zacatecas. I wanted to know the best way to get there on bus from detroit,michigan or chicago. I also want to know what do i need to cross the border if im staying more than 2 weeks. Please write back as soon as possible to erico0204@yahoo.com P.S. Can minors travel alone?

Elvia [erico0204 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.06.28
Elvia, first off: US citizens can stay in Mexico for up to 180 days if they get a tourist card. It is very easy, you can do it at the border and it costs $20. Go read about it in Lonely Planet's Mexico guide or any other good guidebook.

That said, I have no idea about minors traveling alone. I suspect that it wouldn't be legal but I don't know. I suggest you ask at the Mexican consulate in Chicago.

Now, as to transportation: I was very happy on a trip I recently took on Turimex (I wrote about it here). My bus originated in Dallas with stops in Austin, San Antonio and Laredo. It went to San Luís Potosí but I think Turimex goes to Zacatexas as well. Do you read Spanish? If so, you can find details on the Grupo Senda website (www.gruposenda.com). They even have a feature that lets you chat with a ticket agent ("atención en línea"). So I believe if you can get yourself to Texas, Turimex would be a good choice to get you the rest of the way.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.06.28
I am looking to travel to Guatemala, and would like to go by land. Is anyone looking to drive South? I would love to share expenses with someone driving their car down south. I am fluent in Spanish and have traveled extensively through Mexico. I would like to leave sometime in August.

Lucrecia Gomez [lugomez53 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.07.11
The best bus lines from Nuevo Laredo to DF is ETN, also Monterrey to DF or Guadalajara, the worst is tha you need to take a taxi from the old bus station to the ETN-Primera Plus bus Station. You can see schedules in www.etn.com.mx and prices from Nuevo Laredo to DF is 90 dls.

Dorian Santiago • 2006.07.27
Any pointers on going from Austin to Xilitla? Is it best to go to San Luis Potosi, Queretaro or is there an easy way to go from a border town (Laredo?) to Cuidad Valles? Another route seems to be to go to Tampico first...

robin [robinsky2 cxe aol punkto com] • 2006.08.01
Does anyone have recommendations for a bus line from Denver to El Paso, changing in El Paso to a bus to Juarez?

Kate [knakin cxe hhlaw punkto com] • 2006.08.22
My husband and I are planning a trip to Taxco, MX and were wondering what would be the most safest and economical way to go. Bus from NL to Taxco or fly to Mexico City then bus to Taxco. Any help with this would be great. Has anyone been to the Silver Festival in Taxco and if so does the price go up during this time?

Thanks

denise west [denisewest25427 cxe aol punkto com] • 2006.09.04
We have a relative who regularly uses Americanos between San Miguel de Allende and san Antonio, Tx. and is quite satisfied with their service

Ricardo [ryrsanders cxe grandecom punkto net] • 2006.09.16
I am planning to travel to San Miguel de Allende by bus, and based upon what I've read on this site, will travel to Laredo, and pick up the Turistar Ejecutivo to Queretaro. My question is this. Does anyone know if I can book this trip and reserve seats in advance? Or do I just need to show up at the station in Nuevo Laredo and hope for the best? There are 3 of us travelling, and we would like to be able to sit together. Also, if the tickets need to be bought at the station in Nuevo Laredo, how early do we need to show up to be able to get seats?
Thanks

Michelle • 2006.10.29
I am planning to travel to San Miguel de Allende by bus, and based upon what I've read on this site, will travel to Laredo, and pick up the Turistar Ejecutivo to Queretaro. My question is this. Does anyone know if I can book this trip and reserve seats in advance? Or do I just need to show up at the station in Nuevo Laredo and hope for the best? There are 3 of us travelling, and we would like to be able to sit together. Also, if the tickets need to be bought at the station in Nuevo Laredo, how early do we need to show up to be able to get seats?
Thanks

Michelle • 2006.10.29
Im flying into mexico city the end of dec and could use advice on the best-cheap way to get from the pacific coast throgh guatemala to the cap of nicaragua thanks

jessica [checkermaurer cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.11.23
I am planning to spend the spring in Guanajuato and am trying to sort out my transportation options. It sounds like the drive from Austin to Guanajuato is quite easy. The Mexican tollways are very good. Does anyone know about the ease of finding parking over a 4 month period in Guanajuato?

Will [wmcdonald85 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.12.05
I am desperately trying to find out how to purchase tickets on Turimex from Austin to Guadalajara!! I have called the Turimex office in San Antonio, and they were extremly helpful, but no dice in Austin. My boyfriend just drove to their office and it was closed. When I call the number there is nothing but strange sounds. Anyone know when they open or the best way to buy tickets??
PS. I have heard from my Mexican friends that Turimex is the way to go!

Georgia [georgialhartman cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2006.12.08
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
Georgia, I just contacted Grupo Senda via the e-mail form at gruposenda.com. They replied that the Turimex stop in Austin is now at:

Gasolinera Chevron
2300 East Ben White (map)
Austin, Tx.
Tel. 512-965-7523 / 512-659-6613

Hoo boy. That's enough less convenient for me to think about changing bus lines again. From my part of town, a 3:00 AM taxi ride to Ben White would cost half as much as a bus ticket to Matehuala. :-(

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2006.12.13
Busses in Mexico are good and go almost everywhere but it is hard to find comprensive scheduals. The bus ride from Detroit to Texas then into Mexico is long and hard. I fly to Mexico City then use the bus system. There is a bus terminal right in the airport that will take you to most of the major Cities in the Heart of Mexico then you can make connections to the smaller towns and villages. If you book in advance, airfare isn't that much more than Greyhound. 4 to 6 hours is hard to beat. I dont want to spend 2 or 3 vacation days on a bus plus one more to recuperate

AVBFREE [avbfree cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.12.25
I am planning a bus trip from Houston to Antigua, Guatemala.

I would appreciate any advice anyone could give me.

Thanks

Gay Dowdy [gwd cxe airmail punkto net] • 2007.01.12
My wife, a friend of ours and I took a bus trip to Cuernavaca on December 26, 2006. I have traveled all over Mexico on a bus, but it was a first for my wife and our friend. She was quite nervous because she didn't speak the language and had never rode a bus cross-country.

Based on my previous experience with Greyhound between Austin and Laredo, we chose to take Americanos all the way. I know that Dallas-based Sistema Internacional de Transporte de Autobuses Inc. (SITA) is a Greyhound subsidiary and operates the Crucero and Autobuses Americanos bus lines, but you would never know it was part of Greyhound. It turned out to be a wonderful experience for everyone. Our friend was able to spread out because the seat next to her was vacant almost the entire trip.

The cost was $220 round trip per person from Austin to Mexico City and back. We left from the Americanos bus station on at 1140 Airport Blvd. You can call them at 512-928-9237. They speak English at the bus station and were quite cordial. Americanos treated us much better than I have been treated at other bus services.

The trip took 22 hours and we pretty much flew across the border and went through the checkpoint without incident.

I would suggest leaving Austin late in the evening so that you can sleep through the most boring parts of the ride, i.e. South Texas and Northern Mexico. By morning you will be in some really beautiful landscape.

This same bus line services Monterrey, Queretero, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Alende,

The Americanos bus arrives at the North Side Bus station in Mexico City and we had to take a cab to the Airport, which was only $12 USD. Then it was another $12 to take the Pullman de Morelos to Cuernavaca.

I would highly recommend Americanos to anyone wanting to travel to Mexico. I have tried other bus services and did not get the quality of service or bus.

Some pointers for Mexican Bus Traveling:

You will need a Passport or other suitable means of Identification. A drivers license will not be enough. You will need an actual birth certificate (not the decorative one issued by the hospital) and maybe a Voter’s Registration Card. You should get a FMT Travel Visa from your local Mexican Consulate prior to leaving. You can get one at the border for $20, but you have to leave the bus to do so. You will need cash only at the border.

You should be aware that few of the bus drivers speak English and this can present some problems if you do not speak Spanish.

Take some pesos for the toilet at the Mexican bus stations, usually 3 peso or so. Carry a roll of toilet paper with you!

A neck pillow for comfort

A throw blanket for covering while sleeping

Consider an inflatable seat cushion to make it a little more comfy.

Ear plugs (for road rattles and unwanted movie dialog)

Bring a cap or hat to keep your head warm and to avoid losing body heat from that there. This will be very nice during the mornings and evenings in Mexico, where it can get cool.

Bring a light jacket to wear in the mornings and in the evenings.

Wear layers, which can be adjusted for comfort.

Snacks and drinks for 24 hours: fruit, power bars, crackers, water

Consider a blindfold when trying to sleep.

Zip Loc plastic bags for essentials

Music player and batteries. You can listen to Spanish Language tapes. Very practical! An iPod will play for about 22 hours before recharging.

Peso coins, these are essential for buying snacks on the road and getting into bathrooms at the terminals, which always cost 2 to 3 pesos to use.

Bring your own toilet paper. Unattended Mexican bathrooms rarely have toilet paper. Toilet paper if available will cost a few peso from the attendant on duty.

Wet Wipes in little plastic bags are always handy.

Some people like to wear a waist wallet or neck wallet for their money, visa and passport.

Be sure to get a window seat near the front. Half the fun is looking out the windows and being able to take photos during the day. The bus will have curtains and the person sitting by the curtain controls them. If you are not by the window, it will probably have the curtain drawn by the person sitting there.

Sitting up front puts you as far as possible from the bathroom, motor and transmission, which are all in the rear of the bus. You can only see out the front of the bus and then only from the first 3 or 4 rows, so try to get one of these. It isn't easy, as they go first. On all of my rides that I waited until the last minute to purchase, when I was asked to pick a seat prior to getting on, the first 10 rows were almost always taken.

You can purchase packaged food at the bus stations and convenience stores where the bus will stop periodically. These are very much like buying food at a convenience store in the US and often they have American candy and snacks. When the bus stops at a restaurant, so the bus driver to get a good meal, you can usually count on it being a nice place with good food. Hey, the driver eats for free when he stops, so he can stop wherever he wants.

Good Luck and have fun traveling!

Bill Hood
www.billhoodphotography.com

Bill Hood [bill cxe billhoodphotography punkto com] • 2007.01.28
Bill, thanks for the travel report and tips.

By the way, I assume you mean that one needs a birth certificate to get a passport -- once you have a passport you certainly don't need a birth certificate to travel to Mexico.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2007.01.29
I'm looking for bus travel information for a college group to travel from San Antonio to Monterrey, MX. I realize this site has helpful travel info from Austin to MX, but any info relating travel tips from SA to Monterrey would be appreciated! THANKS!!

Margie [margt66 cxe earthlink punkto net] • 2007.04.18
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