Transportation in Mexico City
A quarter of a million taxis serve this incomparable city, and outside of peak hours they are a great way of getting from A to B because, unlike the Metro, they are hassle-free and allow you to see the city. There are three types: free taxis (the cheapest and most "adventurous"), site taxis (more expensive and safer) and radio taxis (most expensive and safest of all).
Mexico City's underground rail system is a marvel, but a flawed one. It's undoubtedly the quickest way of getting around town, especially during the day when the last thing you want is to be stuck in a traffic jam. For efficiency, nothing beats it. On the other hand, the sheer number of passengers means it's showing wear and tear.
Mexico City is planned out along a series of major avenues, and the city's bus routes tend to follow them. As a result, some find the buses a great way of getting around. There are two kinds: normal buses and peseros or microbuses, which are smaller and cheaper. A few of the normal bus lines are trolleybuses, but otherwise they run on the same ticketing system.
Rent your car
Driving in Mexico City will test the most patient driver, with lanes of traffic jams filling its tangle of streets. Once you find a parking space, make sure you have a few pesos handy to give to whoever ‘controls’ that patch of street. Some car-hire companies can organise a driver with the vehicle.
Taxi prices from the airport into town are fixed. There's a 20% hike in fares nightly between 11pm and 6am. Hailing free taxis off the street isn't recommended; check the driver's identity tag, which should be displayed.
A metro ticket allows you to ride on the Metro as long as you want and to change as often as you want until you exit. At peak hours trains are hot and crowded, as are platforms – you may see two or three trains come and go before you board one. Keep valuables safe as pickpockets aren't unknown. At peak times the front cars are reserved for women and children; they don't get as crowded. Signage can be hard to find, so know where you're going beforehand if you don't speak Spanish.