Transportation in Mexico City
Mexico City is one of the biggest cities on the world, so driving is definitely not a recomended way to move around if you are not familiar with the city. For this, Mexico City has several public transport alternatives:
The Metro is the cheapest and fastest way to move in Mexico City. The cost of a trip in Metro is 5 mexican pesos
( less than 25 dollar cents per trip ) and you can buy as many tickets as you like in the windows located in each station.
It is quite efficient and cover almost all the city, specially downtown. However in pick hours it
could be really an adventure to get into a train. Metro stations can be identified by the logo on the left.
Although the Metro lacks informational signs in English, the system was originally designed with illiteracy in mind, so finding your way around should not be a problem. Lines are defined by number but also by a color, and that color runs as a thematic band across the entire station and along the entire route, so you always know what line you are on. Stations are identified by name but also by a pictorial icon that represents that area in some way. You can print a map of the metro from here: Metro Map Mexico City
It is not recommended to travel in Metro with luggage, and you have to be careful with pickpockets.
This is probably the best/safety transportation you can use. There are plenty of taxis in Mexico City, all of them have the word "TAXI" on their plates, in addition to many other places on the car. Taxis in Mexico City are quite cheap, and most of them (except taxis from the airport) should have a taximeter where you can check how expensive is going to be your trip. In average you can pay around 2-5 dolars per trip in a taxi with maximum five persons. Picking you up, is already a ~1 dollar cost. In addition, most hotels can call a taxi for you. There is a taxi stop just in front of Cinvestav.
The Metrobus service is a dedicated bus line which runs along Insurgentes Avenue in Mexico City -a 35 miles long avenue-. Like the
Metro, the Metrobus can be very efficient way to travel in Mexico City, but in peak times the buses can be very full.
There are two kinds of buses. The first, are full-sized buses operated by the City Government known as RTP and cost 3 pesos anywhere you go. Make sure to pay with exact change as they don't give change back. Riding RTP buses is probably a safer and more comfortable way than the private franchised and smaller microbuses who are known to have terrible driving habits.
The second kind of buses are known as "Microbuses" or "Peseros". These buses are
private-run and come in small and bigger sizes. Peseros cost 4.00 pesos for shorter trips, 3.50 for 6-12 km trips and 4 pesos for 12+ km trips.
Full-sized private buses are 5 pesos for shorter trips, and 6 pesos for longer trips.
Buses can be packed during rush hours, and you have to pay attention to your stops (buses make very short stops if there's just one person getting off,
so be ready), but they are very practical when your route aligns with a large avenue. There's usually a button above or close to the rear door to
signal that you're getting off; if there isn't one, it's not working, or you can't get to it, a loud shouting Bajan! (pronounced "BAH-han") should
make the work.
Part of this information has been taken from the excellent description of Mexico City on Wikpedia.