Travel guide for Mexico

Who Are the Major Bus Providers in Mexico & How They Compare?

This article was updated on September 25th, 2018

Traveling by bus in Mexico will give you the most bang for your buck as long as you know exactly how to get around. Depending on your travel needs and budget, whether you’re looking for a reasonably-priced alternative or a more luxurious experience, there is a bus line out there that has vowed to cater to those needs. With so many options to choose from, we have decided to conveniently break it down for you by comparing the major bus providers in Mexico based on coverage, booking options and amenities.

ADO

  • Known for: ADO is one of the largest bus companies in the world and Mexico’s leader in the bus industry.
  • Coverage: Yucatán peninsula, Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche and Chiapas
  • Amenities: WiFi*, on-board restrooms*, A/C*, power outlets*, TV*, individual TV screens*, extra legroom*, reclinable seats*
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station.
  • Boarding requirements: You must present your tickets printed or on a mobile device and a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.

 

ADO’s modern buses

Grupo Senda

  • Known for: Grupo Senda has routes crossing over both sides of the Mexico-United States border.
  • Coverage: Aguascalientes, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, Estado de México, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas, Georgia (U.S.), North Carolina (U.S.) and Texas (U.S.)
  • Amenities: WiFi*, complimentary food and drink*, on-board restrooms*, A/C*, power outlets*, TV*, individual TV screens*, extra legroom*, reclinable seats*
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station.
  • Boarding requirements: You must present your printed tickets and a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.
Grupo Senda
Grupo Senda

Omnibus de México

  • Known for: Omnibus de México operates one of the most extensive bus networks in the country and has routes in about two-thirds of Mexico’s states, principally those north, west and east of the capital.
  • Coverage: Aguascalientes, Estado de Colima, Estado de México, Jalisco, Nuevo León, Querétaro
  • Amenities: WiFi, complimentary food and drink, on-board restrooms, A/C, power outlets, TV, individual TV screens, extra legroom, leg rest, reclinable seats
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station.
  • Boarding requirements: You must present your printed tickets and a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.
Omnibus de México
Omnibus de México

ACN Autobuses

  • Known for: ACN has routes crossing over both sides of the Mexico-United States border as well as nationwide routes.
  • Coverage: Southwestern United States and Mexican nationwide coverage
  • Amenities:  WiFi*, on-board restrooms, A/C, power outlets*, TV, individual TV screens*, extra legroom*, reclinable seats
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station.
  • Boarding requirements: You must present your printed tickets and a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.

ETN and Turistar Lujo

  • Known for: ETN is one of the best luxury bus companies in Mexico. With only 24 seats and a configuration of three seats across (rather than the usual four more commonly found on other bus lines), you can even score an individual seat.
  • Coverage: Aguascalientes, Coahuila, Estado de Colima, Durango, Guerrero, Jalisco, Estado de México, Michoacán, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Querétaro and San Luis Potosí
  • Amenities: WiFi, complimentary food and drink, on-board restrooms, A/C, power outlets, TV, individual TV screens, extra legroom, leg rest, reclinable seats, bed seats
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station. For any changes, you will need to bring a printed version of your ticket.
  • Boarding requirements:  You may board the bus by showing a PDF format of your ticket on your phone, but you must present a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.
ETN
ETN

Grupo AERS (Costaline, Futura, Turistar Ejecutivo)

  • Known for: Grupo AERS offers different bus lines to cater to a wide range of customers depending on their needs and budgets.
  • Coverage: Michoacán, Guerrero, Morelos
  • Amenities: Complimentary food and drink*, on-board restrooms, A/C, TV, individual TV screens*, extra legroom, leg rest, reclinable seats
  • Refundable tickets?: No, they can only be exchanged at the station. For any changes, you will need to bring a printed version of your ticket.
  • Boarding requirements:  You may board the bus by showing a PDF format of your ticket on your phone, but you must present a valid piece of I.D. with a photo and your first and last name.
Grupo AERS - Costaline
Grupo AERS – Costaline

*Availability depends on the bus class.

Be sure to check out our Quick Guide to Bus Travel in Mexico for more bus travel tips.

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Pictures via Grupo Senda, Atlantes de Tula, Terminales y Autobuses, Rigveda, TransportaMex, Renobuses and Panoramio.