Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hold the Bus!!!!

Since my last trip to Merida I have been meaning to let everyone know about part of the journey I took to get there.

Yes, I took the bus!

You see I wanted to try different ways to get in and out of Merida. I wanted to compare price, times, and how many hours it takes. So this time I flew into Cancun and then caught the bus across.

Might I was great! Well, there's not a lot to see in the way of wonderful vistas BUT this way you don't have to wake up at 4:00am for that 7:00am Continental flight into Houston and miss out on a full last day of my holidays.

I flew into Cancun and went to the ADO desk just outside the terminal and asked to catch the Platino bus to Merida. The girl looked puzzled and then told me that there would be a 'first class' bus in 30 minutes AND it would pick up right here. So I reluctantly agreed as I wanted to get to Merida and paid my 420 pesos.  She did say 'First class,' didn't she?

Anyway, the coach came on time and I didn't have to leave the airport so that was great. There were only two other people on the bus! Yes there were only the three of us on that bus. Ok, so it wasn't luxury, just a regular type of coach.  I went to the back and laid across the back seat and slept. Oh, and if you are going to catch the regular bus...take a blanket or something warm, as it was freezing on that bus! But we got to Merida right on time and with no fuss.

On the trip home I had a friend coming with me, and we booked the Platino bus this time. It left at 10:00am and we got to the Cancun bus station with plenty of time to get a cab to the airport and catch our flight.

Let me tell you that the Platino bus was awesome and well worth it (actually it cost the same as the regular coach???? yes it did.) The seats reclined nearly all the way flat and were super comfortable with your own tv with movies to choose. There was a restroom up the back and you were given snacks and drinks for the trip.

You get to choose your seat when booking, and if you are traveling alone the bus is set up with two seats on one side and a single seat down the other side. Which will be perfect for me as I like to put my headphones on and read a book or sleep or just chill (without someone trying to speak to me!)
 A four hour bus trip to catch a direct two hour flight to Atlanta...yeah, I'll drink to that!

So I would definitely recommend traveling this route as it was cheaper than a flight through Houston and the actual travel time with waiting is also about the same or maybe even a less using the bus if you time it right.

I would definitely use the Platino bus again (even the regular First Class bus was fine!).

It was really easy to catch...I say go for it!


  1. I definitely agree that the flight to Cancun + the Platino or GL bus is the way to go when traveling from Atlanta to Merida. I did the Atlanta to Houston to Merida trip one time and that was enough! Do you know about the ADO bus that takes you from the Cancun bus station to the airport-and from the airport to the bus station? Those "shuttle" buses (regular buses) run every 30 minutes and cost 48 pesos -- much cheaper than a taxi!!


  2. Carolina...I didn't know about the shuttle bus from airport to the bus station and at 48 pesos that is awesome! It cost us 300 pesos by taxi...they saw us coming!

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