Mexico has a wonderful intercity bus system. Most buses that travel between popular tourist destinations are clean, modern and well maintained. Some first class buses are air-conditioned, have bathrooms and even a snack bar. Between smaller towns, if you are adventurous, you can also take a combi, or colectivo, a car or van maintained and dispatched by a collective. Combis are often crowded and without air conditioning, but they can take you to almost any little pueblo in the Yucatán. These fast-moving multi-passenger vans park on the street at numerous designated spots in downtown Mérida near and around the main municipal market and also in San Juan Park, which is bounded by Calles 69, 71, 62, and 64 in Centro. There are colectivo taxis to almost all villages in Yucatán. The nice thing about these colectivos is that you can flag them down anywhere, and they are numerous throughout Yucatán. The buses that travel between destinations within the city range from new and clean to very old and belching fumes. Buses are almost always the cheapest way to get to any destination in the Yucatán. For a bus that will take you to the most important tourist destinations within the Mérida city limits, try the Turibus.
Mérida has a very extensive system of transportation using both buses and vans (colectivos or combis). The fare is 6 pesos to go anywhere, and there are discounts for children, seniors, and students on many lines. One of the most valuable possessions for a regular bus rider is the Guia de Autobus Rutas, a bus route map. These are sold downtown at most of the newspaper stands and bookstores, including Pasaje Picheta on the north side of the Plaza Grande.
There are many bus staging areas in the city. The main one for buses heading to the north is in the heart of the Centro on Calle 59 between Calle 56 and 58. These buses will, for the most part, take you where you want to go. There are several other staging areas within two to three blocks. Most buses have their multiple destinations marked on the windshield. You can also flag buses anywhere along Calles 60 and 62, the northbound and southbound arteries of the city.
Mérida’s bus system is arranged in hub-and-spoke manner, with the hub being the city center. Inner-city navigation can be easy or a bit of an art, depending on your destination. A good way to explore the bus system is by just hopping on a likely bus to ride the entire circuit, usually about an hour ride, to see if it will work into your routine. If nothing else, this is a six-peso tour of a part of the city probably not seen otherwise. You will find it is actually a very friendly bus system, and have fun doing it and gain knowledge of the city in the process.
In order to visit all the points of interest on the Prolongación Montejo, hop on bus 52, Norte, Ruta 2. The point of departure is on Calle 59, between Calle 58 and 56. This bus then continues up on Calle 56 before getting on to Prolongación Montejo. If you take Ruta 1, you will end up a little east of the Prolongación Montejo. It turns left at the Monument de la Patria and goes along Campo Deportivo. To get to Sam’s, Liverpool, Chedraui Norte, or the Gran Plaza Mall, take the buses going north on Calle 60. Check out the destination name on the front window, and hop on at the stop at Parque Santa Lucía or further north at Parque Santa Ana. If Plaza Fiesta and the areas before it are of interest, take the buses leaving from Calle 59, between 56 and 58. Look for the names of San Lucas or Felipe Carrillo on the front windows. Most of these buses will also mention the Plaza Fiesta mall as well. When you want to get off of a bus, call out, “Baja,” (bah-ha) which means lower, or in this case getting down, and the driver will stop to let you off. Click here for a map of all the bus routes and stops in Centro, and here for a map of the free transportation within Centro to help people who have difficulty walking connect between bus lines.
This link might be helpful: http://merida.transpublico.com/category/rutas/
Here are a few details about popular routes of city buses in Mérida:
Info. from: PLANO DE LA CIUDAD Y GUÍA DE TRANSPORTE URBANO MÉRIDA, Fansa Editores, Tel. 285 4226. Cel. 9991 10 51 79. Email: [email protected]
|ROUTE NAME & NUMBER||ORIGIN
|Plaza Galerías Mall||Minis 2000||Minibus||69 Tapetes||58 x 59 y 61|
|Gran Plaza Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||163 Tapetes||61 x 58 y 60|
|Gran Plaza Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||172 Dzitya – Las Americas||58 x 57 y 59|
|Gran Plaza Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||173 Komchen – Maquiladoras||58 x 57 y 59|
|Gran Plaza Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||174 Xcanatun – Las Americas||58 x 57 y 59|
|Gran Plaza Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||175 Chablekal||58 x 57 y 59|
|Walmart Paseo de Montejo||FUTV||Colectivo||164 Itzimná – Águilas||58 x 59|
|Plaza Altabrisa Mall||FUTV||Colectivo||164 Itzimná – Águilas||58 x 59|
|Plaza Altabrisa Mall||Expreso||Bus||129 Carranza||59 x 56 y 58|
|Alianza de Camioneros de Yucatán||Bus||1 Circuito||Circuito Colonias|
|Itzimná (Zócalo)||Expreso||Bus||129 Carranza||59 x 56 y 58|
|Itzimná (Zócalo)||Modernos||Bus||130 Monterreal||59 x 54 y 56|
|Parque Las Américas||Minis 2000||Bus||74 Pensiones||56 x 59 y 61|
|Star Médica||Expreso||Bus||128 San Lucas||59 x 56 y 58|
|Centro Médico Las Américas (CMA)||Expreso||Bus||128 San Lucas||59 x 56 y 58|
|Centro Médico Las Américas (CMA)||Expreso||Bus||129 Carranza||59 x 56 y 58|
|Centro de Especialidades Médicas (CEM)||FUTV||Colectivo||162 Chuburná||61 x 58 y 60|
|Centro de Especialidades Médicas (CEM)||FUTV||Colectivo||163 Tapetes||61 x 58 y 60|
|Clínica de Mérida||Minis 2000||Bus||75 Inalámbrica||56 x 59 y 61|
|Clínica de Mérida||FUTV||Colectivo||160 Pensiones – Chenkú||56 x 61 y 63|
Most of the areas around Mérida are reachable by bus.
Take the bus at the Progreso Terminal, on Calle 62, between 65 and 67, Centro. This bus travels north on Calle 64, and stops for passengers further up on this street. Transportation is provided by Autoprogreso and operates every 10 minutes between 5 am and 10 pm, at a cost of 18 pesos one way, 33 pesos roundtrip, from their terminal on Calle 62. (Tel. 999 928 3965 and 999 924 8991). It arrives and departs out of the Progreso terminal (Calle 29 x 80 y 82, Tel. 969 935 3024). www.autoprogreso.com
Back and forth between the Uaymitún area (contributed by a reader in March 2016):
Dear Yucatan Today,
After four months living in Uaymitun/Ixil at km 21 without a car, I can report that this lifestyle choice is possible, albeit challenging, and allows for shopping in Progreso and trips to Merida seven days a week.
Choices are as follows:
1. Noreste Line, between Noreste terminal in Merida at calle 50x 67 and Telchac Puerto
Inbound, to Merida, departures from Telchac at 5:15 am, 11.15 am and 4:15 pm. Route passes through Chicxulub Pto, Chicxulub Pueblo, Conkal and follows Avenida Yucatan into Merida Centro, and takes 1 1/2 hours.
Outbound departures from Noreste terminal at 7:00 am, 10:30 am and 6:30 pm, the final departure passing north through Chicxulub Pto. eastbound around 8:00 pm.
2. Costero bus between Progeso and Dzilam de Bravo. This local bus goes back and forth along the coast road and departs from the second-class bus plaza in Progreso.
Departures from Progreso eastbound at 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 pm.
From Telchac Puerto the return bus passes by km 21 at 11:30 am and 6:30 pm.
3. Combis run between Chicxulub main square (opposite the bakery) and km 18 from around 8:30 am to 8:30 pm. Frequency depends on when the vehicle fills up. So if one is coming back from Merida through Progreso, you can take a bus or combi from Progreso to Chicxulub and then transfer to the eastbound combi.
Although technically the combi goes only as far as km 18, the drivers will deliver you further east for an additional fee. I was living at Coral Blu at km 21 and the fare was 25 pesos.
The biggest problem living out in Uaymitun is being able to get back from late-night events in Merida. Taxis from Centro to Uaymitun cost between 500 – 600 pesos.
These bus and combi lines are arduous and slow, but this is what is available to the local population. On occasion, you sit down and look around at the other passengers and see some classic Maya profile straight from a stela from Yaxchilan or a Classic Maya vase and realize that the Maya still live here, and that for many life along the coast and in small communities is spare.
I would also like to say that I am a retired grandmother and have been travelling alone all around the Yucatan Peninsula using ADO and local transportation for six years. Not only have I never had any kind of problem, and I am out at all hours alone, but again and again people everywhere have extended themselves to me, and I have had many pleasant experiences which I will not forget.
The archaeological site of Dzibilchaltún can be reached by the bus for Chablecal, on Calle 58, between Calle 59 and 57, Centro, with several departures per day.
You can travel to Izamal by catching a bus (every hour) at the station located on Calle 46 x 65 y 67, Centro. Tel. 923 9962.
To Ticul and South of Merida:
Ticul and other towns south of Mérida can be reached by combi and bus from Parque San Juan, Calle 64 between 67 and 69, Centro. Some buses are direct and some go through many interesting villages. Check out all the interesting destinations on these buses and go!
To Celestún, Hunucma, and other villages west of Mérida:
Can be reached by buses from the Noreste station on Calle 50 at 67, Centro. Departs almost every hour from 5 am to 8 pm. Cost is 47 pesos. tel. 924 0830 ext. 2909.
To Uxmal and Chichén Itzá:
Can be reached by regular buses, from the Terminal Segunda Clase on Calle 69 x 68 y 70, Centro. Tel. 924 0830, ext. 2909.
From Merida: click here for schedules: http://www.ado.com.mx NOTE: there are buses from Merida main “CAME” terminal to Cancun central bus terminal, also vans from Fiesta Americana Hotel or Altabrisa in Merida directly to the Cancun airport. Be sure to select the departure and destination points accordingly when you visit this website.
Schedule to Cancun airport (subject to change; please visit http://www.ado.com.mx for current schedule):
To Cancun airport:
6:15 am – From ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
6:35 am – From ADO Altabrisa
9:15 am – From ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
9:35 am – From ADO Altabrisa
12:00 pm – From ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
12:30 pm – From ADO Altabrisa
11:55 pm – From ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
ADO Plaza Bonita (Fiesta Americana) Tel. (999) 920 4444
ADO Altabrisa Tel: (999) 196 0259
From Cancun airport to Merida (subject to change; please visit http://www.ado.com.mx for current schedule):
1:30 pm – To ADO Altabrisa and ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
4:15 pm – To ADO Altabrisa and ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
8:00 pm – To ADO Altabrisa and ADO Plaza Bonita (Hotel Fiesta Americana)
From Motul to Cancun: Departs from the Plaza Oasis & it is the Centro bus leaving at 0645, 0945, 1600, and 2040, and it takes 6 hours & has air conditioning. There
is also a direct bus Sunday evening taking 4 hours.
To Belize: ADO has a daily departure at 9 pm from Mérida CAME, which takes 8.5 hours (non-stop). Plus they have a daily non-stop departure from Cancun at 10.15 pm. Schedule subject to change, check here: http://www.ado.com.mx
Busing in the Yucatán is inexpensive and a great way to meet the locals. Good luck and have fun!
To reserve seats on Mexico’s bus lines, visit:
Terminal CAME (1st class)
ADO, GL, UNO
Calle 70 x 69 y 71, Centro. Tel. 924 8391 and 920 4444 (both these numbers reach the CAME terminal, but have info for Fiesta Americana too).
TO: Cancún, Campeche, Cd. del Carmen, Villahermosa, Veracrúz, Minatitlán, E. Zapata, Palenque, Puebla, México DF, Valladolid, Ocosingo, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Playa del Carmen, Chichén Itzá, San Cristóbal de las Casas, Tulum, Córdoba.
Hotel Fiesta Americana (across from the hotel on Calle 60 in Plaza Bonita) (1st class)
ADO, GL, PLATINO, UNO
Calle 60 x Av. Colón. Tel. 924 8391 and 920 4444 (both these numbers reach the CAME terminal, but have info for Fiesta Americana too).
TO: Cancún, Playa del Carmen, Villahermosa, plus van to Cancun airport.
Sitio de Colectivos
Calle 69 x 62 y 64, Parque San Juan, Centro.
TO: Dzibilchaltún, Club de Golf La Ceiba, Chablekal, and other towns in Yucatán.
Calle 62 x 65 y 67, Centro. Tel. 928 3965.
TO: Dzibilchaltún, Progreso.
Terminal de Autobuses (2nd class)
Líneas Unidas del Sur
Calle 50 x 67, Centro. Tel. 923 9819.
TO: Izamal (3 x per day), Celestún, Kanasín, Tepich, Tecoh, Telchaquillo, Maní, Oxkutzcab, Sotuta, Mayapán, Peto, Homún, Tekit. To Celestún, Hunucma, and other villages west of Mérida: Can be reached by buses from the Noreste station on Calle 50 at 67. Departs almost every hour from 5 am to 8 pm. Cost is 47 pesos. tel. 924 0830 ext. 2909.
Autobuses del Centro (2nd class)
Calle 46 x 65 y 67, Centro. Tel. 923 9962.
TO: Izamal (every hour), Motul, Valladolid, Tixkokob, Cancun.
Autobuses del Noreste and Autobuses Luz
Calle 67 x 50, Centro. Tel. 924 6355, 924 7865
TO: Destinations from Mérida on the Noreste line include : Motul, Izamal, Espita, Dzidzantún, Dzilam Gonzales, Dzilam de Bravo, Buctotz, Tizimín, Río Lagartos, San Felipe, Katunikín, Cancún, Acanceh, Tecoh, Teabo, Chumayel, Mani, Oxkutzcab, Peto, Cuzamá, Homún, Huhí, Holbox (via Chiquilá), and more.
TO: Destinations from Mérida on the Luz line include : Acanceh, Tecoh, Peto, Ticul, Oxkutzcab, Homún, Huhí, Teabo, Tzacala, Sotuta, and Tekit.
To Celestún, Hunucma, and other villages west of Mérida:
Can be reached by buses from the Noreste station on Calle 50 at 67. Departs almost every hour from 5 am to 8 pm. Cost is 47 pesos. tel. 924 0830 ext. 2909.
Terminal de Autobuses TAME (2nd class)
Calle 69 x 68 y 70, Centro.
Tel. 924 0830, ext. 2909.
OCC, Mayab, FTS, Oriente, TRT lines.
TO: Calkiní, Campeche, Cd. del Carmen, Champotón, Escárcega, Villahermosa, Umán, Cancún, Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Playa del Carmen, Izamal, Valladolid, Tizimín, Cobá, Tulum, Ticul, Oxkutzcab, Holbox (via Chiquilá), and the 1st class Clase Europa bus to Chetumal.
Turibus Circuito Turístico
Holiday Inn, Catedral, Museo de Antropología,
Itzimná, Parque de las Américas. Tel. 946 2424.
Taxi prices in Mérida can vary greatly. You can identify metered taxis by the “Taximetro” sign on the roof of the car. If you are at a hotel, there will most likely be a list of prices. If you are not using a metered taxi, agree on the price before you get in the car. The prices (in pesos) below (as of August 2013) are courtesy of Sitio Santa Ana, Calle 47 x 58 y 60, and Calle 64 x 45 y 47, Centro. Tel. 928-5600. Prices subject to change. www.taxiyturismo.com
From Sitio Santa Ana to:
• Hotel Fiesta Americana $40
• Col. Itzimná or García Ginerés $50
• Parque Centenario $50
• Terminal ADO & CAME $50
• Costco $50
• Sam’s Club or Home Depot $70
• Gran Plaza $70
• Liverpool or Plaza Altabrisa $70
• Gran Museo del Mundo Maya $70
• Hacienda Misné $100
• Airport $150
• Hacienda Xcanatún $150
• Hacienda Teya $170
• Club de Golf La Ceiba $150
• Yucatan Country Club $200
• Dzibilchaltún $200
• Progreso $300
• Hacienda Temozón Sur $600
• Reef Club Telchac Puerto $600
• Izamal $550 one way $900 roundtrip
• Cenotes Cuzamá (roundtrip) $900
• Uxmal $550 one way $900 roundtrip
• Chichén Itzá $650 one way $1000 roundtrip
• Celestún $800 one way $1200 roundtrip
• Campeche $1200 one way $1600 roundtrip
Official taxi fares from Mérida airport (Tel. 946 2314, email: [email protected]) as of Feb. 2012:
– Mérida Centro (bordering Calles 50/72/47/77): car (max. 4 passengers) 200 pesos, van (max. 7 passengers) 300 pesos
– Mérida Colonias: car 270 pesos, van 350 pesos
– Mérida Norte: car 220 pesos, van 300 pesos
– Progreso: car 650 pesos, van 800 pesos
– Chelem: car 750 pesos, van 900 pesos
– Reef Club: car 850 pesos, van 1100 pesos
– Chichén Itzá: car 1250 pesos, van 1600 pesos
– Uxmal: car 850 pesos, van 1100 pesos
– Celestún: car 1150 pesos, van 1500 pesos
The City of Progreso has authorized official taxi fares for departures from the Casa de Cultura (effective Feb. 2011). Rates are per vehicle. Car: up to 4 passengers. Van: up to 10 passengers.
SERVICE / LENGTH / VAN / CAR
Shuttle / 15 min. / $12 USD / $8 USD
Dzibilchaltun / 3 hrs. / $80 USD / $60 USD
Dzibilchaltun & Merida / 4 hrs. / $130 USD / $100 USD
Golf Club one way / 30 min. / $50 USD / $40 USD
Golf Club / 3 hrs. / $100 USD / $80 USD
Merida one way / 40 min. / $50 USD / $40 USD
Merida shopping / 3 hours / $100 USD / $70 USD
Merida airport / 50 min. / $50 USD / $40 USD
Reef Club & Xcambo / 3 hrs. / $80 USD / $60 USD
Uxmal / 5 hrs. / $180 USD / $160 USD
Chichen Itza / 6 hrs. / $200 USD / $180 USD
Email: [email protected]
Tel. 969 935 0104
Arriving to Cancún and want to get to Mérida?
By rental car: If you are renting a car you do not have to worry since all the car rentals are at Cancún International Airport (CUN). Check our Yucatán map to get a general idea of your drive to Mérida that should take about 4 hours. We do recommend taking the “Cuota” (toll) highway one way to save time if you wish, and the “Libre” (free) highway back to be able to go through all the villages and get a glimpse of what Mayan people and their villages are like.
By bus: If you are taking the bus to Mérida you need to take the shuttle to the downtown Cancun bus terminal which departs from the parking lot in Terminal 3 and then stops in Terminal 2. It costs approx. 50 pesos into the downtown bus station. This bus runs every 30 to 60 minutes and takes about 35 minutes. For up-to-date information click here. There are plenty of buses departing for Mérida all the time, so if it’s not high season you do not need reservations. Visit http://www.ado.com.mx for schedules, choosing Cancun Q Roo as the Origen and Merida CAME as the Destino. THERE IS ALSO A VAN DIRECTLY FROM THE CANCUN AIRPORT TO THE FIESTA AMERICANA HOTEL IN MERIDA. It only operates once or twice a day, so visit http://www.ado.com.mx to check the schedule on your travel date. Be sure to choose Cancun Aeropuerto and Merida Fiesta Americana as the Origen and Destino WITH YOUR EXACT DATE. The price is 464 pesos and it takes 4 and a half hours. You can reserve and purchase the tickets on that website, or buy them when you arrive at Cancun airport, there is a ticket booth and departures at all 3 terminals. (Note: you can also fly between Cancun and Merida; Maya Air has 2 nonstop flights per day.)
Got more questions?
Just send us an email and we will try our best to help! [email protected]
(Bus information is subject to change. Thanks to “Living in Mérida” for their collaboration on this article.)