Two services specific to out of town guests, Turibus and Capital Bus, run excellent tour bus services that circulate over ever-widening routes throughout Mexico City.
Riders can choose open-boarding plans where they simply hop-on and off at predesignated spots around the city, or book organized tours to specific points, and sometimes with themed routes and itineraries.
Capital Bus heads to the city’s most emblematic sites and attractions on comfortable sightseeing buses with retractable roofs.
Among the most popular Capital Bus routes:
1. CENTRO – POLANCO
Sightseeing to the Zocalo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Angel of Independence, the National Museum of Anthropology, Polanco, Zona Rosa, and Roma all in an afternoon. The entire route can be ridden in 2.5 to 3 hours and buses are circling the route every 30 to 40 minutes. The Centro-Polanco Route is available everyday from 9am to 9pm.
2. REFORMA-SANTA FE
The hippest commercial and business areas of Mexico City are at your disposal. Go from the Angel of Independence all the way to Santa Fe. Stop at one of Latin America’s biggest and most exciting shopping centers and enjoy the shopping and the scenery. The Reforma-Santa Fe route can be ridden in 3 to 3.5 hours, with buses circulating about everything three hours. This route circulates every day from 9am to 9pm.
3. TEMPLES AND BASILICA ROUTE
From Garibaldi Plaza, the world capital of Mariachi Music, you can visit the Tequila and Mezcal Museum. From there, it’s easy to get to the Temple of the Virgin of Guadalupe, but you’ll also see the San Judas Tadeo Church and many of the main churches and temples around the historical center. This route can be ridden end to end in about two hours and buses circulate past every point about every two hours. Running daily 9 am to 7 pm, the conductor onboard will notify passengers of possible route changes.
Capital Bus Tickets can be purchased on-line and exchanged for bracelets at any buses. You can also purchase tickets at one of the selling points, on the buses at any of the stops, or from authorized ticket sellers. Remember, a wide variety of other tours are available and running regularly. Check their website, or ask when you purchase your tickets.
With fast regular service, Turibus covers a tremendous amount of the city. Remember, most passengers now choose to get on and off almost any of the buses, all day long. And there are an ever growing number of night-time and thematically organized tours.
These are some of their best-attended routes:
Running year-round, rain or shine, the Downtown route includes a full dose or History, Architecture, Culture and incredible cuisine. Making a full 19 stops you’ll head to the National Auditorium, the Museum of Modern Art, Condesa Neighborhood, the Zocalo, the Monument to the Revolution and all the way to the National Museum of Anthropology. Audio guides are in eight languages and the service runs from 9am to 9pm every day.
2. THE SOUTH OF THE CITY
Also running year round, the SouthSide City Tour includes the most bohemian neighborhoods with some architecture and archaeology sites included. But you’ll also head to the World Trade Center, the Frida Kahlo Museum, the charming center of Coyoacan and then to University City, and the Museum of Contemporary Art. With a grand total of 22 stops, this tours runs every day from 9am to 9pm.
Running daily, all year, this tour introduces you to the most contemporary and fashionable parts of Mexico City with plenty of time for shopping and taking in some truly cutting-edge architecture. With just seven stops you head from the Nationa Auditorium through the most luxurious parts of Polanco, to the Antara Shopping Mall after a long stretch on exclusive Maseryk Avenue. Head for the famous Soumaya museum, and hit the best of Chapultepec park. Running from 9 to 9 daily, this one is available along with the others as a hop-on/off tour.
4. THE RELIGIOUS ROUTE
Spanning the pre-Hispanic, colonial, and modern eras of Mexico’s capital city, you get to all the great churches and cathedrals including the Zócalo, Plaza Garibaldi, the Basílica and the Palacio de los Condes de Miravalle. And like the others, this route can be combined for one low price that let’s you see all the others in one incredible day of sight-seeing.
Check out these tours and more on the Turibus website. Turibus will also allow you to purchase tickets right on the bus, and many riders will choose the hop-on/off option that allows you to spend as much time as you’d like at most points along a given tour route.
It’s a great way to see and experience that much more in the city.