Monterrey - Post Report Question and Answers

Travel time and best routes to this city from Europe or the US:

Travelling by land, Monterrey is about two and a half hours from Laredo, TX, and about three hours from McAllen, TX. Unless you're familiar with rural Mexican roads, it is probably best to bite the bullet and pay for the toll raod-- at least for your first trip. The toll roads along either route are very similar to the U.S. interstate highway system in terms of quality and safety. After a flurry of gas stations near the border, the next fuel stop will be approximately 100km into the trip to Monterrey. It is important to remember that there is only one gasoline distributor in the country, Pemex, and there will be no price posted at the road. The prices are all the same for fuel. When first switching to Pemex fuel, don't freak out. Your car will run a little funny until the engine's computer gets adjusted. If I travel to the border, I avoid buying fuel in Texas-- it makes the car run funny again! - Jan 2008

Almost everything goes through Texas (1.5 hours) or occasionally Mexico City, including flights to Central and South America. There are a few direct flights to Atlanta, L.A., Las Vegas, and Chicago. - Jan 2008

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