Mar 9, 2009, 7:08 PM
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I have to strongly agree with Tony on this one, the bus system is excellent, from second class to Luxury.
Re: [tonyburton] British students, buying versus renting a car in Mexico
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If you combine the bus with inexpensive taxis, this should meet virtually all your transportation needs.
You will save so much money by not having a car that you can pay for all the beer that you could possibly drink. (Joke).
If you really want to visit remote spots, then a car is the way to go. But if you don't know the country well, you probably don't need to go to remote spots.
Note that driving in Mexico is more difficult and more dangerous than driving in the USA or Europe. You will make fewer miles per day than you expect, with more stress. Driving at night is a very bad idea in Mexico, for a dozen reasons, but bus rides at night are not that dangerous.
If you simply want to tour around and see the country, the bus is the way to go. The seats on first class and better buses are reserved; I generally ask for the right front seats, best for sightseeing.
For a bus based itinerary, I tend to favor a city to city plan, where you spend two or more nights in each city, and then hop the bus to the next city. Lots of interesting places to go, pick up any guidebook and a map of Mexico, and plot out a route.