Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX)

Airport in Mexico City, Mexico

Introduction

Mexico City International Airport officially Benito Juárez International Airport is an international airport that serves Greater Mexico City. It is Mexico's and Latin America's busiest airport by passenger traffic and aircraft movements.

This hot and high airport is served by 30 domestic and international passenger airlines and 17 cargo carriers. As the main hub for Mexico's largest airline Aeroméxico (with Aeroméxico Connect), the airport has become a SkyTeamhub. It is also a hub for Aeromar, Interjet, Volaris, and a focus city for VivaAerobus. On a typical day, more than 100,000 passengers pass through the airport to and from more than 100 destinations on three continents. In 2016, the airport handled 41,710,254 passengers.

The airport has two terminals, Terminal 1 (for most international flights) and Terminal 2 (mostly used for Sky Team airlines).

The airport is at full capacity and a new airport is under construction ten miles further east along the Texcoco highway. This is expected to open in 2020

 

Airlines & Destinations

There are frequent flights to and from most larger cities in the world, including Amsterdam Schiphol, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Shanghai, Santiago de Chile, Lima, London, Los Angeles International Airport, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid Barajas Airport, Munich Airport, New York City, Frankfurt Airport, Chicago O'Hare, Toronto, Vancouver and Tokyo.

In addition to that there are shorter international flights to most Central American capitals as well as domestic flights to almost all Mexican airports with any scheduled service whatsoever.

The airport has two terminals in the southwestern end of the airport grounds at opposite sides of the runways. Within each terminal (the main buildings) it is further divided into large bay like rooms or halls referred to as sala or bahia on airport maps which contain airline check in desks in the departures (salidas) zone and baggage reclaim for arrivals (llegadas). In Terminal 1 all arrivals and domestic airline check in are at lower level (Salas A-E3) while international airline check in (Salas F1-F3, G) are at upper level towards northeastern end of the building. In terminal 2 all arrivals and ground transportation are at lower level while the airline check in and departures are at the upper level . They are:

  • Terminal 1:
  • Sala A: National/domestic Arrivals (llegadas nacionales)
  • Sala B: Escalators up to security screening stations for domestic departures gates.
  • Sala C: Sala de Exposición/Exposition Hall. Shuttle bus to Terminal 2 outside Puerta (door) 6.
  • Sala D: Interjet (Between Doors 3 & 4), Magni Charters, Volaris (domestic) and MetroBus Rt#4 outside Puerta 7
  • Sala D1: VivaAerobús and Volaris (domestic)
  • Sala E1-E3: International Arrivals
  • Sala F1: All Nippon Airways (ANA), Alitalia, Alaska Airlines, Air Canada, Air France, China Southern, KLM, Lufthansa, United and Volaris (international)
  • Sala F2: Interjet (international) and LATAM (formerly LAN & TAM)
  • Sala F3: American, Avianca, British Airways, Cubana, JetBlue, Iberia, Southwest and Volaris (international)
  • Sala G: Security screening stations to access international departures gates; Elevator/lift to the Hilton Hotel Lobby and Food court (comidas rapidas).
  • Terminal 2:
  • Sala L1: Delta, Nh Hotel access under the adjacent food court by international arrivals. Metrobus stop outside Door #2.
  • Sala L2: Aeromexico, Aeromexico Connect
  • Sala L3: Aeromexico, Copa Airlines, Aeromar; Aerotren to Terminal 1 and long distance buses at lower level next to domestic arrivals.

Arrival

Your airline might only let you board your flight to Mexico if you have a valid return ticket. Your carrier might not tell you this until you're just about to board. If you plan on, say, driving out of Mexico, or leaving on a cruise ship, make sure you check this out well in advance. One way around the problem is to buy a second full price refundable ticket that you don't intend to use and then get a refund as soon as you arrive (or before you leave, as long as you have the original paperwork to show at the jetway). In most major US airports, they'll sell you this 'token' ticket at the jetway. Airline staff in the boarding area help travellers with this problem every day. There are few ticket sales offices at Benito Juárez, so you might have to arrange your refund by phone. Make sure you'll have access to a phone that allows international calls. Get a refund number from the phone agent.

Benito Juárez International Airport has plenty of congestion problems, so a new airport further to the Northeast is currently under construction. In the meantime, landing delays and long taxi times are quite common. Don't schedule very tight connections at the airport.

If you arrive on an international flight, you will go through immigration, luggage retrieval and then customs. If the immigration officer gives you an immigration form, keep it until you leave the country. If you lose or misplace it during the visit, you must visit the immigration office at the airport to fill out a new one and pay a possible (but rarely enforced) fine of 440 pesos.

There is a USD300 duty allowance that includes new clothing, tobacco and liquors. The Mexican customs law allows passengers to bring free of duties a laptop, an MP3 player, a digital camera, a tripod, a video camera, and used clothing. Be careful with iPads, as they are sometimes considered laptops. If you have brought a laptop and an iPad, customs may consider this two laptops and refuse to allow entry with both.

After going through customs you will pick up your luggage, then pass through screening. You will press a button for a red or green light. The red means they will search you, the green means you can go. If you are taking a connecting flight to another location and the bags are already tagged for their final destination, you will drop them on a belt located to the right of the inspection tables. If tagged to Mexico City only, you will need to check in again with the airline. Foreign travellers using connecting flights from Mexico City are sometimes required to pass through customs again when they reach their final destination.

Just before passing out of the secure area into the arrivals hall, 'for your safety' your luggage will be x-rayed. At this stage, if you've exceeded the Baggage and Duty Free Allowance, the officers will charge duty on your excess possessions. For example if you have 3 expensive cameras, they'll charge duty on the 3rd camera. They're particularly zealous about electronic components they don't recognize. Be prepared for this unpleasantness. If possible have a receipt or packing list and depreciate the value shown as much as possible.

The entire process, from when the plane arrives to when you are done with customs, usually takes about an hour. After completing customs, you will go through large doors to the waiting area for international arrivals. Be prepared to see a lot of people in this area. It is a custom for families to pick up their loved ones at the airport and the hall is rather small for a city of its size.

In a fine bit of job creation, you can't use an airport baggage trolley to push your own luggage through the arrivals hall in Terminal 1. Your trolley will be aggressively taken from you just outside the secure area. There are carriers who will offer to carry your luggage. This is a service authorized by the airport and is safe—they will be uniformed with white shirts, navy blue tie and dark blue pants and will carry a wheelie (or keep it nearby) with the union logo on it. There is no fixed price for this service, but 15-25 pesos should be fine, unless you are traveling in a group or have a lot of bags.

AirlinesDestinations
AeromarAcapulco, Cancún, Ciudad Victoria, Colima, Guadalajara, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Ixtepec, Lázaro Cárdenas, Manzanillo, McAllen, Mérida, Monclova (begins August 9, 2017), Morelia, Oaxaca, Piedras Negras, Poza Rica, Puerto Escondido, San Luis Potosí, Tepic, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Huatulco
AeroméxicoAmsterdam, Bogotá, Boston, Buenos Aires–Ezeiza, Calgary, Cancún, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Detroit, Guadalajara, Havana, Hermosillo, Las Vegas, Lima, London–Heathrow, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mazatlán, Medellín–JMC, Mérida, Mexicali, Miami, Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, New York–JFK, Orlando, Panama City, Paris–Charles de Gaulle, Portland (OR) (begins December 1, 2017), Puerto Vallarta, Quito, San Francisco, San José del Cabo, San José de Costa Rica, Santiago de Chile, São Paulo–Guarulhos, Seattle/Tacoma (begins November 1, 2017), Seoul–Incheon, Shanghai–Pudong, Tijuana, Tokyo–Narita, Toronto–Pearson, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Vancouver, Villahermosa, Washington–Dulles
Seasonal: Acapulco, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Tapachula
Aeroméxico ConnectAcapulco, Aguascalientes, Austin, Campeche, Cancún, Chihuahua, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Colima (begins September 18, 2017), Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Durango, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz, León/El Bajío, Los Mochis, Managua, Manzanillo, Matamoros, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos, Monterrey, Morelia, Nuevo Laredo, Oaxaca, Puerto Vallarta, Querétaro, Reynosa, Saltillo, San Antonio, San José del Cabo, San Luis Potosí, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santo Domingo, Tampico, Tapachula, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa, Zacatecas
Air Canada RougeToronto–Pearson, Vancouver
Seasonal: Montréal–Trudeau
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Alaska AirlinesLos Angeles, San Francisco (both begin August 8, 2017)
Alaska Airlines
operated by SkyWest AirlinesLos Angeles, San Diego (both begin November 6, 2017)
AlitaliaRome–Fiumicino
All Nippon AirwaysTokyo–Narita
American AirlinesCharlotte, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
AviancaBogotá
Avianca Costa RicaSan José de Costa Rica
Avianca El SalvadorSan Salvador
Avianca PeruLima
British AirwaysLondon–Heathrow
China Southern AirlinesGuangzhou, Vancouver
Copa AirlinesPanama City
Cubana de AviaciónHavana
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles (begins December 1, 2017), New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
IberiaMadrid
InterjetAcapulco, Aguascalientes, Bogotá, Campeche, Cancún, Chetumal, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Ciudad del Carmen, Ciudad Juárez, Ciudad Obregón, Cozumel, Culiacán, Dallas/Fort Worth, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Havana, Hermosillo, Houston–Intercontinental, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz, Las Vegas, León/El Bajío, Lima, Los Angeles, Mazatlán, Mérida, Miami, Minatitlán/Coatzacoalcos, Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, New York–JFK, Oaxaca, Orlando/Sanford, Palenque, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, San Antonio, San José del Cabo, San José de Costa Rica, San Luis Potosí, Santa Clara, Tampico, Tijuana, Toronto–Pearson (begins July 28, 2017), Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Varadero, Veracruz, Villahermosa
JetBlue AirwaysFort Lauderdale, Orlando
KLMAmsterdam
LATAM BrasilSão Paulo-Guarulhos
LATAM ChileSantiago de Chile
LATAM PerúLima
LufthansaFrankfurt, Munich
MagnichartersCancún, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Mérida, Puerto Vallarta, San José del Cabo
Seasonal: Cozumel, Manzanillo
Southwest AirlinesHouston–Hobby
United AirlinesChicago–O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
United ExpressHouston–Intercontinental
VivaAerobusCancún, Chetumal, Chihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, Las Vegas (begins December 16, 2017),Mazatlán, Mérida, Monterrey, Puerto Escondido, Puerto Vallarta, Reynosa, San José del Cabo, Tijuana, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Villahermosa
VolarisCancún, Chetumal, Chicago–O'Hare, Chihuahua, Culiacán, Denver, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, Hermosillo, Huatulco, Ixtapa/Zihuatanejo, La Paz, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Mochis, Mazatlán, Mérida, Mexicali, Miami, Monterrey, New York–JFK, Oaxaca, Orlando, Puerto Vallarta, San Antonio (begins September 15, 2017), San Francisco, San José del Cabo, Tapachula, Tijuana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Villahermosa
Seasonal: Oakland
WingoBogotá

Transportation

To get to the city you have the choice of bus, metro or taxi. There is a metro station in terminal 1, and tickets are just 5 MXN but large bags are not allowed in the metro system. Taxis cost 100-300 MXN and require you to get a tickets first and then stand in line. Bus is the cheapest option, but local buses don't enter the airport. To go to other cities, go to the bus station in Terminal 1.

Taxi

Walking out of the airport – Taxi Sitio

Be aware the airport is not located in the best area of the city, so it is not recommended for tourists to walk outside the airport terminal in search for cheaper taxi service unless you have pre-arranged your service. Definitely do not attempt this if you are not comfortable speaking Spanish. Despite this, an alternative Taxi Sitio (site) can be reached by using the overpass located outside of Gate D. Taxis here are about half the price of the official airport taxis and are considered secure. This is the Sitio that is set up for the airline employees.

A good place to take a regular (non-sitio) taxi is on the Circuito Interior road close to the Metro station. The usual security advice about non-sitio taxis applies, but you'll see plenty of Mexicans who do this together with their luggage. Take a taxi from the other side of the road using the pedestrian bridge if you're heading south or west.

The airport has five companies providing licensed and secure taxis, including Porto TaxiSitio 300Taxis Nueva ImagenTaxi Excelencia, and Yellow Cab. You should buy a ticket in the marked counters inside the airport. You can compare prices to your destination at each but they are quite similar. You can ask one of the wheelie guys who will take you and your luggage to the Taxi counter for Taxi Seguro or Boleto de Taxi. Be sure to get the detachable piece of the ticket back. Prices range from $100-300 MXN for the taxi service, depending on the size of the car and the zone of the city you are going to. A drawing of a car on the ticket will tell you what type of car the ticket is valid for. Some ticket vendors are known to sell more expensive tickets for huge vans to single persons with moderate amounts of luggage, so specify which type of car you want, otherwise you are likely to be ripped off.

Once you've picked up your taxi ticket, join the melee (especially outside Terminal 2) in the taxi staging area. Join the queue of people carrying the same color card as yourself, or ask the taxi marshals which line to join. You might notice people moving past you. They're family groups boarding vans. If you're waiting a long time because your chosen taxi company is short on cars, go back and ask for a refund. You can then buy a new ticket with a different company.

The Terminal 1 taxi boarding area is outside Door 10, to the right of all the arrivals halls. The different taxi company ranks are at different distances from the terminal but are all within a few meters of each other.

If you have a smartphone with internet access, you can request a car using Uber or Cabify. It will be significantly cheaper than the official airport taxis.

Metro

If you are looking for a more economical means of transportation and you're not carrying too much luggage, take the Metro (subway). The Terminal Aerea station is next to the Domestic Flight Arrivals hall in Terminal 1. Go to the left when coming out from Terminal 1 International Arrivals. Terminal 2 is 15 minutes walk from Pantitlán station, but the walk involves passing through a relatively run-down area.

Inside Terminal 1, there are signs pointing to the Metro station, which is a long way towards the left if you exit from any door. Keep an eye out for the orange 1970s style M designating the entrance. Large bags are officially prohibited, but a large-ish backpack should be fine as long as you're not travelling in rush hour. Note that throughout the Metro system there are plenty of stairs. Not all stations have escalators and none have wide gates for luggage.

Metro tickets cost $5 MXN each. Don't try paying with the $500 peso note you've just received at the exchange bureau. However, buying a public transport smart card and putting up to $200 pesos in it is fine. The Metro has its own risks. Violent crime is very rare but pick-pocketing is a moderate danger here so be aware of your surroundings, and keep an eye on your belongings. Especially, don't take the Metro during rush hour unless you are especially fond of the sensation a sardine has in a tin.

There are system maps in every station near the ticket booths and on the platforms, as well as neighborhood maps close to the ticket booths. Try to avoid peak hours: remember that approximately 4 million people use this service every day. Line 5 (which is the one that passes by the airport) is relatively empty, but Lines 1, 2 and 3 can be crowded at any time of the day.

Bus

Local buses do not enter the airport, but if it's not rush hour and you're not carrying too much luggage, it's possible to walk to the Circuito Interior ring road from Terminal 1 (follow the signs towards the Metro). Regular ($2 peso) and express ($4 peso) RTP buses pass frequently and have routes around the ring road. You need to pay with exact change (or pay extra) in the coin boxes. From Terminal 2 you could walk to the Pantitlán Metro Station (which is the terminus of dozens of bus lines), but it involves passing through a relatively run-down area.

If you are going to another city by bus, the bus station in Terminal 2 is located on the far right of the arrivals floor, after coming out of customs, past the escalators, by domestic arrivals. The bus stationin Terminal 1 is located by the auto ramp by the international arrivals area, between Doors 7 & 8. To get there go up the escalators to Sala 'G' by the food court (opposite side of the food court from international departures & international airline check in). Go across the bridge next to the food court (between 7 Eleven and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts) to the the bus companies' check in desks at the opposite side to buy the tickets. Follow sign to the right and down the escalators to the bus loading area. The following bus companies serve the airport:

  • ADO (Autobuses Del Oriente), Aeorpuerto, TAPO, Central Norte, Taxqueña, Col. Santa Martha, Del. Iztapalapa,  +52 55 5133-5133, toll-free: 01800-009-9090They only go to Cordoba and Orizaba from the airport. Passengers can transfer buses in Cordoba to get to Veracruz city.
  • CaminanteAeoropuertos (Toluca & Mexico City), Mexico PonienteTravels mainly between Mexico City and Toluca.
  • Grupo Estrella Blanca (White Star)Aeoropuerto, Central del Norte, Taxquena+52 55 5729-0807, toll-free: 01800-507-5500From the airport they only go up to Pachuca.
  • Estrella Roja (Red Star)Aeorpuerto, TAPO, Carcel de Mujeres (Women's prison),+52 222 273-8300, toll-free: 01800-712-2284From the airport they go to CAPU (Central bus station in Puebla) and their own terminal on 4a Poniente closer in to downtown Puebla on alternating schedules. Passengers continuing to Oaxaca can catch this bus to Puebla CAPU and transfer there or they can take local transport to the nearby TAPO in Mexico City and take a direct bus to Oaxaca with ADO. There are also flights from Mexico City to Oaxaca with multiple airlines too.
  • Primera PlusAeorpuerto, Central de Norte, Obsevatorio+52 477 710-0060, toll-free: 0800 375-75-87From the airport they only go up to Celaya, Queretaro and San Juan del Rio. For those going to San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato this is the bus to take. Take the first bus up to Queretaro or Celaya where you transfer to another bus going to Guanajuato or San Miguel de Allende. There are also direct flights to Leon Bajio Airport (IATA: BJX), the nearest airport to Guanajuato, Leon and San Miguel Allende from Mexico City, the U.S. and various other places in Mexico with multiple airlines.
  • Pullman de MorelosAeorpuerto, Taxquena,  +52 55 5545-3505, toll-free: 0800 624-03-60From the airport they go to Cuernavaca.

Airport Vans

Metrobus

  • Metrobus #4 is a Bus Rapid Transit Line to the TAPO bus station/San Lázaro Metro, Centro Histórico, Revolution Monument and Buenavista Station in the central part of Mexico City. They stop at Puerto (Door) 7 in Terminal 1 and Puerta 2 (lower level) in Terminal 2. Fares to/from the airport cost $30 pesos. You need a smart card to ride the system, which can be bought at the 7-Eleven inside the terminals. The Metrobus from the airport into the city may have an on-board conductor who accepts the $30 pesos fare in cash, but the smart card must by used for the Metrobus to the airport from inside the city.

Click here for a compiled schedule and fare tables for all the bus companies serving the airport.


Get around

The two terminals are connected by a bus line and a light rail system, which is significantly faster than the bus. Note: For some reason, you can only board the light rail if you have a flight boarding pass or ticket stub from your arriving flight. Tough luck if you have an e-ticket and haven't printed your boarding pass or if you're travelling to terminal 2 to meet somebody. The storm troopers won't let you board the train!

Inter-terminal shuttle

If your arriving flight is in Terminal 2 you will need to take the light rail Aerotrén or the airport shuttle to Terminal 1. The Aerotrén is only available to airport/airline employees and people holding airline tickets or boarding passes. Credentials will be checked. Otherwise the white shuttles with a white and red checkered design on the back provide free inter-terminal transport (you can find them at Puerta 6 in T1 and Puerta 4 in T2). There are also red buses that travel between the terminals, but charge a fee. These buses make a stop at the Hangares metro station when going from T2 to T1 (but not on the way back).

It is also possible to reach the Pantitlán metro stop from T2 by walking east on Eje 1 Norte. The Pantitlan Station is also a major bus station with various buses, peseros and taxis serving the delegaciones (boroughs) in the southeastern part of Mexico City as well as the terminus for several metro lines. Be careful as this walk can be potentially dangerous, especially at night and especially for the obvious tourist.

Terminals

Mexico City International Airport has two passenger terminals. Terminal 1 is separated from Terminal 2 by the runways.

Terminal 1

  • Opened in 1958; expanded in 1970, 1989, 1998, 2000 and 2004
  • Overall terminal surface: 542,000 m2 (5,830,000 sq ft)
  • Contact positions: 33
    • Two contact positions equipped for the Airbus A380
  • Remote positions: 17 (34 Before New T2 was built)
  • Number of jetways: 33
  • Number of airside halls: 10
  • Number of landside (check-in) halls: 9
  • Number of mobile-lounges: 11
  • Hotel service:
    • 600 room Camino Real
    • 288 room Courtyard by Marriott
    • 327 room Fiesta Inn (Located across from Terminal 1)
    • 110 room Hilton
  • Parking service: 3,100 vehicles (Domestic), 2,400 vehicles (International)
  • Space per passenger in T1: 17 m2 (180 sq ft)
  • Number of baggage claim carousels: 22

Terminal 1 is currently the largest airport terminal in the Americas and the fourth largest in the world.

Terminal 2

  • Opened in 2007
  • Overall terminal surface: 288,000 m2 (3,100,000 sq ft)
  • Contact positions: 23
  • Remote positions: 18 (Aeromar and Aeroméxico Connect)
  • Number of jetways: 23
  • Number of airside halls: 2 (Domestic, International)
  • Number of landside (check-in) halls: 3 (L1, L2, L3)
  • Hotel service:
    • 287 room NH
  • Parking service: 3,000 vehicles
  • Space per passenger in T2: 22 m2 (240 sq ft)
  • Number of baggage claim carousels: 15)
  • Platform surface: 426,000 m2 (4,590,000 sq ft)
  • Inter-terminal Aerotrén capacity: 7,800 daily passengers

Terminal 2 was built over a surface area of 242,666.55m² and has modern security systems, in accordance with international standards including a passenger traffic separation systems. The new facility will help AICM increase its capacity to 32 million passengers per year.

Air operations in the new facilities began on November 15, 2007, with flights by Aeromar and Delta Air Lines, and later AeroMéxico, Copa, LAN and Continental Airlines. Terminal 2 was formally inaugurated by former Presidente Felipe Calderón Hinojosa on March 26, 2008.

These projects were done without affecting airplane takeoffs and landings, and will help Mexico City International Airport offer better services, and respond to the growing demand of passengers and operations in the coming years.

Terminal 2 now houses all Aeroméxico flights out of the airport, becoming the airline's main distribution center. Although the terminal was intended to be served by all-SkyTeam member airlines, Air France and KLM decided to remain at Terminal 1.

Accommodation & Hotels

The hotels at or next to the airport seem to be at around US$90-135. There are more budget options for under US$75 further away in Colonia Moctezuma Segunda, west and southwest of the airport runways. They would be too far to walk so ask if they offer shuttle service to/from the terminals. The surrounding areas are not the safest or the best neighborhoods but they would be ideal if needing to stay near the airport after a late arrival and/or for an early flight out.

Sleeping at the airport is possible but quite uncomfortable [www]. You probably want to avoid it unless you're in a very tight budget.

  • Camino RealPuerto México No. 80 Col. Peñón de los Baños (Pink building directly connected to Terminal 1 by the same bridge accessing the Aerotren terminal (to Terminal 2)),  +52 55 3003 0033.

 

  • Courtyard Marriott - Mexico City AirportSinaloa 31, Col. Peñón de los Baños (directly connected to Terminal 1 and the airport bus station from the food court by Sala G),  +52 55 4631 4000fax+52 55 4631 4001Direct walkway access to Benito Juárez International Airport Terminal 1, also has a complimentary airport shuttle to Terminal 2. Free Wi-Fi. starting at $2,400 MXN.

 

  • Fiesta InnBlvd Puerto Aereo 502, Venustiano Carranza, Moctezuma Segunda,  +52 55 5133 6600Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00Has an onsite restaurant and bar, pool, and fitness club. The hotel is completely nonsmoking, with free Wi-Fi, and airport shuttle service. US$107+.

 

  • HiltonAv Capitan Carlos León S/N Terminal 1 (Lobby located above Sala G in Terminal 1.), +52 55 5133 0505Check-in: after 3PM, check-out: before 1PMSituated directly above Terminal 1, accessed from Sala 'G' in the upper level of Terminal 1.

 

  • Hostel Mexico City AirportAguascalientes 33, Col. Peñón de los Baños,  +52 55 1560 3288Only hostel closest to the airport for those into staying in hostels. US$40.

 

  • Hotel AeropuertoBoulevard Puerto Aéreo no. 380, Venustiano Carranza, Moctezuma Segunda (Set on Boulevard Puerto Aéreo west of Terminal 1. Can be accessed by going through the Terminal Aérea metro station or go past the metro station to Blvd Aéreo and go across via the pedestrian bridge),  +52 55 5785-5318.

 

  • Nh CollectionAv. Capitan Carlos Leon S/N, Venustiano Carranza, Peñón de los Baños (The hotel is located above Terminal 2.),  +52 55 5786 5750 (local), +1 212 219-7607 (US)Situated directly above Terminal 2, lobby access from international arrivals.

 

Coffee & Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants inside both terminals and a large food court in Terminal 1. Prices are slightly higher airside than landside. For a cheaper alternative, you can buy something from the 7-Eleven convenience stores inside both terminals.

Shopping

Currency conversion

The airport rarely offers the best rates for converting your currency. However there are many currency changers, some offering better rates than others or not charging a commission. The converter near Gate E1, in the arrival wing, usually offers the best rate. There are also numerous ATM/Cashpoint (cajero electronico) machines located throughout both terminals, operated by various banks, which take foreign Visa, MasterCard or debit cards to draw money in pesos.

Car parks

The Mexico City International Airport offers travelers and users 3 parking lots, monitored by a security camera system.  Parking lots offer general services such as bathrooms, elevators, prepay machines and a billing area in each terminal. The parking lots provide free transportation and preferential parking spaces to seniors, handicap people and pregnant women.

General recommendations:

  • Respect speed limits and signs.
  • Lock car doors.
  • Remember the parking space and the level where you park your car.
  • Keep your ticket at all time, if lost, the correspondent lost ticket fee will apply.
  • Remember to pay the service at the prepay machines, since there are no cashiers at the access points.
  • Once ticket is paid, you will have 15 minutes tolerance to remove your vehicle from the facilities.

Terminal 1 domestic parking

Domestic parking at the AICM is located on Av.  Capitán Carlos León, in front of entrances 1 and 2 of the Terminal building, at the domestic arrival area. Domestic parking is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are 9 prepay machines: seven at the access bridge to gate A (domestic arrivals) and two at the access bridge to gate B.

Time
Rates
FROM 0 TO 30 MINUTES
$22.00
FROM 31 TO 45 MINUTES
$33.00
FROM 46 TO 60 MINUTES
$44.00
7 HOURS FARE, UP TO THE FIRST 24 HOURS
$288.00
LOST TICKET
(PLUS CHARGE FOR TIME USED, TAX INCLUDED)
$325.00

Valet Parking cost, $45.00 plus the time used.

For more information please call (01-55) 2599-1555 and (01-55) 2599-1558 with 24 hours service from Monday to Sunday.


International parking at Terminal 1

The Airport’s international parking is located on Av.  Capitán Carlos León, in front of the international area of the Terminal Building, next to the long-distance bus terminal.  It offers service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Time
Rates
FROM 0 TO 30 MINUTES
$22.00
FROM 31 TO 45 MINUTES
$33.00
FROM 46 TO 60 MINUTES
$44.00
7 HOURS FARE, UP TO THE FIRST 24 HOURS
$288.00
LOST TICKET
(PLUS CHARGE FOR TIME USED, TAX INCLUDED)
$325.00

    For more information please call (01-55) 2599-1565 and (01-55) 2599-1566 with 24 hours service from Monday to Sunday.


    Parking at Terminal 2

    Time
    Rates
    FROM 0 TO 30 MINUTES
    $22.00
    FROM 31 TO 45 MINUTES
    $33.00
    FROM 46 TO 60 MINUTES
    $44.00
    7 HOURS FARE, UP TO THE FIRST 24 HOURS
    $288.00
    LOST TICKET
    (PLUS CHARGE FOR TIME USED, TAX INCLUDED)
    $325.00

      For more information please call (01-55) 4313-0360 with 24 hours service from Monday to Sunday.

      Internet, Comunication

      There are paid Prodigy Infinitum hot spots throughout the airport. Although many restaurants offer free Wi-fi for their customers, do not count on being able to connect without costs.

      Things to know


      Wait

      There is an art gallery with temporary exhibits in Terminal 1, close to the domestic departures.

      Seating is scarce in the ground floor landside area of Terminal 1, but you should be able to find something around the food court in the departures level. You can sit down or lie down in the stone steps in the arrival area of Terminal 2.

      The airport used to have a plane spotting area but it was closed in 2008 when the airport went through an intensive modernization. Plane spotters now usually go up a pedestrian bridge close to Terminal Aérea Metro Station.


      Passengers with special medical needs

      Medicine milk and food for babies are permitted, as long as the baby is traveling on the aircraft. Other items for special dietary needs are permitted, too.  These products do not need to be placed in the sealable plastic bag, as long as the amount is reasonable for the passenger’s needs and his or her itinerary.


      Oxygen tanks are only allowed in the case of:

      • Gaseous oxygen cylinders for medicinal use with a prescription, provided their total weight is no more than 5 kg.
      • Cylinders used for prosthetic limbs, as well as enough replacements for the total or expected flight duration.
      • Oxygen concentrators certified by the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil with a medical prescription.

      People with motor weaknesses:

      Wheel chairs, crutches, canes and other items are permitted.

      Note: People using electric wheelchairs must coordinate entry with the airline they are traveling with.


      People with disabilities:

      People with disabilities must fly with a companion, either a family member or guardian.


      People with pacemakers and pregnant women:

      The radiation given off by the walk-through metal detector is less than that of a mobile phone, so it does not affect people with pacemakers or pregnant women. However, passengers may request a manual check.


      People with diabetes:

      Diabetic people may enter with whatever medicine and syringes they need for the trip. Showing a prescription is not required. It is recommended they carry their diabetic patient card.

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