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How to get from Mexico City Airport to City Centre

Mexico City Benito Juarez (MEX) airport offers three different modes of transportation to get into the centre of Mexico City. You can either take a taxi, a bus or the metro. The quickest and easiest transfer option is taking a taxi. Tickets cost 11.60€ ($250 mxn) to the historic central zone and the journey shouldn't take more than 20 minutes in normal traffic. The second most convenient way to travel from Mexico City airport to the city centre is by bus. The Metrobus line 4 only takes 30 minutes to reach the city centre and tickets cost 1.40€ ($30 mxn) one-way. Your final option is to take the Metro line 5 which costs only 0.23€ ($5 mxn) one-way but takes around 50 minutes to reach the centre of Mexico City.

Comparison of the options

PRICE FOR 2PASSENGERS
OPTION PRICE DURATION AVAILABILITY
Bus €2.80 30min 04:30–00:00
Taxi €11.60 20min 24/7
Metro €0.46 50min 05:00–00:00

How to get from Mexico City airport to city centre by bus

There is a very convenient and fast bus service that runs from Mexico City Benito Juarez (MEX) airport to the city centre, the Metrobus line 4. These modern buses operate from 4:30 to 00:00 daily and take only 30 minutes to reach the centre of Mexico City. Tickets cost just 1.40€ (30 mxn) one-way.

How much is the bus from Mexico City airport to city centre?

In order to board the Metrobus, you must first purchase a Metrobus Smart Card and top it up with the one-way fare of 1.40€ (30 mxn). These cards are available at the clearly marked machines in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrival hall.

Cost

1.40€

Trip Duration

30 Min.

There is a 15 minute waiting time between buses

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The Metrobus runs from 4:30 to 00:00 every day.

Where do I get it from?

The Metrobus runs from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 in Mexico City Benito Juarez airport. In Terminal 1, simply head out of door 6 or 7 and you will see the bus waiting for you. In Terminal 2, you will find the Metrobus stop just outside of door 3 on the lower floor.

Convenience

If you're travelling on a budget then taking the Metrobus from Mexico City (MEX) airport to the city centre is a great option. Not only is the service direct, but the buses leave every 15 minutes, making it an extremely quick and easy transfer option.

Editor’s Note

If you are arriving between the times of 4:30am and 00:00, taking the bus from Mexico City airport is a wonderfully cheap and convenient option. However, you may need to find a different mode of transport to get to your hotel once you reach the city centre.

Useful Tips

Be sure to purchase a Metrobus Smart Card and top it up at least 1.40€ before entering the bus.
There isn't much space for luggage on the bus, so if you're travelling with a lot of belongings you may wish to find an alternate mode of transportation.
The Metrobus leaves every 15 minutes from both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 at Mexico City airport.

How to get from Mexico City airport to city centre by taxi

Mexico city airport taxis are available 24/7, making them a very convenient way to reach the city centre. You can easily distinguish the official city taxis from the private providers as they are all pink and white or red and gold. Taxis at Mexico City Benito Juarez (MEX) airport charge a flat rate based on zones. To get into the historic centre of Mexico City, it will cost you 11.60€ ($250 mxn) and take around 20 minutes in normal traffic.

Taxi fare from Mexico City airport to city centre

Each taxi at Mexico City (MEX) airport can carry up to 4 passengers and they charge using a flat rate based on the zone that you will be travelling to within the city. Depending on your final destination, the price could be more or less, but to the historic centre of Mexico City, it will cost 11.60€ (250 mxn).

You will need to purchase your ticket before you walk over to the taxi rank at the clearly marked "Transporte Terrestre" booth. Here, you will announce your destination and the operator will provide you with a paper ticket that you will then present to your driver once you enter the taxi.

Taxi prices
Day time
(05:00–24:00)
Night time
(00:00–05:00)
Duration
FROM MEX - TO HOTELS IN CITY CENTRE
€11.60
€11.60
20 min
FROM MEX - TO CITY CENTRE
€11.60
€11.60
20 min

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Convenience

Not only is taking a taxi the most convenient, safe and comfortable option, because of the exchange rate from Mexican Pesos to Euros, it's also very affordable. You can sit back and relax, knowing that your travel companions and all your luggage is safely stored for a great price.

Editor’s Note

There are countless taxi service providers littering the halls in both Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 arrival hall, be sure not to purchase your ticket from them, but head straight to the official "Transporte Terrestre" booth to take the city run taxis.

Useful Tips

Not all drivers at Mexico City airport speak English, so it's essential that you write down your address or show him on a map.
You will need to purchase your ticket in the local currency of Pesos or in USD as the ticket booth won't accept any other forms of cash.
Be sure to wear your seatbelt at all times when in the taxi as the roads in Mexico City can become a little chaotic at times.

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How to get from Mexico City Airport to city centre by metro

You can also reach the city centre from Mexico City Benito Juarez (MEX) airport by taking the metro line 5 from the Terminal Aérea station which is located 10 minutes from Terminal 1. The total journey time is 50 minutes and tickets cost just 0.23€ ($5 mxn) one-way.

How much is the bus from Mexico City airport to city centre?

You can purchase your metro ticket from an automatic machine or booth in the Terminal Aérea station Metro station. A one-way ticket costs just 0.23€ ($5 mxn).

Cost

0.23€

Trip Duration

50

There is a waiting time of 5 minutes for the metro.

Convenience
Safety
Value for Money

The metro runs from 5:00 to 00:00 Monday to Friday and 7:00 to 00:00 on the weekends.

Where do I get it from?

The metro station isn't located inside the Mexico City Airport, but it's only a short walk away. From Terminal 1 you will need to turn left in the arrivals hall towards Gate A and walk through the terminal until you get to a long covered sidewalk. Keep walking, and you will soon see the large Metro logo showing the entrance of the Terminal Aérea station. Head down the stairs and you will come out on the platform on metro line 5.

If you land in Terminal 2, you will need to take the Aérotren to Terminal 1 which takes 5 minutes.

Convenience

Taking the metro from Mexico City Benito Juarez airport is the least convenient mode of transportation and it not only requires you to walk out of the airport to the metro station, but you will also need to change lines to reach the city centre, making it extremely slow.

Editor’s Note

If you are traveling to the centre of Mexico City, you will need to make a change at La Raza station from the yellow line 5 to the olive line 3.

Useful Tips

If you will be using the metro while in Mexico City, you can purchase a Metro Card for just 0.47€ ($10 mxn), which brings the cost of each journey down to 0.14€ ($3 mxn).
When traveling on the metro be sure to keep your belongings close as this is the least safe of all transfer options.
During rush hour the metro can become extremely busy and hot, be sure to stay hydrated.

Frequently asked questions

How much is a taxi from Mexico City airport to downtown?

Taxis at Mexico City airport charge using a flat rate fee based on zones. The exact zone of your final destination may tighten or lower the price, but to the historic centre of Mexico City it will cost 11.60€ ($250 mxn).

Are taxis safe in Mexico City airport?

If you head out of the arrival hall doors you will find the pink and white or red and gold official city taxis. These taxis are all regulated by the government. Be sure to check that your driver has his licence and taxi number clearly on display.

Where do you fly into Mexico City?

Mexico City Benito Juarez airport is located just 11km away from the city centre. The airport has two different terminals Terminal 1 is the largest terminal on the American continent and welcomes both national and international flights. Terminal 2 operates the budget national airlines such as Aeromexico.

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