I arrived in El Paso having taken the Greyhound from Albuquerque, New Mexico and had a connecting journey the following morning to Tucson, Arizona.
The Greyhound buses serve locations all over the United States of America and are a great way of getting around for the budget-conscious traveller and non-driver.
Noteworthy, it cost me less, both in Dollars and time on the road, to travel from Albuquerque to Tucson by booking two single tickets (Albuquerque-El Paso, El Paso-Tucson) than it would have done if I had taken the routing offered by the Greyhound site for the journey Albuquerque-Tucson! The saving didn't pay for my hotel in El Paso, but I appreciated the quicker, alternative route.
My ticket for the journey Albuquerque (NM) to El Paso (TX) cost US$26.19 (accurate at October 2012) including booking fee.
My ticket for the journey El Paso (Tx) to Tucson (AZ) cost US$46.80 (accurate at October 2012) including booking fee.
The other part of our group - who knew where they were going and were actually on time - took 'The Trolley' into Juarez.
This trolley takes you across the border, and has 7 stops in Juarez. If you can't tell from the map which stop you want, just ask your driver :) You can take them back into the US also.
They leave every hour, on the hour from the El Paso Civic Center on Santa Fe street between the hours of 1000 - 1600. For large parties, they do reccommend reservations. They also do charter tours.
All day passes / fees:
Children 4-12: $9.00
3 and under: FREE
El Paso offers probably better city transportation than many other US cities (follow the link below) but I used exclusively my feet walking around downtown and my hired car to get there and to far neighbourhoods. El Paso East Motel 6, I stayed in, is located 10 miles east of downtown.
I had no problem to find a place to park a car in downtown (map here), and I didn't pay a lot ($2 or $3). In old European cities we have narrow, one-way streets jammed with parked cars in limited parking zone (or there is closed for traffic area) and we have constant shortage of parking place. Forget about it in El Paso. Half of downtown is a parking lot that is very American. There are numerous multistore and underground parking lots, and you may park along wide streets, too. Well, you have to pay, but not much. It's not San Francisco in over-taxed California where parking costs above $40 a day :-).
If you want to use public city transportation keep in mind that in El Paso (and generally the USA) you don't have just trams, buses etc. but usually each type of transportation has own proper name used widely by locals and derived from a company which runs it. So, in El Paso don't ask how to get from A to B by bus but ask about Sun Metro or Sun Metro Trolley. Trolley in the USA is an electric streetcar, elsewhere known as a tramway but in El Paso it's just city public bus (not a trolleybus).
I was passing through enroute to Los Angeles, but I did notice that the El Paso Greyhound is a new building well situated within the historic old center of town. The area doesn't appear unsafe, and if one had lay over time, a quick walk in the can be very productive in terms of sightseeing.
I arrived to El Paso by car driving from Arizona through New Mexico. Interstate 10 (I-10) was almost empty at night till I reached El Paso urban area where traffic was light to moderate about midnight.
El Paso lies at the intersection of three states (Texas, New Mexico, and Chihuahua) and two countries (the USA and Mexico). It's a good city to stay before a visit both to Carlsbad Caverns (155 mi, 250 km) in New Mexico and Big Bend National Park in Texas. But keep in mind that distances in Texas are larger than in any other US state (except Alaska).
Look at approximate distances from El Paso to some Texas destinations:
Big Bend National Park - 340 mi (550 km)
San Antonio - 570 mi (910 km)
Austin - 590 mi (950 km)
Dallas - 660 mi (1060 km)
Houston - 770 mi (1230 km).
So, if you drive from Houston to Los Angeles, California, El Paso is almost exactly on half of your long drive.
You may also reach El Paso by air (El Paso International Airport, ELP) from Mexico City and major US airports, by train (Amtrak) or by long-distance bus (Greyhound).
I-10 cuts across southern Texas from Louisiana to New Mexico covering a distance of some 879 miles. Luckily it hits some pretty good cities where you can spend a few nights: Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso. Out in West Texas the speed limits climb to 80 mph during the day (65 at night) and you will see a few trains, windmills, and not much else for miles and miles.
The interesting thing is that you only need your driver’s license to get in and out of this part of Mexico. You do not need a passport if your stay is less than 72 hours and you do not travel pass the 18 mile limit. It costs 50c to cross the bridge into Juarez and come back. It takes 4$ to get you car into Juarez and back. I would advise against bringing your car in as you may not be riding it on your return trip;) People without bags are not questioned, if you do have bags you are questioned it seems. English is generally spoken though Spanish is helpful.Taxis are availible. You can use U.S. money. The border area is popular for food, clubs, bars, gambling and shopping.
Okay, do you mind if I honestly say "DON'T"!!! We parked on the US side (reccommended) and the lot attendant shooed us over to a private driver parked on the edge of the lot. He wanted to charge us $35 US to take us from our current location to the Mercado in Juarez. We talked him down to $20 PLUS the $3 trip fee over the bridge. He was a nice guy, and got us to our destination in an efficient manner.
But honestly, if we hadn't been crunched for time, and really didn't know where we were going, we wouldn't have taken the trip w/ him. I now know to walk across and hire a cab on the other side of the border ;)
I arrived and left from El Paso by train. There is only one passenger carrier Amtrak.
The Superliner train runs through there from LA to Florida every couple of days. It is called The Sunset Limited.
If you have the time it is well worth a try. They sometimes have Promotions with tickets at cheap prices. I got a 15 day International Passenger Western raulpass. Well worth the money.
There is quite a comprehensive bus transport system in and around El Paso.
One thing to be aware of is that they often use "Transit points". This is where you get on one bus, it then takes you to a transit point where you have to change.
If you are not careful you could end up heading back to where you came from.
Bus transport is cheap.
You'll be driving. Oh yes. As my friends in EP like to point out, there's just one interstate. You can't get lost. If you get to a bridge, turn around. Otherwise, turn the AC up, the Mexican radio loud, and drive.
The good news about El Paso is that everything is within a short drive. It's not that big a city.
End of the line for the Greyhound. This is a neat, very Mexican city. I'd say that most here are Mexican, legal or illegal. But, it's a neat city and cool that it has so much Mexican influence.
There is a bus for $10 USD to Ciudad Juarez (Mexico).
Car is best, they have buses.
WARNING! Bus travel in the US can be expensive by Greyhound, while on certain 'latin' buses it is cheaper and with THE SAME QUALITY. I tried both.
Example: From El Paso to Denver it costs 69 dollars by Greyhound and only 40 dollars by Los Americanos or Los Limousines. Halfway is Santa Fe. From there to Denver price is 59 dollars, not proportional to the distance. By the other lines it is only 20 dollars! There it is proportional.
In Mexico, price is always proportional to the distance traveled and bus lines share a big station, so you can commute easily. In the US, each bus line has its own little station (very close one another). So all things considered, bus service in Mexico is better than in the US.
ATENCIÓN! Los viajes en autobús por los EU pueden resultar caros por Greyhound, mientras que por ciertas líneas de autobuses 'latinos' resulta más económico y con LA MISMA CALIDAD. Yo probé ambas.
Ejemplo: De El Paso a Denver cuesta 69 dólares por Greyhound y sólo 40 por Los Americanos o Los Limousines. A la mitad del camino está Santa Fe. De ahí a Denver el precio es 59 dólares por Greyhound, no es proporcional a la distancia. Por las otras líneas cuesta sólo 20 dólares! Ahí sí es proporcional.
En México, el precio siempre es proporcional a la distancia viajada y las líneas comparten una estación grande, así puede transbordar fácilmente. En los EU, cada línea tiene su propia pequeña terminal (muy cercanas unas de otras). Considerándolo todo, el servicio de autobús en México es mejor que en los EU.
el paso airport;but we arrived by bus from dallas(12 hours by night)
there is a funny and exotic bus to ciudad-juarez(mexico),but it is possible to go to ciudad-juarez by foot;there is also an aerial tramway,address:1700 mac kinley
If you are planning to visit only Ciudad Juárez walk or take a tourist trolley. Don't even think about driving unless you are heading farther into Mexico.