Getting There in Mexico City

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Mexico City is one of the most populated cities in the world and as such ti has developed over time a massive transportation system. Getting to Mexico City is quite easy and you can get there by plane, bus or car. Here is a list of a couple things to consider when traveling to Mexico City.

Getting to Mexico City by Plane from Outside of Mexico


The main airport of Mexico is the Mexico City International Airport and its IATA Aiport Code is MEX. This airport is the busiest and biggest in Latin America in terms of daily traffic and size. The two largest Mexican airlines have their main hubs in this airport. Aeromexico, which is part of the Skyteam alliance of airlines, and Mexicana, which is part of the Oneworld alliance of airlines. Depending on your country of departure you may have one connecting flight through either Aeromexico or Mexicana.

Getting to Mexico City by Plane from Inside of Mexico


If you're traveling to Mexico City by plane from another Mexican city, then you are in for a treat. In the last years there has been an increase in the number of discount airlines (also known as "no frills") that have engaged in price wars with each other. This has resulted in great savings for domestic tourists. Here is a list of them: Vivaaerobus ( http://www.vivaaerobus.com), Interjet ( http://www.interjet.com.mx),  Click de Mexicana ( http://www.click.com.mx), Aeromar de Aeroméxico ( http://www.aeromar.com.mx) and Volaris ( http://www.volaris.com/mx). Make sure to check their websites often.

It is important to point that most discount airlines have their main hub in the Adolfo Lopez Mateos International Airport (IATA Airport Code: TLC) located in the nearby city of Toluca in the same state. Don't worry, this airport offers several shuttles to downtown Mexico City.

Driving to Mexico City


If you're planning to drive in Mexico there are several things to consider. If you're arriving from the United States with your own vehicle, it's important to remember that you must register yourself and your car after crossing the border. Also you are required to have Mexican car insurance because your American car insurance is not valid. Getting a Mexican car insurance is quite inexpensive. Also, when driving towards Mexico City you can drive either on the free (libre) or toll (caseta) highways. The free highways are free but they are usually single lanes and pass through several towns (which means a lower speed limit). The toll highways always have at least 2 lanes and are very well maintained. Please keep in mind that the cost of driving on a toll highways does add up, especially when driving long distances. If you don't feel like dealing with driving, just grab a bus at the main bus station of any Mexican city. Look for the "ejecutivo" service (executive service) because it is worth every penny. It includes snacks, air conditioning and movies.

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September 17, 2009 new by damiandavilarojas

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