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Hello, I am planning a trip to Merida in November and would like to know if anyone has any information on the local bus system in Merida.
I would like to visit some of the nearby Mayan ruins by bus.
I copied this from one of our Mérida tips:
"We struggled for two days with the decisions of how to visit the ruins, etc. There are basically three ways.
One is to go on a tour. Mérida, for instance has numerous tours that leave each day -- tours to Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Celestun and the like. If there is only one person touring, that would be the way to go. Price 400 or 450 pesos (~40 or 45US$) per person. Advantages: English-speaking guide is included, no worries about driving in Mexico. Disadvantages: Limited times, tours tend not to start early enough and bring you to the ruin over hottest time of the day.
Second way is to take public transportation and just go. Advantages: Cheapest and most Mexican way to go. Disadvantages: You need to know a bit about where you are going, public transportation is not as efficient and comfortable as tour buses (for example, the public bus from Mérida to Celestun takes 2 hours one way and only goes once an hour).
Third way is rent a car and drive. Cost was approx 300 pesos per day for non-airconditioned, 400 pesos for air-conditioned car. Advantages: You can go when you want to. You can drive to Uxmal or Chichen Itza and see the sound and light show the evening before, and see the ruin the next day (and only pay the park entrance once - 88 pesos per person for the big ruins, less for smaller ruins), for two people total cost turns out to be little cheaper than using bus tours. Disadvantages: You still have problem of tour guides. They can be hired at each site, but may not be available, and if you hire an english-speaking tour guide for only the two of you, it turns out quite expensive (flat rate was 350 pesos for approx. two hours of guiding), and car renting in Mexico is a little scary -- see the following tip for more info on renting a car in Mexico."
I will add that taking the public bus is a little tricky as there is no one bus depot from which all buses leave in the various directions -- there a number of different places from which buses leave. You will be able to find out from the Mérida tourist information booths where the various buses leave from.
You can see Uxmal and four of the Puuc Cities by public bus, leaving at 8 am each morning from the first class bus station. It is best to take it on two days, with one day dedicated to Uxmal and the other to the others, but with some time at Uxmal. Get the Lonely Planet guide for Yucatan to get the most out of this trip.
Hey there hurricane,
the mexican bus system is just MARVELOUS!!! Redlats, I am sorry, you're wrong. Busses (third class) leave whenever they have enough passengers, which is quite often, depending on the location you're going to. Also, this is the cheapest way. Just go to local tourist information, where you can get gratis Yucatan Today magazine. There are various maps of Merida and surroundings in it, also detailled plans, where you have to go, if you want to go to certain destinations. All the third class/no-class busses/vans leave from the street corners behind the mercado. Just go there and ASK.