Domestic Transportation in Mexico

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Means of Transport Recommended in Town

Traffic circulation in Mexico City is very heavy as well as in the other major cities, especially in the downtown areas.  There is a lot of road work as well.  The use of seat belts is mandatory.
It is recommended to use public transportation, but the conditions of city buses are not too good and these are driven recklessly.
The subway, called Metro, circulates all over the city and it is very inexpensive.
Taxis are available in all major avenues, however, it is better to use authorized taxis (a directory can be found in:  taxis ) which will guarantee a safe ride and rapid access at a fair price.  Currently, there is also a suburban train which connects the main cities in the state of Mexico with the capital (D.F.), and in only 15 minutes travels 20 km.
Maps of Urban Networks
UT Library on line
Urban Transport Agencies
Directory of passenger transportation agencies.
Find an Itinerary
Taxi Companies
Mexico City's airport taxis
Taxi Mexico

Transportation From Airport to City Centre:






Car Rental
Mexico City Intl (MEX) 12 km / 7 miles USD 17-25 / 45 min USD 0.20 / 40 min - Available
Guadalajara (GDL) 17 km / 12 miles USD 12-18 USD 10 / 35 min - Available

Means of Transport Recommended in the Rest of the Country

The bus is the most popular type of transportation to travel around the Mexican territory.  Prices are inexpensive and the conditions are, in general, good.


There are 57 international airports in the country which allow traveling in a short time.  Fifteen companies manage the airlines market.  They offer several itineraries and frequent  flight connections in between the capital and the major cities.  In the last few years, airlines companies called  "low cost" have integrated the market, increasing the use of airplane transportation in the country.  The fares can be high if the reservations are not booked in advance.

Rail Companies


Name Type Domestic Flights International Flights
Aeromexico Major Yes Yes
Mexicana Major Yes Yes
Volaris Low Cost Yes No
Aeromar Major Yes No
Aviacsa Low Cost Yes Yes (Las Vegas)

You Can Consult the List of Airlines Banned Within the EU. Look Also at the rating of the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).


Traveling By Yourself

Roads are asphalted, well kept and functional in most parts of the country.  The toll highways guarantee safety.
International insurances are not valid, therefore it is necessary to obtain auto insurance in Mexico.
In Mexico City, an alternating traffic system has been established in order to fight environmental pollution (it is based on the vehicle plate's number).  Vehicles with a foreign plate cannot circulate on Fridays.
Driver's License
Tourists with foreign driver's licenses are authorized to drive in Mexico.
Conditions For Renting a Vehicle
The minimum age to rent a car is 21 years old.
In Mexico City, a driver has to comply with the program Today I don't drive
Rental Agencies
Tolls or Taxes
There are toll highways and free highways, however, the road and safe conditions are better in the toll highways.  The toll has to be paid when entering each highway.
Road Maps
Guide to Roji-Mexico, Guadalajara and Monterrey
Travel by Mexico - Road maps
Road map - Ministry of Tourism
Find an Itinerary
Traffic Conditions Online
Traffic alert - El Universal
Parking Facilities
It is very difficult to find a parking place in the business areas of the major cities.  It is advised to use parking lots, which are usually underground.
There are also parking meters in the downtown areas of the major cities.
If a car is parked in a street where there is not a parking meter, most likely, there will be a young guy who will 'watch' the car and will expect some coins in return.

Rules of the Road

Minimum Driving Age
A driver's license can be requested at  the age of 16 and 17 years old.
Side of the Road For Driving
Right side.
Speed Limits
30-40 km per hour in the city and 100 km per hour in the highway.
Safety Belts
The use of safety seat belts is mandatory.
Permitted Amount of Alcohol in the Blood
0.40 mg of alcohol per litre of exhaled air.
National Roads Organizations
Ministry of Roads and Transportation D.F.
Ministry of Communications and Transportation
Ministry of Federal Public Security

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