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Most flights connect through Mexico City, and there are several daily nonstop flights between Veracruz and Monterrey, plus daily flights to Mérida and Cancún. Aeropuerto Internacional Heriberto Jara Corona is a clean, bright facility about 8 km (5 mi) south of downtown Veracruz. A cab ride between the airport and the city center costs $14 and takes roughly half an hour. Buy a ticket inside the airport for a fair price.
Though no city bus serves the airport, you can take a bus into and, for the most part, around the city. The most convenient way to purchase bus tickets is through Ticketbus. The bus company ADO has the most buses heading to Veracruz. The trip from Mexico City costs about $24 and takes about five hours. UNO, the deluxe bus line, also serves this route. The highways throughout the state are generally in really good condition, making renting a car a good way to see this long, slender state. From Mexico City you can reach Veracruz in about five hours on Carretera 150-D.
Tranvía La Bamba y La Marimba has double-decker tour buses that travel around the city in about 40 minutes. Though its recorded explanations are in Spanish, the tour is a good way to get your bearings, see downtown and the malecón, and listen to the local music (including songs like "La Bamba") that plays between explanations. Buses, which run 10-5 daily, leave about every hour and cost $1.50; catch them across from the Café la Parroquia, on the Paseo del Malecón in front of the Plaza de las Artesanías Miguel Alemán. Note that some buses are labeled "Tranvias del malecón".
The 90-minute city tour on red Turibus double-deckers takes in downtown and residential neighborhoods. Stops all over the city are marked with "Turibus" signs, and you can buy a ticket at any one of them and hop on and off as you like. Buses run daily 10-5 about every 90 minutes (there's no timetable posted at stops, though, so you won't know how long you'll have to wait till the next bus). The cost is $8.
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