Oaxaca to Puebla

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How to get from Oaxaca to Puebla

If you’re looking to continue your journey into central Mexico, then Puebla is a city you shouldn’t miss! It’s a must-see for tourists who enjoy beautiful streets filled with music, crafts and other cultural activities. Puebla is the home of the traditional Talavera ceramics, crafted out of an impressive technique to produce intricate patterns.

If you particularly enjoy history and architecture, you’ll be enthralled by Puebla’s stunning buildings and cathedrals, not to mention Cholula, one of the biggest pyramids found in Mexico. Puebla’s food scene is also something worth talking about, with its delicious dishes like Mole Poblano and Chiles en Nogada.

Bus from Oaxaca to Puebla

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus5 hours593 MXN ($30)Check Bus Tickets

The best way to cover the 340 km (210 miles) from Oaxaca to Puebla is a 5-hour bus. Rates start from 593 MXN ($30), already including transfers to and from bus terminals.

It is not possible to take a taxi from Oaxaca to Puebla because taxis are not allowed to cross between states. There are minivan shuttles available, but the prices are extortionate! One way will cost you around $300, which we don’t think is worth it when the bus costs only $28.50.

Buses are reasonably priced and they have frequent departures throughout the day, making them an easy fit for your itinerary. Also, the bus companies operating from Oaxaca to Puebla (ADO and AU) are known to be reliable and comfortable.

We know that some people would rather fly in order to avoid a nearly 5-hour bus ride, but no airlines fly direct from Oaxaca to Puebla. There’s no direct flight, so you would either need to make a layover, or take a flight to Mexico City and then travel by land from there to Oaxaca. Either way, it’s almost double the travel time of the bus and costs a lot more when you account for the transfers to and from airports.

Itinerary from Oaxaca to Puebla


  • Oaxaca
  • 10 minutes
  • Oaxaca Bus Terminal
  • 4 hours 40 minutes
  • Puebla Bus Terminal
  • 15 minutes
  • Puebla City Centre

Oaxaca to Puebla by Bus

Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 593 MXN ($0)
Duration: 5 hours
Cost: 593 MXN ($0)

Buses from Oaxaca to Puebla depart every day from two bus terminals in Oaxaca, with a total journey time of around 5 hours.

If you are travelling by day, the views will help you forget about the long journey. By night, you can catch up on some sleep.

Step 1: Oaxaca City Centre to Bus Terminal

Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 50 MXN ($2.55)
Duration: 10 minutes
Cost: 50 MXN ($2.55)

Before you leave for the bus terminal, make sure to check which bus company you’re travelling with. ADO buses depart from the Main Bus Terminal in Oaxaca, while AU buses leave from Terminal Periferico.

In both cases, the best option to get to the bus terminal is to take a taxi. A ride from the city centre costs between 50 MXN ($2.55) and 80 MXN ($4.10).

Step 2: Oaxaca to Puebla by Bus

Duration: 4hrs 40m
Cost: 463 MXN ($23.50)
Duration: 4hrs 40m
Cost: 463 MXN ($23.50)

Plenty of buses operate from Oaxaca to Puebla, with departures every few hours from 02:00 to 23:50.

Oaxaca to Puebla bus services are operated by ADO, Mexico’s most popular bus company, and its sub-branch AU. Both bus companies include AC, reclining seats and a toilet. It’s worth noting that ADO buses offer more legroom.

Travel time varies but the fastest bus can take you from Oaxaca to Puebla in around 4 hours 40 minutes. Bus ticket prices start from 463 MXN ($23.50).

Bus schedule from Oaxaca to Puebla

Bus OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
ADO12x a day between
02:00 – 23:50
4 hours 40 minutes463 MXN ($23.50)
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AU2x a day
10:40 – 15:35
14:20 – 19:50
4 hours 55 minutes
5 hours 30 minutes
463 MXN ($23.50)
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We recommend booking your tickets online beforehand to secure a seat at your desired date and time. ADO tickets are normally more expensive, but you can often find discounted tickets on ClickBus. AU is only available for online booking on BusBud.

Step 3: Puebla Bus Terminal to the City Centre

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 80 MXN ($4.10)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 80 MXN ($4.10)

Once you reach Puebla, you’ll be dropped off at the Central Bus Terminal (CAPU). The best way to get to the city centre from here is to take an authorised taxi from right outside the terminal. Uber is also available in Puebla, but you’ll need a sim card and data to book one. The fare to the city centre is around 80 MXN ($4.10) and takes around 15 minutes.

Buses are also available on the main road in front of the bus station. Just stand at the bus stop and wait for any bus that says Centro de Convenciones. The bus will take around 25 minutes to get to the city centre.

Keep in mind that public transport is restricted from entering the main square area. Therefore, you will have to get off at the convention centre and from there walk towards the main square – not something we recommend if you’re carrying a lot of luggage. Still, a bus ticket is quite cheap at 6 MXN ($0.30).

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