Airport

Mexico is home to one of the most important international airports, Benito Juárez International Airport, which transports more than 25 million passengers per year and is connected to the city by seven motorways.

It is just under four miles from the centre of Mexico City and there are around 35 buses which connect the airport and the city, not to mention taxis which are on standby outside the airport building.

Some of the bus companies which cover the route between the airport and city are Autotransportes de Oriente (ADO), Estrella Blanca, Estrella de Oro, Pullman de Morelos and ETN. There is also a metro station at the airport which connects it with the city; however, you are not allowed to travel with luggage in the metro.

The best way to travel within Mexico is by aeroplane or coach which offers you the chance to see other popular destinations in the country. The coach service in Mexico is efficient and connects Mexico City with other major cities in the country from four long distance bus terminals in the capital.

Terminal Norte links Mexico City with cities in the north of the country such as Guadalajara. Terminal Oriente offers routes to destinations in the east and south-east of the country such as Puebla, Veracruz and Oaxaca. Terminal Central de Autobuses del Sur connects the capital with the southern cities such as Acapulco, and lastly, Terminal Poniente offers connections with the west of Mexico.

If you fancy a road trip with the freedom to stop off wherever you feel like, you are in for a treat in Mexico as the motorways are in good condition and they cover around 3700 miles. They are known as cuotas in Mexico as this distinguishes them from conventional roads which are known as vías libres.

The motorways are the best route to take if you want to avoid traffic jams which can catch an unprepared tourist by surprise. It is also not recommended to travel by night as this can be quite dangerous. However, the motorways are patrolled by the Angeles Verdes which ensure assistance, help and medical advice are always at hand when needed, making travelling safer in Mexico.

Public Transport

Public transport is without doubt the best way to discover Mexico City. Here is our guide to travelling within the capital itself.

The main method of transport in the city centre is by metro, known as Transporte Colectivo Metro and it is one of the biggest in the world. The metro in Mexico City was opened in 1969 and has 11 lines which connect 175 stations around the city. This is the quickest and safest way to move within the city and its is a particularly good way to travel during peak hours.

There is also a Metrobus which is the newest transport system in the capital. This is a very popular method as the buses operating the service use exclusive lanes which are great for avoiding traffic jams. There is currently only one Metrobus line which operates in the Avenida Insurgentes which crosses the city centre.

There is also an electric transport system known as Transporte Eléctrico which consists of 15 lines and it was designed to reduce pollution in the city.
Within the city there is also an efficient taxi service. If you decide to travel by taxi the best way to do is by booking one from a hotel as this will ensure that it is an official taxi. You will recognise the official taxis as they are green and white with a red stripe. However, there are many unofficial taxis in Mexico which do not have licences and are painted just like the official taxis.

Turibus is a bus which covers all the main tourist attractions in Mexico. This service allows you to get on and off as many times as you like and see the most important attractions in the city.

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