14 Top Tips For Moving Around Mexico City

Mexico City can be a confusing place. Plan your transport in advance and ensure your kids are well-prepared for the noise and traffic.

Mexico City is huge, so it’s not always easy to know the best way to move around between the sights, especially if you are travelling with kids.

Here are some tips and advice from our trip there in the summer of 2022.

How to Move Around in Mexico City

Broadly speaking, there are six transport options available to you. They are:

1. Metro

The Mexico City metro system is one of the most efficient and affordable ways to get around the city. It covers a large area and has 12 lines with over 200 stations.

2.  Bus / Tour Bus

The city has a large bus network that covers most areas of the city and is relatively cheap. The tour bus has several routes, so of which cover the whole city, and some of which focus on a specific neighbourhood.

3. Taxis

Taxis are widely available in Mexico City and can be hailed on the street or at designated taxi stands. It’s important to note that not all taxis are regulated, so it’s best to only use officially licensed taxis.

4. Uber

Uber is widely available in Mexico City and is generally considered to be safe and affordable.

5. Bicycle


Mexico City has a growing network of bike lanes and bike-sharing programs, making it a great option for short trips. Of course, if you are travelling with kids, make sure they are aware of the rules of the road and have all the appropriate safety gear.

6. Walking

Walking is a great way to explore the city’s historic center, which is relatively compact and filled with interesting sights.

Tips for Travelling Around Mexico City

While those are the six options available to you, there are also some things you need to be aware of if you have children in your travelling party.

1. Plan Your Route in Advance

Mexico City’s streets can be confusing, so it’s best to plan your route before you leave. Use a map or a navigation app to help you find your way.

2. Avoid Rush Hour

Traffic in Mexico City can be heavy, especially during rush hour. Try to plan your trips for non-peak hours to avoid getting stuck in traffic.

3. Bring a Stroller

Mexico City’s streets can be uneven and crowded, so a stroller can make it much easier to navigate the city with young children.

4. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

Mexico City can be a busy and crowded place, so be aware of your surroundings at all times. Keep your valuables close to you and don’t carry more cash than you need.

5. Be Prepared for Altitude Sickness

Mexico City is located at an altitude of more than 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) above sea level. Some people may experience altitude sickness, so it’s best to be prepared. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and heavy meals during your first few days in the city.

6. Take Breaks

Mexico City can be overwhelming for children, so it’s important to take breaks and let them rest when they need to.

7. Learn Some Basic Spanish

Knowing some basic Spanish will make it much easier to navigate the city, ask for directions, and communicate with transport service providers.

8. Carry Cash

Not all transport options accept card payments, so it’s best to carry cash.

What would you add to our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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