Take the Bus or the Shuttle

There are bus lines that operate in Arizona with regular routes to Nogales and Douglas, and some of them continue on to destinations south of the border. In addition, there are two Mexican bus lines that provide direct service from Tucson or Phoenix to destinations in Sonora and farther south in Mexico.

In addition, there are shuttle services from Phoenix and Tucson that provide direct rides to border towns, and others that take passengers directly from Tucson to Hermosillo or Puerto Peñasco, also known as Rocky Point.

Bus and shuttle services
Bus and shuttle tour operators

Buses that continue on a southbound route will stop at the border for a Mexican customs inspection.  This usually involves getting off of the bus with your luggage, and standing by as customs officials examine the contents of your baggage.

Another option is to walk across the border and take a taxi to one of the “centrales de camiones” (bus stations) in Nogales. There are several Mexican bus lines, like Tufesa, Albatros and TAP, that provide relaxing, comfortable transportation to various Sonoran destinations at an affordable price.

Taking pictures from your bus seat in Sonora

Taking the TAP Royal from Tucson to Sonora

A bus trip from Nogales to Southern Sonora