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  • Where did the wheels go?
    Where did the wheels go?
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    Estrella de Oro

    by ronaldpk Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Take the metro to San Lazaro stop. From there, walk to the TAPO Bus Terminal. Look for Estrella de Oro help desk and get your ticket ( ranging from 300 to 450 pesos depending on the category of service - Servicio Diamante is the most expensive one). It takes about 5 hrs to get to the Estrella de Oro Bus Terminal in Acapulco, quite close to Av Costra Miguel Alleman, on the fringes of Papagayo Park.

    The buses are very comfortable - a real thrill! In Diamante Service, you feel like in an airplane with an Aztec flight attendant that brings you drinks, little snacks. There's a toilet on board and video as well.

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    Acapulco - Mexico City Intercity

    by penumbra Written Jul 1, 2008
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    I decided to treat myself to a top of the line bus line for the trip from Acapulco to Mexico City so I booked with Diamante (475 pesos in 2008). The Estrella Oro bus station in Acapulco has a separate lounge for Diamante customers which includes free coffee, soft drinks, television and washrooms. Boarding the bus we were greeted by a hostess who handed out bagged lunches and directed us to our seats. She later handed out coffee during the trip, which was a good trick on a moving bus in high heels. The bus only has 24 seats (2 + 1 * 7 rows) with two washrooms (ladies and men’s) and quite a few televisions.

    About an hour into our expected four hour trip, our two left rear tires blew out and we pulled over to the side of the road. Fortunately, the road is heavily traveled by Estrella Oro buses so it wasn't long before the next bus came along and picked up our driver to take him to the next town to look for assistance. About an hour later our driver returned with a new bus (not quite as nice) and we transferred our luggage to continue our journey. One of the Mexican passengers read the small print on the back of the ticket and it turns out that we were entitled to a refund because of our interrupted trip. Not being one to say no to free cash, I lined up with the others when we got to Mexico City and I received a 160 pesos refund, which was more than enough to pay for my cab to the hotel.

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    Fast and Plentiful

    by penumbra Written Jul 1, 2008

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    Acapulco public transport has to be seen to be believed. It’s just about impossible to take a picture of the main drag without including a taxi (usually Volkswagen beetles). The buses are all decorated and their names often distract your attention away from the smaller signs indicating their destinations. Of course most of the buses travel along the coastal road main drag. There are two types of buses: air conditioned (5.5 pesos in 2008) and non-air conditioned (4.5 pesos in 2008). You can see the difference when they come charging up to stop near you. The air conditioned buses will have their windows rolled up and the non-air conditioned buses will have their windows open.

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    Bus from Mexico City to Acapulco

    by oceania26 Updated Jan 15, 2006

    There are several bus companies going to Acapulco frequently from Tasquena bus terminal (southern bus terminal) in Mexico city. We chose to go with Estrella de Oro, which had A/C, tv (1 or 2 movies in Spanish), toilets and really comfy seats for $280 pesos. It's 6 hours bus ride.

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  • Got a minute - there's another bus

    by song4joy2 Written Mar 14, 2005

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    The bus system in Acapulco is wonderful. Every few minutes a bus travels by on the Costera. These buses travel up and down the main road that parallels the Acapulco coastline. There are no bus stops. You wave your hand when you see a bus approaching and he will stop. You pay your 4 pesos and get on. The air conditioned buses are 5 pesos. When you want to get off all you have to do is get up and walk toward the doors. The driver will stop and let you off. Some drivers are kamikaze but you get where you're going quickly.

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    How to get to Acapulco

    by ephobius Updated Oct 14, 2004

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    By bus: many bus lines. Great service. About 40 dollars to/from Mexico City (about 4-5 hours). Also direct service from other cities.

    By car: There are 2 highways from Mexico City: free and toll. Free is an 8 hours trip, lots of trucks. Toll is faster (just 4 hours) but expensive, about 35 dollars (4 toll booths). Choose your highway!

    By plane: Major airlines fly there.

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    We went there by bus. It was...

    by principesa Written Aug 26, 2002

    We went there by bus. It was a hellish 8 hours from where we were living in Puebla, but at least it was cheap and easy.
    We either walked or rode the public transportation (bus system). The bus system is good and definitely cheap.

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    We went there by bus. It was...

    by pobrecita Updated Aug 26, 2002

    We went there by bus. It was a hellish 8 hours from where we were living in Puebla, but at least it was cheap and easy.
    We either walked or rode the public transportation (bus system). The bus system is good and definitely cheap.

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    You can go to Acapulco by bus,...

    by flyingpig Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You can go to Acapulco by bus, airplane or car. The latter option is the cheapest for more than one person, although the toll roads are expensive (over US$60 one way if I remember right). Their condition is superb and you can leave Mexico City at 07:00PM on a Friday night and be in time in Acapulco to go clubbing most of the night. The bus is convenient if you are travelling alone, but check your return time - some bus stations in Mexico City are not too safe in the middle of the night!

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    In Acapulco, there are towns...

    by Pinoy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In Acapulco, there are towns worth to visit such as Taxco and Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo. By bus, from Acapulco to Taxco is about 3 hours and to Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo is about 4 hours. Buy your bus ticket in advance from a travel agency that has Estrella de Oro Boletos sign. Because travel agencies are not selling round trip ticket, it is suggested to buy your return ticket when you have arrived to your destination. It is also a must to know the last trip back to Acapulco. Unless you intend to stay overnight. DO NOT purchase tickets (or tours) on the streets. These people are likely pretending to be associated with a travel agency.

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    The best way to travel to...

    by Pinoy Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The best way to travel to Acapulco is by plane, however, you must avoid flying with Continental Airlines!!!
    You can walk to many of the restaurants, bars and shops in Acapulco. It is considered safe to walk the main street (Cortera Miguel Aleman) until about 11:00 pm (so as they say, but we walked through early morning). It is also safe on the beach until sunset (well, I walked midnight on the beach!). Taxi service is available 24 hours a day. The cost is reasonable and are probably the most convenient means of tranportation night or day. It is recommended that you verify the fee with the driver before entering the cab, not at the end of the ride, when it is a little more difficult to negotiate. It also helps to have the exact amount (ask hotel front desk the estimate of the cab fee). And traveling by city bus in Acapulco is less comfortable than a taxi, but it is inexpensive and can be entertaining, educational and fun!

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    The big yellow BUS While there...

    by gkitzmil Written Aug 24, 2002

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    The big yellow BUS While there are lots of busses on the Costera, the beachfront drive, the Yellow Bus says 'Acapulco' on the side, is very cheap (the driver will make change), and is air conditioned. It will take you all along from Old Acapulco (Caleta Beach) to past the Wal-Mart on the Bay! A GREAT Way to get back and forth --don't bother with taxis! The bus comes every 5-10 minutes!

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    while you can go by air you...

    by gkitzmil Written Aug 24, 2002

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    while you can go by air you may also arrive from Mexico City in about 5 hours by a comfortable bus with free refreshments. (not the greatest bathroom for ladies). I recommend Estrella de Oro

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