Arrival by Air

Most foreign visitors arrive in Mexico City by air, it's a city well-served by the airline industry.  The vast majority of visitors are from the United States, followed by Canada, the UK and Germany.  Many people from France and Spain also visit the city.    Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) is Mexico's principal airport, located approx. 13 km. east of the city center.  To read more about the airport, click here and here.

There are two Terminals at the airport.  Terminal 1 is served by a Metro station.  However, travelers with baggage are advised to use one of the secure taxis to get to their destination within the city. Tickets can be purchased from booths in the arrival area when you leave Customs and should be marked "TAXI."  Several companies offer this secure service for a price fixed and paid for in advance, depending upon the distance of travel.  Do NOT accept a ride from anyone who approaches you at the terminal.

Metro Bus, which is part of the city's public bus system, now serves both Terminals and takes travelers into the city center.  Metro Bus Route 4 provides the service.

TAPO Terminal

Arrival by Bus

Mexico City is served by four principal bus terminals - north, south, east and west.  The name of the terminal generally indicates in which direction busses depart for.  Guadalajara is north of Mexico City, so busses departing for that city leave from Terminal Norte.  Acapulco is southwest of Mexico City, so busses departing for that city leave from Terminal Sur, etc., etc.  Bus travel in Mexico is popular and affordable, and service is available in classes ranging from second-class to luxury/executive class.

Circuito Interior, Mexico City

Arrival by Personal Vehicle

Not many foreigners arrive in Mexico City by car, van or truck . . . but some do.  Highways/streets in Metropolitan Mexico City can get very congested, and the thought of that congestion deters many drivers unfamiliar with the city from driving in the area.  The city's Hoy No Circula program restricts the driving of vehicles on certain days of the week, determined by the last number of your vehicle's license plates.

Passenger Rail Service

Scheduled passenger rail service within Mexico ended in the mid-1990's and the city's large rail terminal is no longer in service.  However, there is suburban passenger rail service which extends north of the city as far as Cuatitlan Izcalli (in the direction of Queretaro).