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pre-paid airport taxi. pretty much your only option, unless you want to exit the airport and take a normal street cab from the taxi stand at the back of the staff parking lot, cheaper but harder to find.
A taxi – even though you are subject to traffic you should be able to get there in a reasonable amount of time.
If you’re comfortable taking the metro, line 1 (pink) will take you from a station NEAR the airport (Boulevard Puerto Aéreo, which is not the station at the airport — you have to change at Pantitlan) to Chapultepec station. You’ll still have some walking to do after that so this may not be the easiest… especially if it’s raining. Have a great trip!
safest (but expensive)- pre-paid airport taxi — STICKWITHTHISOPTION :)
cheapest (but not-so-safe) street taxi.
i recommend AGAINST taking the Metro system, i am a native and i wouldn’t take it—- it’s just NOT safe… (sorry, hate to say this, but it is true)
For your way back to the airport, have someone point you to a station of “Taxis de Sitio”, these are the safest cabs in Mexico City.
Enjoy your trip! And, eat some ‘tacos al pastor’, the most delicious food in the world! :)
I highly recommend the METRO system as long as you take necessary safety precautions when in a big city. Line 5 stops directly in front of the airport. Take it in the direction of Pantitlan and switch to line 1 to the Chapultepec stop. Be aware that line 1 is a very crowded line so don’t bring any lugguage or anything bulky with you.
I would take the metro line 1 to the Chapultepec stop. However, I lived in Mexico City as a young white female, and I can’t stress enough to you the importance of safety and security. Don’t carry valuable things, don’t put your wallet in your back pocket, secure your passport, try to blend in. Taxis can be just as dangerous in Mexico City as the metros and colectivos can. If you take a taxi, it’s best to be able to give directions so you don’t get overcharged. Take only official taxis – no exceptions. Everyone in Mexico City wants a tip, so give a small one to the taxi driver – otherwise he may yell demandingly in Spanish with his hand out.
I forget how the traffic was in Mexico City, because I didn’t drive when I was there, and it always just seemed bad, but I made a bad mistake in Panama City earlier in the year. I had a long layover and decided to venture out to see some stuff. I took a cab from the airport to my friend’s hostel, which took about 20 minutes. So I decided on the way back I’d allow myself 30 minutes, to be safe. But Panama City traffic is so drastically different at different times of day, and the drive back to the airport took 2 hours, despite me paying the driver a few extra dollars to do things like drive on the shoulder to get there quicker. I made my flight, but I’ll never make that mistake again.
Good luck to you. Enjoy the D.F. – it’s one of my favorite places in the world!
I agree, TAKE A CABFROMTHEAIRPORT.
Another great long lay over see The Pyramids of The Sun And Moon, again take a cab, make arrangements to have them come back and pick you up, for a good price, or often they will wait. I love Mexico City, sometimes I take flights so I can have a long lay over so I can spend 8 or more hours, visiting some of my favorite places. Put your stuff in a locker near your check in counter.
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