Please remember that it is vital to start getting your passport and visa in order as soon as you are accepted. See the THINGS TO DO IN ADVANCE section for more details and advice.


Guanajuato city is just a thirty-minute drive from Guanajuato International Airport (BJX), which handles domestic flights from Mexico City, Monterrey and Tijuana, and international flights from Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Chicago and Los Angeles.

Connections are available from Mexico City airport to Guanajuato and there is also a frequent bus service available from the ETN or Primera Plus bus lines.

The easiest way to get from the airport to the town is by taxi. The system is controlled and the fare must be paid inside the airport. Just down the hall from the arrival area, you will find a booth selling tickets.  Ask for a ticket to "Guanajuato / La Valenciana" if you are going directly to CIMAT. The taxi ride takes about an hour and costs approximately 600 pesos.
If you are not connecting to Guanajuato airport, once you have passed through customs, go to any of the taxi ticket booths located in the Arrivals area and ask for a ticket to the Terminal Central del Norte. Make sure you specify del Norte, as there are several bus terminals in Mexico City – one for every point of the compass. Once there, follow the instructions on how to get to CIMAT by bus.

You can reach Guanajuato by bus from Mexico City from the Central del Norte terminal. The most frequent service is offered by the ETN line, starting at 7:30 AM, with departures approximately every 90 minutes up to 9:15 PM. The trip takes about 5 hrs. and currently costs around 600 pesos. Another option is the Primera Plus line, which is priced some 20% lower and offers seven departures from 12:30 PM to 12:00 AM.

Once you arrive at the Guanajuato terminal, you can take a taxi to CIMAT or "La Valenciana" from right outside the bus terminal. The taxi ride takes approximately 20 minutes and should cost around 60 pesos.