Nuevo Laredo

Nuevo Laredo is a city of 355,827 located in Tamaulipas, Mexico, right across the border from the smaller Laredo, Texas. The twin cities are collectively referred to as Los Dos Laredos. As the busiest land port in North America, many pass through it. It is the point where the PanAmerican Highway crosses into the United States via Mexico and, as such, you might find yourself in Nuevo Laredo merely passing through en route to points further North or South. You might also be visiting San Antonio, Laredo, or some other South Texas town and be lured to the border to see what’s on the other side... or just to say you’ve been to Mexico.

Get in

By car

From Mexico:

From the United States:

There are three bridges that connect Nuevo Laredo to Laredo, Texas for private vehicles: If you are driving, you will have the option of crossing Bridges 1, 2, or 4. If you are on foot, you will have to use Bridge 1.

Getting into Mexico is generally pretty quick regardless of the bridge you use. All three bridges cost $3.00 to cross going into Mexico, payable in US Dollars or Mexican Pesos. You will notice a different road surface when you pass the border plaque on the bridge.

By airplane

By bus

Get around


There are plazas and monuments can be found throughout the city. Most visitors focus on shopping and strolling the streets of Vicente Guerrero and Ignacio Zaragoza. You may also see Los Tecolotes de Nuevo Laredo (Mexican Professional Baseball League) game. You may also see a play or a broadway style show in the Centro Cultural.





Day / Nightlife is abundant in downtown Nuevo Laredo in Vicente Guerrero Ave. It is filled with bars, clubs and restaurants.


Stay safe

Like many other Mexican border cities, Nuevo Laredo has a high crime rate. Most crime in Nuevo Laredo is related to the drug trade across the American-Mexican border.

IF you go to La Zona (Boy's Town), whether just to see it or for its various recreational activities: do not go there after dark, be extra cautious and alert to your surroundings, and be wary of those seeking to “help” you find anything. It might be prudent to bring a friend with you.



Go next

To the United States

Getting (back) to the United States is generally always a pain. If you are crossing on foot, once again you only have the option of Bridge 1. If you went with your car, take the time to check the bridge cams in order to pick the best option before you set out. Remember when you look at the cameras, that Bridge 3 is not for private vehicles.

If you are comfortable driving a little bit further away from the border for a bit, sometimes it is worth it to drive to Colombia to cross there. It takes about 40 minutes to get to Colombia from Nuevo Laredo, and about 50% of the time that is faster than waiting in the queues of Bridges 1 or 2. The easiest way to get there is to head South (towards Monterrey) and then take a right on Blvd Aeropuerto and then continue on towards Mexico 2 towards Colombia.

On Bridges 1 and 2, you will know which side of the border you are on based on the presence of street vendors capitalizing on the queue. Before you cross the magic line, you will have no shortage of people selling food, water, candy, trinkets, music, and offering to wash your windshield for a few pesos.

Further into Mexico

If you feel adventurous: travel down Carretera Federal 2 and visit Colombia, Nuevo Leon and Hidalgo, Coahuilla. Both are small and charming towns that are off the typical tourist path and, as such do not have hotels, cash machines, or the typical tourist infrastructure. Be advised that travelers on Carretera Federal 2 are subject to a checkpoint. At this checkpoint, Marines will randomly direct cars to pull over for inspection. If selected, they will take everyone out of the car as they search it and will expect to see passports.

Routes through Nuevo Laredo

Piedras Negras Hidalgo  NW  SE  Nueva Ciudad Guerrero Reynosa
Monterrey Sabinas Hidalgo  S  N  → becomes Laredo

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