Getting there & away
Saltillo is a junction of major roads. Hwy 40, going northeast to Monterrey, is a good four-lane road, with no tolls until the Monterrey bypass, though new tolls are planned. Going west to Torreón (262km), Hwy 40D splits off Hwy 40 after 30km, becoming an overpriced toll road. Hwy 40 is free and perfectly good.
The remote Hwy 57 runs north to Monclova (192km) through the dramatic Sierra San Marcos y Pinos while Hwy 54 crosses high, dry plains toward Zacatecas (380km).
Mexicana (415-03-43) has three daily flights between Mexico City and Saltillo, usually for around M$1700 one way, and Continental Airlines (488-13-14) flies daily to and from Houston, but most people fly from Monterrey. There are buses direct between Saltillo’s bus station and Monterrey’s airport.