Getting there & away
Autobuses Turísticos (516-53-27) runs buses to the site from Hotel Rivera del Ángel, at Mina 518 in Oaxaca, six blocks southwest of the Zócalo. The buses leave every hour from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and start back from the site between noon and 5pm (schedule details change from time to time). The M$38 fare includes a return trip at a designated time, giving you about three hours at the site. If you want to leave earlier, you must hope for a spare place on an earlier return bus.
Turísticos Marfil (516-81-36; www.turisticosmarfil.com; Local 25, Plaza Santo Domingo, Alcala 407) offers an alternative with its Monte Albán Shuttle Service (round-trip M$50) departing five times daily. You’ll probably see its flyers around town. It also picks up passengers at Mezkalito Hostel.