Cross Border Buses, US to Mexico, Mexico to Guatemala Page Six

Bus Travel Mexico, Cross Border Buses, US to Mexico

Central America  Cross Border Bus

Tica Bus
Crossing borders on the Tica Bus through Central America  can be convenient.  You stay on the same bus and only get off briefly to a custom check were you might pass your luggage through an x-ray as the inspectors look for the taxable items that you failed to declare, or illegal goods.  
You present your passport,  (
*secure you visa)  and then board the same bus for the remainder of the trip.

  • Caution:

Don't transport fruits, meat, plants, and, (obvious) drugs.  See David Rice the Venezuela welcome
Drug sniffing dogs are in use at border crossing check stations and at check stations within the US border and within Mexico.  
Watch your luggage at the border check station.- stick with your bags and follow them through the x-ray and check stations.
Keep essentials in your day pack and valuables such as  your passport, visa ATM/ credit cards, camera, laptop and money on your person.

Tica Bus (schedules and fares)  crosses the Mexico border at Tapachula Chiapas and Guatemala and crosses several borders as it travels to Panama City.

North America, Bus Mexico Across US Border

Tufesa Bus:
Tufesa Bus Line runs luxury first class buses in the US and Mexico and they make the cross border trip.  
They serve bus routes from Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, NV, and 16 California cities to Guadalajara, Mexico with stops in major cities along the way.  
They cross the border at Nogales Mexico.
The Tufesa bus bound for Guadalajara stops at its Nogales, Mexico terminal for a half hour.  The terminal is over a mile away from the actual border where you get your visa.

  • Visa / Tourist Card
If your stay in Mexico will be longer than 72 hours and you will go south beyond the border State of Sonora or beyond Baja  you should get the 180 day visa, often called a Tourist Card.  (*visas are not required of foreign visitors for  short stays or stays in the vicinity of the border)

If you are with a group it is not a problem because others in your group can make sure that the driver waits at the border crossing while members of your group secure their visas.  
If you are traveling alone, however, it can be risky to leave all your luggage on the bus while you go into the immigration office to get a visa.  If there are lines, it could be a delay and you would be depending on the driver's good faith to wait for you.  
A way around this would be to buy a ticket to the border only,  (Nogales in AZ)   Leave the bus and take all of your luggage with you. (or store it with Tufesa)  Get your visa at the border crossing. (6 month visa 260 Pesos)
Take a $7 USD cab to the Tufesa station, about a mile beyond the border, buy a ticket and re-board the bus if it hasn't left or one of the many buses going south from two bus stations in this area.
This is the safest way to both secure your luggage and save your ticket price, although it hardly makes for a convenient cross border trip.

Bus Across the Border:

The Tufesa Bus serves Mexico from the US and crosses the border at Nogales. The Tica Bus crosses the Mexico, Guatemala border at Tapachula Chiapas.
These bus routes offer convenience to travelers by making the crossing of borders safe and easy.

Other buses run south from Nogales to Mazatlan, Culiacán, or Guadalajara from Nogales, Mexico Bus Stations right next to the new Tufesa Station.   TBC,  Tap, Elite and Omnibus run first class buses south.  If you do miss the Tufesa bus you will have options.
Bus Travel Through Mexico could start at the Border Crossing in Nogales Mexico. Just show up for your ticket and board the bus within the hour.  Bus service is plentiful
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Bus Tickets, Fares,  Mexico
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Tufesa Bus Crosses the US Border with service between Phoenix and Guadalajara
Primera Plus runs bus routes between Mazatlan and Mexico City as well as the coastal resorts, Ixtapa, Zihuatanejo
ADO runs first class service to all of southern Mexico including Tapachula, Chiapas
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