Taxi from mexico City DF airport to centro historico
Replies: 31 - Last Post: Apr 16, 2013 9:39 AM Last Post By: Bowenarrow
Aug 29, 2012 8:29 PM
15You're right. Arrived tonight. Went to Excelencia booth in arrivals, asked for a sedan to centro, 155 pesos.
If you're in a hurry, i recomend though that you take a right after exciting customs into the terminal, walk out door 3, and check out the lines for each company's taxis and then buy from the booths right outside. My line was 15 minutes long and the other line looked even longer.
Aug 30, 2012 12:05 PM
16@#15, There are 2 terminals so the Door numbers differ. Otherwise, yes, good advice: if in a hurry, get out where the taxi queues are, see which has a shorter line, and buy tickets accordingly: they have ticket booths right by by the taxi queues in both terminals so there is no need to buy in the middle of the terminal.
Aug 30, 2012 1:57 PM
Aug 30, 2012 11:37 PM
18Anyone ever use the 'secret' taxi stand up the stairs to the airport train and then back down to the street? How much do they get over there?
Heading to the Centro Historico, I like the Metrobus. Quick, comfortable and only 30 pesos. Leaves right from the terminal. Great if you're staying near the route. It stops a couple blocks from Zocalo.
Sep 6, 2012 6:37 PM
Sep 6, 2012 6:57 PM
20Suitcases on the metro: theoretically no, but in practice yes.
Although it depends how big they are and what time of day. You wouldn’t be wanting to wrestle big and/or heavy suitcases up and down the stairs—and there will be stairs. Also, you wouldn’t want to be taking up the extra space needed for bulky luggage when it is busy and crowded.
Sep 6, 2012 8:54 PM
21@19, don't be a cheapskate. Taxi fares are comparatively inexpensive. Taking suitcases on the Metro is not only a stupid thing to do at most hours, but disrespectful of others using the system. There are times when a security guard may deny access to people with suitcases. If one cannot afford an inexpensive taxi ride at the start of the trip ... I think they should re-think the travel and maybe stay home. The comment about stairs and the challenge of changing lines, lugging baggage sometimes long distances .. is probably understated.
Sep 7, 2012 3:49 AM
Sep 7, 2012 7:56 AM
23@21 No need to get cranky :) The reason why we'd consider taking the Metro would be for efficiency, not because we think taxis are beyond our budget. I have spent time in several cities (Boston and Beijing are two that come to mind) where taking public transportation from the airport can actually be faster than taxis (due to traffic) and relatively easy, even with luggage (we'll only have carry-on). But based on what I'm reading here, it sounds like we're better off going for the cab, especially since taking the metro would involve 1 or 2 line transfers.
Thanks everyone for the help!
Sep 7, 2012 12:56 PM
24There's also a new Metrobus line that goes from the airport to Centro Historico. I haven't used it so I don't know what it is like for speed or convenience. The metrobus, generally, is an express bus that travels in its own lane. They are usually crowded like the metro so I could imagine having luggage would not be any fun. However, perhaps because it serves the airport it has a special space for some bags.
Ah! I just went to the website where it says "designated luggage space available."
Nov 14, 2012 1:26 PM
25Anyone ever use the 'secret' taxi stand up the stairs to the airport train and then back down to the street? How much do they get over there?
OK, just used it now after getting my wife and daughter to the airport. It is a sitio. He charged 11.62 seat-down fee and used rate 5 with the meter. Ended up 100 pesos with a tip to the southern Condesa compared to 220 pesos with authorized taxis to the same location (zone 5). He was going the right way all the way (no extra turns, etc.) but I have no idea whether rate 5 is correct for daytime.
Because this is a sitio, I felt fully safe. Getting to the stand is a bit longer than to the authorized taxis but not particularly complex :)
1. You need to get to the second floor. There are stairs, elevators, and escalators such as the one next to the E3 custom´s exit that leads to the food court and Santander office on the second floor.
2. There you walk to the covered walking overpass to the AueroTren and take the overpass all the way to the garage buiding.
3. Right before the entrance to the garage buiding, there is a two-flight stairs that lead outside and straight to the sitio. This is where being loaded with bags and luggage is a bit of a hardship ;)
I knew where I was heading and had no bags to speak of; it took me about 5 min from the E3 area.
This is the map of the terminals.
I think this is a fine option for those backpackers who travel to D.F. often and know where they are going well, not loaded with tonns of luggage, and want to save some buck. Then again, I am still to use Metrobus and perhaps I will find it as convenient and costing a third of what I just paid.
Edited by: alterigor
Nov 16, 2012 2:10 AM
Nov 16, 2012 10:38 AM
27As for the Metrobus, what route does it take from the airport? Does it do the northern leg first and loop back (we're heading to El Salvador stop by Bolivar) or can you choose to go the southern loop?
Apr 16, 2013 12:06 AM
Anyone ever use the 'secret' taxi stand up the stairs to the airport train and then back down to the street? How much do they get over there?
YES, i just did about 3 weeks ago. You can ask direction to this from the info service booths at the airport walking area but do make clear if you can that you are looking for this sitio not the airport taxis.
Going down these stairs w. luggage is somewhat inconvenient but no big deal. Do it. You tell the guy at the sitio to what area or address you want to go and one of the metered taxis waiting across the way drives up and you get in. He used the meter and it was quite cheap to where we were going near Centro Historico. We tipped the guy about 20 pesos which was somewhat unexpected. Ride was good. No probs.
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