transportation to Manzanillo questions

by 1946415cd, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:03 (22 days ago)

We will be spending 3 months in Zihua this winter and would like to travel north to visit a friend at the end of our Zihua stay.
He actually lives closer to Barra de Navidad at Playa de Coco's (if that matters).
I know I'm probably stuck with the bus as the flights seem pretty expensive at around $400+ for the two of us.
I know of a couple that did the overnight bus to Barra, their comment was that it was long and exhausting.
Is there a better option? What about the bus that travels up the coast? Is that something that a couple that speaks very little Spanish could do?
Other options?

transportation to Manzanillo questions

by Aunt Chelada, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:22 (22 days ago) @ 1946415cd

This would be a good time to consider renting a car. We find that most travels within an hour or so of Zihua are cheap enough to be done with a public bus or even a taxi driver for part of a day. We found that the drive up to Barra de Navidad is an easy drive if done during daylight hours and we rented a car for a couple days when we went there.

Just make sure to buy the Mexican auto insurance if you decide to rent a car.

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by 1946415cd, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 10:44 (22 days ago) @ Aunt Chelada

I should have mentioned that we will be leaving to go home from Manzanillo after visiting our friends.
The one way car rental is also pretty expensive @ about $250 with gas for 1 day.

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by B&S @, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 14:14 (22 days ago) @ 1946415cd

We did the bus trip to Barra several years ago. It was a nice scenic trip maybe 10+ hours on the winding coastal highway. Spend a few extra pesos for a daytime premier class bus with seats much like airline first class. Get seats on the port side so you can “sea” the coast.

transportation to Manzanillo questions

by 1946415cd, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 14:45 (22 days ago) @ B&S

Was that a Primera bus? Did you have to change buses?
Do you recall roughly the departure and arrival times?

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by B&S @, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 15:27 (22 days ago) @ 1946415cd

Don’t remember which bus line. No changes.
When you get to Zihua just go down to the bus terminal (behind Mega) and shop the menu boards.

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by Ironwood, Tuesday, July 02, 2019, 19:27 (19 days ago) @ B&S

We did the bus trip to Barra several years ago. It was a nice scenic trip maybe 10+ hours on the winding coastal highway. Spend a few extra pesos for a daytime premier class bus with seats much like airline first class. Get seats on the port side so you can “sea” the coast.

We got the impression on our Mexican bus trips that most of the riders were "regulars", who were not at all interested in the scenery. Every passenger who wasn't clearly a tourist had the curtains closed the whole time, making the interior of the bus as dark and as cold as a cave. (They turn the A/C up to MAX: wear a sweater). Opening the curtains to see the scenery flooded the bus with brilliant Mexican sunshine - and woke-up half the passengers.

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by Talley Ho @, Saturday, June 29, 2019, 15:51 (22 days ago) @ 1946415cd

We have taken many bus trips all over this country, on all classes of buses.

Whenever the option for a First Class (or higher) is available, that's the way to go. If you are going on a scenic route and have a choice, go during the day. It is quite beautiful going north up the coast from here, we recommend the bus, during the day, the highest class you can get. You will have a great ride.

Like stated above, go to the bus station, read the boards. Questions? Do your best and smile, you'll get the information you need. Be Brave!!

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 01, 2019, 13:50 (20 days ago) @ Talley Ho

We have taken many bus trips all over this country, on all classes of buses.

Whenever the option for a First Class (or higher) is available, that's the way to go. If you are going on a scenic route and have a choice, go during the day. It is quite beautiful going north up the coast from here, we recommend the bus, during the day, the highest class you can get. You will have a great ride.

Like stated above, go to the bus station, read the boards. Questions? Do your best and smile, you'll get the information you need. Be Brave!!

Excellent reply!

I would add to also be FLEXIBLE. You can often shave trip time by changing buslines, though sometimes that means going to a different bus station or awaiting a bus on the side of the road (only Estrella de Oro has a separate station from the rest of the buslines here in Guerrero, I'm unaware of other buslines that do this anywhere else).

transportation to Manzanillo questions

by 1946415cd, Monday, July 01, 2019, 14:32 (20 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

Where is the Gold Star bus station in Zihua?
Further north is White star the same company or completely different?

So, day time up the coast sounds good to me.
Not so worried about shaving time off the trip as long as it gets there the same day.

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by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, July 01, 2019, 17:28 (20 days ago) @ 1946415cd

Where is the Gold Star bus station in Zihua?
Further north is White star the same company or completely different?

So, day time up the coast sounds good to me.
Not so worried about shaving time off the trip as long as it gets there the same day.

Estrella de Oro and Estrella Blanca are separate buslines. Estrella de Oro is always in a separate terminal from the rest of the bus stations (except in Mexico City, if I recall correctly), but usually within easy walking distance, sometimes right next door to each other. Estrella de Oro doesn't operate where you're going so not a problem outside of Guerrero.

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by Curly! @, Great Pacific Northwet, Monday, July 01, 2019, 13:13 (20 days ago) @ 1946415cd

Six of us took a premier bus up to Morelia last year. My daughter helped us get the tickets but left for the states and wasn't with us on the trip. Even with very little Spanish, we had no issues. Beautiful ride and fun t'boot!

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