Car Rental in Mexico City
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Why rent a car in Mexico City?
One of the 32 states of Mexico and one of the largest cities on the planet, Mexico City is an impressive destination — and not just due to its size. From Aztec artifacts and colonial architecture to plenty of entertainment and busy cultural life, the city is an increasingly attractive tourist hotspot. Better yet, it can also serve as a gateway to Central Mexico and its many jewels.
One-Way Car Rentals in Mexico City
The most popular one-way rental options for pick up in Mexico City and drop off in another city include:
- From Mexico City to Cancun - 224 offers from € 68.38 per day
- From Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta - 81 offers from € 47.63 per day
- From Mexico City to Oaxaca - 58 offers from € 37.87 per day
- From Mexico City to Aguascalientes - 76 offers from € 33.20 per day
- From Mexico City to Guadalajara - 97 offers from € 35.89 per day
Top ways to enter Mexico City
- Mexico City Airport: Also known as Benito Juarez Airport after the Mexican statesman, it handled over 50 million travelers in 2019, making it one of the busiest airports in all of the Americas. In addition to plenty of domestic connections, the airport also offers flights to and from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Located just 6km (3.7 miles) east of the city center, the airport can be reached in 20-30 minutes, depending on the traffic.
- Toluca Airport: Located in the southwestern suburb of the same name, the much smaller Toluca Airport hosts flights of four different airlines, offering local connections with places like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Monterrey. Depending on the traffic, the trip from this airport to the center of Mexico City takes 60 to 90 minutes.
Top destinations and activities
- National Museum of Anthropology. Mexico City is rich with museums — according to some estimates, no other city in the world has as many as the Mexican capital. While many of them would deserve special mention, the National Museum of Anthropology is definitely one of the standouts. The bulk of its impressive collection is dedicated to the various indigenous cultures of Mexico — not just the Mayans, Aztecs, and Olmecs, but also some lesser-known ones. In addition to stunning historical artifacts, there are also more recent exhibitions about rural life in modern-day Mexico.
- Zócalo. The main square of Mexico City, El Zócalo is also the city’s beating heart. Located in the place of the ceremonial center of the Aztec city that preceded it, it is one of the largest public squares in the world. Many of the city’s most important buildings, such as the National Palace and the Mexico City Cathedral, are located on it.
- Coyoacán. A large neighborhood inhabited for many centuries (its name means ‘the place of coyotes’ in the native Nahuatl language), Coyoacán is nowadays one of the best places to enjoy Mexico City’s colonial architecture. Famous examples include San Juan Bautista Church and La Conchita Church. Other attractions of the neighborhood are the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Anahuacalli Museum containing pre-Hispanic art, and the bustling squares of Hidalgo and Jardín Centenario.
Traffic and parking tips
Mexico has a program called Angeles Verdes (Green Angels) which provides trucks that patrol the tolled highways to assist drivers of broken down vehicles. The operators of these trucks can fix basic problems or tow your vehicle and will do it for free. You can call the Green Angels toll-free at 01-800-987-8224 or dial 078 in an emergency. Do be sure to keep your receipt from the tolls, as this is funded through the tolls.
Mexico has an extensive system of toll roads due to a government program started in the 1980s to update the country’s road system. The Mexican toll road system is called Cuota. Toll booths are located along the highways at the end of sections of the road, therefore, on a long ride, you can pass through multiple toll booths. While credit cards used to be accepted, drivers can now only pay with either cash or an electronic tag placed on the car’s windshield. The electronic tags may be available from your rental car provider but usually comes with a fee. However, the fee is usually just a one-time fee for the tag, not a daily fee as in other places like many places in the United States. ATMs are few and far between along the highways, so be sure to keep plenty of cash to pay for the tolls.
Compared to other countries, Mexico’s tolls can seem rather expensive. It is possible, however, to avoid most toll roads as Libre (or free) roads usually go alongside them, though they are much slower to travel on due to going through many villages along the way. This may make for more scenic travel on short trips but would certainly hinder progress on any long trips.
Ideas for a day-trip
- Teotihuacan. Also known as the City of the Gods, Teotihuacan was the largest settlement in the pre-Columbian Americas and is now a major archeological site. The main attractions are the giant Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, as well as the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, but many of the smaller structures and places of worship are just as fascinating. Located some 50km (31 miles) northeast of the city center, Teotihuacan can be reached in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
- Desierto de los Leones. As fascinating as Mexico City is, its constant energy, colors, and smells can sometimes leave a traveler feeling overwhelmed. Luckily, a green escape is just a short ride away in the form of the Desert of the Lions National Park. Do not be confused by its name — it notes a wild, deserted place rather than eternal sand, and the area is characterized by highland forests, streams, and waterfalls. A great place for hiking, the national park is home to wildlife species like the ringtail (sometimes called a cat, but actually a relative of raccoons), white-tailed deer, and sparrowhawk, as well as some well-preserved architecture. The park is about an hour’s drive southwest of the city center.
- Puebla. One of the largest cities in Mexico, Puebla is mainly known for its beautiful colonial buildings. The city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage site, boasts such gems as the forts of Loreto and Guadalupe, Puebla Cathedral, and the Chapel of the Virgin of Rosario. Meanwhile, the surrounding state of the same name has highland lakes, volcanoes, and ancient sites for a curious traveler to explore. The trip from Mexico City takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes, so while it’s possible to visit Puebla on a day trip, spare two or three days if you can.
Most popular rental types and cars
The most popular rental car in Mexico City is the Chevrolet Spark, although many travelers also go for the smaller Chevrolet Spark 3d, as well as the Chevrolet Aveo and Nissan March. The most popular rental car types are economy, compact, and mini.
Car Rental Prices in Mexico City
- Large cars - from $41 per day
- Medium cars - from $43 per day
- People Carriers/Vans - from $148 per day
- Premium cars - from $38 per day
- Small cars - from $45 per day
- SUVs - from $103 per day
How can I save money on my rental car?
These are some good ways to save money on your rental car:
- Compare the rates of different rental car providers
- Book your rental car well in advance
- Plan your route before you go
- Know your fuel and mileage requirements
- Visit during the month when the rental prices are the cheapest. According to our data, visiting Mexico City is the cheapest in March when renting a car is about 45% cheaper than the yearly average.
Top 20 Cities near Mexico City
Guadalajara Car Rentals from $24.07 per day469.2 km / 291.6 miles away
Merida Car Rentals from $14.13 per day997.3 km / 619.7 miles away
Toluca Car Rentals from $16.44 per day51.9 km / 32.2 miles away
Puerto Vallarta Car Rentals from $34.31 per day660.6 km / 410.5 miles away
Leon Car Rentals from $8.26 per day303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
702.5 km / 436.5 miles away
Puebla Car Rentals from $14.13 per day81.1 km / 50.4 miles away
Queretaro Car Rentals from $14.55 per day174.6 km / 108.5 miles away
Veracruz Car Rentals from $16.44 per day306.1 km / 190.2 miles away
Aguascalientes Car Rentals from $16.44 per day419.8 km / 260.9 miles away
Tuxtla Gutiérrez Car Rentals from $14.55 per day717.0 km / 445.5 miles away
San Luis Potosi Car Rentals from $16.44 per day367.4 km / 228.3 miles away
Acapulco Car Rentals from $16.44 per day306.1 km / 190.2 miles away
Zacatecas Car Rentals from $16.44 per day535.8 km / 332.9 miles away
Huatulco Car Rentals from $16.44 per day505.6 km / 314.1 miles away
Durango Car Rentals from $23.44 per day766.7 km / 476.4 miles away
Ixtapa Car Rentals from $33.08 per day327.1 km / 203.3 miles away
Colima Car Rentals from $16.44 per day471.4 km / 292.9 miles away
Manzanillo Car Rentals from $16.44 per day575.4 km / 357.6 miles away
Ciudad del Carmen Car Rentals from $16.44 per day770.6 km / 478.8 miles away
Top 20 Locations near Mexico City
Benito Juarez International Airport Car Rentals from $14.13 per day1.6 km / 1.0 miles away
Mexico - Santa Fe Car Rentals from $24.87 per day20.4 km / 12.7 miles away
Ventura Hotel & Suite Car Rentals from $30.72 per day20.6 km / 12.8 miles away
Toluca Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day51.9 km / 32.2 miles away
Puebla International Airport Car Rentals from $14.13 per day81.1 km / 50.4 miles away
Queretaro Airport Car Rentals from $14.55 per day174.6 km / 108.5 miles away
Del Bajio Airport Car Rentals from $8.26 per day303.7 km / 188.7 miles away
Acapulco Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day306.1 km / 190.2 miles away
Veracruz Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day306.1 km / 190.2 miles away
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport Car Rentals from $14.13 per day323.1 km / 200.8 miles away
San Luis Potosi Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day367.4 km / 228.3 miles away
Aguascalientes Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day419.8 km / 260.9 miles away
Puerto Escondido Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day449.2 km / 279.1 miles away
Puerto Escondito Playa Zicatela Car Rentals from $24.87 per day453.2 km / 281.6 miles away
Guadalajara Int. Airport Car Rentals from $5.04 per day457.3 km / 284.2 miles away
Guadalajara Italia Providencia Car Rentals from $24.07 per day469.2 km / 291.6 miles away
Colima Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day471.4 km / 292.9 miles away
Bahias de Huatulco International Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day505.6 km / 314.1 miles away
Zacatecas International Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day535.8 km / 332.9 miles away
Manzanillo Airport Car Rentals from $16.44 per day575.4 km / 357.6 miles away
Map of Car Rental Locations
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Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers
|Firefly||Chevrolet Aveo||4||1||Medium cars|
|MEX RENT A CAR||VW Polo||4||1||Small cars|
|SIXT||Chevrolet Aveo Aut.||4||2||Medium cars|
|MEX RENT A CAR||Kia Rio||4||1||Small cars|
|MEX RENT A CAR||Kia Rio||4||3||Medium cars|
|Ace Rent a car||Kia Rio||4||1||Small cars|
|Firefly||VW Vento||4||3||Large cars|
|Hertz||Chevrolet Aveo||4||1||Medium cars|
|Europcar||Renault Kwid||4||1||Small cars|
|SIXT||Chevrolet Aveo||4||2||Medium cars|