Taking a bus from Sayulita to Guadalajara doesn’t have to be difficult. However, make sure to do your research ahead of time or you could end up wasting hours trying to find the right bus stop.
When my friend Yuting and I were trying to get to Guadalajara, someone told us it was impossible to go directly there from Sayulita. After then heading to Bucerias, we spent hours waiting for a bus which in turn stopped at Sayulita after picking us up.
In order to help clear up some confusion, I’ve included details on catching the bus from Bucerias, the information I know about catching the bus in Sayulita, and some general details about the bus ride to Guadalajara.
Catching the Bus in Bucerias
From Sayulita, it’s possible to catch a bus to Guadalajara by first backtracking to Bucerias. Bucerias is a small town between Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita, and is where my friend Yuting and I ended up buying our bus tickets.
To get to Bucerias from Sayulita, you can catch a local bus from the main station in town. Tickets are approximately 18 pesos, and the ride is 20-30 minutes long.
Once in Bucerias, cross the busy highway directly next to where the bus dropped you off. On the other side of the street, there is a little hill to your left. At the top of it, you should find a small bus stop and little room with a lady at a desk.
It doesn’t look like much, but this is where you can buy your bus ticket to Guadalajara.
Ticket Price and Bus Company
For a one-way ticket from Bucerias to Guadalajara, Yuting and I spent about 420 pesos each. The company our tickets were through is called PaciFico.
PaciFico offers the cheapest ticket prices for long haul bus rides in Western Mexico, but you may also want to consider their competitor, Vallarta Plus, if the timing works out better.
Catching the Bus in Sayulita
In Sayulita, there are two bus stops. The first, is the one you would’ve arrived at if you took a bus from Puerto Vallarta to Sayulita. It’s the only one that looks like an obvious bus stop, and has frequent traffic coming in and out of it. This bus stop is for small, local buses only
For large, long-haul buses like the ones going to Guadalajara, the bus stop is out on the main highway outside of town. This area is within walking distance from town, and can be recognized by the OXXO convenience store next to it.
Since I didn’t catch the bus to Guadalajara from Sayulita though, I don’t know exactly where you would buy tickets or stand to wait for the bus. My advice, would be to talk to someone in town who understands a fair amount of English (hostel/hotel desk staff, restaurant waiters/waitresses)
Read more: The Ultimate Sayulita Travel Guide
How Long Does the Ride Take?
The bus ride takes about 6 hours one way, depending on what the traffic is like once you’re in the outskirts of Guadalajara.
Does the Bus Stop Often?
The bus stops in a number of towns along the way to drop off and pick up people, however, not long enough to grab food or use the restroom.
Make sure to pack snacks and use the restroom ahead of time. While there is a bathroom on the bus, the one we had was tiny and really gross - making it worth ‘holding it’ in my opinion.
What is the Bus Like?
Buses bound for Guadalajara are a lot larger and nicer than the local ones which run between Puerto Vallarta and Sayulita. On PaciFico buses specifically, seats are comfy, recline back, and have large armrests.
The bus drivers also kept a steady stream of movies playing. Many of them were American movies, but all were translated into Spanish and did not have English subtitles.
Where You Should Get Off in Guadalajara
If you’re looking to get as close to the downtown tourist area as possible, stay on the bus till the last stop.
It will drop you off at a large bus station with plenty of taxi options to choose from. From here, the city center is about 20 minutes away by car.
Yuting and I were able to use the bus station’s Wifi to call an Uber. This was much cheaper than a taxi ride would’ve been, and allowed us to save the exact location of the bus station in our phone (making it easier to get back there on our way back to Puerto Vallarta).
Address of Guadalajara bus station:
Carr libre Guadalajara - Zapotlanejo 6379, Nueva Central Camionera, 45625 San Pedro Tlaquepaque, Jal., Mexico
Taking a Bus Back to Sayulita, Puerto Vallarta, etc.
When you’re ready to leave Guadalajara, you can take a taxi or Uber back to the bus station you arrived at, and purchase your tickets.
I recommend planning a little extra time for traffic on the way to the station, and having enough pesos on you for the ticket.
What’s the longest bus ride you’ve ever been on?
Let me know in the comments below!