PUBLIC TRANSPORT BUSES AND TAXIS FROM
MEXICO CITY AND MEXICO CITY AIRPORT TO TAXCO DE ALARCÓN



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HOW TO REACH TAXCO (TAXCO DE ALARCÓN) FROM MEXICO CITY AIRPORT

The International Airport of Mexico City (AICM, Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México) is 13 km (8 miles) east of Mexico City centre.  The official airport abbreviation is MEX, and the official name is the Benito Juarez International Airport.  The main Mexican airlines are Mexicana and Aeromexico.

On all international flights, just before the plane arrives at Mexico City Airport, the airline staff will provide passengers with two forms to complete a) the tourist card form and b) the customs form.  These should be completed before landing. When completing the form it is advisable to state that you will be staying in Mexico more days than actually planned in case of the need to prolong your visit. All tourists have the right to stay for up to 90 days. If there is a need to prolong the stay beyond the number of days specified on the form there is a fee to pay to have the permit extended, so it is advisable to leave yourself a margin. After landing travellers proceed to immigration with the completed forms.  Here the tourist card will be stamped and a section of the card will be given to the traveller. This must be kept and surrendered at the airport on the return journey. If it is lost there is a fine to pay. After immigration travellers proceed to claim their luggage and then to customs.

There is a small bus station at the airport with buses leaving for Cuernavaca, Pachuca, Puebla, Queretero, and Toluca.  The bus company you travel with will depend on your destination. For Cuernavaca, for example, the company is Pullman de Morelos (see below). The bus station is outside door 8, in area D. There is an office at the airport that sells bus tickets and reserves places on the bus.

Phones:
European visitors to Mexico please note that if you wish to make phone calls with your mobile phone you will need a triband phone; a dual band mobile phone will not work.

If you need to phone but do not have a triband mobile phone then a valid alternative is to buy a tarjeta telefonica (phone card) for example tarjeta "Bueno" ("bueno" is the first word you use when you answer the phone in Mexico, the equivalent to "Hello" in England). There are cards to the value of 40 pesos ($) and 100 pesos ($).

 

Travelling from Mexico City Airport to Taxco (full name Taxco de Alarcón) Mexico

From Mexico City Airport there are 2 options if travelling by bus, the first is quicker and cheaper, the second is less stressful and safer:

1. This option is valid only if arriving at Mexico City Airport before about 16.00 as the last bus for Taxco leaves from Mexico City at 20.10. Please allow time for flight delays, immigration bureaucracy, reclaiming luggage, finding your way around the airport, finding a taxi, the taxi journey itself into Mexico City and its traffic and purchasing a ticket for your bus journey.

Take an authorized taxi to Terminal Central de Autobuses del Sur (Av. Taxqueńa 1320).

At the Terminal Central de Autobuses del Sur you can catch a direct bus to Taxco. The approximate time of the journey is 3 hours. The bus company is Autobuses Foráneos Estrella de Oro (simply "Estrella de Oro"). The journey by taxi to the bus station, the crowded station and constantly having to keep your wits about you to avoid pickpockets can be quite stressful. However, this is the quicker and cheaper of the two options. Address of the Bus Terminal:

TERMINAL CENTRAL DEL SUR 
Avenida Taxqueña 1320
Col. Campestre Churubusco
04370 México, D. F.
Tel.: 56 89 39 55 

Times of buses: Mexico City to Taxco (de Alarcón)
07:10 Pluss;
07:40 Primera;
08:40 Pluss;
09:40 Pluss;
10:40 Primera;
11:40 Primera;
13:40 Primera;
16:40 Pluss;
20:10 Primera
The cost of a ticket to Taxco: Plus = 105.00 pesos, primera 100.00 pesos (prices as of June 2007). The words Plus and Primera refer to the class of the bus (deluxe and first class). All buses are direct to Taxco. Times change so for updated timetables please see their website http://www.autobus.com.mx/edo/index.jsp .

2. The second option is certainly the better, less stressful option and the only one if arriving after about 16.00 at Mexico City Airport.

Catch a bus from the Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca (see introductory paragraph above). The company is Pullman de Morelos and their website http://www.pullman.com.mx/. The buses leave from Terminal Terrestre of Mexico City International Airport and arrive at Cuernavaca bus station "Terminal Casino". The journey time is approximately 1.5 hours depending on traffic. Once in Cuernavaca take a taxi to the other bus station Estrella Blanca station where you can catch a bus for Taxco. Approximate journey time 1.5 hours. The bus company is Estrella Blanca.

Pullman de Morelos Bus Service between the Mexico City Airport and Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico:
Mexico City Airport to Cuernavaca Monday - Sunday:
Leaving daily from the Mexico City Airport: 06:40, 07:15, 08:00, 08:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:40, 16:10, 16:40, 17:10, 17:40, 18:00, 18:40, 19:20, 20:00, 20:40, 21:10, 22:10, 22:50, 23:30, 00:30
Reservations in Mexico City Airport: Tel.: 5786 9341425758
Reservations in Cuernavaca: Tel.:01 (777) 312 942 / 7620

The Estrella Blanca bus company website is http://www.estrellablanca.com.mx/ but we have had problems with this site.

Buses in Mexico are both cheap and comfortable.

GETTING TO MEXICO CITY FROM THE AIRPORT

For safety reasons you are advised NOT to take the underground from the airport to Mexico City with luggage or valuables. Take a taxi instead. Either purchase a taxi ticket from the authorised Taxis office in the airport or visit this page for Mexico City authorised taxis for tourism and airport transfers.

 

 

TO CUERNAVACA AND TAXCO BY TAXI

Taking an authorised taxi is a valid alternative for small groups.

To Cuernavaca from Mexico City Airport for up to 7 persons and authorised taxi costs $1080 (pesos)
To Taxco from Mexico City Airport for up to 7 persons and authorised taxi costs $2300 (pesos). Prices quoted May 2007.
Convert into the currency of your country .

The taxis are booked at the authorised taxi office in the airport.

The taxis the visitor to Mexico will see are tourist taxis that compare favourably with European standards. These are to be found outside area A of the airport. You buy a ticket at the taxi office in the airport which you then hand over to the taxi driver outside.

There are cheaper safe taxis that the airport staff use in their daily transport to and from the airport but the visitor will not see them unless he knows where to look. To reach them you need to take the overhead bridge in area D of the airport. At the taxi stand you will find the typical old Volkswagen Beetle taxis that have no front passenger seat. This taxi is suitable for 2 persons only.

For important information on Mexico City Taxis, risks and advice, please visit this page



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