Getting there & away
In Ciudad Juárez, the Central Camionera (610-70-83; Teófilo Borunda) is 5km southeast of the center. See opposite for information on getting there. Destinations with frequent 1st-class departures include Chihuahua (M$264, five hours), Mexico City’s Terminal Norte (M$1319, 24 hours) and Nuevo Casas Grandes (M$161, four hours).
If you’re driving into the Mexican interior, you must obtain a vehicle permit. The only place to do so in the Ciudad Juárez area is at the major customs checkpoint at Km 30 on Hwy 45 south.
The highway to Chihuahua is in good condition, but it comes with a M$159 toll. Hwy 2 to Nuevo Casas Grandes branches west at a traffic circle 20km south of town.
El Paso’s Amtrak train station (915-545-2247; 700 San Francisco Av, El Paso) serves trains three times a week to Los Angeles (US$97, 17 hours) and to New Orleans (US$98, 30 hours). You can also get to Chicago (US$113, 52 hours) if you change trains along the way.
The best option for international arrivals and departures is El Paso International Airport (ELP; 915-780-4749) where flights from most major US cities cost half of those to Ciudad Juárez.
Ciudad Juárez’ Aeropuerto Internacional Abraham González (633-07-34) is just east of Hwy 45, 18km south of the center. Fares to Mexico City and Monterrey are available for as low as M$1700 and M$1400 respectively. You can buy tickets at most hotels.