TRAVEL

Airplane tickets to Mexico City from major cities in the U.S. during the third week of November are quite affordable; ranging between $250 and $ 400 depending on where you fly from (Los Angeles being the cheapest and DC the most expensive).

Let us remind you that all travelers must have a valid passport to enter Mexico. Citizens of some countries might need to get visas to enter Mexico, we advice you to call the Mexican consulate or embassy in your country to check entrance requirements.

Travelers to Mexico City should observe precautions similar to those followed when visiting other large cities. Also, travelers should call “taxis de sitio” (radio taxis) in advance, rather than hailing taxis on the street, and avoid wearing showy jewelry when walking on the street.

Travelers are advised to check the coverage of their health insurance when traveling in a foreign country.

For more information on travel to Mexico, please see:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_3028.html

 

Travel to Mexico City by Plane:

We suggest flying to Mexico City’s Benito Juarez International Airport. It is approximately 25 minutes from the airport to the Meliá Hotel in downtown Mexico City.

The Mexico City airport has two terminals (Terminal 1 and the newer Terminal 2). We urge you to find out which one you will be flying into to avoid possible confusion.

For more information about flights or the airport, visit their website at:
http://www.aicm.com.mx/home_en.php

 

Ground Transportation:

Taxis:

Visitors are strongly advised to take one of the pre-paid authorized taxies inside the Mexico City airport. In the Ground Transportation area of either terminal, purchase a ticket at the taxi booth for an authorized airport taxi. One way transportation between the airport and the Meliá Hotel in downtown Mexico City is approximately $20.00. There are several companies that offer these services; five in Terminal 1 (T1) and seven in Terminal 2 (T2). Click here for a comprehensive listing:
http://201.131.32.23/servicioausuarios_en/transportacion.php?Grupo=4&Publicacion=161

Rental Cars:

There are twelve on-site rental car companies at the international sections (T1 and T 2) of the Mexico City Airport:

Advantage      (T1 only)
Alamo             (T1 and T2)
Avis                 (T1 and T2)
Budget            (T1 and T2)
Dollar              (T2 only)
Economovil     (T1 only)
Europcar          (T1 and T2)
Gold                (T1 only)
Hertz               (T1 and T2)
National          (T1 and T2)
Royal               (T1 only)
Thrifty             (T1 and T2)

 

Driving Directions:

From the airport:
Take Circuito Interior Highway West, exit to Calzada de Guadalupe South (take a left), keep going for approximately 5 kilometers, Calzada de Guadalupe will lead into Paseo de la Reforma. The Meliá Hotel is located on this avenue.

To the airport:
Take Paseo de la Reforma East, and turn right onto Avenida Rio Consulado East. Turn right onto the Circuito Interior Highway East which leads to the Mexico City International Airport.

The address for the Meliá Hotel in downtown Mexico City is:
Paseo de la Reforma #1
Mexico City
MEXICO 06030
Tel: (52) 555 1285000
Fax: (52) 555 1285027
E-mail: melia.mexico.reforma@solmelia.com  

Money Matters:

As opposed to cities at the U.S.-Mexico border, where stores might accept U.S. dollars as well as Mexican pesos, in Mexico City you will be expected to pay with pesos. U.S. dollars are not accepted as currency. Currently, the exchange rate is 13.33 Mexican pesos for 1 U.S. dollar. The rate changes from day to day, so we advise you to check it before traveling to Mexico. You also have the option of using the ATM system in Mexico City, where most banks are connected to the PLUS system. With an American bank card, you can obtain pesos at any ATM, usually at the best exchange rate for that day. Tipping etiquette in Mexico is the same as in the U.S. or Canada; 15-20% of the total cost of food or beverages is expected.

Electrical Current

Electrical current in Mexico is the same as in the United States. If you use a three-prong grounded plug for a laptop or other device, be sure to bring a two-prong adapter.

Weather:

The average high temperature in Mexico City in November is 72 F degrees (22 C) and the average low temperature is 47 F degrees (8 C). Average rainfall in November is 0.2 inches (0.5 mm). Please visit the Weather Channel for current weather conditions.