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Bus Stations and Bus Travel In and Out of Mérida
There is only one First Class Bus Service in the Yucatan peninsula. This is ADO. It is red & white.
The only second class bus service in Yucatan peninsula is the Oriente line. It is orange and white.

Just to confuse everyone.
The ADO bus station in Merida is called CAME, or Central de Autobuses, but everyone calls it "de Primera"
The Oriente bus station in Merida is called Terminal de Autobuses; everone call it "de Segunda".

There is another ADO bus station in Merida, called Miraflores.
This exists for residents of the very far away northern suburbs. You will never use it.

In addition to these two bus lines, there are several different taxi services and there are community based shuttles that travel to major cities such as Valladolid, Merida, Carrillo Puerto from smaller rural towns. These are called vans or combis depending on the type of vehicle


Mérida Bus Stations
There are many bus stations in Mérida. The main bus stations are on Calle 69 at the corner with Calle 70 (see information about Merida street system). The 1st Class ADO Bus station is called CAME. It is located on the north side of Calle 70 across from the 2nd Class Oriente bus station. There is a satelite 1st class ADO station out on calle 60 right next to the Hotel Fiesta Americana and is called Fiesta Americana Bus Station in Merida on the online bus schedules. You can mostly forget about this station except to ask when you buy a first class ticket or online checking routes -- There is only one route from this station and it runs between Mérida and Cancun Airport.

When checking for bus service, use "Mérida Came" for Mérida and "Chichén Itzá" for Pisté
Check for Bus schedules for destinations throughout México
Check www.ado.com.mx for 1st & 2nd Class bus schedules and prices servicing Yucatán Peninsula

The ADO CAME Bus stations is on Calle 70 between Calles 69 and 71.
The Oriente bus station is on Calle 69 between 68 and 70.

From Downtown, walk on Calle 63 (against traffic) to the corner of Calle 64. Turn right (south) and walk until you reach Calle 69 (this is the Park of San Juan). Turn right (west) after a few blocks you will see the Oriente bus; at the next street, Calle 70 turn left and the ADO entrance is mid-block.

 



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How do I Get from Mérida to Pisté?

Checking for bus service to Pisté from Mérida
The stop for Pisté is listed but it will always give you an error message. Use "Chichén Itzá" to find the times for First Class buses in and out of Pisté/Chichén from Merida. First Class buses (approx. $10) depart Mérida at 6:30am, 9:15am, and 12:40am. From Chichén to Mérida are at 2:20pm and 5:10pm. Second class buses run every hour in either direction and cost 54 pesos or just under $6 US.

Checking for bus service to Pisté from Cancun
Use "Chichén Itzá" for routes to Pisté. The Cancun to Chichén Itzá is limited to one run at 9am and takes 2.5 hours. It is very comfortable with B-rated movies and ice-cold air-conditioning that never fails to get me sick with a cold regardless of the season: Take a sweater at least. To avoid taking the tortuous 6 hour 2nd class bus from Cancun to Piste, take a 1st class bus from Cancun to Valladolid which run all day and evening long. Once in Valladolid look for the Pisté shuttle bus for $30 pesos or take the 2nd class bus for $25 pesos. Either leave every hour but the shuttle is shorter trip and can take you directly to where you want to go.

Mérida to Cancun on ADO, ADO GL and UNO

  • www.ado.com.mx -- the ADO-GL is the luxury line. $246 pesos/ $22 US. This bus has TV, AC, 4 hours 15 mins, and trips throughout day. (based on 11 mn/dollar rate)
  • UNO bus is $365 pesos (US$33) Cancun-Merida, with wide chairs (3 seats across!), AC, bathroom, TV-Movies, etc. There are fewer trips per day, but under 4 hours
  • ADO Regular is $218 pesos (US$ 19.8) and is basic bus, with movies, 4 hours 20 mins.

For more information about Mexican bus lines in general try this site:
www.differentworld.com/mexico/common/pages/bus_info.htm
For more information about Mérida bus station and bus lines see www.yucatantoday.com

 


 

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