You may remember the 40+ hour bus ride I took from San Blas to Tijuana when I headed north. Well the trip south was much easier but still took almost 24 hours even though more than half the distance was by air. I left Bakersfield at 3 pm on Monday via Greyhound; transferred in Los Angeles; and the final transfer was in San Ysidro for a bus that takes you straight to the Tijuana airport. I arrived in San Ysidro around 8 pm but it took almost 2 hours to go the 15 miles between San Ysidro and the airport. They never used to but now they check very closely when you cross into Mexico by bus.
I arrived at the airport at 10 pm for a flight that didn’t depart until 1:45 am. Luckily there was a bar right next to my departure gate. Unluckily, airport drink prices in TJ are very similar to the ones at LAX: very high! 50 pesos for the same bottle of beer that would cost 10 pesos at a bar in San Blas.
I enjoyed a very smooth flight on an airline I had never heard of before: Volaris. The plane was new and very clean. It landed in Guadalajara at 6:45 am (including time zone changes) and I took a cab to the central bus station. To leave the airport you must use the airport taxies and they are incredibly expensive. It cost $26. For the trip which was less than 10 miles. It only cost me $20 for a bus ticket for a 200 mile trip from there to Tepic. Another $5.00 for a bus from Tepic to San Blas and $8.00 for a cab ride from San Blas to Aticama.
A total of 5 buses, 2 cabs and one airplane all within 24 hours. I will definitely find a better way next time!