Cada día más, la gente en Guadalajara opta por utilizar la bicicleta como medio de transporte. Hay varias vías recreativas y ciclovías alrededor de la ciudad.
Bikla es un sistema que se ha implementado en la ciudad para rentar bicicletas en distintas estaciones establecidas de la ciudad.
Hay que tener cuidado al andar en bicicleta ya que muchos automovilistas no los respetan. Para mayor seguridad, utilicen casco, luces y otras protecciones que consideren pertinentes.
Una buena opción para andar alrededor de Guadalajara es el taxi. Los taxis de sitio son más confiables y cobran tarifas razonables, aunque siempre es mejor preguntar cuánto cobran por llevarlos, para que no se lleven una sorpresa. De otra manera, también pueden solicitar el uso de taximetro.
Las tarifas varían si viajan en la mañana o en la noche.
If you land in Guadalajara by plane, but want to catch a bus to go elsewhere, do like I did: Take a taxi to the New Central bus station (220 pesos per taxi, a ticket for which you buy in the airport, but find someone who is going there too and split the fare), then leave your bags in the secure bag storage place at the bus station (30 pesos), bus your ticket for your long distance bus ride in the evening at this time, take a city bus into downtown ( 6 pesos), find tourist info office for a map, visit many sites all close together, have lunch, take bus back out to bus station, pick up you bag and take your evening bus to wherever. I went to Guanajuato. I did the reverse at the end of my trip as well, visiting downtown again for the day, and flying out in the evening. Good use of time. Guadalajara is quiete beautiful, exciting, and historic.
Miguel Mendoza (Mike)
We were luck to find a taxi driver we hired to show us around who was a really great guide. He worked in the USA for 15 years and in his last USA Job was working in Wisconsin as on a duck farm.
There are 2 bus stations in Guadalajara.
The short-haul one is just south of the central downtown area. For trips to outlying towns, Lake Chapala, etc.
The huge, long distance Central Camionera ( or Nueva Central Camionera) is 6 miles south of downtown.
The airport is ten miles south of downtown. Leaving the airport, you pretty much have to use the taxi mafia taxis.
You buy a pre-paid ticket at the airport exit. Around $20(US) to go downtown at 4 a.m., if memory serves...
When leaving Guadalajara by bus, you'll probably want to first take a taxi to the bus station.
Ask the driver for "central camionera para Guanajuato" (Bus Station for Guanajuato), or wherever.
He will know which one to take you to, based on your destination.
It's always best to settle the price before you get in the cab...
Sometimes a bus only stops if the driver knows people want to get off. Some buses have the pulleys to signal the driver, but others don't. If this is the case, you need to yell "Bajan!" People might look at you if you're a gringo, but that's better than getting lost.
ok some people hate public transportation, i´dont... along with all traffic, pollution and price cost benefits,, i think with some cautions you can go everywhere just fine,, ok try to avoid peak hours when buses are packed and if you are not a local dont know all tricks need it to survive,, carry change with you,, drivers tend to look ugly at you when you dont,, anticipate your stop in advance,, and most important try to use the subway,, clean, fast and efficient
Guadalajara has a large bus station with seven terminals connected in a U-shape. Since I had tried all of the bus companies by the time I had reached Guadalajara, I decided to go with my favorite, Primera Plus, for the trip from Guadalajara to Puerto Vallarta. Although several buses were leaving at the same time (8:00 am), the stalls and buses were are clearly marked so there was no confusion as to which bus was which. The five hour, 330 pesos (in 2008) trip was strangely uneventful.
Taxis can be a very affordable way to get around Guadalajara, but you have to be smart. If you're going somewhere new, either make sure the driver is using the meter or ask your hotel to negotiate a fair price beforehand. If you're going somewhere you know, make sure to set a fair price before leaving if the taxi driver doesn't use the meter. I sometimes take a taxi to work in the morning, and on the meter it costs eighteen pesos ($1.75 US/CAD), but if I forget to set a price before (hey, it's 6:00 am!) I usually end up paying sixty pesos ($5.75 US/CAD). It's not a lot, but it hurts to get ripped off. If your pronunciation isn't great it can help to have the address written down, and if you're going off the beaten track it can also help to have a little map drawn out by hand, or at the very least you should know the neighbourhood (called a colonia) that you're going to. It is safe and easy to hail a taxi on the street in Guadalajara, but you can also phone for pick-up or go to a taxi stand (called a sitio).
It's a miracle that I am alive to write this tip today. Yes, the city busses in Guadalajara are that bad! The main way to get around the city is on small minibusses like the one in my picture. These busses cost five pesos ($0.50 US/CAD), but you don't get much for that service. Busses stop at bus stops. Sometimes. You never really know if the bus will stop or not. Sometimes, you have better luck choosing a random spot on the street and sticking your arm out. Once on board, prepare to climb over someone sitting in the aisle seat to get to a window seat. Don't expect them to move, even an inch, for you. As the bus begins to move you will understand why my very existance is a miracle- the bus will go 80 km/h around a roundabout, it won't slow down for speed bumps, it will swerve around ladies pushing baby carriages across crosswalks... you get the idea.
A more comfortable option is the line of Turquesa busses. These full-sized busses are turquoise in color and only serve seven routes, but they are much more comfortable. They have plus seats, air conditioning and some have TVs. Turquoise busses are numbered from 700-707 and cost nine and a half pesos ($0.95 US/CAD).
Every time you need to change busses in Guadalajara, you have to pay again. There are no transfers and no weekly or monthly bus passes. However, you have to keep your bus ticket as evidence that the driver collected your money. Inspections of tickets are more common on Turquesa busses than cheap minibusses.
GDL, in the vain of Los Angeles, USA, requires the use of street transport mostly, as it's a sprawling city and doesn't have such an excellent subway or metro grid. If you wish to take a cab, do. Unlike el D.F., there aren't a ton of pirate cabs, so feel safe --that is, unless the driver's erractic turns and accelerations are making you cross yourself, kiss your thumb and pray a padre nuestro. In this case, say> "Señor(a), tranquilo. Maneje más despacio, por favor."
However, occasionally, as in any other large city in the world, taxi drivers may attempt to take advantage by charging in excess of what the taximetro reads. The city is broken down into 3 tarifas. 1-within the 4 municipalities (Tlaquepaque, GDL, Tonala, Zapopan) up to 22:00. 2-within the 4 municipalities between 22:00 and dawn. 3-outside the 4-metro zone. It should be of prime importance to ensure that next to the initial charge of 7.70 pesos on the taximetro a number reads 1. If it's between 2200-dawn, of course, it should read 2. Outside the 4-metro zones- 3.
If you'd rather not deal with this, you can -- before entering the taxi -- ask the cabby how much to 'X' place. It's probably in your best interest to buy a street map (don't pay more than 80 pesos for the Guia Roji) and have some idea of the route you think might be good. The driver may suggest another route due to traffic, construction, etc, at which point you'll have to risk heeding the "advice" or not.
Mexico has a world-class bus system that's more comfortable than an airliner, and ticket prices are hundreds of dollars cheaper than even the discount flights. The express buses don't delay with too many stops, but we did enjoy the route through the Tequila Valley on our way to Puerto Vallarta. Guadalajara is at a relatively high altitude, so the bus basically wound it's way down hill, with the Tequila Valley being roughly mid-way between the two cities. The picture here is of a typical Mexican bus station. Buying tickets is easy, just make sure you buy them from the cashier at the window, not a guy selling them along the loading dock. Security for luggage is very good, and must be checked through a screening system like an airport. We didn't buy tickets in advance, as I recall, but it's possible that purchasing a few hours in advance will ensure a seat. It's a good idea to walk out and inspect the bus before hand if trying to go the economy route. We found that it's best to not try and save a couple dollars on the ticket price because that may be reflected in the maintainence quality of the bus.
I had to give you one more tip for taking the bus. Every so often, a guy will come on selling beauty products, candy, begging for money, or more commonly, singing and playing the guitar. He will stand and play 3 songs as the bus sways back and forth (worth the money just to see him stay standing), and afterwards he will come by with his hand out...hey, at least he´s earning his keep, right?
The one good thing about the buses here is that they come quite often, the bad thing is that if they don´t feel like stopping, they won´t...it costs 3.50 (pesos) to take the bus, and sometimes they will pack you in there tighter than a sardine can, and other times they will drive right by you even though there are only 10 people sitting on it. I could go on and on, but I will give you only one more tip. Apparently it is not considered rude to sit on the outside of the seats and not let anyone sit beside you...at first I was horrified, but I guess it does make for a more comfortable ride...so back off granny, I got here first...
Guadalajara has a nice metro system. See map and details in the websites below (first one in English; second one, official site, in Spanish).
One token for one ride is 3.50 pesos (approx. 30 US cents)
The Tarjeta Inteligente (Intelligent Card, see picture) is a rechargeable contactless cashcard. It costs 20 pesos (about US$1.80), 6 for the card itself and 14 to use in metro trips, and you can recharge it in amounts of 10 to 200 pesos (about 1 to 18 dollars). (exchange rate 2004)