Getting Around in Mexico City Frommer's — Volkswagen Atlantic

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Getting Around

Mexico has a highly developed and remarkably public transportation system. It is a that the sharp increase in and resulting safety concerns made these less options for travelers. The Metro, and second-class buses, colectivos, and Tsuru libre taxis take you anywhere you want to go for little money — but warnings about the use of public should be respected. Because taxis (official taxis to a specific locale or hotel) are inexpensive and the safest way to travel the city, you are best off using

By Taxi

Taxis operate several distinct sets of

Turismo and Sitio Taxis These are by far the safest way to travel Mexico City. Turismo are unmarked cabs, usually luxury cars assigned to hotels that have license plates. Although expensive than the VW Beetle and taxis (usually Nissan turismo taxis, along radio-dispatched sitio taxis, are the ones to use. The drivers rates with individual for sightseeing, but rates to and from the are established. Ask the bell captain the airport fare should be, and it before taking off. drivers are often licensed guides and can provide exceptional In general, expect to pay around 250 per hour for guided service, and 15% more than metered for normal transportation. Often drivers will wait for you you shop or dine to take you to the hotel, or they can be called to back and pick you up.

Metered Taxis — of the classic green VW Beetle have been phased out but red counterparts as well as libre provide low-cost service, but for reasons, you should not use them. sitio taxis (radio which are safe; tel. or 55/5698-5192) use meters, while have set rates. I have Intertaxi (tel. 55/2603-3268 ). have a fleet of regular that don’t appear to be from the outside. This is safe if you’re traveling at night, when thieves may see as easy targets. Although you may a gouging driver or one who advances the or drives farther than to run up the tab, most service is and adequate.

By Metro

The subway in Mexico City offers a ride for one of the lowest fares in the world (3 pesos). Twelve crisscross the sprawling city. train usually has nine The Metro is open Monday to 5am to midnight, Saturday 6am to midnight, and 7am to midnight.

As you enter the station, buy a (ticket) at the glass taquilla booth). Insert your into the slot at the turnstile and through; inside you’ll see two signs showing the line’s (for example, for Line 1, OBSERVATORIO and PANTITLÁN). Follow the in the direction you want and know you’re going; there is only one map of the routes, at the entrance to the You’ll see two signs everywhere: (exit) and ANDENES (platforms). On the above each door is a map of the stops for that line, symbols and names.

CORRESPONDENCIAS indicates transfer The ride is smooth, fast, and (although hot and crowded during hours). The beautifully designed are clean and have the added of displaying archaeological ruins during construction. A subterranean goes between the Pino and Zócalo stations, so you can avoid the along Pino Suárez.

The is crowded during the day on weekdays consequently, pretty hot and muggy in In fact, you may find it virtually downtown between 4 and 7pm on weekdays, of sardine-can conditions. At some there are even separate roped off for women and children; the of the crowd is so great that might get molested. Buses, and taxis are all heavily used these hours, less so off hours (such as 10:30am-noon). the crowds by traveling during hours, or simply wait a few for the next train.

Be prepared to do walking within the Metro especially if you transfer lines. are connected by elevated walkways, with shops or museumlike and escalators.

The Subway Skinny The Metro system runs to Friday from 5am to midnight, from 6am to midnight, and Sunday and from 7am to midnight. Baggage than a small carry-on is not on the trains. In practice, this that bulky suitcases or will make you persona non On an average day, Mexico Metro handles more five million riders leaving little room for But in effect, if no one stops you as you enter, in.

Watch your bags and pockets. Metro pickpockets on the unwary (especially foreigners) and are crafty — on a crowded they’ve been known to a fanny pack from the Be careful, and carry valuables your clothing. Women avoid traveling alone.

By Bus

millions of people through sprawling urban mass is a task, but the city officials do a good job of it. Bus stops on the major streets usually have a map with the full route

Crowding is common during hours. The cost is 4 pesos, the equivalent of 25¢ to 50¢. the driver usually has change, try to exact fare or at least a few when you board.

One of the most bus routes runs between the and the Auditorio (National Auditorium in Park) or the Observatorio Metro The route is Avenida Madero or de Mayo, Avenida Juárez, and de la Reforma. Buses marked run this route.

The latest of the Mexico City transportation the Metrobus was first introduced in These buses run in their own lanes up and down Avenida and often travel much than surrounding traffic. of the stops are designed to be convenient for but you can use it to access Plaza Tres from the Tlateloco stop, and the Reforma 222 shopping plaza the Hamburgo stop; if you get off at Campeche, be just a short walk Condesa. To board these purchase a smartcard for 15 pesos, can be recharged for 5 pesos per trip. buses are generally cleaner and than other forms of but can get just as crowded during hours.

Women-Only Buses Train — In January 2008, City designated a number of buses for women only, by conspicuous pink placards. The program was designed to prevent men groping female passengers a fairly common problem in the crowded public transportation Bus drivers are charged with men off of these buses, and their passengers are delighted. During hours, Mexico City’s system also designates the three cars for women and

By Collectivo

Also called or microbuses, these are sedans or usually green and gray, run along major arteries. pick up and discharge passengers the route, charge established and provide slightly more and speed than the bus. in the windshield display routes; a Metro station is the destination. One of the useful routes for tourists from the zócalo along Juárez, along Reforma to and back again. Board a with a sign saying not VILLA. (The Villa goes to the Basílica de Guadalupe.) of the minibuses on this route automatic sliding doors you don’t have to shut

As the driver approaches a stop, he may put his out the window and hold up one or more This is the number of passengers willing to take on (vacant are difficult to see if you’re outside the

By Tourist Bus

A convenient and popular way to see the is on one of the red double-decker Turibuses (tel. www.turibus.com.mx), which offer circuits in the north and south of the Each of the double-decker buses 75 and offers audio information in languages, plus street The buses operate from 9am to with unlimited hop-on, privileges after paying 125 for a day pass (145 pesos The Chapultepec-Centro Histórico route has 25 at major monuments, museums, and along the 35km (22-mile) which runs from the Auditorium to the city center the zócalo ) and from there to La de las Tres Culturas (Square of the Cultures), returning via Avenida toward the posh neighborhood of and finally to Museo del Niño Museum). The full circuit a little under 3 hours. Turibus circuit runs in the south, taking passengers La Roma neighborhood south Avenida Insurgentes to San Angel, and Tlalpan. Stops include the Trade Center, Plaza de bullring, Carillo Gil museum, shopping center, UNAM, and the Kahlo museum, among Turibus also offers a to the pyramids at Teotihuacán.

By Rental Car

If you plan to travel to or a surrounding area, a rental car come in handy. However, due to rates of auto theft, I recommend renting a car. and the Metro also eliminate the of getting lost in an unsavory

If you must rent, be aware that the least-expensive rental car is a without air-conditioning. The price is considerable for automatics with The safest option is to leave the to someone else — offers chauffeur-driven rental at its nine locations in the Mexican The chauffeur is on an 8-hour shift, but the car is to the customer for 24 hours. For prices and call Avis (tel. in the U.S. or 01-800/288-8888 in Mexico).

. This information was accurate it was published, but can change without Please be sure to confirm all and details directly with the in question before planning trip.

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