Transport in Mexico Lonely Planet Travel Information — Volkswagen Transp

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Vehicle and passenger connecting Baja California the Mexican mainland sail Santa Rosalía and Guaymas. La Paz and and La Paz and Topolobampo. One-way passenger fares cost from to M$800; a car up to 5m in length costs M$1000 and M$2500. There are ferries from the Yucatán to the islands of Isla Mujeres. Coz­umel and Isla Holbox .

Hitchhiking is never entirely in any country in the world, and is not recommended. who decide to hitch should that they are taking a but potentially serious risk. who do choose to hitch will be if they travel in pairs and let know where they are to go. A woman traveling alone should not hitchhike in Mexico, and two women alone is not advisable.

hitching is not an uncommon way of getting to off-the-beaten-track places poorly by bus. Always be alert to dangers wherever you are. If the is another tourist or a private you may get the ride for free. If it is a work or vehicle, you should offer to something equivalent to the bus fare.

Bus

Mexico has a good road and bus and comfortable, frequent, reasonably bus services connect all cities. cities and towns have one bus terminal where all long-distance arrive and depart. It may be called the de Autobuses, Central de Autobuses, Camionera or simply La Central to be confused with el centro, the center!) If there is no single terminal, different bus companies have separate terminals around town.

Baggage is if stowed in the bus’ baggage but get a receipt for it when you hand it Keep your most documents (passport, money in the cabin with you, and them closely protected.

robbery happens very The risk is higher at night, on stretches of highway far from and in 2nd-class buses.

De lujo sometimes termed ejecutivo run mainly on the busy routes. are swift, modern and comfortable, reclining seats, adequate air-con, few or no stops, toilets on (but not necessarily toilet and sometimes drinks or snacks. usually show movies on screens.


Primera (1a) clase have a comfortable numbered for each passenger. All sizable have 1st-class bus services. of comfort are adequate at the very The buses usually have and a toilet and they stop They always show (often bad ones) for most of the too bad if you don’t want to watch, as all face a video screen.

a sweater or jacket to combat air-conditioning. As with deluxe you buy your ticket in the bus station boarding.

Segunda (2a) buses serve small and villages, and provide cheaper, travel on some intercity A few are almost as quick, comfortable and as 1st-class buses. Others are slow and shabby.

Many services have no ticket you just pay your fare to the These buses tend to slow, non-toll roads in and out of big and will stop anywhere to up passengers: if you board midroute you make some of the trip The small amount of money you by traveling 2nd-class is not usually the discomfort or extra journey entailed.

Second-class buses can be less safe than or deluxe buses, for reasons of or driver standards or because are more vulnerable to being by bandits on some roads. Out in the areas, however, you’ll find that 2nd-class are the only buses available.

or ‘micros’ are small, usually new, 2nd-class buses around 25 seats, usually short routes between towns.

First-class buses cost around M$50 to per hour of travel (70km to Deluxe buses may cost 10% or 20% more than 1st class, or 60% more for super-deluxe services as ETN, UNO and Turistar Ejecutivo. buses cost 10% or 20% less 1st class.

For trips of up to four or hours on busy routes, you can just go to the bus terminal, buy a ticket and out without much delay. For trips, or routes with service, buy a ticket a day or more in Deluxe and 1st-class bus companies computerized ticket systems allow you to select your when you buy your ticket. Try to the back of the bus, which is the toilets are and also tends to a bumpier ride.

Ticketbus (in Mexico City 800-702-80-00; www.ticketbus.com.mx ) provides and reservations for many bus companies, on routes in the center, south and of Mexico. You can book via the internet or or at any of its many offices in 44 cities and

If you pay for a bus ticket in cash, cash of 80% to 100% are available from bus companies if you return your more than an hour or two the listed departure time.

other vehicles

In some a variety of small vehicles alternatives to buses. Colectivo taxis, Volkswagen minibuses and more comfortable passenger-carrying such as Chevrolet Suburbans, shuttle services between towns, usually leaving they have a full of passengers. Fares are typically a less than 1st-class Microbuses or ‘micros’ are small, fairly new, 2nd-class with around 25 seats, running short routes nearby towns. More are passenger-carrying camionetas (pickups) and (trucks) with fares to 2nd-class bus fares. Standing in the of a lurching truck with a of dozen campesinos (land and their machetes and animals is an experience to remember!

Car motorcycle

in Mexico is not as easy as it is north of the and rentals are more expensive, but a vehicle gives you maximum and freedom.

Bring your own

Bringing a car to Mexico is most for travelers who:

— plenty of time

— to get off the beaten track

— surfboards, diving equipment or cumbersome luggage

— be traveling with at least one

Drivers should know at a little Spanish and have mechanical knowledge, reserves of and access to extra cash for Good makes of car to take to are Volkswagen, Nissan, Chrysler, Motors and Ford, which plants in Mexico and dealers in big towns. Very big cars are on narrow roads and use a lot of gasoline. A with a trunk (boot) safer storage than a wagon or hatchback. Mexican are resourceful, and most repairs can be quickly and inexpensively, but it still to take as many spare as you can manage (spare fuel are very useful). Tires spare), shock absorbers and should be in good condition. For have something to immobilize the wheel, and consider getting a switch installed.

Motorcycling in Mexico is not for the fainthearted. and traffic can be rough, and parts and hard to come by. The parts most easily find be for Kawasaki, Honda and Suzuki

Driver’s license

To drive a vehicle in Mexico, you need a driver’s license from home country.

All gasolina and diesel fuel in Mexico is by the government’s mono­poly, Pemex Mexicanos). Most towns, small ones, have a station, and the stations are pretty on most major roads. in remote areas you should up whenever you can.

The gasoline on is all sin plomo (unleaded). There are two Magna Sin, roughly to US regular unleaded, and Premium, equivalent to US super unleaded. At the of research, Magna Sin cost M$7 per liter (US$2.40 per US gallon), and about M$8.75. Diesel is widely available at around M$6 per Regular Mexican diesel has a sulfur content than US but there is a ‘Diesel Sin’ less sulfur. If diesel change their oil and filter every 3500km, they have no problems.

Gas stations pump attendants (who a tip of M$2 to M$5).

It is very foolish to in Mexico without Mexican insurance. If you are involved in an accident, you can be and have your vehicle while res­ponsibility is assessed. If you are to for an accident causing injury or you may be detained until you guarantee to the victims and payment of any fines. could take weeks or Adequate Mexican insurance is the only real protection: it is as a guarantee that restitution be paid, and will expedite of the driver.

Mexican law recognizes Mexican motor insurance . so a US or Canadian policy, even if it coverage, is not acceptable to Mexican Sanborn’s and the American Automobile (AAA; www.aaa.com ) are worth into for Mexico motor Mexican insurance is also in US border towns; as you approach the from the US you will see billboards offices selling Mexican At the busier border crossings, as those to Tijuana. Mexicali. Agua Prieta, Ciudad Nuevo Laredo. Reynosa and there are insurance offices 24 hours a day. Some are better than others.

Short-term insurance is about a day for full coverage on a car worth US$10, 000; for periods than two weeks it’s cheaper to get an annual policy. insurance costs around the full coverage cost.

is considered invalid if the driver is the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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signposting can be poor, and decent maps are essential. A Mexican atlas such as Guía Por Las Carreteras de México (M$175) is a investment. It’s sold at and some newsstands in Mexico, and is from internet booksellers for a more. A new edition is published and includes most new highways. useful are Quimera publisher’s road maps.

Auto in Mexico is expensive by US or European but is not hard to organize. You can book by telephone or in person and pick up at city offices, airports, big hotels and sometimes at bus terminals.

must provide a valid license (your home is OK), passport and major card, and are usually required to be at 21 (sometimes 25, or if you’re aged 21 to 24 you may to pay a surcharge). Read the small of the rental agreement. In addition to the rental rate, you pay tax and insurance to the rental company. Note: insurance can almost double the cost quoted in some bookings: you’ll usually the option of taking liability-only at a lower rate. Ask exactly the insurance options cover: and damage insurance may only a percentage of costs, or the insurance not be valid for travel on rough tracks. It’s best to plenty of liability coverage: law permits the jailing of drivers an accident until they met their obligations to third The complimentary car-rental insurance with some US credit does not usually cover

Most agencies offer a between a per-kilometer deal or kilometers. Local firms may or may not be than the big international ones. In places the cheapest car available M$500 to M$600 a day including kilo­meters, insurance and tax. If you by the week or month, the per-day can come down by 20% to 40%. You can cut costs by avoiding airport and drop-offs, for which 10% can be added to total check. The extra for drop-off in another city, available, is usually about M$4 per

Here’s contact information Mexican phone numbers) for major firms:

Motorbikes or are available to rent in a few tourist You’re usually required to a driver’s license and credit It’s advisable to look carefully into insurance here: some renters do not any insurance at all. Note a locally acquired motorcycle is not valid under some policies.

Road conditions

Mexican highways, even toll highways, are not up to the standards of US, or European ones. Still, the roads are serviceable and fairly when traffic is not heavy. on the whole drive as cautiously and as people anywhere. Traffic poor surfaces and frequent (potholes, speed bumps, bicycles, children) all help to speeds down.

Driving on a night is best avoided unlit vehicles, rocks, and animals on the roads are common. and robberies do occur.

In towns and and on rural roads, be especially of Alto (Stop) signs, (speed bumps) and holes in the They are often not where expect, and missing one can cost you in fines or car damage. Speed are also used to slow on highways that pass built-up areas. ‘Tope’ or signs give you a warning most speed bumps: the ones are the ones with no signs – and if you hit them at any speed, you and car will get quite a shock.

is always the chance that you be pulled over by Mexican police for an imaginary infraction. If happens, stay calm and and don’t be in a hurry. You don’t to pay a bribe, and acting dumb and not Spanish may eventually make the cop up. You can also ask to see documentation about the law you supposedly broken, ask for the officer’s ask to speak to a superior, and/or the officer’s name, badge vehicle number and department state or municipal). Pay any traffic at a police station and get a receipt, if you wish to make a complaint for a state tourist office.

It’s not usually a good to park on the street overnight. If hotel doesn’t have it’s best to find a estacionamiento (parking lot). usually cost around overnight and M$10 to M$15 per during the day.

Motorcycle

Certain aspects of Mexican make them particularly for motorcyclists:

poor signage of and lane closures

lack of lighting

Mexico has more 6000km of autopistas (toll usually four-lane. They are in much better condition and a lot than the alternative free Cuotas (tolls) average M$1 per km. Toll information is available at click on ‘Traza Tu Ruta.’

on the right-hand side of the road.

limits range between and 120km per hour on open (less when highways through built-up areas), and 30km and 50km per hour in and cities. Seat belts are for all occupants of a car, and children five must be strapped safety seats in the rear. speed limits, traffic and traffic signs will giving police excuses to ‘fines’ payable on the spot.

streets are the rule in cities. at some street intersections is by thin black and red rectangles white arrows. A black facing you means you have a red one means you don’t. The white indicate the direction of traffic on the street; if the arrow points ways, it’s a two-way

Antipollution rules in Mexico ban most vehicles from the roads on one day each week.

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