Mexico City

By | 16th January 2018

Should you rent a car in Mexico City?

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The vast and sprawling Mexico City used to be the largest city in the world, and although it has now been surpassed by several cities in Asia, this is still one of the largest cities in the Americas at least. Although it’s better than it was, Mexico City also still has a reputation for bad air quality. The city has invested heavily in public transport in an attempt to reduce the chronic congestion that blighted it for many decades.

Do you need a car in Mexico City? Introduction

Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

So is there any real need to rent a car here?

Mexico City now has a reasonably comprehensive metro system, and buses often tend to run reasonably quick when they are in their own dedicated bus lanes. There are certainly more than enough cultural attractions in the centre of Mexico City.

Many visitors will also want to get out and about and explore a bit, possibly on to relatively nearby cities like Toluca or Guadalajara. Outside the urban area of Mexico City itself, there really is next to nothing in terms of rail service, but express buses are ubiquitous.

Why should you rent a car in Mexico City?

What are the main reasons for hiring a car here? Do you just want to drive locally? Do you want to go further afield, or should you even look at taking a road trip? In terms of factors like the cost of the hire itself, fuel costs, road tolls and parking charges, is it worth hiring a car in Mexico City?

Mexico City Car hire summary


Overall drive rating

Based on a weighted score across all cost and quality factors. [Full notes - drive rating]

10%

 

Cheapest rate for one week

Based on cheapest economy car hire deal with no added extras. [full notes - basic costs]

€115

 #130/300

 

How much should I expect to pay in the peak season?

Based on cheapest deal during the summer holiday season. (Unless otherwise noted) [full notes - seasonal variations]

 €X

300/300

 

Free parking score

Total 478 - of which 199 have free parking. [full notes - parking]

42%

#152/300

 
  • A rental car might be useful to explore some of the former mining ghost towns or to visit the Iztaccíhuatl – Popocatépetl National park, but this is also easy enough to do in an organised bus tour from Mexico City.
  • If you’re planning on renting a car in Mexico City, it might be something to consider for a day or two at most, but it’s certainly not worthwhile for the whole trip.
 

Why not? Visiting Mexico City without a car

 
Why? Why not? Ratings Comments

Mexico City public transport quick facts

Train score

 

20%

Water travel score

00%

Overall public transport score

50%

 

Walking and Cycling Overview

Active travel score

This overall rating considers walking and cycling in and around Mexico City. 

40%

  • If your plan is to look at Mexico City car hire options as the starting point of a greater Mexican road trip, then we would still advise looking at driving in certain areas of the country, such as the Yucatan peninsula or Baja California in the north.
  • For this sort of trip, it might make more sense to rent a car in Cancun (Mexican Riviera) or on the western coast instead.

Should you rent a car in Mexico City? No, certainly not within the city. A car could be useful for a one day excursion.

Ratings

Car rental in - Mexico City Need v worth & should!

Do you need a car in Mexico City?

  • Based on comparison with transit and walking/cycling?
 

Is it worth hiring a car in Mexico City?

  • Based on value for money?
 

Should you rent a car in Mexico City?

Weighing up the above questions, if you are here for the first time AND asking about hiring a car, is it a good idea?
 

Who is travelling?

Is it worth renting a car in Mexico City if I am a solo / budget traveller?

What about for 2 people travelling together?

What about for families?

 

Where are you staying?

Do you need a car in Mexico City if we are staying in the city centre / main resort area?

What if we are staying on the edge of the urban area?

What if we are staying in a rural area?

 

What is your attitude towards driving?

Should I hire a car in Mexico City if I prefer not to drive?

What if we are easy either way?

What if I prefer to drive?


 

Verdict

What is our final score for Mexico City on the Carornocar scale?

2

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Why? Why not? Ratings Comments
 

Would you hire a car in Mexico City?

Have you driven in Mexico City? Do you agree with our advice on whether or not it's worth hiring a car in Mexico City?
Tell us what you think using the comments section below:
 

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