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Mexico City Guide
Know Before You Go
- Some of Mexico's best food is found on the streets. But if you want to avoid getting sick, choose stalls that are clean and busy. If the locals are not eating there, then you know it's not the best place to go.
- Don't drink the tap water in Mexico City. If you do, you'll end up with an upset stomach. It's also a good idea to avoid ice cubes and vegetables that have been rinsed with tap water.
- It's best to avoid Mexico City's metro at rush hour. If you don't, you'll be squashed into the train with zero virtual space. Instead, go have a coffee and wait out the madness.
- Don't flush your toilet paper in Mexico. Most places in the country are not equipped to deal with it, rather throw it in the bin that's in the cubicle.
Getting Around Mexico City
- The best way to get around in Mexico City is with the metro. The service is clean, quick and affordable. A single journey will only cost you MXN 5, and most of the city's attractions are accessible by the train. Keep in mind that the first two cars are for women and children only and large bags and suitcases are not permitted on board.
- If you need to catch a taxi in Mexico City, don't flag one down. It's not the safest idea, and you could end up in an unofficial cab. Rather ask your hotel or restaurant to call a cab for you, or eliminate the hassle by using Uber.
- The Metrobus is another cheap way to move around the city. To get on board you'll need to buy a smart card for MXN 16, and a single journey costs about MXN 6. There are also women-only buses which you can catch at the platforms with pink placards.
- If you aren't going to be in the city for long, buy a ticket for the Turibus. The tour lasts for three hours with approximately 20 stops along the way. With prices ranging from MXN 140 to MXN 165, it's an affordable way to do a lot of sightseeing in one day.
- Driving in Mexico City is not advised. The streets are often congested, parking is limited and expensive, and no one pays attention to the road rules. But if you do decide to give it a try, you'll need an international drivers permit as well as your driver's license.
When is The Best Time to Visit Mexico City?
The best time to visit Mexico City is from March to May. The weather is idyllic with temperatures in the mid to low 20s. But it is one of the busiest times of the year, so make sure you book your accommodation early.
If you are on a tight budget, visit Mexico City from December to February. You'll find the cheapest hotel rates if you can handle the city's cold temperatures.
If you visit Mexico City between its summer months (June to August), expect a lot of rain. In between the downpours, temperatures are in the mid to high 20s, perfect for exploring. You'll also score on lower hotel rates and shorter queues at popular attractions.
Visiting Mexico City during October means you'll be in town for one of its best-known events, the Day of the Dead. While the rain will still be frequent and hotel prices high, it's a great cultural event to experience that's worth every penny.
Airports in Mexico City
Mexico City International Airport
Mexico City's international airport is 5 km from the city centre. It's the busiest airport in Latin America and is served by 30 international and domestic airlines. The airport is the main hub for Aeromexico as well as Interjet, Aeromar and Volaris. It boasts routes to more than 100 destinations on three continents and serves on average 100,000 passengers a day.
Getting To and From Mexico City International Airport
Metrobus line 4 takes passengers to and from the airport. The line terminates at San Lazaro Metro where you can catch a train or a taxi to your final destination. A single trip costs MXN 30 and the service runs Monday to Saturday from 4:30 a.m. to midnight and Sunday from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.
The closest metro station to the airport is Terminal Aerea Station. It's a few minutes walk from terminal one and costs MXN 3 one way. The train runs seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.
There are direct public buses from the airport to Puebla, Querétaro, Toluca, Cuernavaca Tlaxcala, Pachuca and Córdoba. The buses run 24 hours a day and ticket prices range between MXN 182 to MXN 490 depending on your stop.
Taxis operate from the airport 24 hours a day outside terminals 1 and 2. Prices for rides are posted next to the taxi rank, and you'll need to buy a ticket before you get in. Alternatively, you can call an Uber if you want to save yourself from the hassle and get a cheaper ride.