You will see a LOT of taxis around Morelia.... they're white and have a monarch butterfly painted on them. They don't have a meter so you have to ask the driver how much he will charge to take you where you want to go in advance, so you know what you're going to pay. If you want to move around downtown they'll usually charge $25-30 MXP (2-3 USD), if you want to go farther it can go up to $40 MXP or more.
The downtown area is very walkable and in fact you will enjoy it all the more if you WALK around it. But if you're very tired after walking all day long, or if you're carrying a bunch of stuff after doing some shopping then taking a taxi is a good option. Just make sure you know where you're going (preferrably have the address if your hotel with you or an easy reference spot, eg. the Cathedral, the Candy market) because we realized that currently most of the taxi drivers are VERY young and sometimes they don't know the city very well or know how to get to a place but they forget the names of the streets, so they aren't 100% reliable.
You can hail any taxi on the street and they are safe (unlike Mexico City, where you have to take them from special fixed/controlled spots).
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Public transportation (vans)
You can move around the city using the public transportation which is cheap although a bit slow too. You won't see buses here since many streets in Morelia (especially in downtown) are very narrow, so you will see white vans that function as buses instead. They can hold about 10-12 people.
There are no fixed stops, you just hail the van as soon as you see it coming (preferrably on a corner and/or traffic light) and it will stop for you to hop on. They will have written signs on the front part so you know the main destinations/areas where they will take you. Make sure you know where you are going because most probably the drivers won't be able to help you as they don't speak english.
The fixed fare per person per trip is $5 MXP -- less than $0.50 USD cents (2009).
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camion's y combi's
The local buses in Morelia are an interesting experience. Camion's are bigger, more like a mini-bus and combi's are VW vans. The routes are number and color coded. Many of the buses have a personal touch, compliments of the drivers. They decorate their buses, we even had a driver blasting vanilla ice one day! The nice thing is that unlike the US buses, drivers will give you change. When I was there, fare was about 3 and half pesos, but there was talk of raising it. The other great thing is that drivers will let you off anywhere along their route and you can flag down a bus anywhere along its route. Sometimes several drivers on the same route will try to race each other, cause I think when they get to the end of their route they get a break. Anyways, I like it better than the buses here in Seattle!
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The Central Autobuses
(A) from Morelia to other cities:
From centro of Morelia, you can take "color cafe 2A" or " grey 3" to the bus station to other cities. There are many bus companies there, you can ask the staff which one you can take. I went to Mexico city norte stop with " PRIMERA PLUS"- 215 pesos.
(B) to Morelia " from the bus station to the centro:
If you arrive Morelia from other cities , for example Uruapan ( like me), you will get off the bus in a huge hub. If you wanna save money, you can take the combi just outside the gate of the bus station, any combi with "centro" on the window of the combi. 3.5 pesos. If you need a taxi, there are plenty of it.
Tranvia de la calle real
This is a neat little bus to take you around town.
It has couple different routes to take you around downtown to see the main architectural monuments in town.
Departures from Plaza de Armas (Across the street from Hotel Casino) on Avenida Madero.
You have to buy your tickets way in advance around christmas time.
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What is a combi? It is, in most cases, a VW van converted to hold as many passengers as possible. They are the bus system in town. VWs r used instead of real busses due to the narrow, old streets....combis just fit better. they r everywhere!! it is really a good system.......u can pick up a schedule or map of the different lines at the tourist office in el centro. the tourist office is located in the same building of the old public library on madero street.
every ride in a combi is an experience!! sometimes u may be the only riding for a while, or u may be one of 20!!!!!!
Combis stop running around 9 or 10ish.
This is the cheapest mode of transportation, besides walking of course. 3 and half peso or 2 and a half...i cant remember.
Taxis are always an option when getting around town. Just get one on the street or call ahead. I recommend Radio Taxi Expreso....this is a safe and honest company.
Rule of thumb, always negociate a price with the driver before hand. For locations in town and in near by neighborhoods, dont pay more than 30 pesos.
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