Transportation in Pátzcuaro
How to get around Patzcuaro
Communal vans and buses ply between town, the railway station and the ferry landing. And taxis are widely available. Most of Patzcuaro is accessible by foot, however, and even the 3-km (2-mile) walk to the lake is pleasant if you´re reasonably fit.
The most flexible way to see the surrounding area is by renting a car. But riding the frequent, local buses connecting Patzcuaro, Morelia and the surrounding villages gives you a deeper appreciation of day-to-day life here.
When traveling by air : You can fly into it from the U.S. and other points in Mexico including Mexico City, Guadalajara and Leon on Mexicana, Aeromexico, Aeromar and other airlines. The closest airports in the area are the Morelia International airport (MLM) located about 28 miles (45 km) southwest of Patzcuaro in Morelia, Mexico, the Uruapan airport (UPN) located approximately 30 miles (48 km) west of Patzcuaro in Uruapan, Mexico, and finally the Apatzingan airport (AZG) located roughly 58 miles (93 km) southwest of Patzcuaro in Apatzingan, Mexico.
Nonstop Mexicana airflights leave from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago daily. Flights earn points with United Airlines frequent flyer program. Rates vary by season. MEXICANA AIRLINES
By car recommended from Mexico City
"Autopista Siglo XXI" (90% of the total distance is toll-way); total traveling time is very similar for both highways (about 8 hours). Click on map to enlarge There is a first-class, direct bus from Mexico City´s western bus terminus to Patzcuaro. Buses to Morelia and Patzcuaro leave from the "Central de Autobuses de Observatorio" in the west of Mexico City. Buses to Morelia are very frequent. If you want to sleep on the bus the LOC recommends the ETN coach service, which has fully reclinable seats. The ticket desks for buses that go to Morelia and Patzcuaro are at the far left of the bus terminal building. You must buy your tickets here to obtain access to the departure areas. ETN has its own waiting room for passengers with tickets. There is no need to obtain a ticket in advance, although it is possible that due to demand you will not be able to get a ticket for the first scheduled bus. Buses that travel through to Patzcuaro are much less frequent. Please consult the "transport" section of the conference web page for current bus schedules and prices.
There are regular local buses from Morelia to Patzcuaro, leaving from the bus station about 1.6 km (a mile) outside the city just about every hour. And driving from Morelia is easy, on either the fast toll road or the original one that offers interesting scenery.