zona rosa mexico city
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Jun 26, 2012 1:55 PM Last Post By: travelinhobo
Jun 25, 2012 7:29 AM
zona rosa mexico cityHi,
I'll be in mexico city in couple of weeks and i will be staying in zona rosa. Does anyone know what is the price of official taxi from zona rosa to the benito juarez airport?
How do i get from mexico norte bus station to zona rosa ( how much does a taxi cost)?
what is the best (safest and cheap) way of moving in the city?
Jun 25, 2012 7:47 AM
1There is no such thing as an "official" taxi from the Zona Rosa. A hotel taxi will cost around 250-300 pesos, a taxi from a "Sitio" around 150 pesos and a normal metered taxi around 90 pesos. From Terminal del Norte to Zona Rosa is 95 pesos (official taxi). Moving around by taxi is relatively inexpensive but the subway is obviously a lot cheaper (3 pesos a journey).
Jun 25, 2012 8:24 AM
2how do i recognize "sitio" taxi/how do i order it?
what is the difference between sitio taxi in official taxi?
terminal del norte refers to bus station mexico norte (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas No. 4907 Col. Magdalena de las Salinas 07760 Ciudad de México, )?
Jun 25, 2012 8:40 AM
3"Official" taxis depart from the airport and bus terminals where you purchase a ticket inside the terminal based on a fixed price per zone. There is no other "official" taxi service.
Hotel taxis are generally unmarked cars that are more luxurious than taxis and a lot more expensive.
Sitio taxis are based at a fixed taxi rank. If there is one near your hotel you can just walk there and get one. Your hotel may call one for you - and they may not (instead insisting you take a hotel taxi).
Or you can just hail any taxi off the street. These taxis used to have a bad reputation as anyone could get such a taxi and there were instances of crime from pirate taxis. However icensing si a lot stricter now and it's not really a problem.
The sitio taxis and the "normal" taxis are painted in maroon and gold.
Jun 25, 2012 9:23 AM
4The sitios in Zona Rosa are mostly "Sitios turísticos" which are very expensive and use unmarked large black cars. Last time I asked I was quoted 400 pesos to the airport. If you ask in a hotel they will usually direct you to one of those.
The regular sitios can be found along Avenida Chapúltepec, I know a big one exists near Sevilla metro station. You can tell they're there when you see a line of uniformly painted taxis waiting near an intersection. Some sitios are the maroon-gold, but others may be white with red strip or other color combinations. There may be a person taking your request and passing it on to the taxi, or you just talk to the first taxi in line and take it.
Metered fare of a street taxi from Zona Rosa to the airport should be less than 100 pesos, could be as low as 55 based on the route the driver chooses and traffic conditions. Just make sure the driver turns on the meter before you board the taxi, or you will be paying more than 100. The question to ask before you hop on is ¿Usa taxímetro?
The address for the northern bus station seems correct. There is a metro station right there called Autóbuses del Norte. The usual metro stop at Zona Rosa is Insurgentes which will take you to a pedestrian circular plaza. Exits to different streets are labeled, I would recommend to take the Calle Génova to access points in Zona Rosa.
Jun 25, 2012 12:09 PM
5Ae you staying "in" the Zona Rosa, or nearby? I read comments here where people are frequently mistaken.
In the Zona Rosa itself there's a sitio taxi line at Genova and Liverpool ... unless it's recently been moved. It doesn't operate 24/7, however. You'll find it just before you walk down the ramp to the Insurgentes Metro station. Most hotels, even inexpensive ones, will call a secure taxi for you. Sometimes it's driven by a friend of one of the employees, and at big hotels it could be private car or a taxi called from a sitio somewhere in the same colonia.
The authorized taxi's from the airport will also come and pick you up, for about 1/3 the cost less than they'd charge you to get to the Zona Rosa from the airport. If you hail a random taxi passing along the street and take it to the airport what you pay will depend upon time of day and day of week.
Yes, always make certain the meter works. However, unless your Spanish is good and/or you have prior experience traveling in the taxi's ... you won't be able to tell if you're being taken advantage of, or not. When I leave for the airport at, say. 8 or 9 a.m. on a Saturday or Sunday ... I typically pay less than MX$70 for fare and then I add a tip and the ride takes about 20 minutes.
Travel from Terminal Norte is something different. There are authorized taxis which operate similar to how taxi's are organized at the airport and I suggest you utilize that service. You pay in advance based on zone of travel. I wouldn't take the Metro from there if you have any luggage with you. The trip requires a change of stations and at one there's a very long walk, if I'm recalling correctly.
Jun 26, 2012 12:08 PM
6I don't really recommend asking a taxista if he uses the meter. Doing so makes it seem that you do not know that the taxis must use the meter, making you vulnerable to being taken advantage of even if they do use it. For instance, they can change the pricing regimen to night prices or even to sitio prices. Your best bet is to assume that street taxis and non-tourist sitio taxis use the meter. If the taxista does not activate the meter, you can say "¿y su taxi metro?" This clues him in to the fact that you know it is the law that he use his taxi meter. If he does not want to use it you can always say "aquí me bajo" and get out without paying anything. There are some situations in which you will find that the taxistas insist on covering a fixed rate. This is especially true with foreigners, in more affluent areas (Santa Fe, Las Lomas, Polanco, Condesa, etc.) and often at night in areas where it may be difficult to find another taxi. In such situations it may be best to accept the fixed fare, especially if it does not seem unreasonable.
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