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.
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To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on what travellers have reported back to us during their time at Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport.
What to Expect
- A large and busy international airport with two terminals (Terminals 1 and 2) and TONS of shopping and dining options
- The airport provides WiFi. See WiFi information in the airport guide below.
Where to Sleep
- According to one reviewer, travellers who have flights the next morning are allowed to overnight airside. Boarding pass/airline ticket for onward travel is required.
- Seats are scarce landside, so you’ll most likely be sleeping on the floor.
- For uninterrupted sleep, there are several hotels inside T2 and connected to T1. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.
Good to know
- Economy class passengers can find comfort in one of the lounges that are accessible with a lounge pass, Priority Pass or airline lounge membership. See our Airport Lounges section for locations and rates.
- There are some 24 hour shops in this airport, and all the breakfast restaurants open between 5 and 6am. There are plenty of places to charge your computer and phone and there is wifi available throughout the airport. The 'infinitium movil' network works well, and you can get a code for it at some of the restaurants. If you buy a drink at Starbucks the internet user name and password is on the receipt.
For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Mexico City Airport Guide. Consider sending us your Mexico City Airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.
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: Priority Pass • AeroMexico Salon Premier membership.
- Aeromexico Salon Premier - Location: National Terminal 2, Airside, 3rd Floor. Hours: 4:00AM - 12:00AM (Daily). Lounge Access: Priority Pass • AeroMexico Salon Premier membership.
- 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$59) • United Club Membership.
- Grand Lounge Elite - 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. Hours: open 24 hours. 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 hotels near Mexico City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price.
- ATMs / Cash Machines - ATMs are available 24 hours a day throughout the Upper and Lower levels of Terminals 1 and 2.
- Banking - Banks throughout the airport operate daily, on varying schedules. Locations: T1 (Upper and Lower levels), T2 (Lower Level and Mezzanine). Some banks are open as early as 5:00AM, but the majority of them are open around 8:00AM or 9:00AM. The following banks are available in the airport: Banamex • Banorte • BBVA/Bancomer • HSBC Bank • IXE • Santander • Scotiabank.
- Currency Exchange - Currency exchange offices operate daily, on varying schedules, throughout the airport. A large variety of 24-hour currency exchange kiosks are located in Terminal 1, on the Lower Level.
- Duty Free & Shopping - Dufry duty-free shopping is available 24 hours on the Upper Level of Terminal 1, and also on the Upper and Lower levels of Terminal 2, open daily from 5:00AM - 11:00PM.
- Food & Drinks - Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
- Terminal 1 (Upper Level): Blue Sky/Natural • Circulo K • Corona Gate 21 • Dino Snack & Fast Food • Dotcom Cafe • El Fogoncito • El Gran Pastor • Juan Valdez Cafe • Krispy Kreme • La Bagatelle • La Buena Tierra • La Tía Goyita • Las Juanas Torteria • Medas • Oxxo • Pollos Rio • Starbucks • Sushi Roll • Tacañon • Taco Inn • Rock and Wok • Wings • V Cafe.
- Terminal 1 (Lower Level): Baron Rojo • Cinnabon • Circulo K • El Globo coffee shop • El Gran Pastor • Oxxo • Starbucks • 7-11 • Krispy Kreme.
- Terminal 2 (Upper Level): 7-11 • El Gran Pastor • Kerico • Krispy Kreme • La Cochinita Pibil • Pollos Rio • Salute • Terraza MX.
- Terminal 2 (Mezzanine): Baron Rojo • Restaurante California.
- Terminal 2 (Lower Level): 7-11 • El Gran Pastor • Oxxo
- Information Desk - There are six information points located airside near gates in Terminal 1. Six additional informations points are located landside in Terminal 2. Hours: Daily from 6:30AM - 10:00PM.
- 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.
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. Alamo • Avis • Budget • Europcar • Hertz • National • Sixt • Thrifty and other have desks. Hours: National is the only one open 24 hours. Most of the other desks operate on a 7:00AM - 11:00PM schedule.
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: 17 June 2016
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