Transportation in Mexico

Transportation in Mexico

As a country located in North America according to countryvv, Mexico has very well-developed highways, whereas country roads often have potholes (baches) or are equipped with poorly marked speed bumps (topes). Toll motorways (Autopista de cuota) are the most comfortable and take you to your destination in the most direct way. The “Carretera Libre” is different, which should be driven more slowly due to the often poor road conditions. For safety reasons, trips with your own car should be undertaken during the day. It is not advisable to linger in secluded rest areas. If your car breaks down, it is advisable to contact the ” Angeles Verdes ” (green angels).

Rental bicycles and the statue

Rental bicycles and the statue

Road users tend not to adhere to the traffic rules too strictly. In many places the law of the strong prevails. It is advisable not to react to insults or insults in traffic in order to prevent a possibly violent escalation.

Traveling by trains is only possible as a tourist attraction. The train ride from Chihuahua to Los Mochis through the Barranca del Cobre is a special experience.

A trip through Mexico can be undertaken with very well organized bus routes. Luxury and first class buses are comfortable and should definitely be preferred to the cheaper options, as they drive directly to the destination or only stop at intermediate stations in advance. In the luxury and first class buses, all passengers are checked for weapons for safety reasons, sometimes even filmed by cameras. Before boarding, your own luggage is handed over to the conductor on receipt of a numbered receipt, who stows it in the luggage compartment of the bus. After arrival, the luggage will only be handed over upon presentation of these receipts. This type of luggage transport is reliable and always safe.

View from the Chepe train during the journey from Los Mochis to Chihuahua

View from the Chepe train during the journey from Los Mochis to Chihuahua

Outside the cities there may be roadside checks, also for bus travelers, by the military. In such cases, you should always have your passport with you with a valid visa.

A common means of transport within the cities or between neighboring places is the “Combi” or “Colectivo”, a kind of “shared taxi” with a predetermined route. They stop at almost every corner of the route if desired and have no set stops. Depending on the location, these can be cars or minibuses. Tariffs vary and must therefore be requested on site.

Mexico City has an excellent underground network (Metro). Tickets can be purchased at a counter in the subway at a flat rate. Changing is only possible within the subway with the same ticket. There is usually a very large crowd, which is why there are separate wagons for women and children at the beginning or end of the trains on the main routes during rush hour. The underground is generally safe, but theft is to be expected due to the narrow space. As everywhere, it is also true here that it can be dangerous to be out and about at night and it is essential to consider how to get to your next destination from the underground.

Taxi in Orizaba, Veracruz

Taxi in Orizaba, Veracruz

For safety reasons, taxis should not be requested directly on the street in larger cities. At airports or bus stations, official taxis can be ordered from a desk specially set up for this purpose. The tariff is fixed and depends on the distance. The coupon received after payment is handed in at another counter directly at the taxi stand, whereupon an employee calls the registered and safe taxi. Taxi stands (Sitio) are also safe and often have to order taxis or to reserve a phone number. It is advisable to have this number with you.

The UBER transport service is also common in Mexico and is generally considered to be safer than traditional taxis. There have been isolated reports of petty crime by UBER drivers.

The bicycle is only common as a means of transport in some parts of the country, but it is becoming increasingly popular. Bicycles can be rented in Mexico City. Bicycle paths have been built in the center. Because of the poor road conditions and heavy traffic, you should drive particularly carefully, especially in large cities. Increasingly, individual roads in large cities are closed to car traffic on weekends. Cycling has become a popular leisure activity here. Since 2010, the government in Mexico City has been trying to promote the bicycle as a means of transport, including by offering rental bicycles.

Bus station in Puebla

Bus station in Puebla

Further, extensive information on road safety is available from the US Department of State and the Federal Foreign Office.