DF to Oaxaca overnight
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Oct 29, 2012 8:17 AM Last Post By: lake_wobegon
Oct 27, 2012 11:26 AM
DF to Oaxaca overnightI get into the Mexico City airport from the US at around 8:30 PM and I'm going to want to get to Oaxaca by the the afternoon of the next day (I do plan to spend a few days in the DF at the end of my trip). I'm trying to figure out the best way to arrange this and would love some feedback.
Right now I'm leaning towards heading right to TAPO and getting on an ADO Platino (so hopefully I can sleep onboard) bus to Oaxaca, arriving in the morning. A few questions about this:
- I'll probably be pretty hungry when I get in - will I be able to grab something to eat at the bus station, assuming I get there around 10 or so?
- Have you taken the ADO Platino overnight? Was it comfortable enough to sleep?
The other options I'm considering:
- Getting a room in the DF and just taking the bus in the morning. But this seems like extra hassle, especially since I won't really have any time to explore the city anyway.
- Taking a bus that night from the airport to Puebla and then going on to Oaxaca in the afternoon. Maybe this would give me the morning to walk around Puebla?
I know I'm asking a lot of questions, and I really appreciate all the good advice!
Edited by: lunasol
Oct 27, 2012 11:59 AM
1I would take the airport bus to Puebla (CAPU). It is not necessary to reserve that ahead of time. (Travelers flying onto airport cannot always predict when exactly when their flights will actually arrive, so most purchase their oo-going bus tickets "on the fly".)
Immediately after arriving at Puebla's large CAPU terminal I would purchase there my on-going, next day, ticket to Oaxaca. The next morning I would visit the excellent Museo Amparo there.and perhaps also wander around the city center a bit.
Oct 27, 2012 4:06 PM
Oct 27, 2012 5:58 PM
3Something else to consider: the bus ride from DF to Oaxaca City is around 5-6 hours long. Assuming your flight is on time and say you get to TAPO and onto a bus to Oaxaca by 930 or 10PM, that would put you into Oaxaca City at anywhere from 230AM TO 4AM. Not a particularly good time to get off a bus and walk about the city. Just sayin'.
Oct 27, 2012 6:44 PM
4As for taking the Platino bus, they are excellent. I have been on them for trips of 15 hours and I sleep very well. But as No. 3 says, its a relatively short trip to Oaxaca and you would arrive in the middle of the night.
Oct 27, 2012 7:11 PM
5My friend did this yesterday, though with AU and not ADO. Lots of buses leave at around midnight to arrive at 6am. It's easy, the station is nice, clean and safe with lots of food. It will cost more to go from the airport to Puebla to Oaxaca than going straight, though Puebla is great to visit. Excellent mole poblano! i wrote about visiting:
Oct 27, 2012 7:12 PM
6My friend did this yesterday, though with AU and not ADO. Lots of buses leave at around midnight to arrive at 6am. It's easy, the station is nice, clean and safe with lots of food. It will cost more to go from the airport to Puebla to Oaxaca than going straight, though Puebla is great to visit. Excellent mole poblano! i wrote about visiting:
Oct 27, 2012 8:29 PM
7The ADO buses make Oaxaca a six hour or so trip and the buses are comfortable enough for sleeping. Lots of leg room and recline in GL and adequate in regular ADO. Platino is a luxury option but does offer special internet prices at times. Lots of ADO options for the 11 pm--12 pm buses from Tapo to Oaxaca
The midnight bus from Mexico City arrives in Oaxaca around 6-6:30. The sun comes up at around 7 am in Oaxaca.
Friends report that a recent taxi ride between the Mexico City Airport and Tapo cost 70 pesos.
Good luck on your travels
Oct 27, 2012 8:52 PM
8Thanks for all the advice - I think the late-night bus is my best option. As for getting into Oaxaca in the middle of the night, I'll make arangements ahead of time and anyway, I doubt I'd be able to get a bus much earlier than 10 or 11, with waiting for luggage, going through customs, getting a cab, buying a ticket, etc.
My biggest concern was whether or not I'd be able to eat before getting on a bus, since I'm sure I'll be hungry after 10 hours of travel. But it sounds like that should be ok.
Oct 28, 2012 5:44 AM
Oct 28, 2012 8:12 AM
Oct 28, 2012 12:34 PM
Oct 28, 2012 4:16 PM
12I've had the same situation, and taxied to TAPO from the airport. There is food at the bus terminal, albeit pretty limited, but enough to keep you going. I purposely waited for the 11:50pm bus so I could arrive in Oaxaca at about 6am. Not a bad idea to eat at the DF airport before going to TAPO.
Oct 29, 2012 8:17 AM
13My biggest concern was whether or not I'd be able to eat before getting on a bus, since I'm sure I'll be hungry after 10 hours of travel. But it sounds like that should be ok. (@8)
Pick-up something to eat at the Airport. Choices at TAPO will be less and of lesser quality, IMO, and you may not get there until 10 p.m. There's a food court on the Mezzanine level in the International Terminal at the airport, and several fast food and sit-down restaurants on the main level. Buy a ticket for the ride in the taxi to TAPO and then stop for some take-out and be on your way.
As for overnight travel on busses in Mexico? I stopped suggesting that years ago.
Have a great trip, and do us all a favor by coming back to post a trip report.
Edited by: lake_wobegon
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