Bus Services in Mexico City

Find out about bus services in Mexico City – RTP, Microbús, trolleybus and night busses…

Bus/Coach Terminals in Mexico City

There are four main bus/coach terminals in Mexico City:

  • Terminal Central Norte (in Spanish)
    At: Terminal Central del Norte, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 4907, Col. Magdalena de las Salinas
    Tel: (55) 5587 1152 / (55) 5368 8171
    Closest Metro: Autobuses del Norte
    Trolleybus: The "Zero Emissions Corridor Central Axis" trolleybus operates between the Terminal Central Norte and the Terminal Central Sur
    Amenities: Restaurants, shops, parking taxi, food court, mini-mart
    Bus lines operating out of this terminal include Turistar, Estrella, ETN, Altamar, Elite, Pacifico, and Frontera
  • Terminal Central Sur (Taxqueña)
    At: Avenida Tasqueña 1320, Col. Campestre Churubusco 
    Tel: (55) 5587 1152 / (55) 5368 8171
    Closest Metro: Tasqueña
    Trolleybus: The "Zero Emissions Corridor Central Axis" trolleybus operates between the Terminal Central Norte and the Terminal Central Sur.
    Amenities: Market, gift shop, luggage storage, food court, parking, taxi
    Bus lines operating out of this terminal include Elite, Futura, Estrella Roja, Altamar, Turistar, and Pullman
  • Terminal de Oriente (TAPO) (in Spanish). Note: the home page of this website does not work; the link provided allows access to the website information via a Menú de navegación menu at the bottom of the page.
    At: Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza 200, Esq. Av. Eduardo Molina, Col. 10 de Mayo
    Tel: (55) 5762 5210 / (55) 5762 5977 / (55) 5762 5414 / (55) 5762 5983
    Closest Metro: San Lázaro
    Amenities: Boutique, cafeteria, ATMs, currency exchange, public parking, pharmacy, internet, mini-market, tourist information, food court
    Bus lines operating out of this terminal include ADO, Ómnibus Cristobal Colón, Volcanes, Estrella, Texcoco, Unido, and more
  • Terminal Centro Poniente (in Spanish)
    At: Sur 122 and Av. Esq. Rio Tacubaya 232, Col. Real del Monte
    Tel: (55) 5271 4519 / (55) 5271 0149 / (55) 5271 4481
    Closest Metro: Observatorio
    Amenities: Restaurants, sweet shop, torteria, luggage storage, toystore, ice-cream shop, internet café, and parking
    Bus lines operating out of this terminal include ETN, Estrella, Caminante, Excelencia, and Pegasso

For more information on long distance coach services out of Mexico City, see the Angloinfo page on bus and coach services in Mexico

RTP Buses

In addition to the Metrobús network, there is a bus network operated by the government of Mexico City known as the RTP – Red de Transporte de Pasajeros del DF. These buses cover a much broader area of the city than the Metrobús, with routes starting at Metro stations.

Types of bus service

There are several different types of bus service available.

Fares must be paid in cash – no change is given. Travel is free of charge for people with disabilities, children under five, and people aged over 60 and with proof of identity.

Trolleybus

There are eight trolleybus (Trolebús) lines in the city, operated by the Servicio de Transportes Eléctricos de DF. Each line has different days and hours of operation, and different fare structures.

Payment is made in cash – no change is given. Children under 5 and adults over 60 travel free of charge. Trolleybuses are accessible to people with disabilities.

The ViaDF website has a journey planner with a list of routes searchable by origin and destination (in Spanish)

Night Bus

A night bus service (Nochebús) operates in Mexico City, combining Trolebús, RTP, and Metrobús routes. Nochebús fares are slightly higher than regular fares, and buses run approximately every 20 minutes. The Nochebús runs daily from 00:00– 05:00.

Fares must be paid in cash – no change is given. Seniors with proof of identity, people with disabilities, and children under five travel free of charge.

Bicycles are allowed on all Nochebús vehicles and routes.

Microbús

Microbuses are mini-buses – usually green and white – that run along fixed routes, although routes may vary to avoid traffic.

The microbús (also known as pesero) system plays an important role in public transportation in Mexico City, as the routes generally run from Metro stations to outlying neighborhoods not covered by the government-run public transport system.

These routes may be difficult to navigate for newcomers to the city as there is no official listing of routes, or established bus stops. Passengers must hail the bus, and buses pick up passengers along the route as availability of seating allows. The microbús has a sign on the front window, indicating its destination and the major points along the route.

Fares must be paid in cash, no change is given. The fare is based on the distance traveled.

Microbuses are privately owned, and the system overall is largely unregulated.

  • The ViaDF website has a journey planner with a list of routes searchable by origin and destination (in Spanish)

Ecobus

There are two routes are used by a natural gas fleet of buses that provides public transportation links between Santa Fe and Centro, and between Santa Fe and Álvaro Obregón. Línea 1 runs between Metro Baldaras and Santa Fe, and Línea 2 runs between Santa Fe and Las Aguilas.

  • Route maps are available on the Mexico City public transport website

Journey Planning

  • Busca tu Ruta provides a useful travel planning resource, covering Metro, bus and trolley lines (in Spanish)
  • CuidadMexico.com.mx provides a summary list of transport options, including links to maps, hours, and fares (in Spanish)