Transportation in Mexico

How to Get to Mexico

North America

The largest international airport in Mexico, the busiest in all of Latin America, is located in the eastern suburbs of Mexico City and is named after President Benito Juarez. From Moscow, they fly here only with transfers, for example: Aeroflot and Aeromexico – via Los Angeles – from 420 USD and 20 hours, or Aeroflot and KLM – from Sheremetyevo via Amsterdam – from 860 USD and 23 hours.

The most profitable flights from St. Petersburg are with Aeroflot and Aeromexico: 490 USD in one direction with transfers in Moscow and New York (duration – 23 hours). Flights with one connection are much more expensive: from 850 USD one way with Turkish Airlines (26 hours via Istanbul).┬áSee for other countries starting with M.

If the purpose of the trip is a vacation in the Caribbean, it is more convenient to take tickets to Cancun airport. A direct flight from Moscow will cost – from 510 USD one way, with a transfer – from 420 USD (Aeroflot and Jet Blue Airway, transfer in New York, 28 hours). From St. Petersburg it is more profitable to fly with Aeroflot via Moscow – from 520 USD one way and 23 hours on the way.

Connecting flights from the Russian capital to regional Mexican airports are rarely launched, at normal times they can be reached with only two transfers. For example, you can get to Guadalajara by Turkish Airlines and Aeromexico via Istanbul and Chicago, the ticket will cost from 500 USD (25 hours on the way).

Find cheap flights to Mexico


Mexico has an extensive network of domestic air travel. Not only major cities are connected by regular service: popular resorts receive up to 8 flights a day from Mexico City. For example, the budget VivaAerbus delivers from the capital to Cancun – from 800 MXN one way (on the way – a little more than 2 hours), to Acapulco – from 700 MXN (about 1 hour), to Monterrey – from 500 MXN (about 1,5 o’clock).

Mexican railroads are less convenient for travelers. There are, however, several tourist trains that run, for example, from Mexico City along the Chihuahua-Los Mochis line in the northwest (website in English) or from Cancun deep into the Yucatan Peninsula to Mayan cities, but tickets for them are very expensive: from 1600 MXN in economy class.

But the country has a well-developed intercity bus service. Transport is clean and comfortable, runs on schedule. In addition, in many regions of Mexico, this is almost the only opportunity to get anywhere. There are luxury buses (carrier ADO), first class and ordinary. Each region and direction is under the patronage of its own company. The fare depends on the distance, comfort level and speed of movement: for example, a trip from Guadalajara to Acapulco will cost from 1300 MXN in economy class. Air conditioning, as a rule, is in all buses.

Public transport within cities

City buses (fare around 4 MXN) run in all major cities and are a fairly convenient (albeit often crowded) mode of transport. Tickets can be purchased at special kiosks or from the driver. Mexico City has a subway system with 12 lines, tickets are sold at every station. Another type of metropolitan transport is the metrobus: 4 lines connecting the center with the outskirts. Travel in it is paid with the help of rechargeable cards worth about 10 MXN. Tren Ligero high-speed trains and trolleybuses are also popular.

During peak hours, women and children ride the subway in special carriages, separate from men.

In all tourist areas there are fixed-route taxis – “pesero”. The amount of payment depends on the duration of the trip, the average fare is from 30 MXN.

In Cancun and Acapulco, public transport is well developed. Buses run along the spit in both directions almost around the clock with an interval of 2-3 minutes, the fare is about 15 MXN. There is also a bus line between the cities of San Jose del Cabo and San Lucas (tickets are about 80 MXN).

In the cities of Mexico, you can travel by taxi. The standard tax is about MXN 25 per landing plus MXN 16 per km, rates increase at night. Some cars do not have meters, so the price should be negotiated in advance.

Rent a Car

It is quite possible to rent a car in Mexico: the roads are mostly good, especially the paid cuota. The free libre runs tend to traverse many towns and cities with a speed limit of 20 km/h (110 km/h is allowed on toll highways).

Endless speed bumps are a real punishment for Mexican motorists. There is a version that the locals specially install them at every step to attack slowing cars, trying to “sell” their knick-knacks.

To rent a car, you need an international driver’s license, the driver’s age is from 21 years. Large rental companies require a credit card to block a deposit in the amount of 15,000 MXN. Ideally, the rental car should be equipped with a dash cam: Mexican traffic police are notoriously corrupt. A compact model can be rented for MXN 600 per day. The cost of gasoline is about 23 MXN per 1 liter.

There are traffic jams during rush hours, and parking is also not going smoothly: there are few free places, and parking in areas marked with a crossed out letter E threatens evacuation and a fine. It is wiser to leave the car on the sites near hotels and supermarkets or covered parking lots: thefts in Mexico are commonplace. The cost of parking costs about 170 MXN per day.

Transportation in Mexico