The Overnight Bus Ride from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

After spending a few days in San Cristobal exploring the town and the various markets, we were excited to continue our journey to another area of Mexico. We packed our bags again and headed to the bus station to catch a bus that would take us form San Cristobal to Oaxaca over night.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

As we carried all of our luggage through the streets that evening, we were extra cautious of where our luggage was at all times thanks to the lesson we learned on the boarder of Guatemala and Mexico.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

About 30 mins later, we arrived at the bus station at 9pm and purchased our tickets. The streets were dark but I knew I was going to be hungry on the bus so as Quinn & Kaylee watched the luggage inside the station, Caira and I ran to get a street torta for the overnight bus trip.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

As we were running down the streets I realized that we were running through the areas that tourists don’t experience–probably for safety reasons.  It is never good to stand out in a dangerous area, but sometimes (and in this case) it’s unavoidable.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

As we arrived back at the bus station the bus was loading on passengers.  We were hoping that this bus was going to be a bit nicer than the overnight chicken bus that Quinn & I experienced when traveling from Nicaragua to Guatemala. We grabbed our stuff and got on the bus ourselves and the bus was very impressive.  The nice charter bus chairs reclined and provided us with plenty of space to get comfortable and fall asleep during the long ride.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

We all sat down at our pre assigned seats. The girls closed their eyes to fall asleep while I started chowing down on my pork torta. The juicy meat smelled  delicious as I decorated it with four different flavorful salsas. I ate it in five minutes flat and minutes later I was fast asleep.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

Suddenly, I awoke with a massive cramp in my stomach and realized that the bus was at a rest stop in the middle of no where. I ran off the bus to the restroom to relieve my pain. As I jumped back on the bus the girls giggled knowing that it was the torta that got the best of me. We stayed up the rest of the evening into the early morning staring out of the window at rural Mexico.  Looking from the window out, these areas looked very similar to the beautiful rural areas of Guatemala and Nicaragua. We couldn’t wait to get off the bus and explore.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

We arrived at the bus station unsure of where to go to find a hostel to rest our heads. The feeling of excitement came over us all and masked our exhaustion of getting only a few hours of sleep on the bus. With no smart phones or GPS, we grabbed a map and started exploring this new city the old fashioned way.

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

Overnight bus from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

4 thoughts on “The Overnight Bus Ride from San Cristobal to Oaxaca

  1. Gordon says:

    I’m excited to here about Oaxaca. If it sucked I have to take some of the blame for planning that route with you. My fingers are crossed.

  2. jacki says:

    Hi, I’m not sure how long ago this was posted. I have a week and a half and would really like to get to Oaxaca from Guatemala. Is it worth it? I’m just trying to expand my trip. I’m very used to packing a lot in on my shorter trips.. blasted real jobs.

    • Life Out of the Box says:

      Hi Jacki! We really enjoyed our trip a lot and getting transportation from Guatemala to Oaxaca was pretty easy. We had to stop in San Cristobal (which we totally recommend, a beautiful city) from Guatemala and then caught another bus from San Cristobal overnight to Oaxaca. We slept on the bus and before we knew it, we were in Oaxaca. The market in town is wonderful, but you’ve got to venture to the local market on the outskirts of downtown to get the full experience. Let us know if you end up going! Safe travels. -Quinn & Jonathon

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