Guadalajara is Mexico’s second largest city with a population of over 5 million. Even though it is a sprawling metropolis it has some very unique areas. Here you can catch a Chivas football game, visit the various museums, enjoy fantastic architecture and even see the amazing murals done by José Clemente Orozco. But in order to get into and out of the city you need to know more about the various Guadalajara bus stations.
Located just south of the Centro Historico zone, but easily walkable, the Central Vieja bus station is used for more localized buses. Those heading to areas like Tequila, Chapala, and other close towns.
If you are coming anywhere long distance from the west, think Puerto Vallarta, Tepic, you will arrive at the Central de autobuses de Zapopan station. This station is located about 45 minutes from the city center.
The terminal de Autobuses Tlaquepaque is located next to Guadalajara Periferico Sur, line 2 or the south line on the city’s light rail system. Tlaquepaque bus station provides localized bus routes to cities south of Guadalajara, think Manzanillo and Colima.
Nueva Central Camionera, not to be confused with Central Vieja, is Guadalajara’s newest bus station and provides the most routes in and out of the city. A lot of these routes are long distance to anywhere northeast and south of the city. Most likely destinations from here are Mexico City, Leon, San Luis Potosi, San Miguel de Allende and Guanajuato City.
Bus travel around Guadalajara seems confusing but once you get to the city it is relatively easy. Each bus station is accessible by city bus, taxi or uber. If you have questions ask around, most people are friendly enough to help you out.
I hope you enjoyed my quick guide for the various Guadalajara Bus Stations, for more information on exploring this area of Mexico visit my 2 Week Backpacking Guide or check out my Destination Mexico page.
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