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Information on getting around the country using the bus and coach networks...
Bus travel in Mexico is popular, comfortable and affordable. There are a number of bus companies operating in the country. Long-distance buses are very comfortable, with air conditioning, reclining seats, music, movies and washrooms. Some serve refreshments and it is possible to reserve seats in advance.
Luxury (de lujo) or executive (ejecutivo) services offer the highest standards, with more space, refreshments and headphones for entertainment. First class (primera clase) services have air conditioning and reclining seats; many show videos and have washrooms. They generally run non-stop services between major destinations and do not serve smaller towns. It is advisable to make reservations in advance if planning to travel on holiday weekends. Tickets can be booked online via the authorized seller Ticket Bus, at bus stations or by telephone.
Second class (segunda clase) services connect places not served by other buses and may operate from a separate bus station. Reservations are generally not possible, and the buses may be crowded, with frequent stops.
Major bus companies in Mexico include:
- ETN (website in Spanish) runs services in central and northern Mexico
- Estrella de Oro (website in Spanish) operates bus services between Mexico City and Acapulco, Chipalcingo, Taxco, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo, Veracruz and Mexico City Airport. Tickets can be booked online
- Omnibuses de Mexico (website in Spanish) offers bus services in most of mainland Mexico from Sonora to Guerrero
- ADO gl operates a variety of services in southern and central Mexico. Seats can be reserved and tickets bought online or by telephone. Its luxury service offers a 50 percent discount on ticket prices for children between the ages of three and eight
- Costa Line (website in Spanish) runs services along Mexico’s Pacific coast. Tickets can be bought online
- Grupo Senda operates bus services in the United States and Mexico’s northern states. Tickets can be purchased online
In remote areas and small beach towns, informal bus services are often provided by colectivos, which are shared taxi services or in shared vans (combos). Fees are paid on boarding and the amount depends on the distance traveled.