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1. Posted by trala (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

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I'm going to Mexico in june, and since I have never been there I would be greatful for some help..=) My plans are to fly to Mexico City, and take a bus from there to Guadalajara, and the bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta. Does anybody know how long it takes from Mexico City to Guadalajara, and how much it costs? And from Gd to P.V? I'm also looking for cheap flights between Mexico and Colombia, so if anybody would know something about that it would be great!:)

2. Posted by Onceakid (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Well, it has been a year but here go my best estimations. A bus from Mexico City to Guadalajara is going to take between 4 and 8 hours depending on the bus, the traffic, and whether or not the airport bus station goes to guadalajara. You might have to take a bus from the airport to the "observatorio" which is the bus station on the north side of Mexico City.(or maybe the west side, i can't remember) In any case, you'll know when you get there. Your options will be to take a bus to Guadalajara, or take a bus to a nearby station that goes to Guadalajara. Bus tickets range greatly in price. You can go the economic route and spend around 100 pesos (10 bucks) to get there but this will less comfortable and will likely take longer. The nicest buses are only a little bit more expensive and well worth it. ETN is the nicest bus line in Mexico. It will probably cost you between 300 and 400 pesos for the ETN ticket to Guadalajara (that is just a guess, since I have never taken that trip) But ETN's seats are the size of first class on an airplane, you get a meal and repeated drinks if you like, and they run movies during the length of the trip. This will also be the fastest running busline. The trip from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta is not something I can even guess at. Although I remember a friend saying that it took 13 hours for them to get there from Mexico City. So, perhaps it is about the same distance from Guadalajara to P.V. as it is from M.C. to Guadalajara. I hope this has been useful.

Buena suerte!

3. Posted by garyrbeck (Budding Member 56 posts) 10y

Quoting Sof

I'm going to Mexico in june, and since I have never been there I would be greatful for some help..=) My plans are to fly to Mexico City, and take a bus from there to Guadalajara, and the bus from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta. Does anybody know how long it takes from Mexico City to Guadalajara, and how much it costs? And from Gd to P.V?

This is a great trip you have planned. Get the first class bus for a wee bit more money as they are quite comfortable and put greyhound to shame! From GDL to PV takes about 4 1/2 hours. The scenery is stunning. Have a camera handy. They even serve snacks to tide you over. It is slower than a flight but way cheper.

Any other PV questions, do not hesitate to write me.

4. Posted by trala (Budding Member 5 posts) 10y

Thanks so much for all the advice! It has been really useful to a confused scandinavian girl..;)I was also wondering about Mexico City, do most people know basic english or do I have to pick up my old spanishbooks from highschool..?:) And also, how dangerous would you say that the city is, for two blonds? Thanks again for all the advice!! /Sofia

5. Posted by Onceakid (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

There is a high percentage of people that speak English in Mexico City. Especially in the airport and in downtown Mexico City, near the Zócalo. The more rural you get, the fewer English speakers you will find. But, even in the center of the city, you can find yourself in a bind if you speak not a word of Spanish.

I will also say that Mexico City was not nearly as dangerous nor scary as I thought it would be. But, don't forget that it is nevertheless a dangerous place. Two blondes walking around in Mexico City will attract a lot more attention than I did. Be prepared to be "hollered" at. And also, be careful at night. Just, do the same thing you would do on a trip to any large city. Don't wear too much flashy jewelry, don't go walking down dark alleys, and try to stay in public places. As long as you keep your common sense, you should be absolutely fine!

Enjoy your time in Mexico!!!

Buena suerte!

6. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 10y


most of the buses that run to Guadalajara are good and first class, there are others that take cargo and people, they take looong time and mostly they do not sell on these counters.
to get your ticket, try ADO.COM and you can even pay on line for your ticket, take your own seat etc.,

you have to go to TERMINAL DE LOS 100 METROS or TERMINAL NORTE (because you are heading north)

the ETN line is good (subsidiary of ADO), (These are only brands but operated by the main headquarters ADO.

So any line will be the same (same standards), but of course different prices, and different ammenities.

the time in any

first class
de luxe (ETN, CHIHUAHUENSES, and another i cant remember now.... Im not at home..., but the price will tell)

will be between 4 and 6 hr.

the price, will be anything between 230 and 300 or so, ( I went further last summer and it was for 3 hrs more 275 eacth ticket ) these prices are in pesos, now the dollar exchange rate is 10.20 pesos to 1 dollar.

in mexico city depending on the area you are, you will find english speakers and non speakers, but all the people will help you , there are very very touristic places, if you stick to these, you wont have any problem at all for all these employees in these areas are rquired to speak 100 english to get these jobs.

but if you go off these areas you will find yourself wanting to take your old books out again...

let me know if you have another question.

by the way there are 4 major bus stations in all mexico city, north, going to any place in the north, the south going all southern places, and west and east, but depending on the place, you can take that particular bus you may want at another, especially if this is a de luxe service.

definitely you will find more at

and of course you have the station at the main airport in mexico city, that is right outside the arrivals, and these buses go straignt to the most touristic places or nearby areas...

good luck

and of course

7. Posted by framboise (Budding Member 2 posts) 10y

Lists all bus companies in Mexico and their destinations with links to their websites where you can get information on timetables, length of journey and ticket price.

Mexico City to Guadalajara takes roughly 7 hours (not 4) and costs around 450 pesos (44USD £24) with one co I checked. There seem to be only 2 companies that do the route.

8. Posted by dbloom (Travel Guru 586 posts) 10y

Right, 7 hours + or - 20 minutes to Guadalarja, if you arrive in Mexico City early a.m. or afternoon and want to go straight to Guadalajara, or if arriving late and staying over, it is best to take a Taxi Autorizado / Authorized Taxi from the airport to Bus Terminal or Hotel, you buy a ticket at the taxi counter and the cost is per zone, depending your destination, tipping is optional. Don't take independent 'tourist' taxis outside Airport, they'll take you to a 3 or 4 star hotel and then demand an outrageous fare. Before you ever set foot in the Metro (Subway) in Mexico City be sure your passport, valuables, credit card and extra cash are locked up in hotel safe...lots of pickpockets..good ones..ride the Metro too. Late at night take the little VW bug taxis back to hotel, the Metro runs till Midnight, 1AM on weekends and some city buses to Midnight, if you are very close to the stop or station. There is lots to do and see in Mexico City and Guadalajara. If you were a member of our on line (non profit) Hospitality Club you would not have to go through all this madness, lots of great bi and multi lingual Mexican Members (you stay a t members homes, short or even long term). Vaya con Dios.