Mexico City Airport Guide
In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Mexico City Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!
I recommend sleeping in jail before sleeping in Mexico City's airport.
photo credit: ProtoplasmaKid / Wikimedia
July 2015 - So I spent 18 hours here and I have a few tips. The 'infinitium movil' network is good and works across the airport, and you can get a code for it at some but not all the restaurants. Chilis has it, and there is also slightly better priced beer here, there is draught 500ml for 70 (mexican). To get the cheapest beer, there are 470ml cans from the kandoo shop for 45 (mexican), 4USD. The Aeromexico lounge is 35USD entry and includes free drinks and snacks but not actual food and as I was there for 3 meals, rather than getting lots of drinks, I didn't use it. It would almost be worth it for the more comfortable seats though, the standard ones are pretty hard. There are quite a few chairs now with bent arms, so finding somewhere to sleep wasn't a problem, and there is lots of connections for powering up so that was also a plus. The airport did get cold around 7-9am but otherwise I found it fine, or too hot.
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In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.
If you are an economy class traveller, you can enter these lounges at Mexico City airport either by purchasing a lounge pass or through a membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):
- Aeromexico Salon Premier - Location: International Terminal 2, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Showers are available. Hours: 4:00AM - 2:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 30) • Priority Pass • AeroMexico Salon Premier.
- Aeromexico Salon Premier - Location: National Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor. Hours: 4:00AM - 12:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$ 30) • Priority Pass • AeroMexico Salon Premier.
- American Airlines Admirals Club - Location: International Departures, Airside, Concourse H, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50) • Admiral's Club Membership.
- Avianca Lounge (operated by Global Lounge) - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, next to Gate 31. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Book Online (£24.00) • Priority Pass.
- United Club - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine Level, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door (US$50) • United Club Membership.
- Grand Elite Lounge - Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gate H. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
- Lounge 19 - Location: International Terminal 1, Airside, Ground Level, Gate 19. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Priority Pass.
WiFi is available at Mexico City Airport through TelMex.
If sleeping in Mexico City Airport does not appeal to you, there are a few hotels inside and near the airport:
- Hotel NH Collection Mexico City Aeropuerto T2 - Located on the 6th floor of Terminal 2, a short elevator ride from International Arrivals Area. Free airport shuttle service available.
- Hilton Mexico City Airport - Located within Terminal 1 International Arrivals Area, 3rd floor, Gate F1, Door 8. Free shuttle bus to Terminal 2.
- Courtyard by Marriott Mexico City Airport - Connected via covered walkway to Terminal 1. Free airport shuttle to Terminal 2 available on request. For airport pick-up from Terminal 2, call 52-55-4631-4000.
- Ramada Aeropuerto Mexico - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle service available.
- Fiesta Inn Aeropuerto Hotel Mexico City - (3 min from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to Terminal 1 (Door 4) and Terminal 2 (in front of National Arrivals).
To find a cheap room, there is a list of hotel deals in Mexico City on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - Many locations airside and landside. Open 24 hours.
- Car Rentals - Alamo • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt • Thrifty and more. Locations: various locations in Terminals 1 and 2. Hours: National is the only one open 24 hours hours. Most of the other desks operate on a 7:00AM - 11:00PM schedule.
- Currency Exchange - Yes, there are 9 foreign exchange offices. Aerogolden, located in Terminal 1 on the Lower Level is open 24 hours.
- Food & Drinks - There are food facilties airside and landside. Most places open between 6:00AM - 7:00AM and close 10:00AM - 11:00PM. Here are the food and beverage concessions that are open 24-hours: 7 Eleven (Terminal 1, Lower Level • Terminal 1, Upper Level • Terminal 2, Upper Level) • El Gran Paster (Terminal 1, Lower Level • Terminal 1, Upper Level • Terminal 2, Upper Level) • Baron Rojo (Terminal 2, Mezzanine and Terminal 1, Lower Level) • Restaurante California (Terminal 2, Mezzanine) •Krispy Kreme (Terminal 1, Upper Level) • El Fogoncito (Terminal 1, Upper Level) • Pollos Rio (Terminal 2, Upper Level) • Oxxo (Terminal 1, Lower Level) • La Buena Tierra (Terminal 1, Upper Level) • Sbarro (Terminal 1, Upper Level) • Subway (Terminal 1, Upper Level) • Taco Inn (Terminal 1, Upper Level).
- Information Desk - There are 6 information points in Terminal 1 and 6 information points in Terminal 2.
- Luggage Storage & Lockers - Information not available
- Showers - Showers are available in the airport lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]
- Smoking - There are designated smoking areas located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.
The airport is open 24 hours.
Airport Transportation: Getting To/From The Airport
Mexico City International Airport has two 24-hour bus terminals, offering round-the-clock transportation to major cities surrounding Mexico City. The Terminal 1 bus station is located near the car ramp leading to the Internationals area. Terminal 2 buses depart from Gate D, between Entrance 4 and the Domestic Arrivals exit.
MetroBus Line 4 is a bus service that connects the airport to central Mexico City. Metrobus stations, located along the route, are used exclusively by Metrobus for the comfort and safety of its passengers. Passengers can take Metrobus Line 4 to San Lazaro station to switch to the Metro or a cross-country bus service. A one-way fare is $30 MXN per person, which is payable via reusable MetroBus smart card. Smart cards can be purchased or topped up at automated machines in the MetroBus pick up areas: Entrance 7 at Terminal 1 and Entrance 2 at Terminal 2. Hours of operation are 4:30AM - 12:00AM on weekdays and 5:00AM - 12:00AM on weekends. The MetroBus is wheelchair accessible.
Car rental agency desks can be found in Domestic and International walkways of Terminal 1 and the International Arrivals area of Terminal 2.
Some local hotels provide their own guest airport shuttle service. The hotel shuttle stop is at Entrance 4 of Terminal 1. Passengers arriving into Terminal 2 can visit the hotel service counters in the Arrivals Hall in order to request shuttle service. Contact your hotel for shuttle service availability. Here are some hotels that offer airport shuttle service: Courtyard Mexico City Airport • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Mexico City Airport • Fiesta Inn Aeropuerto Ciudad de México • Hilton Mexico City Airport • Holiday Inn Plaza Dali Mexico City • NH Collection Mexico City Airport T2.
The Aerotren (Airtrain) is a free train that transports passengers between Terminals 1 and 2. In order to board the train, passengers must have an e-ticket or reservation code, a hard copy airline ticket or a boarding pass. Carry-on luggage is allowed. Passengers with check-in luggage or oversized luggage must use ground transportation. Trains run from 5:00AM - 11:00PM, and the total trip time from one terminal to the other is just under 5 minutes. The Terminal 1 train platform is located at the halfway point of the Puente de Pilotos (Pilot’s Bridge) going up the escalator at Gate D. The Terminal 2 platform is located next to Gate M, near Domestic Departures. The Aerotren is wheelchair accessible.
An alternative to the Aerotren is the “Transportacion entre Terminales” bus service. This service is ideal for passengers with oversized or extra luggage, but can be used by anyone. Buses can be found at Entrance 6 of Terminal 1 and Entrance 4 of Terminal 2.
Mexico City’s metro system is a 12-line network that covers most of the city. The closest stop to the airport is Terminal Area Station, located along Line 5 (yellow). The station is a short walk from Terminal 1, located on the corner of Boulevard Puerto Aéreo and Avenida Capitán Carlos León González. A one-way ticket is $3 MXN, or you can purchase a reusable smart card for $10 MXN. Mobility-impaired passengers or those over 60 years of age can travel for free. Hours of operation are 5:00AM - 12:00AM on weekdays, 6:00AM - 12:00AM on Saturdays and 7:00AM - 12:00AM on Sundays and bank holidays.
Taxis operate from both airport terminals 24 hours a day. For your safety, it is highly recommended to use only taxis from companies authorized by the airport. These companies are: Porto Taxi Sitio 300, Confort and Yellow Cab, Nueva Imagen and Excelencia. Any other taxi company operating at the airport is there illegally. Taxis are available at the International and Domestic area entrances of Terminals 1 and 2. There are two types of taxi service: Ordinary (4-passenger sedan) and Executive (8-passenger SUV or van). Tickets for either service must be pre-purchased, and are available at ticket modules located near the Arrival gates and walkway.
Last Updated: 18 March 2015
The information in this Airport Guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airport's and their web sites. The information above is subject to change without notice. Use it for informational purposes only to help you during your stay. To report errors, or to add/change any items quoted in the guide, email me.