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GENERAL INFORMATION

"AICM" - Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México
(Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez)
Av. Capitán Carlos León S/N
Col Peñón de los Baños
Delegación Venustiano Carranza, DF
CP 15620, México

Phone: (+52 55) 2482-2424 and 2482-2400

Website: http://www.aicm.com.mx/home_en.php (English language version)

Link to AICM airlines information, including terminals.

Most comprehensive information: Wikipedia (Castilian Spanish)

Mexico City Airport Guide to lounges, sleeping, etc. by SleepinginAirports.net

Venustiano Carranza is one of the 16 boroughs (delegaciones) of the Federal District; it serves Mexico City, and is located 3.1 miles / 5 km east of downtown (getting there takes significantly longer than you would think; traffic can be very congested). The airport is one of the oldest, opening in 1928, and is limited by two runways at high altitude (7,316 ft / 2,230 m above MSL) and can not expand due to encroaching population. Recent attempts to open a new, higher capacity airport were ended by the new President, so this airport, Latin America's second busiest, will do for now.

NOTE: See post 380 (23 May 2018, by BenA) for information on the new automated passport reading kiosks in Terminal 2 and a shorter option to lengthy arrivals queues.

FLIGHT INFORMATION: http://www.aicm.com.mx/informacional.../fids/fids.php

CONNECTIONS: Check to see if you need to connect between terminals, and allow plenty of time for that. See MEX Connection Times international / domestic master thread

From an international flight to an international/domestic flight – Clear immigration, customs and security with any (retrieved at carousels) check-in baggage, then place your baggage on the flight connections carousel located on the right hand side, before proceeding to your departure gate.

If you are traveling on separate ticketing, you will have to go to the terminal airline ticket counter, check in and check your bags.

If you are connecting to the same airline to a domestic destination, you will recover your baggage once you arrive there. Look for the transit queue and processing.

From a domestic flight to an international flight – Proceed directly to the appropriate terminal and departure gate
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Interterminal Transportation - Aerotrén / Air Train: The landside elevated Aerotrén APM (Automated People Mover) claims to move only those connecting passengers with boarding passes between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2. It consists of two to four cars, each with 25 passenger (with baggage and hand carry) capacity, per train, which travels at 28 MPH / 45 kph over the 1.9 mi / 3 km range. Time en route is 4:40 (min), dwell time in each terminal is 60 seconds, time between trains is 10:45 (min).


Aerotrén route

Interterminal Transportation - Landside red shuttle busses[/B] operate 05:00 (am) to 01:00 (am), also used during Aerotrén breakdowns, are labeled ""Transportación entre Terminales"; the stops are at entrance No. 6 of Terminal 1 and entrance No. 4 of Terminal 2. They are air conditioned, have luggage spaces and are wheelchair-accessible.


MEX airport map

ARRIVING: If you are arriving from an international flight without a connection (you are terminating at MEX), you must have your forms filled out - see Requirements for visiting Mexico as a tourist ("tourist card", visa etc.).

You may have a lengthy walk down the glassed-in arrivals corridor. This corridor has glass door controlled areas to allow people from the departures area cross through the arrivals corridor (like using an air lock), so you could be detained by a boarding aircraft. In one instance we were detained nearly fifteen minutes enough route from the 30s gate as a TACA flight boarded and our passage was blocked by glass doors.

Proceed to the corridor end and down one floor to the not-so-well marked exits for "Migración" and proceed to the sometimes lengthy queues to present your passport and documents. Your tourist card will be stamped and you will be given a portion back - turn it in on your departure (if you lose it, expect to pay a fine and have to spend some time with formalities). (When you check in at MEX, the form will be stapled to your boarding pass, and removed at the boarding gate - if somehow you do not have it at counter or gate, you'll have to return landslide and fill out forms and pay a MXN 307.00 fine.

Once your passport is stamped and your "Tourist Card" / FMM is validated, proceed to the baggage carousels and look for your flight to be displayed. Carts are available. Retrieve your baggage and proceed to "ADUANA", where you will queue up one more time. Normally, as you approach the customs kiosk, you will walk up to what looks like a small traffic light / robot and press the large button; a Green light means you can proceed, a Red light means further Customs formalities and inspection. You normally then put your bags on a conveyor belt for x-ray screening, As your bags have been x-rayed prior to delivery you no longer have the x-rayed upon exiting the Aduana hall, though bags may be selected for secondary screening; then you are landside in the arrivals floor scrum.

BAGGAGE STORAGE (link)

If you recover your baggage and have a layover, there are left luggage / baggage storage / GUARDAEQUIPAJE* at AICM, ~100 MXN per day.

*Goo-ARR-dah ek-kee-PA-heh

Terminal 1: Internacional area 10 between Gates 7 and 8, Area E-2; 24 hours a day.

Terminal 2: in front of the Domestic Arrivals area, 24 hours a day.


TERMINALS

Terminal 1 is the original terminal, and has expanded a number of times. Terminal 2 was opened in 2007, increasing the airport's capacity 40% from the frequently expanded Terminal 1. SkyTeam, including local member Aeroméxico, excepting Air France and KLM, are located in Terminal 2.

See this WikiTravel page for further information, including airlines and terminals: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_city_airport

Terminal 1:

Premium Lounges in T1:
  • Salón Premier Internacional T1 (Aeroméxico - SkyTeam; Diners Club)
  • United Club (United Airlines, Priority Pass)
  • Admirals Club (American Airlines, U.S. Airways, oneworld - near Gate 23
  • American Express Platinum Centurión Lounge (near Gate 30 - much closer to AA, U.S. etc. departures than some of the airline lounges).
Hotels:
  • izZzleep microhotel, $170 MXN (under USD $9.00) for two hours, MXN $160 for a shower, etc. See IZZZLEEP
  • Camino Real Aeropuerto de México (connected to terminal 1-B by walkway - 600 rooms, budget) <link>
  • Courtyard Mexico City Airport by Marriott (connected by walkway and free shuttle to Terminal 2 - 288 rooms) <link>
  • Fiesta Inn Aeropuerto Ciudad de México by Fiesta Americana (Located across from Terminal 1 and offers free shuttles - 327 rooms, budget) <link>
  • Hilton México City Airport (Level 3, near gate F1 in the International arrivals area - 110 rooms) <link>
See this excellent page on Arriving in Terminal 1, from www.midwesternerinmexico.com.

Terminal 2: (Domestic subterminal and SkyTeam other than KLM and AF)

Premium Lounges in T2:
  • Club Diamante (Aeromar)
  • HSBC Premier Lounge (landslide)
  • Salón Premier Nacional (Domestic side - Aeroméxico - SkyTeam; Priority Pass; Diners Club; Airport Angel)
  • Salón Premier Internacional T2 (Aeroméxico - SkyTeam; Priority Pass; Diners Club, Airport Angel)
  • Riedel Wine Room (Aeroméxico)
  • Travel Pass Elite Lounge (Banamex/Citibank)
  • Centurión American Express Lounge (American Express)
Hotels:
  • izZzleep microhotel, $170 MXN (under USD $9.00) for two hours, MXN $160 for a shower, etc. See IZZZLEEP
  • NH Collection Mexico City Airport Terminal 2 (287 rooms, 6th floor)<link>

FOR HOTELS, LOUNGES, SLEEPING:

A fairly comprehensiveresource is www.sleepinginairports.net. Their intro page to MEX is here, and it covers everything from hotels to Lounges and ad hoc sleeping in airports. E.g. Avianca Lounge is 24/7 and day passes are currently available.

Izzzleep sleep capsules in Terminal 1 (140 MXN hourly, minimum two hours, WiFi, bathrooms, showers for 130 MXN fee - bookable via Bookings.com, Expedia, etc.) Landsude, just “past the entrance to the Marriott Courtyard, in/on top of the T1 bus terminal structure.” (Gracias to flugvergnugen)


OFFSITE TRANSPORTATION:


Mexico City Area Map (midwesternerinmexico.com http://bit.ly/1iTjS4P)

By taxi: The authorized taxi stands at the airport have "Transporte Terrestre" kiosks where you can buy a ticket to your destination, and then proceed outside to the taxi line to catch the taxi. DO NOT pay attention to touts or walk across the street to pick up unaffiliated or pirate taxis - kidnapping and assault are not unknown if you choose to do this.

Uber: see https://www.uber.com/cities/mexico-city; see post #146.

You may wish to read over this informative page about using taxis (and the various kinds of taxis available), with particular emphasis on Mexico City taxis.

Walking out of the airport - Taxi Sitio (Rank) (from WikiTravel - http://wikitravel.org/en/Mexico_City)
Be aware the airport is not located in the best area of the city, so it is not recommended for tourists to walk outside the airport terminal in search for cheaper taxi service unless you have pre-arranged your service. Definitely do not attempt this if you are not comfortable speaking Spanish. Despite this, an alternative Taxi Sitio (site) can be reached by using the overpass located outside of Gate D. Taxis here are about half the price of the official airport taxis and are considered secure. This is the Sitio (taxi rank) that is set up for the airline employees.
By Metro: If you have no luggage, you can use the Metro (Line 5 / Yellow Line, station Terminal Aérea) (serves Terminal 1 only - use interterminal shuttle bus to Terminal 2)and connect to your destination (most will connect to other lines at Pantitlán south, or Oceania north of Terminal Aérea). Tickets (and passes) can be purchased from kiosks, and cost $3.00 pesos per trip (~€ 0.15, or ~US$ 0.24). Hours are 05:00 a 24:00 weekdays, starting 06:00 Saturdays, and 07:00 Sundays and holidays. Website (Castilian Spanish).


Local Bus: The best local bus is the articulated BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) Metrobús Line 4 - the electrically-powered red bus runs in priority roadway lanes from 04:30 (am) to midnight), departures every 20 minutes, takes 30 minutes to downtown historic center / centro histórico, costs $30.00 pesos (about US$2.40 / €1.80) single / one way, has luggage space. Catch it on the ground floor of Terminal 1 opposite Gates 6 - 7, and Terminal 2 near the taxi rank on the ground floor / arrivals. Get your tickets from automated kiosks with peso coins or credit card; sweep your card past the validator as you board. See this page (English version) for details.

By Intercity Bus: There are stations in each terminal with reliable, economical and safe buses to various national destinations. See this page for the bus schedule, and for more on Mexican busses here: Bus travel in Mexico, the definitive thread.

"AICM Terminal 1 land terminal (Terminal terrestre de autobuses - open 24 / 7) is located in front of the international area vehicular ramp and its facilities include various services for the comfort of our passengers. Among others, it offers VIP lounges, internet, resting, reading and meeting halls. The terminal also offers a fast food area, shops, souvenirs and currency exchange offices.

The AICM Terminal 2 land terminal is located at gate D, between entrance 4 and the national arrival passenger exit, and its facilities include resting halls and a fast food area."

INTERCITY BUSSES:

- Autobuses del Oriente (ADO)
Tel: 5133-2424 and 01800-702-8000
Operations: 6:00 to 21:00 hrs. 7 days
Destination: Córdoba, state of Veracrúz

- Autobuses Estrella Blanca
Tels: 5786-9341, 5786-9358, 5786-9338 & 5786-9342
Operations: 24 hrs. / 7 days
Destinations: Pachuca, state of Hidalgo

- Autobuses Estrella Roja
Tels: 5786-9341, 5786-9358, 5786-9338 & 5786-9342
Operations: 24 hrs. / 7 days
Destination: Puebla, Puebla

- Autobuses La Piedad
Tels: 5786-9341, 5786-9358, 5786-9338 & 5786-9342
Operating Hours: 24 hrs. / 7 days
Destinations: Querétaro, Qro.

- Autobuses Pullman de Morelos
Tels: 5786-9341, 5786-9358, 5786-9338 & 5786-9342
Operating Hours: 24 hrs. / 7 days
Destination: Cuernavaca, Mor.

- Autobuses TMT Caminante
Tels: 5786-9341, 5786-9358, 5786-9338 & 5786-9342
Operating Hours: 24 hrs. / 7 days
Destination: Toluca, Mexico
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Old Dec 12, 14, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by O'Hare Terminal 4 View Post
I understand from previous messages that (a) when arriving internationally in T2, one must go immediately to immigration/customs, and (b) of the two Aeromexico lounges, only the "international" lounge has showers.

I am flying JFK-MEX-OAX. After clearing immigration/customs, can I still access the "international" lounge to take a shower, or am I forced to visit the "domestic" lounge only which does not have showers?
It appears you'll be able to shower in the international Aeroméxico Salón Premier lounge. See this reviewer's similar experience here: http://upgrd.com/blogs/doublewidesfl...mexico-df.html
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Originally Posted by flugvergnugen View Post
MEX has never really been a connection point for int'l to int'l flights, and terminal construction/updates have never been done with that in mind. One look in this thread would have given you a heads-up about the UA-CM connection. It wouldn't make any sense for UA to have a transfer desk in MEX, because IMO there are very few people who would need its services.

CM is in T2 because when T2 was built, CO was in Skyteam and followed its partners AM and DL into T2. When CO changed alliances, it moved back into T1, but CM has remained in T2. Don't really know why, as T1 should have capacity after the demise of MX.
I should have said a *A transfer desk. I did read a number of threads regarding Copa, but wasn't looking for anything dealing with UA-Copa interchange. The Copa flying experience is very good, and the Copa ground experience anywhere but MEX is also very good. But you'd have a tough time convincing me that MEX is an airport worth visiting if you're the sort that enjoys seeing new airports. MNL is on that same list (of airports I don't feel a need to see again).
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MEX Juárez (and MNL Aquino) are airports you go to (or through) because you have to. Very little in common with SIN or that level of airport.

MEX was to have closed and been replaced by a modern, regional and international airport located on the now dry Lake Texcoco. After many demonstrations and lots of arcane politics, that idea was scrapped.

Now, they're once again talking, but the Federal District is run by the Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD - which split off from) and the Republic is currently, once again, run by PRI, the Party of the Institutionalized Revolution. At least there's something in a name - the MEX airport situation is institutional and revolting.

Don't expect anything new for a couple of decades.
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Question about the train linking Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. 6 of us are meeting from around the USA at MEX airport Terminal 1. 4 of us arrive in Terminal 1. The other 2 in Terminal 2. MEX is our final destination.

We would like the 2 gringos who arrive in Terminal 2 to take the train and meet us in Terminal 1 at a meeting spot. They will only have a boarding pass for the flight they arrived on. Only hand luggage.

Question for those who have experience at MEX airport:

a Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they ask nicely?
b Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show the arriving boarding pass?
c Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show print-outs of an itinerary they may or may not take for that same day that departs out of Terminal 1?
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Old Mar 26, 15, 8:17 pm
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Originally Posted by beofotch View Post
Question about the train linking Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. 6 of us are meeting from around the USA at MEX airport Terminal 1. 4 of us arrive in Terminal 1. The other 2 in Terminal 2. MEX is our final destination.

We would like the 2 gringos who arrive in Terminal 2 to take the train and meet us in Terminal 1 at a meeting spot. They will only have a boarding pass for the flight they arrived on. Only hand luggage.

Question for those who have experience at MEX airport:

a Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they ask nicely?
b Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show the arriving boarding pass?
c Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show print-outs of an itinerary they may or may not take for that same day that departs out of Terminal 1?
The answer to all questions is likely "no".

Best to take the landside red shuttle bus.
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Originally Posted by beofotch View Post
Question about the train linking Terminal 2 to Terminal 1. 6 of us are meeting from around the USA at MEX airport Terminal 1. 4 of us arrive in Terminal 1. The other 2 in Terminal 2. MEX is our final destination.

We would like the 2 gringos who arrive in Terminal 2 to take the train and meet us in Terminal 1 at a meeting spot. They will only have a boarding pass for the flight they arrived on. Only hand luggage.

Question for those who have experience at MEX airport:

a Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they ask nicely?
b Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show the arriving boarding pass?
c Will they let them use the Terminal 2 to Terminal 1 train transfer if they show print-outs of an itinerary they may or may not take for that same day that departs out of Terminal 1?
They just need to show the boarding pass for the day they use the train
I've done it many times
Boarding Pass/Itinerary are fine as long as the date is that day's date
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Old Mar 27, 15, 9:13 pm
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Originally Posted by rene86mx View Post
They just need to show the boarding pass for the day they use the train
I've done it many times
Boarding Pass/Itinerary are fine as long as the date is that day's date
They'll allow them to use the train if they arrive internationally and process Migración and Aduana? Nice!
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They'll allow them to use the train if they arrive internationally and process Migración and Aduana? Nice!
Yes, the train is landside.
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Yes, the train is landside.
Thanks! We have a report or two boarding passes and identification are required; is this the case?
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Thanks! We have a report or two boarding passes and identification are required; is this the case?
No ID check.
Jusr boarding passes, even the showing the confirmation in my cellphone has worked
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No ID check.
Jusr boarding passes, even the showing the confirmation in my cellphone has worked
¡Gracias, René! ¿Chilango?
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No ID check.
Jusr boarding passes, even the showing the confirmation in my cellphone has worked
Thanks, Rene. And the arriving boarding pass is OK?
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¡Gracias, René! ¿Chilango?
Live now in MEX, I used to fly once a week to MEX.
I have used both T1 and T2 many times
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Thanks, Rene. And the arriving boarding pass is OK?
Yes, the guards will only check the date.
Walk fast, determined that would scare them a little bit
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Originally Posted by rene86mx View Post
Live now in MEX, I used to fly once a week to MEX.
I have used both T1 and T2 many times
Yo era, ahora tu eres. (Once I was, now you are.)

Thanks for the updates; I've generally used AICM Terminal 1.
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