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Transports in Mexico

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What are the means of transport which are available in Mexico? What about the prices? Let's find out in this article.

It is very easy to move from one region to another in Mexico. The country has different means of transports from which you can choose, whether for your leisure travel or to go to work. In fact, the country's transports network is very developed, consisting of buses, trains and subway, planes, taxis, etc. You can also rent a car if you have a valid driver's license, or rent one if you are planning to settle there.

Note that Mexico is one of the countries where travel prices are the lowest across the globe.

Plane

Almost all Mexican cities have their own airport. The country hosts some 60 airports providing local, regional and international flights. In addition, several regional and national airline companies offer domestic and international flights at attractive rates. Most of these stop by Mexico City before proceeding to their respective destinations.

Traveling by air with thus allow you to save time by avoiding long land routes. It is also more appropriate for businessmen making a business trip in Mexico. Rates usually vary according to different airlines and destinations.

Bus

The bus is one of the cheapest means of transports in Mexico. Coach buses offer different packages: economic and first class seats. These are generally comfortable, equipped with a toilet, television, tilt seats, air con and a drinks service. Tickets can be purchased at bus stations. But you can also make advance booking online or by phone. Note that coach buses cover almost the whole country.

As regards buses, known as ''colectivo'' or ''persero'', these serve Mexican cities as well as their outskirts. Buses itineraries are displayed on the windshield. When you wish to get down, you can just press the stop bell. Tickets can be purchased once you are on board. Rates vary from 2,5 pesos for less than 5 kilometers, 3 pesos for 5 to 12 kilometers and 4 pesos for longer routes. Hence, the bus is definitely the most practical means of transport throughout the country.

Subway

The Mexican subway system consists of 14 lines stretching over some 220 kilometers in Mexico City. You can find some 185 subway stations across the city, 24 of which are connected to other subway lines. Travel rates are around 3 pesos, but the elderly and handicapped people can travel free of charge.

You can also purchase an electronic prepaid card at bus stations, which you can recharge at ATMs.

 Good to know:

Some lines have reserved their first two wagons for women and children during peak hours particularly.

Train

Most trains are used for goods transport. There are only a few passenger trains, which are mainly tourist trains. The ''Chepe'' for instance, will allow you to discover the country's wonderful panorama.

Taxi

There are three types of taxis in Mexico. The yellow ones are the cheapest and can accommodate a maximum of five passengers. However, these may not have a meter, so you will have to negotiate rates with the driver before starting. Note that you may have to pay slightly more than the agreed price anyway. Green taxis are Eco-friendly, using unleaded petrol. Hence, rates are likely to be higher. Red taxis, on the other hands, are considered as luxurious ones, being bigger and more comfortable. These are equipped with a meter and you are more likely to find an English-speaking driver.

You can board taxis on the road or at taxi parking lots, known as ''sitios''.

Cars

Cars are probably the most convenient means of transport in Mexico. You may rent or buy a car provided you have a valid driver's license. However, you are required to subscribe to a Mexican insurance before driving.

Car rental prices are around 65 euros per day. You will also need sole 150 to 200 pesos for a petrol tank-up.

Note that you may have to drive on toll roads, which are in good condition and allowing an easy traffic. However, free roads may be quite tatty and uncomfortable. These can damage your vehicle.

You are advised to avoid driving at night for security and poor visibility reasons.

 Useful links:

Mexico subway www.metro.df.gob.mx
Aeromexico www.aeromexico.com

Bus companies:
Different world www.differentworld.com
Ticket Bus – National booking system www.ticketbus.com.mx
ADO www.ado.com.mx
ETN www.etn.com.mx
Primera Plus www.primeraplus.com.mx

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2 years ago

I am a retired Canadian. As a resident of Mexico living in Mexico City who is over 60 years old I am entlitled to, and hold, a card (INAPAM) which provides for FREE transportation on all the METRO network of Mexico City at all times !! The same cards gives free access to many museums (there are some one hundred museums in Mexico City !), and reductions in many stores. The cost of a metro ticket in Mexico City is now (in 2014) 5 pesos, NOT 3 pesos

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