|Traveling in Mexico
City: The Ins & Outs of Getting Around
by Jean Sutherland
If you have never traveled to Mexico City
before, getting around can be a bit overwhelming.
There are many ways to travel within Mexico
City, and the methods, rules and day-to-day
getting from Point A to Point B can be frustrating.
This article will give you the necessary information
you require to get around in Mexico City,
while ensuring your travel plans are still
pleasant, exciting and fruitful. So let's
get started! It's an exciting journey you
are about to embark upon.
Traveling in Mexico City, a General Overview
The naming conventions used for Mexico Citys
streets and neighborhoods can be very exasperating
to the out of town traveler if you aren't
sure what everything means. The most important
thing to remember when trying to find a certain
location is: Patience. Many times, streets
that 'should' be in a certain place, just
Numbered streets are usually (but not always)
designated as North/South (norte/sur) or East/West
(oriente/poneinte). A block can be numbered,
depending on how far it is from an arbitrary
starting point. However, you'll notice during
your travels that many Mexican addresses have
only "s/n" (sin número) listed
after the street name, which means, literally,
"no number". And yet other addresses
have a kilometer designation in the address,
indicating that they are located a certain
number of kilometers down a major street,
such as a highway.
All addresses in Mexico City are written with
the street name at the start, then the street
number. The postal code (código postal)
is listed before the name of the city, not
after. Apdo., or apartado, means box, and
Postal, or A.P. means post-office box number.
And finally, most addresses include the neighborhood
(colonia, or col.) that the residence is in.
Traveling in Mexico City, By Bus
The bus system in Mexico City is used extensively
by locals and travelers to the area. It is
often crowded, and pickpockets are an issue.
Never show a wallet on the bus, and make sure
to carry change with you if you plan on using
this method of transportation.
When boarding the bus, tell the driver where
you plan on going, and the driver will tell
you the fare. Sometimes bus stops will have
signs above them, telling you where you are;
many times, youll know its a stop
only because there are people waiting by the
side of the road. Buses are rarely on time
in Mexico City; if you plan on traveling later
in the day or at night, alternate methods
of transportation are recommended.
Traveling in Mexico City, By Car
Driving through Mexico Citys streets,
especially for the traveler, can be a harrowing
experience. One way streets abound, and rush
hour is like nothing youve ever seen
before. Millions of people, literally, are
sharing the road with you.
Renting a car is possible in Mexico City,
but poses different risks for the out of town
traveler. Driving on Mexico City roads is
not only dangerous because of the lack of
skill used for travelers (many get their license
not by taking a test, but by paying someone
off), but treacherous because of the unusual
and poorly maintained roads.
Another option is to hire a taxi, or limousine,
to chauffeur you around. Ask the travel hotel
you are staying at in Mexico City for recommendations,
or for the closest cab stand (sitio).
About the Author
Jean Sutherland is the owner of the informative
website http://www.spasoftheworld.com/ &
She has worked in the travel industry for
over 10 years. She also lived in Mexico for