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Airports in Mexico

Mexico City International Airport (MEX)

Overview

Officially called Benito Juarez International Airport after the 19th-century president of Mexico, Mexico City International Airport is the busiest airport in Mexico, serving more than 26 million passengers each year.

The airport has two terminals: Terminal 1 is old, dim and confusing to navigate, while the enormous Terminal 2 houses hotels, conference and business facilities, and many shops and restaurants.

Despite its prominent status in Mexican air travel, Mexico City International Airport is failing to cope with the high volume of traffic it handles each year and is beset with long queues and frequent delays. The facility is in the midst of renovations that will increase its capacity to 32 million passengers per year. Passengers flying into Mexico City International Airport should allow plenty of time for making connections and finding their way around the airport, which takes longer than expected amid the chaos.

Flights to Mexico City International Airport come in from all over the world, including international destinations like Buenos Aires, Tokyo, Santiago de Chile, Paris, Los Angeles, Lima, Madrid, Chicago, Caracas, London, Amsterdam and Toronto.

Location

The airport is situated six miles (10km) east of Mexico City.

Getting to the city

The Mexico City Metro subway system links the airport to downtown Mexico City. There are also suburban bus services including Autobuses del Oriente (ADO), Autobuses Estrella Roja, and Autobuses Pullman de Morelos. Some hotels offer a pick-up service; however, it is worth checking their charge as it is generally cheaper to take a taxi.

Time

Local time is GMT -6 (GMT -5 between the first Sunday in April and the second last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +52 (0)2482 2424.

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Cancun International Airport (CUN)

Overview

Consistently rated among the most popular holiday destinations worldwide, Cancun draws millions of sun-worshipping holidaymakers to its sparkling beaches each year. The main gateway to this holiday paradise is Cancun International Airport, a large (and growing) facility that is currently Mexico's second-busiest airport.

Processing more than 12 million passengers each year, Cancun International Airport is nearly always packed with foreigners arriving and departing Mexico, and has good-quality services and amenities aimed at making the transition pleasant. Abundant shopping and dining opportunities, including famous franchise bars like Air Margaritaville and Corona Beach Bar, keep the festive atmosphere of Cancun alive even in the terminal.

Flights to Cancun are easy to find, especially in the peak summer months when many international airports add seasonal routes to their schedule; regular flights are available from major cities like New York, Paris, London, Lisbon, Santiago de Chile, Chicago, and Amsterdam.

Location

The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of the hotel and resort area in Cancun.

Getting to the city

Both taxis and colectivos can be used to get to the town. An official taxi company provides services from the airport and can be paid for at the airport just outside the arrivals hall. Colectivos are small buses that provide a door-to-door service; the driver will usually wait until it is full before leaving. Airport ADO buses leave the airport every 30 to 40 minutes and go to downtown Cancun as well as Playa del Carmen.

Time

Local time is GMT -5.

Contacts

Tel: +52 99 8848 7200

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Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport (GDL)

Overview

Guadalajara International Airport is located 10 miles (16km) south of central Guadalajara, and is the third-busiest airport in Mexico. Also known as Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport, the facility processes around seven million passengers each year.

Like many smaller airports in Mexico, Guadalajara International Airport is troubled with long queues; however, the facility is fairly efficient and has friendly and helpful staff members. The airport is currently undergoing renovations and an expansion that will add an additional concourse and parking complex; this will significantly improve operations and alleviate some of the congestion that causes delays.

Flights to Guadalajara International Airport come in from cities around North America, including Mexico City, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Houston, Cancun, Phoenix, Tijuana, Monterrey, San Francisco and Panama City.

Location

The airport is situated 10 miles (16km) south of Guadalajara.

Getting to the city

Many local hotels offer transfers that are cheaper than taxi fares. Buses to the Central Camionera Vieja can be caught at Terminal 1.

Time

Local time is GMT -6 (GMT -5 between the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +52 (0)33 3688 5248.

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General Juan N Alvarez International Airport (ACA)

Location

The airport is situated 16 miles (26km) southeast of Acapulco.

Getting to the city

An airport minibus service (Servicio Colectivo) goes regularly to the city centre, dropping off on request. Many local hotels offer shuttle service to guests.

Time

Local time is GMT -6 (GMT -5 from first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +52 (01)744 466 9446.

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General Roberto Fierro Villalobos International Airport (CUU)

Location

Chihuahua International Airport is just over eight miles (13km) to the northeast of the commercial centre.

Getting to the city

Shared shuttle services are available. It is advisable to book in advance. Fares depend on destination. There is no public bus servicing the airport - not even the one marked 'aeropuerto'.

Time

GMT -7 (GMT -6 from the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

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Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

Location

The airport is located 5 miles (8 km) north of Puerto Vallarta.

Getting to the city

Areomovil taxi transportation is the main source of transport from the airport, as well as combi bus (Colectivo minivan) which charge rates based on the zone of travel. The fare must be paid before departure at a small kiosk located just outside the terminal. Limos.com also provide a service for passengers from the airport. Taxis can be flagged down from the highway and travellers can expect to pay around US$10 to get to Puerto Vallarta. The local bus travels through to Puerto Vallarta at a cost of around 3 Pesos.

Time

Local time is GMT -6 (GMT -5 from first Sunday in April to second last Saturday in October).

Contacts

Tel: +52 (322)221 1298.

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General Mariano Escobedo International Airport (MTY)

Overview

Located in Apodac, General Mariano Escobedo International Airport is the main airport for the greater Monterrey region of northeast Mexico. The airport offers flights to 35 destinations in Mexico and the US, including popular resorts like Cancun, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta, and major cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles.

The airport is modern and efficient despite its small size, processing roughly 5.3 million passengers each year, many of whom are business travellers.

Location

The airport is approximately 15 miles (24km) from Monterrey city centre.

Getting to the city

A new express SkyBus service runs between the city and the airport, on luxury buses with internet service, bathrooms and movies. Departures from the airport start at 6am and run until 11pm, dropping passengers off at Valle Oriente Station on Avenida Lázaro Cardenas. Pick-ups at this station start at 4:30am until the last one at 9:30pm. Reservations are advised. Several hotels also offer their own shuttles.

Time

GMT –6 (GMT –5 between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October).

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Bachigualato Federal International Airport (CUL)

Location

Culiacan International is located approximately six miles (10km) southwest of the centre of Culiacan city.

Getting to the city

Visitors should arrange collection with their hotel, take a taxi, or hire a car from one of the reputable car rental companies located in the airport. There is no public transport from the airport.

Time

GMT -7 (GMT -6 between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October).

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Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport (MID)

Location

The airport is located five miles (8km) from Merida city centre.

Getting to the city

Shared minibuses are available to downtown Merida. There is also a bus service run by ADO.

Time

Local time is GMT -6 (GMT -5 between the first Sunday in April to the last Sunday in October).

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Los Cabos International Airport (SJD)

Location

The airport is located six miles (10km) from San José del Cabo city centre.

Getting to the city

Shuttles are available at all terminals 24 hours a day. The SuburCabos bus has a stop roughly a 5-7 minute walk from the airport, along the main airport road. The route has many stops in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, however the main stop for Cabo San Lucas hotels is at the Puerto Paraiso Mall. Note that the bus will only stop if someone signals for it. The ride takes roughly 90 minutes.

Time

GMT -7 (GMT -6 between the first Sunday in April and the last Sunday in October).

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Francisco Sarabia International Airport (TRC)

Location

The airport is located three miles (4km) from Torreón city centre.

Getting to the city

Many local hotels offer airport shuttles for guests. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT -6 (GMT -5, Apr - Oct)

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General Abelardo L. Rodríguez International Airport (TIJ)

Location

The airport is located in the Mesa de Otay borough of Tijuana, immediately south of the US border.

Getting to the city

Blue-and-white public buses marked 'Plaza Rio' or 'Centro' run to the city centre from outside the airport, charging MXN 8.50. International coaches are also available to San Diego and other destinations in Southern California. Taxis and rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT -8 (GMT –7, Mar- Nov).

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Carlos Rovirosa Pérez International Airport (VSA)

Location

The airport is located nine miles (15km) from Villahermosa city centre.

Getting to the city

Bus, taxi and shuttle services can be arranged on the ground floor of the terminal. Rental cars are also available.

Time

GMT -7

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Mexico City Airport Taxis: the taxi fares above are intended as a guideline only.

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