Traveling Around Cuernavaca

Here’s some instruction on how to get around Cuernavaca and to some of the neighboring towns. Cuernavaca is the capital and largest city of the state of Morelos in Mexico at 59 square miles in size.

While Cuernavaca has a population of approximately only 349,102, traveling about town can be difficult by foot. The altitude (varying between 4117 and 7726 feet (1,255 and 2355 meters)) and steep inclines can be taxing on even those in great physical shape. The city

Getting Around Cuernavaca

You have three choices of transportation in Cuernavaca; Rental Cars, Taxis, and Rutas (buses). We will discuss each in order.

Rental Cars

This is not a recommended choice for those who are unfamiliar with the Mexican style of driving and the traffic, as well as the cost, which can prove to be prohibitive. If you do, however, choose to use a rental car, it is best to do so before arriving in Cuernavaca. If you are arriving from the United States, you can expect to save up to half the cost by renting the car there. Contact Hertz in the U.S. about this, as they have an office in Cuernavaca as well. If you do arrive and desire to rent a car in Cuernavaca, contact either Hertz Morelos Rent-A-Car, with offices located at Plan de Ayala 300, phone 314.3800. Another choice is Dollar Rent-A-Car, with offices at Avenida Zapata 904, phone 317.3791.

Taxis

This is the fastest way to get around town. Taxis are abundant, and inexpensive in comparison to other cities. Stand on any street in Cuernavaca and a taxi will come by within a few minutes. You will know it is an available taxi by the small sign in the front window that states, “LIBRE,” with means available – not free!

There are two types of taxis in Cuernavaca. The Radio Taxis are the better service and most have meters so that you will be charged fairly. The others do not have meters and the fare must be negotiated before entering the taxi. There is a general understanding about taxi fares in Cuernavaca. The shortest distance fare is about 35 pesos (currently $2.69 USD) with the higher fare based on distance traveled and time of day being about 50 pesos ($3.61 USD). You can expect to pay the higher fare when traveling across town, at night, or when it is raining. The rates are based not on each person, but how many can fit in the taxi. The fare is from one place to another. If you take a cab with a friend, who will be dropped off at one location before you continue on to your location, you can expect the fare to be doubled. If you are carrying purchases, you can expect that the driver will help you unload them and even perhaps carry them inside you home, albeit for a small tip. Generally drivers are not tipped unless they perform some other service than transportation.

Just wave one down and lean into the passenger front window, asking how much the fare is to you destination. Some taxis will likely charge more than others, and it is perfectly okay to simply say, “No gracias!” The driver may or may not make a counter offer, which you can accept or refuse. If not, flag down another taxi until you get a price that you believe is fair.

It is important to always carry coins and small bills if you are planning on taking a taxi. Most places will happily make change for you in anticipation of the fare. Just ask, “¿Se puede hacer el cambio para un taxi, por favor?” Place the small change or bills in a convenient place so that you can access them without having to pull out your wallet. And, never show or count a large amount of money in a cab (or on a public street). If you do not have the correct change the driver will no doubt tell you that he does not have change (No cambio) and you will have to pay double for a trip to the nearest store to make change.

If you are a female, you should never ride unaccompanied in a taxi after dark, and never ride in the front seat with the driver.

It would be a good idea to write down the phone number of the Radio Taxis (311.5325) on a card to carry with you. When you find a driver you like, especially one that speaks English, as some do, ask them for their cell number and always call the same driver. They are more than happy to come pick you up from anywhere in the city and even return to take you home after dinner or a night out on the town. If you do this, you should always reward the driver with a tip for this exceptional service.

Unless you are staying in one of the major hotels, it is a good idea to find a well-known landmark or larger business near where you are staying or where you want to go. This way you can simply tell the driver that where you want to go is near the landmark. It will help those that are new to the city or the taxi service find the address. Also, be sure of the name of the colonia or neighborhood in which you are going. And, last of all learn to give directions in Spanish:

Turn Left – Gire a la izquierda

Turn Right – Gire a la derecha

Straight ahead – Derecho

English Speaking Taxi Driver – If you do not speak Spanish and want a driver who is fluent in English, we suggest Arturo Galindo, the owner of Taxi Seguro, whom is shown at the top of this page in his taxi. Arturo is a previous airline attendant who is not only bi-lingual, but an excellent driver. Well groomed with a new licensed and insured car, he is extremely personable, well mannered and knows the city better than other drivers. He can also give you tours of Cuernavaca, Taxco, Tepoztlan, or even take you to Acapulco and back. He will run your errands, pay your bills, do your shopping and much more. Call him on his cell phone at 777.523.5787 or see his website at http://taxicabseguro.com.

Rutas

These are small buses or vans that travel throughout the city. You may have trouble here, as there are no pre-defined routes. Most have hand-painted signs in the front window that will give several different locations. For example, there may be a dozen different buses that go to Ave. Teopanzolco, but will either go to the north end or south end. The fares are usually 10 to 30 pesos, but you must have the exact change. The rutas are most handy for going to the Zocolo, or downtown as most of the Rutas pass though downtown on their various routes.

The Rutas come with some warnings. They are usually very crowded – packed – and you have to be very careful of your belongings. Women, especially young women, should be cautious of taking the Rutas. Also, the Rutas seldom come to a complete stop, and they make quick stops, which will rustle you about. You have to be able to board quickly and get off of the Ruta quickly. If you do not have the ability to move quickly, you should not consider the Rutas.

Buses

Many visitors use buses to visit nearby towns or to take them to other parts of Mexico.

Cuernavaca to Mexico City:

  1. Bus to Airport: Pullman de Morelos Bus – To either Terminal 1 or 2. La Selva Station near Plaza Cuernavaca. Buses for the city leave about every 30 minutes and are 1st class. You will end up in the Terminal del Sur in Mexico City and can easily find a taxi to take you to your next destination. This line also has direct airport buses. These take one hour and 30 minutes, sometimes two hours depending on traffic. Cost is about $13 USD. It is best to buy your ticket one day ahead and check the departure schedule carefully, as it changes frequently. Departures start at 4:00 am, with the last bus at 11:30 pm. See the schedule at www.pullman.com.mx
  2. Bus to Mexico City’s Tasqueña Bus Terminal (in southern Mexico City): Pullman de Morelos bus, about 65 pesos. Departing about every 30 minutes 5:00 am to 10:30 from the La Selva Station near Plaza Cuernavaca. See the schedule at www.pullman.com.mx
  3. Private Driver – about $130 usd

Mexico City to Cuernavaca:

  1. Bus from Airport: Pullman de Morelos Bus – From either Terminal 1 or 2. See the schedule at www.pullman.com.mx
  2. Bus from Mexico City’s Tasqueña Bus Terminal (in southern Mexico City): Grupo Pullman de Morelos bus, about 65 pesos. Departing about every 30 minutes 5:30 am to 10:00 pm. See the schedule at www.pullman.com.mx
  3. Private Driver about $130 usd

Cuernavaca to Tepoztlan:

  1. Hail a Radio Taxi on the street, the cost is around $150 pesos one way (negotiate the price in advance).
  2. Take the “Omnibus Ometochtli” bus line located in the parking lot of the Mercado “Adolfo López Mateos” in the center of Cuernavaca. The cost is about $20 pesos one way. Departures are every 15 minutes from 6:00 am until 10:30 pm. Approximately 45 minutes.

Tepoztlan to Cuernavaca:

  1. Hail a Radio Taxi most often found parked in the zocalo area of Tepoztlan. The cost is around $200 pesos one way (negotiate the price in advance).
  2. Take the “Omnibus Ometochtli” bus line located in the center of Tepoztlan at Av. Del Tepozteco No. 1, Barrio de la Santísima. The cost is about $20 pesos one way. Departures are every 15 minutes from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. Approximately 45 minutes.

Cuernavaca to Acapulco:

This is about a 4-hour trip by bus

There are two bus services, Estrella de Oro and Diamante. The recommended bus line is
Estrella de Oro
Av. Morelos # 812, Col. Las Palmas
Tel. Number is 312.3055

For schedules and to purchase tickets online Click Here

First Class Departures: 7:15 am, 11:00 am, 1:45 pm, 4:30 pm and 11:30 pm
Plus Departures: 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 7:45 pm
Approximately 4 hours.

Acapulco to Cuernavaca:

There are two bus terminals in Acapulco with service to Cuernavaca:

  1. “Estrella de Oro” buses leave from Cuauhtémoc bus station, For schedules and to purchase tickets online Click Here
    Av. Cuauhtémoc 1490
    Esquina Wilfrido Massieu
    Fraccionamiento Magallanes
    Acapulco Tel. (01-744) 485.8758
  2. Diamante
    Boulevard de las Naciones No. 34
    Fraccionamiento Granjas Marqués

Cuernavaca to Taxco:

The recommended bus line is

Estrella de Oro
Av. Morelos # 812, Col. Las Palmas
Tel. Number is 312.3055

First Class Departures: 9:15am and 12:00 noon
Approximately 1 1/2 hours

For schedules and to purchase tickets online Click Here

Taxco to Cuernavaca:

Recommended bus line:

Estrella de Oro
Avenida John F. Kennedy No. 126 Centro, Taxco

For schedules and to purchase tickets online Click Here

Taxco Tel. (01-762) 622.0648
Approximately 1 1/2 hours

Cuernavaca to Puebla:

Bus company: Estrella de Oro
Address: Paseo Cuauhnahuac Km. 2.5, Cuernavaca, Mor.
Tel. 320.2748 y 320.2801

Approximately 3 hours.

First Class: Friday to Monday departures every two hours from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm hrs.
Grand Tourism: Friday to Monday departures at 9:00 am, 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.
Super Tourism: Daily except thursday departures every 4 hours from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

For schedules and to purchase tickets online Click Here