Saturday, September 12, 2009

Guadalajara (GDL) to San Miguel de Allende by Bus

5:15 hours from the Guadalajara Central bus station to Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast

We recently took a flight from Oakland to the Guadalajara airport on a newly added route by Volaris Airlines, and then rode the bus back to San Miguel de Allende. Overall, this was a very smooth trip. Here’s our story.

View from the bus of the Mexican Countryside

It’s 9AM, and we’re about to embark on the final leg of our journey back to San Miguel de Allende. The ETN bus has huge comfortable seats, just three across, that recline almost all the way back (think small Lazy Boy.) There’s free WiFi on board too!

The trip so far has been uneventful. It started at 1AM Pacific time with a flight on Volaris Airline from Oakland (OAK) to Guadalajara (GLD). The plane was pretty full, so we couldn’t do our usual routine of moving to an empty row and lying down to get some sleep.

Three and a half hours later (6:30AM central time) we arrive in Guadalajara. Thank goodness the flight was short. Trying to sleep in those tiny seats was next to impossible! We seem to be the only international flight, and getting through customs is a breeze.

After clearing customs (got the green light this time!) we’re ready for our 15 minute taxi ride to the Central de Autobuses bus station. The taxi ticket counter is just a few feet from the customs area (it’s impossible to miss) and the taxis are just outside the doors. The ride to the bus station is $210 pesos (2009 prices), and traffic is light.

We arrive at the bus station at 8:10AM with plenty of time to purchase tickets for the 9AM bus to San Miguel de Allende. The bus ride will take five and a quarter hours, so it’s time to recline our seats and get some shuteye! With only five other people on board, this will be a very peaceful ride home.



Blogger Unknown said...

I understand that the bus station for ETN is not in Guad anymore but closer to Tonala. Any info is appreciated.

November 30, 2009 at 1:48 PM  
Blogger Antigua Capilla Bed and Breakfast said...

Hi Sandy. It's still there. We just returned from Guadalajara last week on ETN.

November 30, 2009 at 4:54 PM  

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