Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

By Camila Perez on Apr 30, 2019

From #bigcitylife in the capital to riding the iconic Pacific waves in the charming surf town of Puerto Escondido, Mexico’s contrasts, traditions and magical energy will have you diving deeper into the country’s rich culture and charm. See it all while joining our curious and connected community of travelers and nomadic workers at Selina.

  • 1. How to travel from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca
  • 2. Where to stay in Mexico City and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca:


How to travel from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

Due to the sheer size of the country and the population, traveling throughout Mexico is easy and enjoyable. You’ve got options on how to get from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca or vice versa.

Travel by plane from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

For those high-flyers, the best way to escape the hustle and bustle for the waves take a direct flight from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido. Uber or a shuttle transfer will get you to the airport and you’ll be in “PE” before your favorite Netflix TV series finishes one episode. Shuttle service or taxi will zip you straight to Playa Zicatela where the waves and chilled vibes are waiting.

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Travel by bus from Mexico City to Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca

For those wanting to see the picturesque countryside of Mexico you can catch a series of buses to get to Mexico City to Puerto Escondido. The Mexican bus network, ADO, is hand’s down the best bus system in Central America. There’s a variety of bus classes starting at the standard ADO which is comfortable enough for long and overnight journeys, through to ADO GL and ADO Platinum that offer a more premium experience with larger reclining seats, extra room to stretch out and more amenities including WiFi, power outlets and food and beverage services.

Break up the journey by traveling by bus from Mexico City to Oaxaca City, a six-hour trip through spectacular mountain ranges and local towns. Excite all your senses in this vibrant city that’s exploding with a unique culture, traditional festivals and a food scene that will have your mouth watering before you even arrive. Sip mezcal at the many bars dedicated to this alcoholic beverage or try one of the state’s traditional dishes such as the moles. Foodies, night owls, historians alike love the many facets of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

From Oaxaca City there are direct ADO buses or shuttles to Puerto Escondido. Shuttles offering a door-to-door transfer take the road through the mountains and have you at the beach in approximately eight hours, while the public buses take the long way down the coast with a travel time of 12 hours. Both options cost around the same.

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Where to stay in Mexico City and Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca:

If it’s organizing surf lessons in our beach locations or suggesting the best bars in Mexico City, the collection of Selina accommodation throughout Mexico will have you connecting to both the Mexican way of life through authentic tours and experiences, and to the traveling community.

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