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Mexico City Layover

| February 9, 2014

Stuck on a layover in Mexico City? The International Airport of Mexico City (AICM) is Latin America’s busiest airport and the main hub for Mexico’s biggest airline, Aeromexico. The airport is located roughly six miles from downtown Mexico City, which makes the city an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your Mexico City layover, click here for useful tips.
Mexico City layover
If you’re stuck inside the Mexico City airport during your layover, there’s plenty to do including shopping, restaurants, and Internet service. Here’s a great interactive map of the airport that shows where everything can be found such as public restrooms, ATMS and currency exchanges, hotels and rental cars. There are also a couple VIP lounges including the Centurion Club and Televisa (both are located in Planta Alta and are also on the 3D map), as well as a Business Center. An Internet Café is located in Lounge E.

If you arrive at night or are looking for a place to rest, there’s a Hilton Airport Hotel inside Terminal 1 on the third floor (55) 5133 0505, and a new five star NH Hotel is expected to open in Terminal 2. For a comprehensive list of other Mexico City hotels of varying price points, click here.

If you’re looking to ditch your luggage and see the sights, there are lockers located near Lounge A, They are available 24 hours and the phone number is 5618-3116. A baggage shipping service is in Terminal 1, Lounges B and D.

For transportation, there is a foreign bus terminal that runs 24 hours every day of the year. Here is a list bus lines and schedules.

The metro is inexpensive and quick, but can get very crowded. The airport metro station is outside the terminal to the left, and the airport metro station is on line 5. To reach central Mexico City, change at Pantitlan (one stop) for line 1 and travel to Insurgentes.

Pre-paid taxi tickets are available from Taxi Autorizado in the Ground Transportation booth in baggage reclaim. Travelers are strongly advised to take an authorized pre-paid taxi (white and yellow), and lock the doors when inside. You can also find out more about car rental here.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In Mexico City During Your Layover:

Mexico City Tour
If you only have limited time in Mexico City, a tour might be a great way to see a bunch of sights. There’s many to choose from including day tours, bus and bike tours, night cruises, dinner theater, outdoor activities, and more.

Turibus Circuito Turistico
On the East Corner of the Front Steps of the Auditorio Nacional, you can catch the Turibus Circuito which is a great way to see Mexico City in a short amount of time. It takes about 2½ to 3 hours, and buses run every half hour from 9am-9pm except holidays. Cost is $100 pesos for adults on weekdays, $115 pesos on weekends. To get there, take the Metro Linea 7 to Auditorio.

San Jacinto Plaza
This is a great market where you can get a taste of the local flavor with restaurants and fun crafts made and sold here by local artists. Located in the San Angel district, you can pick up all your gifts here.

Museo del Templo Mayor
This indoor/outdoor museum exhibits the archaeology from the Templo Mayor Project. The Museo del Templo Mayor‘s eight halls exhibits thousands of objects that tell the history of “The Great Temple” of preHispanic civilization. It is located in downtown Mexico City, off of the Zocalo. Take the Metro to Zocalo, or easily accessible via taxi.

Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do On A LONG Mexico City Layover (Outside Of The City):

Mexico’s largest archaeological site is about 25 miles northeast of Mexico City, and we ONLY suggest this if you have a very lengthy layover that can accommodate transportation to and from (with traffic!), time to explore the ruins, as well as the airport necessities including security lines, luggage checking, customs and immigration. That being said, if you have the time, these monuments including the Pyramid of the Sun is quite impressive. To get there take the metro to the city to reach North Bus Station, where you will catch a bus that leaves everyhalf hour or so. For pictures, look here.

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco
Located in a suburb of Mexico City (about 17 miles south of the city center) is the Floating Gardens which is made up of more than 50 miles of canals. You can rent boats, complete with music and food, as the boat is pushed with a long wooden pole through the canals. To see pictures and read a personal account, click here. To get there, take the Metro to Tasquena Station (line 2) and then take Tren Ligero to the end of the line.

Have a suggestion for a Mexico City Layover? Leave a comment below!

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  1. Bob Pattison says:

    We have a group of 6 Canadians returning from Nicaragua on March 4th with a 8 hour layover in Mexico City. We don’t arrive in Mexico City until after 4:00pm. We are looking for a brief tour of the city and possibly a traditional Mexican dinner. We would need to be picked up and returned to the airport. We would hopefully be available around 5:00pm and would need to be back to the airport by around 10:30pm. Do you have any suggestions and approximate cost?