Mexico City is served by Mexico City International Airport (IATA Airport Code: MEX). This airport is Latin America's busiest and largest in traffic, with daily flights to United States and Canada, mainland Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, South America, Europe and Asia. Aeroméxico (Skyteam) is based at this airport, and provide codeshare agreements with non-Mexican airlines that span the entire globe. Over 26 million passengers per year use it. Mexico City's airport is the main hub for 11 of the 21 national airline companies.
An alternate option is Lic. Adolfo López Mateos International Airport (IATA Airport Code: TLC) located in the nearby Toluca, State of Mexico with about 4.5 million passengers transported last year. In 2008, about 31 million people went through the city's airports. The government engaged in an extensive restructuring program that includes the new second adjacent terminal, which began operations in 2007, and the enlargement of four other airports (at the nearby cities of Toluca, Querétaro, Puebla and Cuernavaca) that, along with Mexico City's airport, comprise the Grupo Aeroportuario del Valle de México, distributing traffic to different regions in Mexico.
It is strongly recommended to use airport or hotel taxi services.
Uber service is also available in Mexico City.
We can also recommend a Private Transportation Service offered by Mr. Javier Monroy: cell phone: +52 1 55 2351 9062 or +52 1 55 2091 0558.
During the entire Regional Forum, IPADE will provide private bus transportation only from the Host Hotel (Mexico City President Hotel, in the morning) and from IPADE to the Host Hotel (after evening events have finished).
Mexico City Public Transportation
(Amounts in Mexican pesos)
Metro (Underground System)
Without a doubt the most important means of transport in Mexico City, it transports more than 8 million users on its11 lines daily. This system operates the 365 days of the year. It’s also the fastest and cheapest form of transport, allowing the longest journeys. See underground map.
Fare: $3.00 pesos per ticket (The ticket includes changing lines)
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 24:00 hrs. Saturdays from 6:00 to 24:00 hrs. Sundays and holidays from 7:00 to 24:00 hrs.
It’s the most recent means of transport in the city. It consists of several articulated buses which circulate in an exclusive lane. It’s one of the fastest ways to transport in the city but it’s generally very full. At the moment it only circulates on Insurgentes Avenue but new lines will be opened in the next few years. It has two routs on this Avenue, the first one goes from the Indios Verdes Metro station to the Doctor Gálvez station near University City. The second goes from the Indios Verdes to the Insurgentes Metro station.
Fare: $5.00 pesos per trip (a prepaid card needs to be purchased at a cost of $8.00 pesos, plus whatever you need for the trips you will make)
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 4:30 to 24:00 hrs. Saturdays and Sundays from 5:00 to 24:00 hrs.
Microbus or pesero (Bus)
This form of transport is characteristic of the city and it functions through a web of small buses with a capacity for 24 people approximately. These buses practically circulate through all the secondary and main streets of the city and have the advantage of stopping continually as the user may require. They are a useful complement to the Underground system as many of the buses’ terminals are located at the exits of the main Metro stations, allowing for better connections between the different means of transportation. They also have some disadvantages as they are almost always full and the drivers are not very cautious. Most of these buses are old models; nevertheless, new comfortable buses are being inserted into the system.
Fares: $2.50 up to 5 km of journey*. $3.00 from 5 to 12 km of journey*. $4.00 more than 12 km of journey*
- The fare rises 20% between midnight and 6:00 A.M.
When getting on the bus one must tell the driver their destination and he will tell you the cost of your journey.
This form of transport leaves from the main Metro stations connecting different lines and stations, it also arrives to the points of greater affluence of people in the city.
Fares: $3.50 up to 12 km of journey. $4.50 more than 12 km of journey
Trolebus (cable bus)
The Service Network has 15 different routes of cable buses covering 453.85 Km of distance. There are 405 cable buses in service for the network, which operate at an average of 5 minute intervals, all of them within Mexico City. This form of transport doesn’t contaminate as it gets energy from an electric cable, it’s fast and comfortable. It circulates through some of the main streets,
Fare: $2.00 pesos per ticket.
Schedule: Monday to Friday from 5:00 to 23.00 hrs. Saturday from 5:00 to 23:00 hrs. Sunday from 5:30 to 23:00 hrs
Tren Ligero (light train)
The Light Train is part of the network of the Electric Transportation Service of the Federal District, which operates in the south of Mexico City, lending a non-contaminating transport service to the areas of Coyoacán, Tlalpan and Xochimilco; it offers service through 16 stations, 2 terminals and 16 double trains with double control rooms and a maximum capacity of 374 passengers per unit. This network connects with the Tasqueña Metro station which is on the Blue Line. It is a very useful system for people who want to enter the area of Xochimilco.
Fare: $2.00 pesos per ticket
Taxis offer their service in every area and street of the city; nevertheless it’s sometimes necessary to get to a main avenue to find one that’s unoccupied. It’s a comfortable means of transportation but it’s fairly expensive. It’s preferable to take taxis from certain places which specialize in the service (Taxi Rank) as opposed to getting one off the street; their fares are higher but they are much safer.
- Two door Taxi: fare starts at $5.80 + $0.78 pesos for every 250 meters or 45 seconds
- Four door Taxi: fare starts at $ 6.40 + $0.78 pesos for every 250 meters or 45 seconds
- Taxi Rank: fare starts at $9.60 + $ 0.96 pesos for every 250 meters or 45 seconds
Airports offer a taxi service with fares according to the distance traveled. We recommend this option when arriving to the city, as taking public transport like the Metro can be pretty tiring if you are carrying your luggage.
Turibus (tour bus)
This form of transport allows a general view of the main sites of our city. It consists of open top double-decker buses and recorded guides that explain about the sites in several languages. Right now it has two routes: Historical Centre – Chapultepec – Reforma and one in the South that goes through Insurgentes Avenue and the areas of Coyoacán, Del Valle, San Ángel, Tlalpan and University City.
Fare: $120 pesos (The ticket is valid for both routes and includes a whole day with unlimited stops at any of the sites, as well as the recorded guides in several languages).
Visit the official Turibus website: http://www.turibus.com.mx
Cicloestaciones (Bicycle rental centers)
This stations are the most recent project of the local government for promoting the use of bicycles as every day mean of transport. For borrowing a free bike you just need to leave an ID for the time you use the bicycle. There most popular bicycle centers in the city are located on Reforma Avenue, at the Zocalo, at the Cibeles Fountain and at the Lincoln Park in Polanco.
Visit: Bicycle tours in Mexico City