Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mexico City International (MEX) to San Miguel de Allende by Bus

About 4.5 hours total Airport to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast

We're often asked two questions from guests regarding travel from the Mexico City Airport. The first question is “Is it safe?” and the second question is “How do we do it?” The answer to the first question is “yes.” The answer to the second question is a bit more complicated. You can rent a car and drive, you can hire a driver or you can take the bus. We prefer the bus.


The easiest way to get to our B&B in San Miguel de Allende from the Mexico City Airport is by Primera Plus bus to the Queretaro Central Bus Station. These are deluxe air conditioned buses with restrooms. My favorite seat is the right window seat in the front row.


They usually show a movie (Dubbed in Spanish) and offer a sandwich, soft drink and a cookie. At the time of this posting, tickets are $256.00 Pesos (about $19.00 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 3.5 hours.


Buy a ticket at the booth just outside Terminal D (see our “Getting from MEX Customs to the Airport Bus Terminal” blog) Buses to Queretaro depart every half hour starting at about 8:30 AM and continue until 9 PM.


From the Queretaro Central Bus Station, buy a prepaid taxi voucher at the taxi booth located inside the bus terminal.


Walk outside to the taxi line and present your voucher to the attendant. (Important: Be sure to have the attendant ask the driver to show you his tire changing tools and inflated spare tire.) At the time of this posting, the cost is $390.00 Pesos (about $30 Dollars,) and the trip takes about 45 minutes.


If you have a little time to kill and want to save about $350.00 Pesos, you can also catch another bus from Queretaro to San Miguel for about $40.00 Pesos. However, you might have to wait up to 2 hours before the bus leaves. It is a 2nd class bus, very “colorful” stopping at many villages along the way to San Miguel.

We look forward to seeing you at our San Miguel B&B.

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