major attractions are best seen on foot. For points outside
the city center, there is an inexpensive, well-organized
public transportation system.
is without a doubt the most economical and efficient but
sometimes least comfortable means of traversing the city.
Buses run every few minutes between 6 AM and 10 PM to all
local attractions, including Tlaquepaque, Tonalá,
and Zapopan. Fares are roughly 25¢, making buses the
preferred mode of transportation for Guadalajara natives,
so expect to stand during daylight hours. Various "luxury"
buses -- which run on some of the main routes through the
city, including out to Tlaquepaque and Tonalá --
Cost 55¢ and are much less crowded and vastly more
comfortable. Buses to and from such nearby destinations
as Chapala, Ajijic, and Tequila depart from the Antigua
Central Camionera (Old Bus Station) just northeast of the
Parque Agua Azul on Avenida Dr. R. Michel between Calles
Los Angeles and 5 de Febrero.
underground tren ligero (light train) system is clean, safe,
and efficient. Line 1 runs along Avenida Federalismo from
the Periférico (city beltway) Sur to Periférico
Norte, near the Benito Juárez Auditorium. Line 2
runs east west along Avenida Javier Mina (which becomes
Avenida Juárez at the Calzada Independencia) from
Tetlán in eastern Guadalajara to Avenida Federalismo.
Trains run about every 15 minutes from 6 AM to 10:30 PM;
a token for one trip Costs about 25¢. Juárez
Station, where the two lines meet, serves as a public art
gallery, featuring changing exhibits of Mexican artists.
are readily available and reasonably economical. Tell the
driver where you are going and agree on a fare before you
enter the cab. Fare schedules listing prices to downtown
and all major attractions are posted in the lobby of most
hotels. Sitios (cab stands) are near all hotels and attractions.
Fares go up about 25% at night.