Cost of Living (Text) or (Video)
Things to Do (Text) or (Video)
Old Town Walking Tour (Map) or (Video)
La Condesa and Roma Norte Walking Tour (Map) or (Video)
Polanco, Anthropology Museum, Mexican Castle Tour (Map) or (Video)
Best Places to Stay
Flights, Trains, Buses
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Mexico City Flights, Trains, Buses
You can not really consider yourself a traveling student of history without exploring Mexico City.
International Flights: Almost every major airline in the world flies into the international airport of Mexico City and you are sure to find a cheap flight here. You will find the cheapest airfare to Mexico City using Skyscanner. The cheapest day of the week to depart from most places in the world is often Tuesday or Wednesday. When you land in Mexico City, make sure to get a Mexican SIM card (they call them ‘chips’ here), so you aren’t paying International roaming rates when you use my Google Maps of Mexico. I got an AT&T chip and it has been great so far.
National Flights: The cheapest flights within Mexico are all on Skyscanner. Again, the cheapest day to fly nationally is often Tuesday or Wednesday. Always check buses also. Any bus ride that is less than 6 hours is better than a national flight. They are often cheaper and you can actually see the countryside from a bus window.
Buses: If you are traveling around Mexico, like us, you can catch a nice bus to/from many places in Mexico to/from Mexico City. The ETN bus company has bus routes all over Mexico. For bus times and prices in English visit the English ETN website. My rule is to take the bus unless it takes more than 6 hours to get to any destination. If it is more than 6 hours I check Skyscanner for airports and prices.
Uber: I suggest using Uber when you are in Mexico City. Uber is a record that a specific person picked you up at a specific place and took you to another specific place. It is harder for them to be involved in any criminal activity because there is a record of everything. Plus you do not have to speak any English or negotiate the price. Uber takes care of everything for you, door to door, and charges your card so no money is exchanged with the driver.
Public Transportation: Mexico City has a subway system. It is quick and cheap to get around but be careful. It is often crowded and easy for pickpockets to get you. Take everything valuable out of your pockets and put it in your backpack. Then wear your backpack on your chest instead of on your back.
Train: There is only one remaining passenger train in Mexico and it does not go through Mexico City. See my ‘tours’ link below.
MiniVan Tours: There are minivan tours to almost all of the significant tourist spots in and around Mexico City. They can often be significantly cheaper than the buses. Check the tours links below.
Here are the tours available in Cusco. I recommend using either Viator Mexico City Tours or GetYourGuide Mexico City Tours. These are tour aggregators. That means they just publish tours conducted by third parties. Some tours are better than others. So you need to read the reviews. Look for a tour that has at least 5 reviews that sound good, and 2 of those reviews should be within the last few months.
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