Car Hire in Mexico City
Car hire in Mexico City is prolific, with businesses operating in all parts of the city. Agencies include National, Mexico City Car Rental, Avis, Hertz, National, Sixt, and Cheap Mexico City Car Rental. These agencies offer sedans of all sizes as well as SUVs, pickup trucks, minivans, and luxury cars.
Car Hire at Mexico City Airport(s)
Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX), aka Mexico City International Airport, is the airport serving Mexico City. To hire a car at Mexico City Airport, you have several car rental agencies operating right out of the airport to choose from, including Hertz, Budget, National, Gold Car, Alamo, ACE, Sixt, Europcar, E-Z, and Thrifty. You can find these agencies set up all along the baggage claim area, with cars able to be picked up in the lots just outside the airport terminal doors. Once you pick up your car hire at Mexico City Airport, driving into downtown Mexico City is a simple 30-minute drive along Av Oceanía.
Driving in Mexico City
In order to drive your car rental in Mexico City, you'll need a valid driver's license, including a photo, from your home country. If your license doesn't have a photo, you will need to carry a second valid form of ID that does have a photo of you. Some agencies also require that drivers have held their current licenses for at least two to five years. While drivers under 25 years of age may be permitted to hire a car in Mexico City, most rental agencies require drivers be at least 25 to rent a car from them.
Mexico City is heavily trafficked, so it's wise to drive defensively. Even short trips can often extend over an hour, and it's inadvisable to drive at all during morning and afternoon weekday rush hours unless absolutely necessary. Be aware of speed bumps (called "topes") coming off the highways into town. Mexico itself has invested heavily in its roadways and offers toll roads that are very well-maintained. There are also roads that are free to travel, called carreteras federales, but they are often less maintained and slower to travel.
Parking in Mexico City
When you rent a car in Mexico City, you also have to give serious consideration to parking. Street parking, while available at hundreds of parking meters, is difficult to find, and tickets for parking illegally incur large fines. The best bet is to park your car rental in Mexico City's many private parking lots and garages, such as on Republica de Cuba 39, Calle de Venustiano Carranza 70, and Margil 12. Rates are £14.65 per hour or £83.09 per day. You can also find plenty of overnight parking options available as well for your car hire in Mexico City, including Calle Río Lerma 148 Garage, Andrés Bello 29 Garage, and Paseo de la Reforma 276 Garage.
Where to Go and What to See in Mexico City
Once you rent a car in Mexico City, you're all set to take road trips outside of the city to explore the surrounding regions as well. Popular drives outside of Mexico City include Teotihuacán (30 to 45 minutes), Tepotzotlán (30 minutes), Toluca (50 minutes), and Cuernavaca (1 hour).