Within Mexico City buses are a cheap and convenient way to travel, particularly the city’s modern bus rapid transit system, the Metrobus. The fleet’s red buses travel along fixed routes in their own dedicated lanes and pick up passengers at designated stations, just like a metro. Transportation cards can be purchased with pesos at automated machines located at each station, then loaded up with credit that can also be used for the city’s fast, cheap, and frequently sardine-packed subway. Metrobus rides cost MX$6; the metro is MX$5. Both the Metrobus and the metro reserve the forward-most carriages for women and children—a good option for travelers seeking a bit more security on public transport, especially during peak travel times.
Leaving the capital, ETN (Enlaces Terrestres Nacionales) serves cities to the west and northwest and ADO buses depart for the south. Buses depart from four outlying stations (terminales de autobuses): Terminal de Autobuses del Norte, going north; Terminal de Autobuses del Sur, going south; Terminal de Autobuses del Oriente, going east; and Terminal de Autobuses del Poniente, going west.
Within the city you can also get around by pesero (originally six-passenger sedans, now mostly minibuses), which operate on a number of fixed routes and charge a flat rate.
ADO (01800/702–8000 toll-free in Mexico. www.ado.com.mx.)
ETN (01800/800–0386 toll-free in Mexico. www.etn.com.mx.)
Terminal de Autobuses del Norte (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 4907, Col. Magdalena de las Salina, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 07760. www.centraldelnorte.com.)
Terminal de Autobuses del Oriente (TAPO) (Calzada Ignacio Zaragoza 200, Col. 10 de Mayo, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 15290.)
Terminal de Autobuses del Poniente (Río Tacubaya and Sur 122, Col. Real del Monte, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 01130. or.)
Terminal de Autobuses del Sur (Tasqueña 1320, Col. Coyoacán, Mexico City, Quintana Roo, 04200. or.)