El Paso - Juarez Trolley Company
This company offers daily trolley service
form downtown El Paso on a route through Juarez. These rubber-tired trolleys
stop at most of the major attractions including the City Market. Air-conditioned
trolleys depart El Paso every hour from mid-morning to late afternoon and following
the same route through the city. One can get off at any designated stop and hop back
on a later trolley. The drivers are knowledgeable, helpful and humorous. The price
is $12 per person, children ages 4 - 12 are $9; under 4 years are free, for all day
pass. Your ticket gets discounted parking at the Civic Center in downtown El Paso,
where the trolley terminal is located. Call 915-544-0061 or 800-259-6284 for
information and reservations.
One will find taxis at most of the
tourist areas in Juarez, so they can be used to get around the city. Some
drivers speak good English, some do not. From the downtown bridges, a quoted
fee of $7 to ride to the City Market, which is less than a mile, and $9 to
the Plaza de las Americas, which is about four miles. The fares are negotiable
and are the same for one person or a full vehicle. Always negotiate the price
of your trip ahead of time.
Several private companies
offer scheduled and customized tours of Juarez. These companies can be a
good way to get a little bit off the beaten path, yet still have a guide.
Prices, services, and quality will vary. Call ahead and ask lots of questions.
Be forewarned, El Paso Hotel personnel are frequently paid a commission to book
tourists with a particular company. One of the more established companies
is Rancho Grande Tours, call 915-771-6661 or 800-605-1257.
It is a quick walk across the Santa
Fe Street Bridge in downtown El Paso onto Avenida Juarez in downtown Juarez.
If one drives their own car in El Paso, take Santa Fe Street south from
I-10 in downtown El Paso. As one approaches the border one will see several
small parking lots with attendants trying to wave one into their lot. Prices
range from $2 - $5 per day for parking. Meters are available on some streets near
the bridge. This area may not be safe late in the evening, so park near the bridge
or find other transportation if one plans coming back late. There is a nominal
toll (under 500) for pedestrians crossing each way on the Santa Fe Bridge.
Immediately across the bridge on Avenida Juarez, one will find stores and
restaurants catering to tourists. The City Market, The Guadalupe Mission,
Cuauhtemoc Market, and the History Museum are all within a one mile walk from
the bridge. Walking is not recommended over the Bridge of the Americas or the
Zaragoza Bridge because the most popular destinations are not within walking
distance of these bridges.
Driving in Juarez
It is possible if one is a little
adventurous to drive one's vehicle into Juarez. Most of the main tourist
spots are on major roads that can be located relatively easily. No special
paperwork is needed to drive your car into Mexico in the free trade zone,
which is within 30 kilometers of the border or 20 miles. One will need to
purchase special auto insurance. Some US car rental companies will allow
you to drive rented vehicles into Mexico.
Automobile Insurance in Mexico
Most US automobile insurance policies
do not cover cars in Mexico. We strongly recommend that one does not drive
in Mexico without proper insurance. Several companies including AAA and
Palms Mexico Insurance can provide short or long term insurance for travel
to Juarez and beyond. They can also explain the details of Mexican law.
Palms can also arrange great tours to Mexico's spectacular Copper Canyon.
Call Palms at 915-533-0062, or AAA at 915-778-9521.
Almost everywhere one drives,
one will encounter these parking attendants. Granted, one can probably
maneuver one's car in and out of a parking place without their waving
hand directions, but they also look after one's car and feed the parking
meters in one's absence. A small tip, around $1, plus money for parking
meters is appropriate either as one arrives or leaves.