Mexico City Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX) Information
(Mexico City, Federal District, Mexico)
The Benito Juárez International Airport is not only Mexico's busiest air hub, but also the biggest in all of Latin America. The more than 26 million passengers who enter this airport each year fly directly over Mexico City before landing in the eastern borough of Venustiano Carranza. Los Angeles
, New York
are the busiest of the 100+ direct routes which can be taken with the 30 airlines that use this facility.
Terminal 1, the older of Benito Juárez International Airport's two terminals, has been expanded five times since its initial 1958 opening to become the Western Hemisphere's biggest and the world's fourth-biggest terminal. The much more youthful Terminal 2 opened in 2007 and now handles all of the facility's Aeroméxico flights.
The runways separate the two terminals, which are linked by a monorail system called the Aerotrén. Visitors can watch flights depart and arrive from Mexico City at the popular observation deck.
Benito Juarez International Airport (MEX)
Address: Avenida Capitan Carlos Leon Gonzalez S / N ,Col. Penón de los Banos, Delegacion Venustiano Carranza, D.F. CP 15620, Mexico, MX
Tel: + 52 5571 3600 2260
It takes about 20 minutes to travel the 13 km / 8 miles between the Benito Juárez International Airport's / Venustiano Carranza and central Mexico City. Although the facility's close proximity to the city has caused controversy over the years, there are no plans to change its location in the near future.
Mexico City International Airport (MEX) Guide
- Onsite NH Hotel at Terminal 2 and three additional hotels at Terminal 1
- Eight lounge areas
- Dufry Mexico and Latinoamerica duty free shops, as well as numerous souvenir shops
- A variety of restaurants and vending machines
- Car hire available from seven different dealerships including Alamo, Avis and Budget
- Postal services and storage lockers in Lounge A
- Large banks with currency exchange facilities
- International business club in the Arrivals hall, on the second floor
- Paramedics and other 24-hour medical services
Drivers who rent vehicles at the Benito Juárez International Airport may choose between per kilometre or unlimited kilometre deals. Despite the notorious reputation of Mexico City's roads and drivers, city centre driving here is generally no more dangerous than that in any other city of its size, as long as motorists stay on the main roads. Motorists should watch out for wandering livestock while driving on the city's dual carriageways, and avoid parking on city streets.
Several buses depart from the domestic terminal (Terminal 2) at the Benito Juárez Airport, running to places throughout Mexico City several times per day until midnight. Passengers taking buses to destinations outside of Mexico City must board them at the Terminal 2 bus station, at the Arrivals level's far right area. A new Metrobus line now connects the Buenavista Station with the air hub.
The airport is linked to the city's light rail system and this is a much faster way to travel than by bus. Apart from during crowded rush hours, passengers can easily walk between the Baggage Claim area and the onsite metro station, which is clearly signed with the letter 'M'. Passengers headed for central Mexico City must change to Line 1 at the Pantitlan Station, before proceeding to the Insurgentes Station.
Taxi passengers can choose between at least five different registered companies at the airport. Although most Mexico City taxis are four-passenger vehicles, larger groups can opt for an eight-passenger executive taxi. The taxi journey between the airport and Mexico City lasts slightly more than half an hour. Travellers will find that the city's 250,000+ registered taxis are usually affordable and quite easy to find.