Mexico: Car Rental

A land of contrasts straddling temperate and tropical zones

Local Travel Info

Local Travel Info in Mexico

Internal flights and major International Airports

Mexico has 1834 airports, connecting the country internally and internationally. Mexico City, the capital of the country, serves as the most important travel hub with most international flights departing and arriving from the Mexico City International Airport also know as the Benito Juarez International Airport. The airport caters to over 19 million air passengers annually. The 2nd busiest airport of the country is the Cancun International Airport located in Cancun, on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Other major airports serving the country include the Abraham Gonzalez International Airport, Loreto International Airport, Francisco Mujica International Airport and Uruapan International Airport. Mexico’s largest international airlines are AeroMexico and Mexicana while its national subsidiary is AeroMexico Connect. Other airlines operating within the country and internationally are Aero California, Lineas Aereas Azteca and Continental Express.

To and From: Mexico City International Airport (Benito Juarez International Airport)

The Mexico City International Airport is located 13km east of the main city. The airport has 2 terminals and transfer between terminals is facilitated by a shuttle train that operates between the terminals and takes 5 minutes one way. The Metro Rail provides transport to and from the airport, but gets very crowded during rush hour. The Metro Station is a 5 minute walk from the Airport terminal 1. Pre-paid taxis are available from Taxi Autorizado at the airport and you can book your taxis at the Ground Transportation Booth. It is advisable to book authorized pre-paid taxis only for your own safety. A taxi ride to the city will cost 100 to 150 pesos ($10-15). There is a bus station at the airport from where buses leave for various destinations at regular intervals. Each destination is served by a specific bus line so make sure you get onto the correct bus. Car Rental Booths are available at the airport but be careful while renting cars in Mexico since they are considered more of a liability than an asset.

Travel Costs in Mexico:

Travel by public transportation is cheap in Mexico with your daily travel costs not exceeding 150 pesos ($15) on the higher side. A pre-paid taxi ride from the airport to the city will cost you 70 pesos to 350 pesos ($5-25) depending on the size of the taxi and the district you are traveling to. Travel by Metro is very cheap and convenient at the same time. The Metro in Mexico transports over 4.4million people to various destinations daily! A daily ticket with unlimited transfers will cost you 28 pesos ($2), with trains running every 5-7 minutes. City Government buses cost 28 pesos ($2) for travel anywhere within the city. Micro buses or ‘Peseros’ are privately owned buses and cheaper with tickets costing between 3 pesos and 5 pesos, depending on your destination. The metrobus runs on a confined line along Insurgentes Avenue. Tickets cost 4.5 pesos during the day and 5 pesos after 11:30 at night. Trolley buses operate within the city and are comfortable and reliable although not as fast as regular buses. A flat fare of 2 pesos is charged for commuters. The light rail consists of a single line that connects with the metro station on Line 2. Tickets cost 2 pesos for a single ride.

Renting Cars in Mexico:

Car rental agencies are easily available in Mexico The airport in Mexico City and other cities have car rental booths, but it is advisable to avoid renting cars from here owing to the high rates that are charged. A car rental agency in the city will be much cheaper. Car rental rates can vary widely based on the region of Mexico you are in, the day you are renting and the type of car you would like to rent. Be sure to shop around to find the best rate that is available. Rentals can range between 165 pesos ($12) to 670 pesos ($50) for a small to medium sized car, with insurance. Make sure you inspect the car well before renting it, in terms of any damages ,scratches or dents to the vehicle that are there from before hand. Carry all the valid car papers while driving the car.


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Driver’s License Requirements in Mexico:

International licenses are not mandatory in Mexico. Any valid license will do. The minimum age for driving is 25 years.

Rules in Mexico:

When it comes to driving in Mexico, rules take a backseat. For this particular reason, driving should not be taken up by the faint hearted. Although driving around the country is a great way of exploring and seeing areas which you will otherwise miss, try to use a local driver. The conditions of roads can be dangerous with debris lying around in a lot of places. Cattle on the roads are another common occurrence and account for more than half of the accidents in Mexico. Often, Mexican drivers do not bother to give signals when making turns or braking, so keep your distance.

Buses in Mexico:

Travel by bus is one of the most economical ways to see Mexico, whether it’s within cities or from one city to another. Mexico City has 4 major bus stations: Terminal Autobuses del Norte, Terminal de Autobuses del Poniente, Terminal de Autobuses del Sur Taxqueña and Terminal de Autobuses del Oriente Tapo, that connect the city to different parts of the country. The main bus lines of Mexico that connect the country include Ado, Estrella Roja, Omnibus de Mexico, ETN Real First Class buses and Uno buses. Within Mexico City, two kinds of buses operate- one Government owned and the other private owned. Full sized buses are operated by the City Government and known as RTP. Each ticket costs 28 pesos ($2) for travel anywhere within the city. The smaller privately owned buses are referred to as microbuses or ‘Peseros’. Ticket rates start at 3 pesos for short distances and go up to 5 pesos for longer rides. Bus stops are common to both kinds of buses, though the RTP buses are safer and more comfortable. Buses get very crowded during rush hours so be careful about your belongings, and make your way to the exits way before you stop.

Taxis in Mexico:

Travel by taxi is relatively inexpensive in Mexico though safety is sometimes a concern. Taxis are metered, not metered, charged on a 'per kilometer' basis or charged by zones. When the fare is charged by zone, your price will vary depending on which zone you are in and which zone you are traveling to. If you are in Mexico City avoid hailing cabs off the street. Board a licensed taxi from a Taxi Rank which is safe though slightly more expensive than a street cab. Radio cabs are also popular and radio cab firms abound in the city of Mexico. Metered licensed taxis in Mexico City start at a base fare of 6 pesos and go up 0.75 pesos every 250metres. Night rates are higher by 20%. Most cabs in Mexico City are metered so you have no fear of being cheated. Street cabs, however, are considered unsafe with even the local population avoiding them. Travel by taxis in other cities of Mexico is safe, though prices should be negotiated before the start for your journey since most of the taxis are not metered in other cities. In major tourist cities, taxis will usually be charged by zone. Taxis in places like Cancun, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta and Huatulco are relatively expensive in comparison to taxis in places like Mexico City, Acapulco, Manzanillo, Mazatlan and Mexico’s colonial cities.

Cycling in Mexico:

Mexico City is bicycle friendly with many avenues equipped with cycling pathways. If you want to move around the city quickly and avoid the hustle and bustle of public transport, rent a bicycle for a day from the module beside the Catedral Metropolitana or from a module in front of the Museo de la Antropologia. A day’s rental will cost you 50 pesos ($3.5).

Water Transport in Mexico:

Steamer ferries operate regularly between Mazatlán and La Paz (Baja California) daily; between Guaymas and Santa Rosalia, across the Gulf of California; between La Paz and Topolobampo three or four times weekly; and from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo San Lucas twice-weekly. Some west coast cruises include Pacific ports such as Mazatlán, Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. There are also regular ferries from the mainland to the Caribbean Islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

Hitchhiking in Mexico:

Hitchhiking is very unsafe in Mexico and therefore strongly advised against. Robberies, kidnapping and drug related violence is common in Mexico and hitchhikers are often soft targets.