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From Mexico City to Cancun on budget

Traveling from Mexico City to Cancun from 15th of december for 14 days. Wondering about the budget, how to get around and what to see. The best route.
13 years ago, July 30th 2010 No: 1 Msg: #116812  

I'm getting in to Mexico City on 15th ofdecember and was planing to end up in Cancun 14 days later. I'm on a tight budget and want it as cheap as possible, but not so cheap that I miss all the fun😉

I was may planing on going Mexico City- Puebla- Oaxaca- San Cristobal de las Casas- Palenque- Merida- Pleya del Carmen- Cancun. Is this a good route?

What should my budget be? Do I have to order a buss pass before I go? Or it is possible to take local busses with out any reservation? I wondering the same about places to live.

And one last thing, where to spend new years eve. Cancun or Havana?

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13 years ago, August 23rd 2010 No: 2 Msg: #118098  
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I have done this trip but not during christmas and new years, the busiest travel time in Mexco. Usually you do not need reservations for buses or hotels. Christmas and new years however is something else. check this site for bus info <snip>
You should not need reservations on the buses There are several levels of first class the lowest priced option is more than adequate.
Avoid the local buses except for a short trip they make a zillion stops and you donĀ“t have a lot of time with that itinerery. plan to sleep on the bus at night a few times and save on hotel fees if your budget is real tight
4 hours to oaxaca from puebla night bus, 12 to San Cristobal Palenque to merida night bus etc
If you are doing hostel you might fare ok but if you will do hotels, make reservations ahead of christmas week for Oaxaca and any pacific coast or caribbean beaches. Much of Mexico hits the road during Christmas week

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13 years ago, September 28th 2010 No: 3 Msg: #119906  
I would pick the same route you did. You'll enjoy it. The 1st class buses work well. Mexico City has 4 main bus stations. Most of the ones going south leave from TAPO.

If you can sleep on a bus, the night trip might be a good savings for you. However, if you want to see the countryside, you'll miss it. I took a night bus from Veracruz to Oaxaca last year and swore that I would never do that again. Not only did I get little good sleep, I arrived in Oaxaca at about 4 a.m. and had to stay in the bus station until the city woke up. Next time I'll split the long trips into smaller pieces so I can take a day bus.

If you speak Spanish, you can save money by staying in hotels used by the Mexicans. I stay at Hotel Rioja in Mexico City. It's just off of the Zocolo at 45 Av 5 de Mayo. I also recommend using the Lonely Planet Mexico book. It lists places to stay from budget and up. Some places have a web site that you can use to make reservations. Others need to be called. I only make reservations when I feel I have to - like my first and last nights or during holidays.

Hope you enjoy your trip. I'll be blogging about my trip that starts Oct. 9. You might want to watch it for tips that work for you. If this link works, my blog is at .

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13 years ago, November 24th 2010 No: 4 Msg: #123552  
Hi Miriam,

Great route you chose! I didn t do Puebla but did all the rest in 11 days but it was rushed...I wish I had more time!
The bus company in South Mexico is ADO I believe and primera plus ? I have forgotten...I can t believe it. BUt you can type on google and find out. The buses are very good. I used only hostels and they were all very good and clean. BUt you can also use Couchsurfing. I used it in Guanajuato and met a lovely girl who has now become a friend...It saves money and you can meet lovely people. The route you have chosen is very touristy so you will meet loads of people doing the same as you...I didn t book any buses or hostels in advance but I did it at a quiet time in September so be careful it may be busy. If you want to know hostels names or more info, please feel free to contact me. I Love Mexico and will be going back to live there at the end of December so if I can help, let me know!
Otherwise, ENJOY YOUR TRIP! Am sure you will...
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