Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Border Crossing By Bus, Tucson, Nogales to Mazatlan

Bus, Phoenix/ Tucson, through Nogales  to Mazatlan
   Updated Bus Fare Prices, March  2015

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 Tufesa Bus runs bus routes from Phoenix,  Tucson, and various
 California cities  to Guadalajara  through Mazatlan.

Bus Through Mazatlan
Tufesa Bus runs bus routes south from Tucson and Phoenix AZ through Nogales Mexico to Mazatlan, Tepic, (San Blas surfing) and to Guadalajara.

Guide To Luxury, First Class Bus Service In Mexico  First Class Bus Travel  (Link)

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 From Mazatlan, Primera Plus Bus runs to Guadalajra and to Mexico City, Norte Station.  Tufesa also runs to Guadalajara.

Plan your departure  time well on your trip south from Phoenix and Tucson to Mazatlan on Tufesa Bus.  (link)  Leave in the early afternoon  (2:00 PM Tucson) and you will arrive in Mazatlan early in the morning.  The Tufesa station in Mazatlan is open all night, however, and taxis are always at the station to meet the buses.
 See Tucson  (link)

Tucson to Mazatlan Ticket Price  $109. USD,      1678 Pesos
Trip duration 16 hours
Executive Buses  $140 USD        2155 Pesos

The buses leave from Tucson Tufesa Station  at 5550 South 12th Street .  Order online or buy at the station.  The best seats for the trip south from Tucson are between one and twenty, left side of the bus for an afternoon trip to avoid the sun.  The front and middle of the bus will make for comfortable sleeping.

Once you reach Mazatlan you could continue on to Guadalajara (link) from Mazatlan with Tufesa Bus or you could switch to Primera Plus, (link)(Flecha Amarilla) and reach Mexico City.  Primera Plus service is a step above at around 15 cents per mile.  Primera Plus reaches only as far north as Mazatlan from Mexico City. The Primeara Plus buses serve Mexico DF (See Mexico City Bus Terminals) (link)

Primera Plus Bus Ticket Price, Mazatlan to Mexico City  1197 Pesos

Tufesa Bus service from the USA goes as far south as Guadalajara (link)
A small café in the  Mazatlan Tufesa Bus station offers hot meals and a snack.
You can take a taxi from the Tufesa station to the Primera Plus terminal not too distant and located on the same street for 50 Pesos.

Mazatlan beaches look out on islands Venado, Chivo, and Pajaro.

Mazatlan Bus Options
Reach Mazatlan by Bus from the US on Tufesa,  (link)  Tap, Elite, Omnibus, and other lines that serve Mazatlan with first class service from the north. Tufesa is a cross-borer bus while the others originate in Nogales and Tijuana
 Tufesa Bus serves Mazatlan with cross-border buses from Phoenix and Tucson through Nogales. (Many other US locations including Las Vegas)
Primera Pus serves Mazatlan from Mexico City and Guadalajara.

Mazatlan Sightseeing
Once in Mazatlan  (link) you can taxi to the city and beaches.
If you arrive in the early morning, check out breakfast at Panchos,  a favorite of the locals and the tourists who come each year from Canada and the US.
The seating at Pancho’s is on an elevated patio right on the beach, not fifty yards from the waves.
Pancho’s is situated in one of the many small malls along the beach with a view out on small islands offshore, Venado, Chivo, and Pajaro.  The malls are interspersed within mid and high-rise hotels with plenty of good shops nearby.

A walkway stretches the length of Mazatlan's beaches.   Mazatlan offers some good recreation with about three miles of beach-side walkway along the arc of coastline where many small parks are accented by sculpture.
Mazatlan’s Centro Historico is a walkable several blocks around a zocalo. Sightseeing in the historic Center will reveal some great colonial architecture.
Mazatlan has its tourist season from December to April. During those months,  Canadian, American, and European tourists come to enjoy the beaches and nightlife, casino gambling, shopping, restaurants, and Sunday bullfights. Cruise ships also visit from the US.  In 2014 Mazatlan expects three cruise ships each week during the winter months.  Spring Breakers also arrive in Mazatlan, February, March April.

For an overview of Mazatlan, a cab driver will tour you around the city for two hundred peso per hour.  A good choice would be Armando Milan, a friendly and helpful person who knows the city well.  He is knowledgeable, helpful, safe at the wheel, courteous, and flexible. He can get you the local info on restaurants, gambling casinos, theater, bullfights, beaches, surfing, good views from the Mirador, and the old city.
Armando is a 20 year resident of the city and has a family of four grown children. His Cell: 044-669-155-6308,  Home, 9 40-1908. He can pick you up at the airport if you are flying in.  The airport also offers a bus shuttle to the bus station.
Tufesa bus will reach  Guadalajara(link) From Guadalajara you can reach Morelia for the Monarch Butterfly Migration.(link)

Flights to Mazatlan
      You can reach Mazatlan by air on many National and International flights.
Mazatlan's Aeropuerto Internacional General Rafael Buelna (MZT) 30 minutes outside of the City of Mazatlan. ($300 Peso cab ride to the City of Mazatlan)
Mazatlan is served from Houston, Tucson, Chicago, and LA as well as Mexico City and many other hubs. Mazatlan is served by International flights, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Northwest Airlines, Sun Country Airlines, US Airways, and WestJet

Mazatlan by Bus
Reach Mazatlan by Bus from the US on Tufesa,(link)Tap, Elite, Omnibus, and other lines that serve Mazatlan with first class service from the north. Primera Pus serves Mazatlan from Mexico City and Guadalajara. Tufesa Bus serves Mazatlan with cross-border buses from Phoenix and Tucson through Nogales.

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  1. Bullfights still held in mazatlan winter months great beach town

  2. The tufesa bus going north takes forever to cross at nogales. Non us citizens apply for a visa to visit us and this takes hours as the bus sits and waits. The locals in the know leave the bus in nogales and walk across through customs immigration and take the shuttle van to phoenix or tucson hudgreen at

  3. First class Bus service continues south from Mazatlan to all of southern Mexico and to Guatemala

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  6. I've experienced of this travel, it was a nice journey. We metro airport cabs are providing travel to very low rates.


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