Monday, August 17, 2009

Toluca International Airport (TLC) to San Miguel de Allende by Bus

About 4.5 hours total Airport to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast.

More and more airlines such as Mexicana, Aeromexico, Continental and most recently Volaris have been adding routes from the States and other parts of Mexico to the Toluca International Airport (TLC.) The Leon Airport (BJX) is the closest airport to San Miguel de Allende, but if you see a cheap fare to Toluca you might want to consider it.

Toluca is the capital of the Mexican state of Mexico. The newly reconstructed airport is located 45 minutes west of Mexico City and 4.5 hours south of San Miguel de Allende. Here’s how to get from the Toluca Airport to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast.

Once you clear customs, head to the taxi kiosks inside the terminal and purchase a voucher for a ride to the Toluca Central de Autobuses bus station for $130 Pesos (2009 price.) If you need cash you can get it at one of the many ATM’s near the exit doors. Walk outside and hop into your designated taxi. The ride takes 15 to 25 minutes depending on the time of day.

At the Toluca bus terminal, look for the Primera Plus counter and purchase a ticket to Queretaro for $160 Pesos (2009 price.) Busses depart once an hour all day long, and the ride takes about three hours. The busses are very comfortable. The seats recline, movies are shown (dubbed in Spanish) and a light snack is served. Our favorite seats are in the front row. There’s plenty of legroom, and we can work on our laptops without being bumped by a reclining seat.

Primera Plus Bus at the Queretaro Bus Terminal

From the Queretaro bus terminal, you have two options. You can either take a bus to San Miguel de Allende for about $80 Pesos or you can hop on a taxi for $390 Pesos. If you choose the bus, look for the Flecha Amarilla counter, and purchase your ticket there. The ride will take about 2 hours, as the bus meanders through several villages on the way to San Miguel.

Taxi Kiosk at the Queretaro Bus Terminal

If you chose to take a taxi, purchase your voucher at the taxi stand inside the terminal. Be sure the driver has a spare tire and the appropriate tools needed to change a tire before getting in. The taxi ride will take about 45 minutes. That's it. You've made it to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast!

View of the Fountain at Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast

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