Car Rental in Mexico City

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Cheapest Car Rental Rates

Downtown
Economy
Chevrolet Spark or similar
Chevrolet Spark
  • 4
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
NUCarrentals
$18.03 / per day
Felipe Angeles International Airport(NLU)
Mini
Volkswagen Polo or similar
Volkswagen Polo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
MEX RENT A CAR
$21.26 / per day
Downtown
Compact
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 5
  • 1
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Alamo
$23.75 / per day
Downtown
Intermediate
Chevrolet Aveo or similar
Chevrolet Aveo
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Man.
Keddy
$24.33 / per day

Most Popular Car Rental Deals

Downtown
Standard
Nissan Versa or similar
Nissan Versa
  • 5
  • 3
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Enterprise
$34.45 / per day
Mexico - Santa Fe
Full-size
Chevrolet Cavalier or similar
Chevrolet Cavalier
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
National
$36.74 / per day
Mexico City International Airport
Premium
Volkswagen Jetta or similar
Volkswagen Jetta
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Firefly
$41.67 / per day
Downtown
Full-size Elite
Nissan Sentra or similar
Nissan Sentra
  • 5
  • 2
  • 4
  • A/C
  • Auto.
Avis
$67.45 / per day
The above prices are only approximate and were last updated at 08:40 on 2024-06-18. Prices may vary based on the booking dates, length of rental, and car class.

Travel Information

Languages
Spanish, Mayan
Currency
MXN
Drive on
Right-hand side
Country code
+52
Average car rental price
$33 per day
Average car rental length
8 days
Speed limit within town
30 - 50 km/h or 19 - 31 mph
Speed limit out of town
80 - 120 km/h or 50 - 75 mph
Acceptable limit of BAC
0.08%
Rating
8.5 / 10

Why rent a car in Mexico City?

Mexico City is an incredible destination that's unlike anything else in the world. As one of the largest cities on the planet and the capital of one of Mexico's 32 states, it's an impressive place to explore. Whether you're interested in Aztec artifacts and colonial architecture, or just want to experience the lively cultural scene, there is so much to explore in Mexico City. One of the best parts about visiting is the foodie scene that ranges from classic street food like tacos al pastor to high-end contemporary Mexican cuisine. Plus, Mexico City is a great starting point to explore other gems in Central Mexico. Trust us, you won't regret making the trip!

Mexico City

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 $73.43 per day
  • From Mexico City to Puerto Vallarta - 81 offers from $51.15 per day
  • From Mexico City to Oaxaca - 58 offers from $40.67 per day
  • From Mexico City to Aguascalientes - 76 offers from $35.65 per day
  • From Mexico City to Guadalajara - 97 offers from $38.54 per day

Top ways to enter Mexico City

  • Mexico City Airport: Also known as Benito Juarez Airport after the Mexican statesman, it handled over 36 million travelers in 2021, 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 an hour from the city center in the southwestern suburb of the same name it’s officially known as Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport. The much smaller Toluca Airport hosts flights of four different airlines (Volaris, VivaAerobus, Flexjet, Fly Across), offering local connections with places like Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, Tijuana, and Monterrey and International destinations such as San Francisco. Depending on the traffic, the trip from this airport to the center of Mexico City takes 60 to 90 minutes.

Top sights 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. It is the largest and most visited museum in Mexico and the majority 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. 

  • Frida Kahlo Museum. Also known as the Casa Azul or "Blue House," is a must-visit destination for art and history lovers in Mexico City. Located in the bohemian neighborhood of Coyoacán, this museum is the former home of Frida Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera. Visitors can explore the house and gardens, which are filled with personal items, artwork, and artifacts that offer insight into the life and work of this iconic Mexican artist. The museum is a popular attraction, so it's best to book tickets in advance to avoid long lines.

  • 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.

 

Traffic and parking

If you're planning a trip to Mexico City, it's important to be aware of the city's notorious traffic congestion. As one of the most clogged cities in the world, you're likely to spend a lot of time in traffic, especially during rush hour (hora pico) which occurs from roughly 6 am to 9 am and 6 pm to 9 pm each day. When it comes to parking, you have a couple of options - you can either use individual meters (Parquímetro monoespacio) where available or ticket machines (Parquímetro multiespacio) on the street. Keep in mind that individual meters require continuous credit as long as the car is parked, and they only accept coins. It's always a good idea to plan ahead and give yourself extra time to navigate the city's traffic and parking situation.

Mexico has a program called Angeles Verdes (Green Angels), which is similar to AAA in the USA. It 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.

Toll roads

Mexico has an extensive system of toll roads due to a government program that started in the 1980s to update the country’s road system. The Mexican toll road system is called Cuota, while the parallel-running free roads are called 'Libre'. 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. 

As of May 2023, the toll costs range from MX$ 25 to 150 MX$ (approximately US$ 2.50-15) for passenger cars. 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 day trips

  • 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 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

  • Station wagons - from $49 per day
  • Large cars - from $20 per day
  • Medium cars - from $20 per day
  • Vans - from $124 per day
  • Premium cars - from $36 per day
  • Small cars - from $18 per day
  • SUVs - from $29 per day

Money-saving tips

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
  • Consider a smaller car: Opting for a smaller, more fuel-efficient car can save you money on rental costs and gas.
  • 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.
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Map of Car Rental Locations

What is the cheapest month to rent a car in Mexico City?

Car rental prices in Mexico City vary by time of year. This graph shows the average prices per month to help you find the best time of year to rent.
Average rental costs per day in Mexico City
$26.45
January
$27.22
February
$40.41
March
$44.77
April
$37.20
May
$30.96
June
$41.82
July
$38.16
August
$30.71
September
$34.30
October
$35.67
November
$48.97
December
The cheapest month to rent a car in Mexico City is January (when prices average $26.45 per day). This is 27% cheaper than the yearly average and 46% cheaper than renting in December (when prices average $48.97).

This information can help you identify the low season. But these are only average numbers. How much your car rental will cost will depend on the type of vehicle you rent, how long you’ll rent it for, and how far ahead you book. Simply enter your dates in the form at the top of the page to see the exact prices.

What’s the usual rental length in Mexico City?

How long travelers keep their rental cars for varies from month to month: in July, the average renter keeps their car for 10 days, and in February, they keep their car for 7 days.
Average number of rental days in Mexico City
9
January
7
February
9
March
7
April
7
May
9
June
10
July
9
August
7
September
8
October
7
November
9
December

What's the most popular month to rent a car in Mexico City?

Based on the number of searches by our customers, the most popular month for renting a car in Mexico City is December, and the least popular is May.
Monthly searches in Mexico City by pick-up date relative to the average
117%
January
92%
February
83%
March
72%
April
44%
May
86%
June
103%
July
104%
August
68%
September
137%
October
133%
November
160%
December

Car Rental Information

Car rental locations 19
Airport locations 2
Popular suppliers MEX RENT A CAR, Keddy, Avis, Europcar, Budget
Popular car categories Large cars, Small cars, Medium cars, SUVs
Lowest price $18 per day
Cheapest supplier NUCarrentals

Most Popular Car Models of Rental Suppliers

Rental Supplier Model Doors Luggage Type
MEX RENT A CAR Volkswagen Polo 4 1 Small cars
Keddy VW Gol 4 2 Medium cars
MEX RENT A CAR Kia Rio 4 1 Small cars
Keddy Chevrolet Beat 5 1 Small cars
MEX RENT A CAR Chevrolet Onix 4 2 Medium cars
Budget Nissan Versa 4 3 Large cars
Avis Nissan Kicks 5 2 SUVs
Keddy Chevrolet Aveo 5 2 Large cars
Budget Volkswagen Vento 4 3 Large cars
MEX RENT A CAR MG 5 5 2 Large cars

Our Customers' Reviews

Because we want to make sure each review listed here is left by a real customer, we don’t have an option to post a review here. Instead, we ask each and every customer to leave a review after they return their rental car. This way, you know that all reviews are authentic, verified, and trustworthy.

Sweden
Nissan March
February 18, 2024
Wow, so much good thing to tell. Beautiful nature, mayacitys, beaches, beautiful medival towns, the food and first of all the lovely Mexican people.
Ecuador
Volkswagen Vento
February 13, 2024
VERY NICE TRIP. EXCELENT CONDITIONS OF THE CAR. IN GENERAL HIGHWAYS, AND THE HIGHWAYS SINGS ARE VERY HELPFUL. GOOD CONDICIONS. EASY AND SAFE TO DRIVING FROM MEXICO CITY TO SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE.
Netherlands
Volkswagen Polo
February 1, 2024
Driving trough mexico city was a big experience. Would only recommend it to expierenced and secure drivers.
Mexico
Mitsubishi Mirage
January 23, 2024
My girlfriend and I went on a road trip with our beautiful dogs
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Australia
Nissan Versa
January 10, 2024
We spent most of our time sightseeing and eating. We were able to travel from Mexico City to Puebla, Oaxaca, Teotihuacan, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Angangueo, Malinalco and many other towns and cities and then back to Mexico City. We visited many archaeological, natural and geological sites and found ourselves being in the centre of a number of festivals over the holiday break. Amazing food, amazing people, amazing time.
Australia
VW Gol
November 13, 2023
Trip itself was fantastic.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
August 25, 2023
My trip began at CDMX historic center moving down south to the state of Mexico to Guerrero then up towards puebla and finally back to CDMX. When traveling through mexico don't ignore all the local food along your way its the only way to taste Mexicos authentic cuisine. The only upsetting thing were the tolls. When will Mexico rid itself from all these tolls. Over all, Be respectful and fair with locals and you will have a great time.
United States of America (USA)
Volkswagen Polo
May 18, 2023
Yes I enjoyed my trip very much because the car was new and in very good condition we were able to go places and back with my family.
Canada
Volkswagen Vento
March 17, 2022
Great country and easy to get around by yourself even with no Spanish!
Netherlands
Chevrolet Aveo
October 9, 2020
Not only in México but everywhere, take a carefully look at the rates.
Portugal
Chevrolet Matiz
November 16, 2019
Mexico City is a bit hard to drive due to the huge amount of traffic and the way Mexicans drive but it is one of the best ways to explore Mexico
South Korea
Dodge Journey
October 4, 2018
I went Chapultepec where the Mexican kings lived and many royal things you can see.
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Car Rental Statistics

Highest rated company
Enterprise
8.1 / 10
)
Lowest rated company
Thrifty
4.4 / 10
)
Total number of reviews
23
Total rental companies
19
Average daily price
$33.46
Lowest daily price
$18.03
Total cars available
852

Top 19 Suppliers in Mexico City in 2024

Enterprise
Enterprise
Very good 8.1 / 2 reviews
4 locations
$34 - $114
Avis
Avis
Good 7.7 / 7 reviews
6 locations
$36 - $357
Finalrentals
Finalrentals
Good 7.4
2 locations
National
National
Good 7.1 / 21 reviews
4 locations
$35 - $103
SIXT
SIXT
Satisfactory 6.7 / 29 reviews
3 locations
$49 - $252
Flexways
Flexways
Satisfactory 6.6 / 14 reviews
3 locations
$74 - $80
Alamo
Alamo
Satisfactory 6.6 / 12 reviews
3 locations
$23 - $85
Europcar
Europcar
Satisfactory 6.3 / 21 reviews
1 location
Dollar
Dollar
Poor 5.9 / 23 reviews
11 locations
$42 - $82
Budget
Budget
Poor 5.8 / 21 reviews
2 locations
$103 - $131
Hertz
Hertz
Poor 5.7 / 13 reviews
15 locations
$49 - $63
GreenMotion
GreenMotion
Poor 5.6 / 13 reviews
4 locations
$35 - $234
Keddy
Keddy
Poor 5.1 / 18 reviews
2 locations
$23 - $132
NUCarrentals
NUCarrentals
Poor 5 / 9 reviews
2 locations
$18 - $246
MEX RENT A CAR
MEX RENT A CAR
Poor 4.9 / 249 reviews
3 locations
$21 - $87
Firefly
Firefly
Poor 4.8 / 23 reviews
2 locations
$39 - $71
Economy rent a car
Economy rent a car
Poor 4.5 / 18 reviews
1 location
Thrifty
Thrifty
Poor 4.4 / 16 reviews
13 locations
$41 - $88
Ace Rent a car
Ace Rent a car
Poor 4.4 / 12 reviews
1 location
$64 - $118
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