Mexico City International Airport (Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez) (MEX) is a fairly straight forward airport and easy to navigate.  The airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 (most international airlines)  and Terminal 2, (most domestic airlines).  They are connected by an Airtrain and buses. If you’re arriving from outside Mexico, you’ll probably be arriving at Terminal 1.

In addition to manual customs lanes, MEX has automated customs lanes. These lanes are equipped with automated automated customs lanes.  They can be used by Mexican citizens and for visitors from countries that have agreements with Mexico such as the US  and Canada. Upon completion, the kiosk prints out a receipt. This receipt contains a QR code that needs to be shown to customs officials upon departure, so you’ll want to make sure you store it in a safe place during your visit.

After clearing the customs kiosk, proceed to baggage claim and then to the customs check area. Your kiosk receipt will indicate if you have been selected for further inspection or if you can exit.

Taxis and Uber service the airport.  Travel time to most major neighborhoods in Mexico City can take anywhere from 20 to 90 minutes depending upon the date, time of day and traffic.

During our last trip to Mexico City, we used Uber.  Most journey’s averaged around $5-$12. The city also offers a variety of taxi services, including licensed street taxis, easily recognizable by their distinctive pink and white colors, and sitio (stand) taxis, which are considered safer and can be found at designated stands or booked ahead. App-based services like Uber, Didi, and Cabify also provide services in the city. You should be cautious due to potential overcharging and to prefer sitio or app-based services for a safer travel experience.

The Mexico City Metro is known for being one of the largest and busiest in the world. It offers a cost-effective and relatively fast way to navigate the city. Most fares are around 35 cents to $1 USD, based upon destination.  With its extensive lines covering significant parts of the city, the metro is often the preferred choice for avoiding the notorious traffic jams on the streets.

The cities most popular bus system is Metrobús. These buses are a great way to reach areas not covered by the metro.