A reader writes:
I’m flying into Mexico City August 1st and going to San Miguel de Allende. I’ve found two different ways of getting there and wondered if there might be a better one or which of the two is the best. There’s a bus from the airport to Queretero and a cab from there to SMA. Or, I could take a cab to to Central Norte Bus Station and catch a bus direct to SMA. I was also wondering if it takes a long time to get through customs and if I can take opened bottles of vitamins and supplements and oils, etc. Thanks.
It depends on your budget and how confident you feel about dealing with Mexico City. A cab from Queretaro to SMA will be fairly pricey, at least by our cheapskate standards. Mexico City is a fascinating place, and my usual strategy is to take a cab from the airport to the Centro Historico, spend a couple of days exploring, and then go to the Central Norte terminal to catch a luxury class bus to San Miguel de Allende.
If you don’t want to deal with the Big Enchilada, then go with the Queretaro option. Here’s more info on the airport bus situation. And if you don’t want to pay for a cab, you can always catch a bus from Queretaro to SMA.
Customs on the Mexico side is not a big hassle. You may have to wait in a long line of tourists for up to an hour, but you’re not likely to get searched. If you do get searched, it will likely be perfunctory. Vitamins and supplements should not be a problem, provided they don’t contain medical marijuana. You’ll want to have prescriptions for any pharmaceuticals.
The Mexico City airport is large but fairly easy to navigate.
Do our other readers have any advice on this subject?