Feb 23, 2005, 9:28 PM
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Re: [mmmills] Cities with multiple bus terminals
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I'm working on understanding the bus system.
How many cities in Mexico have 'mega terminals' in the north, south, east and west? Mexico City (DF) has this setup, are there any others?
If you planning on doing extensive bus travel in Mexico, I'd suggest you look into the Lonely Planet Mexico guidebook, a lot of bookstores sell it if you want to look at it first.
It's got about the best rundown I've seen (albeit incomplete, I don't know of any truly complete ones) of where bus stations are in major Mexican cities, and where departures go from each station, and the typical frequency per day. Usually it gives some info on local city transit (like which city bus goes from the main terminal to downtown) as well.
Some buses or microbuses of secondary services don't have "stations" per se, they might hang around the local zocalo or edge of the market, and it may take some investigating to find them, since people who don't normally travel to the place you are travelling to often won't know where they're at. Example, in Chilpancingo, Gro, there's the the main bus station and the Estrella de Oro station across the street, but all the microbuses to small towns around Chilpancingo leave from various places in & around the market area to the east, and none of the stops are marked.
You may find that if you're going to a place that's slightly out of the way, it's faster to go to the nearest larger city and then find a local service for the remainder of the trip. In the example above, I was going to Chilapa,Gro. There's only a few direct buses from Tasquena to Chilapa, but there's about 2 dozen from Tasquena to Chilpancingo, and microbuses leave whenever they fill up (usually between 10 to 30 minutes) from Chilpancingo to Chilapa.
In some cases you'll find that all the direct buses to a given destination from your starting point are 2nd class (thus are stopping all the time to board & discharge passengers), and the only way to go 1st class (most of the way, at least) is to go to a larger proximate town. When I was in Michoacan, I went to Acambaro, Gto and changed, because all the direct buses to the DF from where I was at were 2nd class.
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