Getting Around Mazatlán
These open-air "golf
cart" looking taxis are unique to Mazatlán. They
are everywhere and easily waved down. Always negotiate
the price first! Tell them where you want to go, they'll
give you a price. You can respond with a lower amount,
generally half of the amount they first say. Don't get
into the pulmonia until you both agree to a price. You'll
enjoy a great ride with their music turned up all the
way. You can tip about 10%, but it isn't required (most
locals dont tip). Most everything between the
Golden Zone and the old part of town (Centro) can be
reached for approximately 40-50 pesos. Most locations
within the Golden Zone, or within Centro are 20-30 pesos.
Exceptions might be very late at night, or if you're very
drunk. They can double rates after 11pm.
These red or green striped
taxis are usually cheaper than the pulmonias. Once again,
confirm the price first. If you don't, you may end up
paying whatever the driver says. Current rate is about 30 pesos.
A bus ride here is easy to
do, it's very cheap, and will let you rub shoulders with
the locals. There are a few marked bus stops where you'll
see several people waiting for a bus. Usually, you just
flag down a bus and they'll stop almost anywhere to pick
you up. Do this by extending your arm out at shoulder's
height, palm down and moving your arm down toward the
ground. Pay the driver as you board. The current fare is 4.20 pesos during the day, and
a little higher after about 8 pm at
night or for some longer distances. When in doubt, hand
the driver a five peso coin and he'll give you change. There are some
new green deluxe busses that have started service primarily on the Sabalo/Centro (main link from the Golden Zone to Centro) and the
Sabalo/Cocos routes. These currently charge 8 pesos but are well worth
the extra cost. They are air conditioned and actually have some room
for your knees.
You'll notice that buses
either have a name at the top, or a list of names written
on the front windshield, or both. The names indicate the
stops and areas the bus will go to. Assuming most readers
of this guide are staying in the Golden Zone or downtown
"Centro" area, you only need to worry about a
couple of lines.
Between the Golden Zone
and Downtown, take any bus marked
To return, stand on the other side of the street. The
exception is at the Mercado (main market downtown). Since
the streets on each side of the market are one-way
streets, stand on the Benito Juárez street (west side)
to go back to the Golden Zone.
Bus service is generally
between 5:30 am and 10:30 pm. Hold on to your ticket;
sometimes they check. The driver will stop to let you off
just about anywhere once you push the "timbre"
button. If you flag down a bus and it doesn't stop, it
means the bus is full and you'll have to wait for the
next one. Or it means that you're in an area where the drivers use set
bus stops. Look up and down the street and you'll probably see where
others have gathered waiting for a bus. This is very true within the