San Luis Potosi

San Luis Potosi is a city in the San Luis Potosi state in the Bajío in Mexico.

Talk

A conversational understanding of Spanish will aid you greatly during your visit, as few SLP citizens will fluently speak English. Indeed, it is a very chic city for learning the Spanish language without being distracted by the English of tourists.

Get in

If you don't have a budget, you can fly directly to San Luis Potosi, but unless you connect from Houston, it is recommended to fly to Mexico City and take a bus to SLP, if you prefer to save.

By plane

Aeropuerto de San Luis Potosi (IATA: SLP) is a small, compact airport with just two gates: they have a limited range of commercial scheduled flights. From the U.S., direct flights are available on American to Dallas, on Continental to Houston, and on Mexicana to San Antonio. Non-stop flights are also available to Mexico City, Monterrey, and Guadalajara.

By bus

San Luis Potosi has a fairly large bus station with frequent service to major destinations, including Mexico City to the south and Monterrey to the north --- both about 5 hours away.

Primera Plus is a luxury bus line that operates services to SLP from Aeropuerto Mexico, Celaya, Cuautitlan, Guadalajara, Irapuato, La Penita, La Piedad, Lagos De Moerno, León, Mexico City (terminal norte), Mexico Observatorio, Morelia, Moroleon, Puerto Vallarta, Queretaro, San Juan De Los Lagos, Silao, Tapotzoltan, Toluca, Uruapan, Zamora de Hidalgo and Zapopan (western Guadalajara).

The overnight buses leave Austin, San Antonio or Laredo each night. They arrive in SLP around lunch time the next day. Most popular international line would be Grupo Senda / Turimex -- a 5 minute cab ride from Austin Airport.

The bus station (Central Camionera) is 2 1/2 km from the centre, so you will need to catch a taxi or city bus to the centre - any ‘Centro’ bus will take you there. If you take a taxi buy a ticket from the booth inside the bus station.

Get around

In addition to buses, the city has trollies at very inexpensive prices to get around. Taxis are also cheap, yet you can get around a great portion of the city on foot.

See

Do

Stroll through the Centro Histórico while the sun is fading and you will be able to take amazing photos of the beautiful architecture. During holiday periods (Christmas and Easter) there are twilight light shows in Plaza de Armas and Plaza de los Fundadores. It is a festival atmosphere with lots of people mingling in the plazas and surrounding streets. Stall holders sell colourful balloons and Mexican street snacks like corn-on-the-cob with cheese, butter, salt and lime.

Buy

Centro Histórico SLP has many shops and markets where you can buy Mexican handicrafts, fresh produce and pretty much anything else.

Start at Plaza de Las Armas and walk north along Miguel Hidalgo. There is pedestrian mall followed by the Mercado Hidalgo.

Eat

San Luis Potosi has many good restaurants in the downtown area. Walk up Venustiano Carranza and you will find many of the city's top culinary gems.

Eating in the street

San Luis Potosi is packed with mobile eateries, either bicycles, small carts, or even trucks. Some of them get a fixed position once on a while, but it is very normal to find them on the go. Here is a list of some of the typically available foods on offer:

Drink

Be sure to find La Calle San Francisco (near the church by the same name) in the city's downtown sector. There are some outstanding cafes and clubs in this area. Look for those with the rooftop locations. They have the charm of brick-covered alleys and spectacular starlit views in the evening. Some also feature live music.

Sleep

Chain hotels and moderate hotels are mostly located in the "Zona Hotelera", just outside the city, on the highway near the bus station. Inexpensive independent hotels are mostly downtown. The only luxury hotel in town is the Westin.

For budget travellers the area between the railway station and the cathedral has many cheap hotels. If you are looking for a spartan room and share bathroom for M$80 a night try the hotels along Calle Jiménez- beside Plaza del Mariachi.

Cope

Consulates

Go next

To get to the bus station catch a 'Central TTP' city bus running east along Universidad or south along Av Constitución.

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