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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

Money and costs

Currency
Pesos ($)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated December 13, 2018 9:54AM 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

°C°F
mmin
MEX
Oaxaca City
Go Oct–May
Mar – May
30158559
2.83
0.11
Jun – Aug
27168061
11.27
0.44
Sep – Nov
26147957
8.3
0.33
Dec – Feb
2697849
0.7
0.03
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Mexico City
Go Year round
Mar – May
2597850
9.03
0.36
Jun – Aug
24137556
30.1
1.18
Sep – Nov
23117250
14.03
0.55
Dec – Feb
2377243
2.33
0.09
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Mérida
Go Oct–May
Mar – May
36229671
5.33
0.21
Jun – Aug
35249474
28.03
1.1
Sep – Nov
32229071
17.37
0.68
Dec – Feb
29188565
6.8
0.27
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Isla Cozumel
Go Dec–Apr
Mar – May
30228571
7.13
0.28
Jun – Aug
31248875
15.87
0.62
Sep – Nov
30238573
20.33
0.8
Dec – Feb
27208068
9.53
0.38
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Cabo San Lucas
Go Oct–Mar
Mar – May
28218370
0.0
0.0
Jun – Aug
21175952
0.2
0.01
Sep – Nov
28228272
0.0
0.0
Dec – Feb
27197965
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

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.

Flights to Mexico

The best price found from United States to Mexico is on January 14th, 2019, travelling with United. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BOS
Boston Logan International
from $105.00
CUN
Cancun

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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