Mexico is one of the largest cities in the world so it is important that you become familiar with all the current transportation services we have in order to choose the best one to get to your destination on time. The services provided are: subway, metrobus, trolley bus, microbus, RTP and taxis. Usually, 75% of Mexican people use these public means of transportation on a daily basis, but here are the ones we recommend for expats:
The subway is a very fast and convenient option to get around. It has 12 lines throughout the city, but be aware that it can get very packed during rush hours. It gives service 365 days a year, the ticket costs $5 pesos and it is free for adults over 60 and disabled people. The service hours are Monday through Friday from 05:00 to 24:00 hrs, Saturdays from 06:00 to 24:00 hrs and Sundays or holidays from 07:00 to 24:00 hrs.
The Metrobus is another recommended option to move around. Keep in mind that your arrival time and your commute will depend on the city traffic. You can easily identify them because they are large red buses that have a designated lane on several main streets. There are 6 operating lines and to enter them you will need a smartcard which you can purchase at On-Side machines in most of the stations. The fee is $6 pesos and it is free for adults over 70, disabled people and children under 5. The service hours may vary from station to station so you should always check its website, but they generally operate from 05:00 to 23:00 hrs Monday through Friday.
Last but not least, taxis are the comfortable and private way of traveling. For your safety, always take site cabs as they are permanently controlled by radio and have their permits in order. You can identify them by their pink color and the display of their driver’s license by the window. The fees may vary so you should ask the driver to put the taximeter on, and the amount will be fair.