Tapachula is a city of 197,000 people in Chiapas.
Tapachula's Tapachula International Airport (IATA: TAP) , is located 25-30km south of the city along Hwy 225 (Carretera Tapachula-Pto San Bento) and offers services to all types of flights, private and (limited)commercial. There are daily flights out of the Airport only by:
If the intent of flying here is to transit to Guatemala City or San Salvador, the airfare can be comparable or a wash between flying direct to Central America with Avianca El Salvador (merge with Taca), Interjet, or Ameromexico than landing in Tapachula and going onwards by bus to Central America. Therefore, it can be more economical to just fly from Mexico to Guatemala City then coming through here.
ADO/OCC buses come from almost everywhere in south/central Mexico. The D.F., Oaxaca, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Puerto Escondido among others.
Tapachula is a good connection point between Guatemala and Mexico with plenty of buses coming from Guatemala city. It can also be reached from Xela, either by taking a chicken bus to Coatepeque (Q18, October 2014) or Reu and another chicken bus or minibus to Tecun Uman (Q7 from Coatepeque), walking across the border and finally taking a collectivo from Ciudad Hidalgo (MX$29) - or take a chicken bus from Xela to San Marcos/San Pedro (Q10), then change to a bus over the very twisty, bumpy mountain road to Malacatan/El Carmen to cross the border into Tapachula itself.
Galgos is now across from the ADO/OCC on 17th, and the office is called "Xytur". But, Galgos still has the wrong address on their website. The buses run at 6:00am and 12:15.
The Linea Dorada runs out of the ADO/OCC at 6:00 am. The brand new ADO/OCC terminal is located at 17a Oriente y 3a Avenida Norte. If coming from Ciudad Hidalgo (Guatemalan border) in a collectivo (MX$29) you can ask to be dropped here.
From Talisman(Guatemalan border as well) you can catch a collectivo for MX$18 into town. It takes about 30-40 minutes.
When looking for the bus station, it is important to know which line you will be taking. Fortunately collectivos around town are MX$5.
There are plenty of minivans and taxis to take you around the city - Spanish very helpful.
If you have free time in tapachula head out of town a little to calle miguel hidalgo (the one out near calle semanarista) and check out the crocadile zoo. A quirky little backyard business that houses something like 50 crocs and aligators of various species and sizes. the family that runs it is friendly and as much as seeing the crocs themselves it´s funny to watch small children chase an even smaller puppy around a backyard litteraly packed with ferocius reptiles in various cement and chainlink enclosures. Cost is 25 pesos per person and a cab should cost about 25 pesos each way.
Museo Regional. A small museum that has a collection of Mayan artifacts from the region.
The first human settlements of the peoples that later developed into the Mayan civilization have been found on the northern Pacific coast of what is now Guatemala. However, southern Chiapas state in Mexico and Guatemala were historically a unified whole.
One archaeological site of note, Izapa, is only 10 kilometers from Tapachula. In addition, the Museo Archaeologico del Soconusco is located in the center of Tapachula in the same building that houses the tourist information center and the Casa de Cultura.
A tour of Mayan archaeological sites in western Guatemala and southwest Chiapas is available. These sites include: Izapa, Iximche, Zacalueu, Tenam Puente, and Chinkultic.
Details may be found at: http://www.well.com/~eidolon
Regina's in Plaza Miguel Hidalgo in front of the stage area have decent food and WiFi.
Sr. Tango Located about five blocks from the main plaza (Miguel Hidalgo) Sr. Tango is an Argentinian Steak House that also has bland tasting pizzas and carries a real old school mafia air to the place. Salads are pretty good and the air conditioning is top notch if you need to escape the heat.
Open Wednesday through Saturday nights, the ambiance at 19 Dias y 500 Noches, the local piano bar, is wonderful. The live music on Friday and Saturday nights begins at 9pm and goes on into the night. Singing along happens as a natural result of fine spirits shared with good friends.
If you´re on a budget, Tapachula has very affordable lodgings. One example is Hotel Tacana (8a Norte at 13a Poniente). The rooms go for as little as 100 pesos per night and many have been newly renovated. Just in front is Hotel Madrid where you can find a room for 60 pesos.
Located just a block and a half from the main plaza in town (miguel Hidalgo), on 5a calle pointe, one of the cheaper places to stay is Hotel Quinta instantly recognizable by it´s astonishingly large sign that says ¨hotel¨ in black and white vertical letters.
The lowest budget rooms go for 200 pesos with no televison and no air conditioning. Rooms are a little dirty and toliets have no toliet seats but you cant beat the price in this part of town so sweat it out and stop complaining.
Near the ADO bus station there are also cheap hotels for around 160 pesos the single room with fan and private bathroom.
There are buses to Mexico City, San Cristobal, Oaxaca, Puerto Escondido and even Guatemala City, among others.