The easiest way to get to Queretaro is to fly to the Intercontinental Airport of Queretaro (airport code QRO). There are daily flights from Houston and Dallas, Texas, in the U.S., and Monterrey, Mexico.
The cheapest way – with way more schedule and airline options – is to fly to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport (airport code MEX). From there, there are many ways to get to Queretaro. Here are some options:
- Take a bus. The cheapest (and least stressful!) option. Take the Primera Plus bus directly from the airport to Queretaro’s bus station (about US$25). There’s only one and it’s first-class, service leaves every hour (there is a gap between 2:40am and am) and provides tv and internet service. Once you arrive (in about four hours), take an authorized taxi from the terminal de autobuses in Queretaro to your destination in town.
- Take a taxi, private car, or shuttle service. Generally somewhere around US$170 one-way. You can arrange this in advance with some providers. We suggest contacting Gustavo A Madrid <gmadrid@viptraveladvisors.
- Rent a car. You would probably want to arrange this in advance too. Alamo, Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, National, Sixt, and Thrifty all rent vehicles at the Mexico City airport. Getting out of Mexico city isn’t so obvious (you might want the GPS!), but the rest of the drive is straight northwest on highway 57, which turns into 45. We also recommend having GPS available while driven in Queretaro as the major avenues are undergoing work and traffic can be tricky.
- By Bus. The terminal de autobuses in Queretaro is on one edge of town, so no matter where you arrive from, you’ll want to take an authorized taxi to your final destination.
There are numerous bus lines that serve Queretaro. The majority take passengers to and from other central cities in Mexico – Mexico City being the big one – but because Queretaro is on a major north-south route, they also go to northern cities like Monterrey and even across the U.S. border.
- Driving. Mexico has quite good highways between major cities. We especially recommend the cuota or toll roads. Be aware that many do not have lights, though; for that and general safety reasons, we suggest you drive only during daylight hours. Military checkpoints and heinously high speed bumps are both common. Stop for both!
Getting to the Venue
Transportation will not be provided from the suggested hotels to the conference venue. Here's some additional information about how to get to the venue.
- Uber and Didi are available in Queretaro. Be aware they are not allowed within the bus terminal, so if you decide to take one in the terminal call the driver and arrange being picked up discreetly. (We recommend this option when possible)
- QRObus - https://www.iqt.gob.mx/index.
php/sistema-qrobus/ - Bus 121 and 121 D (fast, with less stops) buses. These buses start in the bus terminal, go through downtown and then take the 57 to Juriquilla stoping at UNAM. Buses can be paid with cash (have coins with you for this, cost is $11 pesos) and with the QRObus prepaid card that you can get and charge in most OXXO convenience stores.
- Taxi. There are yellow taxis in the street, they do not take cards so have cash with you. Taxi services are more expensive than Uber and Didi. Always ask first the price of the trip before jumping in. If you are staying in a hotel ask them to help you call a taxi service and prefix the final price.
Remember to use the JUNO app to connect with people in the conference and arrange shared trips.