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1. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi there!

I was wondering what's the best way to travel around Mexico? Planning on getting to Tijuana and then travelling down to Cancun. Can it be done by bus? How long does it take? Any idea about prices?

Ta very much!

2. Posted by S_Paradise (Full Member 65 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Buses go everywhere in Mexico. It has been a few years since I traveled there, but have heard that bus prices have increased. It is still a relatively inexpensive way of transport and the service varies from old, worn down US school buses to sleek, modern luxury coaches. You will not have a problem finding suitable transport.

The most interesting route, in my opinion would be to travel down the Baja Peninsula to check out Loreto, La Paz, the Sea of Cortez, and Los Cabos. From La Paz you can catch a ferry to Mazatlan on the mainland. This is a much better journey in my opinion as the extreme northwest portion of mainland Mexico holds little for travellers.

3. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Cool, I'll look into it! Do you reckon 30 days is good enough time?


4. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

30 days should be sufficient--but keep in mind this is an awfully long distance--so make sure you don't mind riding a bus--because you will be on one for about 15 total days of the 30 day journey.

As far as other places to see--Guadalajara is interesting, then go on to Guanajuato and Mexico City, then east to Puebla or Veracruz, north to Merida and east to Cancun. If you think you can fit it in, go to Oaxaca also.

There are pyramids just north of Mexico City (Teotihuacan) and lots of pyramids between Merida and Cancun--including Chichen Itza, which was just named one of the "New 7 wonders of the world"--and the only one in North America.


5. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 285 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Tijuana, or "TJ" as it's known locally, has an excellent airport. Recommend you save the time and fly south.

6. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I agree with HamRadio. I think you would have a better time if you flew from TJ to Guadalajara (Mexico's second largest city) and then started your bus trip. This would save you at least 5 days on a bus through a very dusty area, and allow you a lot more time to see the heart of Mexico.


7. Posted by NinaGD (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for the very helpful replies!! I shall start the bus trip in Guadalajara then.

Is Tijuana really worth seeing or do you reckon i could give it a miss and spend more time from Guadalajara to Cancun instead?

Thanks ever so much!

8. Posted by Calcruzer (Travel Guru 1999 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Tijuana is really two different cities--the touristy bars, cantinas and shopping stalls that cater to the tourist trade (and that is really run down compared to most of Mexico)--and the large, metropolitan, industrial Tijuana that makes up what is probably the second largest city on the west coast of North America (and some claim that Tijuana, if not already larger than Los Angeles, soon will be).

The larger city is nice enough, but has no sites of real interest to someone visiting. I would fly directly to Guadalajara and start my trip there.

P.S. There are some interesting places along the coast south of Tijuana (Rosarita Beach, FOX Studios of Mexico, Puerto Nuevo, and Ensenada with its natural blowhole and great ocean fishing)--but these are too hard to get to for someone travelling by bus.


9. Posted by taki (Full Member 132 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


I agree with all of them, but it all depends on what you really want to see and do

ADO.COM - for bus services even prices, times and descriptions included. - the tourist ministry website with lots of recommendations and even some services for free
as for hotels and things to do and see i would recommend the same site.

good luck!!

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