To reach the city center from the Nueva Central Camionera, take any bus marked ‘Centro’ (M$5). You can also catch the more comfortable, turquoise-colored TUR bus (M$10). They should be marked ‘Zapopan’. Don’t take the ones marked ‘Tonalá’ or you’ll be headed away from Guadalajara’s center. Taxis to the city center cost around M$180 unless they let the meter tick (some don’t use it).
To get to the Nueva Central Camionera from the city center, take any bus marked ‘Nueva Central’ – these are frequent and leave from the corner of Av 16 de Septiembre and Madero.
To reach the city center from the Antigua Central Camionera, take any bus going north on Calz Independencia. To return to the Antigua Central Camionera from the city center, take bus 174 going south on Calz Independencia. Taxis cost M$40.
Bus 616 (M$5) runs between the two bus terminals.
Guadalajara has a comprehensive city bus system, but be ready for crowded, rough rides. On major routes, buses run every five minutes or so from 6am to 10pm daily and cost M$5. Many buses pass through the city center, so for a suburban destination you’ll have a few stops to choose from. The routes diverge as they get further from the city center and you’ll need to know the bus number for the suburb you want. Some bus route numbers are followed by an additional letter indicating which route they take through the suburbs.
The TUR buses, painted a distinctive turquoise color, are a more comfortable alternative. They have air-con and plush seats (M$10). If they roar past without stopping, they’re full; this can happen several times in a row during rush hour and may drive you mad.
The tourist office has a list of the complex bus routes in Guadalajara and can help you reach your destination. Following are some common destinations, the buses that go there and a central stop where you can catch them.
Antigua Central Camionera Bus 174 going south on Calz Independencia.
Av López Mateos Sur Bus 258 at San Felipe and Av Alcalde, or TUR 707 going west on Av Juárez.
Nueva Central Camionera Bus 275B, 275 Diagonal or TUR marked ‘Tonalá’; catch them all at Av 16 de Septiembre and Madero.
Parque Agua Azul Any bus marked ‘Agua Azul’ going south on Calz Independencia.
Planetarium, Zoo and Selva Mágica Bus 60 or 62A, or trolleybus R600 going north on Calz Independencia.
Tlaquepaque Bus 275B, 275 Diagonal or TUR marked ‘Tlaquepaque’ at Av 16 de Septiembre and Madero.
Tonalá Bus 275D, 275 Diagonal or TUR marked ‘Tonalá’ at Av 16 de Septiembre and Madero.
Zapopan Bus 275 or TUR marked ‘Zapopan’ going north on Avs 16 de Septiembre or Alcalde.
Zona Rosa Par Vial buses 400 and 500 at Avs (not Calz!) Independencia and Alcalde.
The subway system has two lines that cross the city. Stops are marked with a ‘T’. But the metro isn’t tourist friendly because most stops are far from the sights. Línea 1 stretches north−south for 15km all the way from the Periférico Nte to the Periférico Sur. It runs below Federalismo (seven blocks west of the city center) and Av Colón: catch it at Parque Revolución, on the corner of Av Juárez. Línea 2 runs east−west for 10km below Avs Juárez and Mina.
Taxis are everywhere in the city center. They all have meters, but not all drivers use them. Most would rather quote a flat fee for a trip, especially at night. Generally it’s cheaper to go by the meter – if you’re quoted a flat fee and think it’s inflated, feel free to bargain. Note that from 10pm to 6am a ‘night meter’ is used and fares rise 25%.