Tequila, Jalisco — the home of tequila not just for Mexico but for the world. It is best known as being the birthplace of the drink that bears its name, “tequila,” which is made from the blue agave plant, native to this area. In here, you will see a lot of lands planted with agave which is not just tasty but is also beautiful!
I’ve been staying in Guadalajara since last month and now that I am close to departing to Guanajuato, I decided to take a day trip to Tequila from Guadalajara. I did not sign up for a tour company. I did all these on my own and it’s pretty easy!
Getting to Tequila from Guadalajara
You can take a bus to Tequila from Guadalajara at Vallarta Plus Zapopan Terminal located at Avenida Vallarta 650, Americana. Taking an Uber to this bus station costs less than $2 USD, depending on where in Guadalajara you are coming from.
Once at the station, you will find buses going to Tequila and back to Guadalajara. They depart every 30 minutes and the ride will take 1 hour. Bus tickets to Tequila cost $4.76 USD one-way or $8.46 USD two-way. I didn’t take the two-way ticket because I planned to go back to Guadalajara via Uber, which costs $15 USD (one-way). Should you decide to take an Uber to Tequila, the prices may vary. In my case, I didn’t find any driver willing to do that route but I was able to find one from Tequila to Guadalajara.
If you decide to take the bus, make sure to go down at Tequila Plus Terminal (Calle Madero 146, Tequila). Most buses only stop in Tequila and have final destinations. Tell the bus driver to inform you if you already arrived in Tequila Plus Terminal. For those going on a day trip, please take note that buses from Tequila to Guadalajara’s last bus departs at 20:00.
If you have extra money to spend, you can take the Jose Cuervo Express, a train from Guadalajara to Tequila that will take you to the land of agave. This costs $100 USD (approx). There will be food and drinks on-board, all-inclusive.
Overnight stay in Tequila
I decided not to take the Tequila train as I find it very expensive (but reasonable). Last minute, I decided to stay the night in Matices Hotel de Barricas, a hotel with giant tequila barrels as accommodations.