The best option for flying into Guadalajara is to land at Don Miguel Hidalgo International Airport. It’s 12 miles out from the city centre, but the bus service runs after every flight and only costs M$40, or €2-3. Once you come through the arrivals terminal, there are machines and desks where you can buy tickets into town.
If you’re flying from Europe, the easiest way to get here is a direct service to Cancun International Airport using one of the major European airlines then and arrange a domestic service to Don Miguel.
Getting around Guadalajara is pretty easy. Between its network of buses and an increasing number of cyclists around the city, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting from A to B.
A few years ago, Guadalajara became one of very few Mexican cities to implement a bike-sharing system. Called MiBici, the idea is that you pay an annual subscription of M$365 (which around €20) and then become entitled to 30 minutes free riding on every bike you take out. If you return the bike within 30 minutes, you can take out another and, if well-timed, use free 30-minute slots all day, every day.
If you go over the 30 minute limit, you will be charged a small amount: the longer you keep the bike out, the more it will cost.
While the buses are often crowded and hot, there are loads of them servicing the city and they’re super cheap, at only €0.30 or so per journey. Fares are paid in cash (unlike most European cities) to the driver when you get on board. There is also a so-called Rapid Transit Bus system called Macrobus, which has a bunch of stations and buses around the city. For these, you use a pre-paid card (which can be topped up) which can be bought at stations.
The first few bus journeys in Mexico might be quite daunting, especially when you don’t know the city very well, but it won’t be long before you’re navigating the streets like a born-and-bred Tapatío.
In Guadalajara there is the beginning of a useful underground and light rail network, but currently it only has two lines, with a third under construction. If you are travelling to a specific location along either line, then the metro is ideal since it’s both fast and cheap (€0.30 per journey) and probably less crowded than the bus.