Sleeping in Airports

Mexico City Airport Guide

Whether you have a layover, overnight sleepover or you are just quickly passing through, our Mexico City Airport Guide is a great place to start planning your visit.  Here, you’ll find information on services and facilities available inside the airport – including details about airport lounges, WiFi, mobile charging points, lockers, 24-hour food options, nearby hotels, and everything in between.

I recommend sleeping in jail before sleeping in Mexico City’s airport. – Brock

Airport Overview

What to Expect

Mexico City Airport consists of two terminals (T1 and T2). T2 is newer than T1, and houses all AeroMexico and most Star Alliance airlines. The terminals are approximately 3km apart, and are connected by a free train, and a fare-charging bus. Train passengers must have a valid ticket and carry-on luggage only. If you have checked luggage or no proof of onward travel, you must pay to use the bus or other ground transportation.  Both terminals have a decent range of shopping and dining options, with a number of 24-hour options located throughout. The airport also offers free WiFi.  For those looking for a little extra comfort, there are first class lounges that economy class passengers can pay to access.  See Airport Lounges in the airport guide below for locations and access information.

Where to Sleep

Mexico City Airport doesn’t receive great reviews from travellers who try to sleep there. It would seem that the airport is, as a whole, uncomfortable and loud. Earplugs or noise cancelling headphones and some kind of cushion are definite assets for the weary.  It’s worth noting that only those with boarding passes for onward travel are allowed to sleep airside. Everyone else will be asked to stay landside or at a hotel. If you are sleeping landside, know that seating is quite scarce – best to prepare to sleep on the floor.  If you don’t mind spending a bit of money, there are sleep capsules in T1, a hotel connected to T1 by a covered walkway, and two hotels in T2. There are several other hotels nearby, which are connected by shuttles.  See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below for more information.

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.

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details about the lounge itself and to also find out how you can gain lounge access with just an economy class ticket!

Terminal 1

Passes  Aeromexico Salon Premier – Multiple Locations – (1) National Departures and (1) International Departures. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes. [ more lounge info ]

American Airlines Admirals Club – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Concourse H, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door with proof of American Airlines ticket • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Avianca Lounge – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, next to Gate 31. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Grand Lounge Elite – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, near Gate H. Showers are available. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Lounge 19 – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Ground Level, Gate 19. Showers are available. Hours: open 24 hours. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

United Club – Location: Terminal 1, Airside, Mezzanine Level, 2nd Floor. Lounge Access: Pay at the Door • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Terminal 2

Aeromexico Salon Premier – Multiple Locations – (1) National Departures and (1) International Departures. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Salon Aeromar – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, Mezzanine Level. Lounge Access: Prepaid lounge passes • Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

Passes  Terraza Premier Aeromexico By Heineken – Location: Terminal 2, Airside, near Gate 75. Lounge Access: Lounge membership programs. [ more lounge info ]

If sleeping in Mexico City Airport does not appeal to you, there are a few hotels inside and near the airport:

Inside Airport IZzzleep – Sleep capsules are located inside Terminal 1, near the fast food area and foreign bus terminal. Minimum stays from 2 hours. Showers are available for 130MXN. » Check Rates

Inside 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 is available. » Check Rates

Inside Airport Hilton Mexico City Airport – Located within Terminal 1 International Arrivals Area, 3rd floor, Gate F1, Door 8. Free shuttle bus to Terminal 2. » Check Rates

At Airport Courtyard 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. » Check Rates

Near Airport We Aeropuerto Mexico – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle is available. » Check Rates

Near Airport Fiesta Inn Aeropuerto Hotel Mexico City – (3 minutes from the airport) Free airport shuttle runs every 20 minutes to Terminal 1 (Door 4) and Terminal 2 (in front of National Arrivals). » Check Rates

To see more options there is a list of hotels near Mexico City Airport on Tripadvisor that can be sorted by price, distance, traveller rating and popularity.

WiFi is available at Mexico City Airport through TelMex.

Communications

  • Post Office – Sepomex locations: T2 Lower Level • T1 Lower Level • T1 Upper Level. Hours: 8:00AM – 8:00PM (Mon-Fri) 8:00AM – 4:00PM (Sat).
  • WiFi – see “Airport WiFi/Internet” above.

Food & Drinks

  • Food & Drinks – Food concessions throughout the airport operate with varying schedules. These options are open 24 hours:
    • Terminal 1 (Upper Level): 7-11 (x 5) • Circulo K (x 2) • Deli & Cia Daily Smart Food (x 2) • Dino Snack & Fast Food • Dotcom Cafe • El Fogoncito (x 2) • Juan Valdez Cafe • Ke Rico • Krispy Kreme (x 2) • La Bagatelle (x 2) • La Buena Tierra • Las Juanas Torteria • McDonald’s • Maison Kayser • Oxxo • Poxo • Pronto Gino’s (x 2) • Rock and Wok • Sala 21 • Salute • Sbarro • Starbucks (x 3) • Sushi Roll • Tacañon • The Urban Deli • Urban Corner • Wings (x 4).
    • Terminal 1 (Lower Level): 7-11 • Baron Rojo • Cinnabon • Circulo K • El Globo Coffee Shop • Krispy Kreme • Oxxo (x 3) •.Restotel • Starbucks • Wings.
    • Terminal 2 (Upper Level): 7-11 (x 3) • Kerico • Krispy Kreme • La Cochinita Pibil • Poxo • Salute • Terraza MX.
    • Terminal 2 (Mezzanine): Baron Rojo
    • Terminal 2 (Lower Level): 7-11 • Oxxo

Information

  • 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.
  • Travel Agencies – If you are arriving in Mexico City and need local arrangements or help planning a really last minute trip abroad, there are a number of travel agencies with offices at the airport that can probably be of assistance. Century XXI, Mundo Joven, Club Regina, Go Mexico and Viajes Kokai.

Luggage

  • Luggage Storage & Lockers – Locations: Terminal 1, ground floor, between doors 7 and 8 • Terminal 2, Lower Level • Terminal 2, Lower Level. Hours: open 24 hours. Rates: 120 MXN per locker.
  • Luggage Wrapping – Available in 5 locations in T1, Lower Level. Hours: 3:00AM – 11:00PM.

Medical Services

  • Medical Services – Health services are available. Location: T2, Upper Level. Hours: 9:00AM – 7:00PM (Mon – Fri) and 10:00AM – 2:00PM (Sat).
  • Pharmacy – There are a number of pharmacies throughout the airport, the following are open 24 hours: Farmacia Benavides – T1, Lower Level (4 locations) and T2, Upper Level. (4 locations) • Farmacia International, T1, Lower Level • Farmacia T1, Lower Level.

Mobile Charging

  • Mobile Charging – At the time of this update, we did not have any information about mobile charging availability. If you know, write a review or email us at [email protected]

Money

  • ATMs / Cash Machines – Need cash? ATMs are available 24 hours a day. Fees may apply, so be sure to check your bank’s fee schedule and your daily withdrawal limit if you are travelling internationally. You may also want to notify your bank of your travel plans. Locations: throughout the Upper and Lower levels of Terminals 1 and 2.
  • Banking Services – 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. There is a Scotiabank in T1, Lower Level which is open 24 hours. 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.

Rest & Relaxation

Shopping

  • 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. In addition, a wide variety of retail stores, gift shops, and newsstands are also available, with some open 24 hours.

Showers, Salon & Spa

  • Showers – Showers are available in the airport lounges. [ see Airport Lounges above ]

Smoking

  • Smoking – There are designated smoking areas located in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2.

The airport is open 24 hours.

As of March 2018, Mexico City airport is served by the following airlines: Aeromar • Aeromexico • Air Canada • Air France • Southwest Airlines • American Airlines • Avianca • British Airways • Copa • Wingo • Cubana Airlines • Delta • Iberia • Interjet • KLM • Lacsa • LATAM • Lufthansa • TACA • United Airlines • Vivaaerobus • Volaris • Jetblue • Alitalia • ANA • China Southern • Alaska Airlines.

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.

For fare, routes and schedules, visit the Mexico City Airport website.

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.

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) within walking distance. As of this January 2018 update, a one-way ticket is $5 MXN, or you can purchase a reusable smart card for $10 MXN.

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.

Last updated: 2018-10-23

This guide is for informational purposes only to assist with your planning.  All information, including rates and hours, are subject to change at any time without notice.   The information in this airport guide is based on information collected and/or received from the airports, lounges, hotels, transportation providers and their web sites. We are not representatives of any of the above mentioned service providers. To report errors or to add/update any items mentioned in the guide, write a review or send an email to [email protected] and we will update this guide.