Cheap Flights to Mexico City, Mexico
- Area Capital : 1,485 km² (573 sq. mi)
- Area Code : 55
- Currency : Mexican Peso (MXN)
- Population Capital : 8,918,653 (2015)
- Official Language : Spanish, Nahuatl, Otomi, Mixtec and others
- Time Zones : CST (UTC-6) Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
- Airports : Mexico City International Airport (MEX)
Mexico City International Airport is Latin Americas second busiest airport serving the greater Mexico City and is located 5 kilometres east from downtown Mexico City. Passengers can take a bus from T1 and 2 that travels to the city, points of interest and other destinations, the Metrobus, taxis, car hire and hotel shuttles.
Travellers in South Africa can fly from Cape Town to Mexico City with the following airlines and others:
- British Airways, Delta (via Johannesburg, Atlanta) 1d 2h+
- South African (via Johannesburg) 1d 2+
- KLM (via Amsterdam) 1d 3h+
- Lufthansa (via Munich) 1d 3h+
- Aeromexico (via New York) 1d 4h+
- Air France (via Paris) 1d 6h+
- Emirates (via Dubai) 1d 8h+
Airlines touching down at Mexico City International Airport include:
- Air Canada
- Virgin Atlantic
Reasons to Visit Mexico City in Mexico
- Founded in 1325 as Tenochtitlán, Mexico City was originally built on an island of Lake Texcoco by the Aztecs. Today its’ the largest metropolitan area in the country and one of the Americas most popular tourist destinations filled amazing historical sights, museums, parks and endless activities for visitor to enjoy.
- A wonderful, colourful experience like no other is a one to four-hour trip where you’ll savour a scrumptious traditional Mexican meal and beverage as you glide along the ancient canals of Xochimilco (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) in a trajinera that’s surrounded by floating chinampas (gardens) and other surprises. Adventure seekers will have an action-packed experience at the Cumbres del Ajusco National Park with thick lush vegetation and great trails in ATV vehicles.
- Spend the day shopping for quality arts and crafts from around Mexico at Fonart; the Plaza del Ángel flea market located within a mall has high-end stores selling silver jewellery, ornaments and more. For affordable tequila, wine and mezcal, pop into La Europea; visit the chic Pasaje Polanco shopping centre with classy boutiques or to purchase one of 4000 masks as a souvenir, get to Galería Eugenio located in the Lagunilla market area. A Saturday bazaar, the Bazar Sábado has some of Mexico’s best hand-made jewellery and more.
- The city has hundreds of hotels comprising budget, luxurious and boutique, B&Bs and a great range of backpacker establishments for travellers on tight budgets.
- After dark, there are fabulous nightclubs, supper clubs with floor shows, jazz clubs, swanky piano bars, discos and bars offering traditional Mexican music, guaranteeing a great nights entertainment.
When to Go to Mexico City in Mexico
For the best rates on hotels, December to February is ideal and although they’re the coldest months, daytime highs experience temperatures in the upper 60s (F) to low 70s, but at night drop to the 40s. The summer months from June to August afford slightly lower hotel rates but there’s lots of rain.
For great weather with very little rain, the best time to visit Mexico City is between March and May when hotel rates are reasonable and streets crowded except for the Easter period when locals leave the city for their holidays.
Places to Visit in Mexico City in Mexico
- Discover the city by strolling around Coyoacán, a wonderfully colourful part of the city that affords loads of theatre, music and dance experiences along with cantines offering traditional Mexican meals at great prices.
- Zócalo is the city’s main square that was once Tenochtitlans prime ceremonial hub during the period of the Aztecs and is also one of the largest squares on the globe. Take in the amazing Metropolitan Cathedral and the National Palace that puts on wonderful shows of Aztec dancing and music.
- Meander along Paseo de la Reforma, fashioned after Europe’s avenues and boulevards, and view the citys tallest buildings like the Torre Mayor and well known statues and monuments, particularly the Angel of Independence, art exhibitions and a great choice of restaurants and cafes.
- The Bosque de Chapultepec is one of the Western Hemispheres largest city parks comprising 686 hectares of lush woodlands. Once a retreat for Aztec rulers, the park is home to the Museum of Anthropology, one of the finest in the world with its unique collection of artefacts from the Mayan civilization and more. Additionally, there’s the Rufino Tamayo Museum and the splendid Chapultepec Castle (also the National History Museum).
- Not to be missed is the superb Neoclassical Palacio de las Bellas Artes that hosts theatrical performances and exhibitions but is famous for preserving remarkable murals by Siqueiros and Diego Rivera besides its marble interior designed mainly in Art Deco.
- View the remains of the Templo Mayor, once an imperative sacred temple dedicated to the god of war, rain and agriculture. Explore the altars and remnants of houses including the on-site museum.
- The Palacio Nacional, home to the offices of the president and the federal
Treasury, is a grandiose colonial palace constructed as a fortress on the site of the palace that the Aztecs built that was destroyed by the Spaniards.
- The second most visited holy place in the world (after the Vatican) is the Basílica of Guadalupe. The original basilica had to be replaced when it started sinking but both are now open for public viewing, each portraying its own unique beauty.
Getting Around Mexico City in Mexico
Buses can be taken to major tourist attractions and are normally faster and cleaner than other modes of transport but they do get packed. Purchase a smart card that can be recharged. There are also women-only buses.
The Metro affords a smooth journey with low prices and operates from 05h00 to midnight Monday to Friday, Saturdays from 06h00 and Sundays from 07h00 to midnight. Coaches do get packed and hot during summer and its best to use during off-peak hours.
The Subway Skinny operates the same hours as the Metro but baggage larger than a small carry-on is not permitted.
The safest means of travel is with Turismo and Sitio taxies. The Turismo cabs are normally well-maintained luxury vehicles dedicated to specific hotels with special license plates and a bit more expensive. Rates can be negotiated with drivers for sightseeing.
The metered taxis, mostly red VW Beetle cabs are cheaper but not always safe. Intertaxi has a fleet of regular vehicles that don’t look like taxis but are safe to use especially at night.
These are minibuses or sedans, normally green and grey in colour and operate along major arteries. They’re faster and a bit more comfortable than the bus. There are established fees and they pick-up and drop-off along their routes. A card in the windshield displays the route.
The red double-decker Turibuses have different circuits for north and south of the city. Seating 75 passengers there’s audio information provided in five languages and street maps. They operate from 09h00 to 21h00 with unlimited hop-on and hop-offs and a full circuit takes around almost three hours.
When renting a vehicle, the cheapest vehicle will not be automatic or have air-conditioning and it’s not advisable to rent due to the high rate of auto theft. Avis with nine locations in the city offer chauffeur-driven vehicles where the vehicle is available to you for 24 hours but chauffeurs operate on an 8-hourly shift.