Getting There & Departing
By Plane -- Aeroméxico/Aerolitoral (tel. 800/237-6639 in the U.S., or 668/815-2570 for reservations) has direct service from Phoenix, Chihuahua, Hermosillo, Mazatlán, and La Paz. The airport is 21km (13 miles) north of town; transportation is by combi (collective minivan) or airport taxi (125 pesos).
By Train -- The first-class Chihuahua al Pacífico (Copper Canyon train) runs between Los Mochis and Chihuahua once daily, departing at 6am.
By Car -- Coastal Hwy. 15 is well maintained in both directions leading into Los Mochis.
By Ferry -- A ferry plies the waters between La Paz and Topolobampo, the port for Los Mochis carrying passengers, vehicles, and cargo. The company, Baja Ferries (tel. 668/817-3752, -3864; www.bajaferries.com), uses a large and dependable ship; disruption of ferry service is uncommon.
By Bus -- Buses serve Los Mochis, however marginally. Most are de paso -- passing through. All bus stations are downtown, within walking distance of the hotels. The first-class station is near Juárez at Degollado 200. From here, Elite buses go to and from Tijuana, Monterrey, Nogales, and Ciudad Juárez. Auto-transportes Transpacíficos, in the same station, serves Nogales, Tijuana, Mazatlán, Guadalajara, Querétaro, and Mexico City. A lot of travelers who arrive in Los Mochis prefer to go directly to El Fuerte, spend the night there, and then catch the train. There are two places to catch the bus to El Fuerte (1 1/2-2 hr.). The first is at the Mercado Independencia; the bus stops at the corner of Independencia and Degollado. The other is at the corner of Cuauhtémoc and Prieto, near the Hotel América. Ask hotel desk clerks or the tourism office for a schedule. These are second-class buses, which stop frequently, prolonging the trip well beyond the normal 1-hour travel time.
Los Mochis contains no central plaza, and streets run northwest to southeast and southwest to northeast.