Bus Travel, USA to Chihuahua, Mexico for Copper Canyon, Via Futura, Chihuahuenses, or Omnibus, Estrella Blanca
Tips on Purchasing Bus Tickets in Mexico:
If you are purchasing bus tickets in a Mexican bus terminal and are not fluent in the Spanish language, write your destination, time of departure, and the listed price on a piece of paper or in a note book page along with your name spelled out legibly. The ticket sales person will assign the seat to your name. Bus lines post their destinations, departure times, and prices on boards behind the counter in most stations or out in front.

In Chihuahua the postings are behind the counters.
  • Two lines serve to Creel , Rapidos Cuauhtemoc and Noreste.  These are local buses and will
make stops in the villages during the 160 mile trip.  Estimate a 5 hour trip.  
  • Tips Assigned Seats:
Always choose your own seat. If you let the ticket clerk assign a seat, they will give you the seat at the back of the bus and you will be too close to the lavatory, the engine noise, the tire noise, and the slamming lavatory door.
Bus Travel from Tucson through Nogales reaches Chihuahua via the central Highlands route through Hermosillo or Agua Prieta.  

This could include an Omnibus or TAP Bus from Nogales to Chihuahua,  or
Futura Bus or Chihuahuenses Bus to Chihuahua from Agua Prieta at the Douglas Arizona border.
Futura Bus is a division of Estrella Blanca
Bus Travel Through Mexico:
Nogales to the Yucatan through the Central Highlands of Mexico.
You can board a first class bus at the border of Tucson to go south at Nogales or at Agua Prieta/Douglas Arizona.  You do not need reservations
(Most Mexican Bus lines do not have functioning websites)
You rarely need a reservation when traveling through Mexico by bus; you can usually have the flexibility of just showing up.  
The exception would be Easter and Christmas.  Although the buses will not likely be filled, the choice seats will go early.

The downside to just showing up is that you might not get  the seat that you want.
Any seat between seat 4 to seat 20 should be a good ride  Anything in the high teens or the low 20s for a night trip should smooth out every bump and every rattle. Any seat in the high teens and low twenties makes a great snooze.
Bus Travel from the USA could include a bus to Chihuahua then an Estrella Blanca bus to Creel  Futura Bus, Chihuahuenses, and Omnibus reach Chihuahua from Northern Mexico.  Estrella Blanca reaches Creel from Chihuahua.
For the central highlands, long bus trip south from the US, the left side of the bus is the best side if you want to avoid the bright afternoon sun which will be on the right side of the bus. On the left, the sun will be no problem on the 300 or so mile trip to Chihuahua.

At Chihuahua you will find hotels, auto rentals, and bus service.  You have choices between the train ride into the Copper Canyon or the Estrella Blanca Bus which makes many daily trips to Creel in the  
Copper Canyon.
Bus service from Chihuahua includes Noreste Bus and Estrella Blanca's Rapidos Cuauhtemoc Bus
the Train starts its 6:00 AM run west through Copper Canyon, Tarahumara country,  as it heads for the Pacific Coast at Los Mochis.

Bus service starts at seven am from the first class bus station in Chihuahua.
Futura Bus
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