Getting Around Guadalajara
Taxis with set, published rates are plentiful, although some still have meters. A typical fare around town is about $5 to $7, depending on the distance. Be sure to settle on the fare before you get in. While Guadalajara has many buses, three types will get you to tourist sites. The first is the Linea Turquesa (Turquoise Line); these buses have the letters “TUR” painted on their pale turquoise bodies. Costing $1, they're air-conditioned and have padded seats. They run frequently between the Centro Histórico, Tlaquepaque, and Tonalá. A second set of buses, the Par Vial (electric buses) run along a rectangular route downtown, hitting all the major sites.
If you feel like seeing Guadalajara at a slower pace, hire a calandría for $15 an hour to take you on a leisurely horse-drawn ride around downtown. They depart from in front of the Museo Regional de Guadalajara, the Mercado Libertad, and the Jardín San Francisco.
The third, the Linea Dorada (Golden Line), depart from the Plaza Tapatía every fifteen minutes and can take you to all the major sites for about fifty cents. And finally, you can hop aboard the Tranvía, an old-time trolley on wheels, at the Plaza Guadalajara for an hour-long narrated journey through the Centro Histórico, departing at 11 A.M. and 1, 4, 6, and 7:30 P.M.