Public Transport

Although Mexico City is one of the biggest cities on Earth, it’s surprisingly easy to get from A to B. With some great ways to travel, here is an overview of the different transport systems in place.

STC Metro

The subway system is very cheap, quick, and is up and running most hours of the day – it’s probably the best way to get around Mexico City. Officially this is called the STC Metro, and it covers the vast majority of the city, with most stations underground.

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The STC is one of the cheapest railway systems in the world – one ticket costs M$3 and allows unlimited travel at one given time. In addition, you’ll be able to use the metro for free if you are a pensioner, under five, or physically impaired. Buy tickets for the STC Metro at booths, or purchase a rechargeable card for $10, which saves you time as you won’t have to buy a ticket for each journey.

Buses and trams

There are also plenty of travel options available above ground too. Small buses called ‘peseros’, regular buses, and electric trams frequently stop at points all over the city. Getting on a bus is very affordable, and can even take you outside the city limits – but remember if you’re in the city centre it may be quicker to walk!

Taxis

Driving in Mexico City is not recommended;  locals can maneuver their vehicles erratically – but hopping in a taxi is a very easy way to get around, and there’s a certain novelty in their famous appearance (as many of them are lime green!). Hailing a taxi is the cheapest option, but also the most dangerous – make sure you check that the car has official taxi license plates. Fares for hailed cabs start at M$6, and the average 2km journey will cost you around M$40. If you’re not on a tight budget, phone a taxi company and get them to pick you up – it will cost at least twice as much, but you’re paying for security.  

Bicycle

Cycling often gets you from A to B faster than a bus or taxi, and is also a great way to experience the city. As it’s unlikely you’ve brought your own, head to one of the several bike hire locations dotted around the city (there’s one opposite the Metropolitan Cathedral), where free or cheap bikes are supplied from 9am to 6pm. It’s not unlimited however – at many hire places you only get to borrow a bike for up to two hours, and have to leave your passport or driver’s license behind.

When cycling in Mexico City, be aware of the sometimes reckless drivers, as they are major hazards and can prove very dangerous to cyclists. Watch out for potholes and try to avoid the main thoroughfares of the city, as these will be the busiest areas. If you’re particularly wary of cycling in traffic, check out the three bike paths marked with a red stripe – one runs from Bosque de Chapultepec to the Centro Historico.