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Mexico airport guide

Mexico is a large country with many airports. Of these, the busiest and most popular entry points for travellers are Benito Juárez International Airport and Cancún International Airport.

Benito Juárez International Airport in Mexico City

Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX) is Mexico’s busiest airport, operating around the clock and handling over 24 million passengers a year. It consists of two main terminals. Terminal 1 handles primarily domestic flights, although it has a small international section, and Terminal 2 is for international flights. A free shuttle train, the Air Train, ferries passengers between the two airport terminals, covering the distance in about five minutes.

Mexico City’s Benito Juárez International Airport (IATA code MEX) is Mexico’s busiest airport, operating around the clock and handling over 24 million passengers a year. It consists of two main terminals. Terminal 1 handles primarily domestic flights, although it has a small international section, and Terminal 2 is for international flights. A free shuttle train, the Air Train, ferries passengers between the two airport terminals, covering the distance in about five minutes.

Benito Juárez International Airport facilities

Facilities at Mexico City Benito Juárez International Airport include:

- Currency exchange facilities, as well as a number of banks and ATMs, in both terminals. - Information desks in both terminals and a tourist information office in the arrivals area of Terminal 2.
- Several executive lounges.
- Two hotels – the Hilton Mexico City Airport Hotel inside Terminal 1 and the NH Hotel at Terminal 2 – both with business facilities.
- A medical clinic in Terminal 2.
- Various Wi-Fi points and an internet café, which is in departure lounge E of Terminal 1.
- Restaurants, bars, fast-food outlets and kiosks, some open 24 hours a day.
- A wide range of shops, with good duty-free shopping in Terminal 1.
- Left-luggage lockers in both terminals and a baggage packing service near lounge D in Terminal 1.

Getting to and from Benito Juárez International Airport

Benito Juárez International Airport is located 5 kilometres to the east of downtown Mexico City. By road the trip to and from the airport takes between 40 minutes and an hour. By rail, you can cover the distance in half that time.

Authorised, prepaid taxis are available outside the baggage claim areas. You can buy tickets for the taxis from Transportación Terrestre booths in the baggage claim areas. Alternatively, a number of both city and long-distance buses operate from outside the terminal arrival areas.

If you’re headed into Mexico City, a faster, cheaper option is to use the subway system. The airport includes the Terminal Aérea Metro station, a subway station located just to the left of Terminal 1. For downtown Mexico City, you need to change trains one stop away, at Pantitlán station, and then travel onwards to Insurgentes. Alternatively, you can take a bus directly from Terminal 2 to Pantitlán station.

Five car parks, offering both short and long-term parking, are available outside the terminals, and multiple car rental agencies operate from the arrival areas of the airport. Among these are Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Europcar, Eurodollar, Gold Car, Hertz, Sixt, Kimcar and National.

Cancún International Airport

Cancún International Airport (IATA code CUN) is the gateway to the Riviera Maya with its beautiful beaches and fascinating ruins, and handles upwards of 17 million passengers a year. It consists of three terminals, connected via airport shuttle.

Cancún International Airport facilities

Cancún International Airport includes a wide selection of restaurants, bars and cafés – including a tequila bar in Terminal 2 – and the usual range of duty-free and gift shops. Currency exchange facilities and ATMs are widely available, and free Wi-Fi is offered at various points.

The FBO building alongside Terminal 1 offers business meeting areas and a VIP lounge. The airport also includes a medical centre and a pharmacy, as well as a beauty parlour.

Short and long-term parking are available at a car park near the main entrance to the airport.

Car rental agencies operating from the airport include ACE, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Executive, Hertz, National and Thrifty.

Getting to and from Cancún International Airport

Cancún International Airport is located 22 kilometres southwest of Cancún. Both taxis and buses are readily available outside the terminals, and an official shuttle does the route into central Cancún in about half an hour. Tickets are available from the baggage claim areas inside the terminals.

The route from the airport to Playa del Carmen takes about 45 minutes. Tulum is about an hour and a half away, and Chichen Itza is a two-hour drive from the airport.