Planes, trains and automobiles. Here’s the lowdown on the best ways to get around Mexico City and how to get to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez for the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix on 24-27 October.
Which airport to fly into?
Until a new airport is completed in 2020, flights to Mexico City all land at Mexico City International Airport (MEX), also known as Benito Juarez International Airport or Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México in Spanish. The largest airport in Latin America has two terminals and serves over 40 million passengers annually.
The most popular domestic routes include Cancún, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Tijuana, Mérida, Tuxtla Gutiérrez and Puerto Vallarta. Several US cities – Los Angeles, Houston and New York – are also amongst the top ten busiest routes served from the airport, which has daily direct connections to major European, Asian and South American hubs.
The airline serves as the main hub for Aeroméxico, the flag carrying airline of Mexico, and is also a hub for Mexican carriers Interjet, Volaris and Aeromar. Other full-service and discount airlines with daily direct flights to Mexico City include Air Canada, Air France/KLM, American Airlines, Avianca, British Airways, Copa, Delta, Iberia, JetBlue, Latam, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Southwest.
Getting from the airport to the city
Mexico City International Airport is located less than 10km east of the city centre and just a few kilometres from Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, the home of the Mexican Grand Prix. It’s quick and easy to get downtown from the airport using a taxi, Uber or the Metro:
- Taking the Metro is cheap, fast and convenient. Terminal 1 is next to the Terminal Aéreastation on Line 5, whilst Terminal 2 is less than a ten-minute walk from the Pantitlán station on Lines 1, 5 and 9.
- Before hopping in a licensed airport taxi, be sure to buy a ticket in advance from one of the counters in arrivals. Most fares will set you back from 100-300 pesos. Alternatively, Uber is also a reliable and affordable choice in Mexico City.
How to get to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez
The most convenient way to get to Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez is via Mexico City’s efficient Metro system (click here to download a map). If you are staying centrally, it’s only a short ride to the circuit. Take Line 9 (brown colour code) in the direction of Pantitlán to one of the following stops:
- Velódromo: for the stadium grandstands, Grada 14 Foro Sol Sur (Grey Zone) & Grada 15 Foro Sol Norte (Brown Zone)
- Cuidad Deportiva: for the Main Grandstand (Green Zone)
- Puebla: for Grandstands 3-6 (Blue Zone) and Grandstands 9-11 (Yellow Zone)
The Zaragoza stop on Line 1 (pink colour code) is also worth considering, but you’ll have a slightly longer walk. When leaving the circuit at peak times, consider taking the metro one stop in the opposite direction and then doubling back to beat the crowds and get a seat.
Taxis and Uber are also available, but the traffic jams near the circuit on race weekend can cause sizeable delays. Leave your car at home; there’s very limited parking close to the circuit.
General Advice on Getting Around in Mexico City
The best way to get around in Mexico City is to use public transport, especially the extensive Metro system, or by Uber/taxi. The metro operates from early morning until midnight and tickets are cheap. If you are planning to use public transport all weekend, buy the Tarjeta Distrito Federal card for 10 pesos and load it with credit to use on Metro, light rail and Metrobus services.
Getting a hire car and driving yourself is not the best idea in Mexico City. The roads are chaotic, traffic jams are common and parking is very hard to find. Uber and local registered taxis are worth considering, except at peak times when it may be a lot quicker to take public transport due to traffic jams.
- Download the Mexico City Metro map
- Download a circuit map with metro stops, entrance gates, Uber pick-up points and local bus stations indicated
Official Ticket Packages for the 2019 Mexican Grand Prix include select grandstands or hospitality in the Champions Club and Formula 1 Paddock Club, plus unique benefits such as F1 driver meet-and-greets, a guided track tour and F1 Insider Access.