I am on the last leg of planning my overland trip from Canada and into Central America and had a few questions about bussing it.
I want to get from Phoenix to Puerto Vallarta, where I will be staying with a friend for a week. Initially I was planning on booking a Greyhound from Phoenix and going straight through to Puerto Vallarta. Although I am having a couple of issues with this going on greyhound:
-It’s almost a 2 day trip and has 1001 stops along the way.
-Most of the transfers are during the night time
-its $206 USD If I book my ticket now
-I feel like I may miss out on somewhere between that I would really like to enjoy for a day or two before I continue along the way.
So here is a couple other options/considerations I am thinking about:
-Taking an American bus to Nogales and then hopping on a Mexican bus and going to Los Mochis/Mazatlan, spend the night in a hostel and take a bus the rest of the way the next day or day after. Is there a bus company besides greyhound that goes straight from phoenix to Los Mochis or Mazatlan or would I have to stop over and purchase a ticket in Nogales? How hard is it to just purchase a ticket on to Puerto Vallarta when I get to either of these places?
-Should I book a bus ticket ahead of time to get to Nogales/Los Mochis/Mazatlan or just do it when I get there? Would it be more economical to just wait until I get to Arizona at the Beginning of November and Purchase a ticket then?
-I want to be able to travel as much as I can only during the day time. Can I make it on an express bus to Puerto Vallarta in 2-3 days only travelling in the daylight? I am also on a backpackers budget
-How are the companies: Autobusses Americanos, Autobusses Tufesa, TBC (Alamos Mexico)? Any recommendations or experiences
-I am also just beginning to really learn Spanish, and am wondering If I should take this into consideration If I want to go in to Nogales/Los Mochis without a pre-purchased bus ticket.
Any Advice or direction would be much appreciated!