Immigration and luggage Claim
My arrival time of 11:30 pm may be a reason but it took me less than 45 minutes to get my visa for Mexico and claim my luggage. We already had to fill in our tourist cards on the plane (you need to fill in your information at the bottom of the card, too, not only on the upper part) and I was given 180 days as expected.
They were very friendly. In fact, I’ve never come across an unfriendly immigration officer in Latin America while I’ve already run into problems with airline staff when checking in. This time, my flight from Lima to Mexico City was with Interjet, a Mexican airline and they asked for an onward flight. I had expected it and as I need to go back to Peru in September, anyway, I had bought a ticket back to Lima for Sep 10. As it was with Interjet, too, they could easily check in their system and I had no problems.
If you don’t know long you’re going to stay, you can either buy a fully refundable ticket and cancel it once you’ve arrived in Mexico or you “rent” a ticket with bestonward. I always choose the second possibility because then I no longer have to worry about anything once I got my ticket from then.
Where to stay when you arrive late
I stayed at a small hostel within walking distance of the airport, Hostel Mexico DF Airport. Nothing sophisticated but perfectly all right for one night. I paid US$ 25 for a private room including breakfast. And the staff was very nice although I arrived well after midnight. Breakfast was self-service and when I left at 11 am the next morning, everything was still on the table, so sleeping in is obviously no problem (just make to leave by noon).
As far as walkability is concerned, it’s really no problem. I took a taxi for the ridiculous price of almost US$ 7 because I was familiar with the surroundings, was sure about safety and especially as a female solo traveller, it ‘s better to be safe than sorry, as we all know. However, if I stayed at the hostel again, I’d walk like I did it when I returned to the airport.
If you book a taxi at the airport, tell them very clearly that it’s close (like 4 blocks away). I did but the taxi driver nevertheless headed somewhere else until I interfered by asking him why it was that far away. You shouldn’t find yourself on any big street.
The hostel itself looks like a normal house with no name on it but don’t worry, if you see the no. 33 written on the wall, you’re in the right place.
Getting your bus Ticket
The buses to Puebla leave directly from the airport and are frequent, so there’s no need to book in advance. Just follow the bus signs at the airport and you will get to the ticket counter. A ticket costs about US$ 15 and you may also buy a return ticket already which is valid for one year with no need to pick a certain day or time.
The check-in is similar to taking a flight. After you have bought your ticket, you leave your luggage at the counter and the staff will make sure that it gets on the bus. Afterwards, you continue to a security check. Yes, as I said as if you were taking a flight.
Mexico D.F. to Puebla
I have to admit that I was impressed by the quality of the bus. Lots of space, two toilets, well-functioning wi-fi and all passengers were given a small bottle of water and a snack. We left punctually at noon and arrived 2.5 hours later in Puebla. The bus station is outside the city centre but they offer a kind of a shuttle service to take you to your hotel, home or whatever. Unfortunately, I didn’t ask how much it cost because I had decided to walk the 3km to my AirBnB. Yes, I do such things when I’m on a budget. Well, and my backpack is actually not very happy, about 12 kg.
What are your experiences with Mexico City airport and taking long distance buses in Mexico? Don’t hesitate and share in the comments. Looking forward to hearing from you.
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