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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘hola’
( o-la )
Spanish
Plug combo ab
Electricity
127V/60hz
Oct-May
Best time to go
Winter
Saturday
HRS
03
03
MINS
57
57
Current Time
GMT -5

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated May 15, 2019 11:47AM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
M$800
  • Hostel dorm bed: M$200; double room in budget hotel: M$370–620
  • Comida corrida (fixed-price lunch) in low-budget restaurant: M$60–90
  • 250km bus trip: M$230
Midrange
M$800–M$2300
  • Double room in midrange hotel: M$630–1500
  • Good dinner with drinks: M$250–350
  • Museum admission: M$10–70
  • City taxi ride: M$35–65
  • Hiking/rafting/mountain-biking day trip M$900–2000
Top end (more than)
M$2300
  • Double room in top-end hotel: M$1600–5000
  • Fine dinner with drinks: M$360–500
  • Personalized day tour: M$1500–2000
  • Two-hour horseback ride: M$1000

Visas

All tourists must have a tourist permit, available on arrival. Some nationalities also need visas.

Get the latest visa advice for Mexico from our community.

When to go and weather

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Getting to Mexico

As well as flying in, you can enter Mexico by car or bus from the USA, Guatemala or Belize and take a boat from the Belizian coast to Quintana Roo. Flights, tours and rail tickets can be booked online at www.lonelyplanet.com/bookings.

Getting around Mexico

Bus Mexico's efficient, comfortable and reasonably priced bus network is generally the best option for moving around the country. Services are frequent on main routes.

Air Over 60 cities are served by domestic flights, which are well worth considering for longer intercity trips. Fares vary widely depending on the airline and how far in advance you pay.

Car A convenient option giving maximum independence. Roads are serviceable, with speeds generally slower than north of the border or in Europe. Rental rates start around M$650 per day, including basic insurance.

Train Train travel is limited to one spectacularly scenic train route in northern Mexico.

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