"When to buy your bus ticket in Mexico" Top 5 Page for this destination Mexico Transportation Tip by melosh

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Generally if you are not travelling on a special holiday you will be able to buy tickets just by turning up at the bus station. I have done this for years, but I guess you are running a slight risk of encountering a sold out bus. It is helpful to be able to ask at the station when you arrive if there could be a problem getting a place on the next bus you plan to take. Buying your ticket at the bus station or a centrally located bus ticket sales office in advance does decrease the time you need to plan to be at the station. Another advantage of early ticket purchase is that you should be able chose your seats. Seats between the front and back wheels give a smoother ride. In some buses front seats give you a view of the road but may be more dangerous. If there is no bathroom, there tends to be less passenger moviment in the back of the bus. If there is a bathroom you would certainly not want to be seated in the very back, but you might want to be somewhat towards the back. If the bus, heaven forbid, picks up people along the route and fills the aisle, you certainly do not want aisle seats. Otherwise you can chose a window seat or aisle seat depending on your personal preference.

This discussion presumes that you intend to take first class, luxury or superluxury buses that have assigned seating for your long distance or overnight trips. Some second class buses may have assigned seating. And although I do not think they are suppose to, some first class buses may stop and pick up extra people along the route. If it is not suppose to happen, you can rest assured that Mexicans will complain. Unfortunately complaining does not seem to help.

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  • Written Jan 7, 2006
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