How to Get to Teotihuacan
Getting to Teotihuacan
The most interesting way to get to Teotihuacan is to head north out of Mexico City on the modern Insurgentes Norte highway.
There are many places of interest on the way, including Tepexpan, a village where many of the fossils were found that are now displayed in Mexico City’s Museum of Anthropology.
The museum is well worth a visit before going to Teotihuacan It gives visitors a thorough background in Mexican history and it’s considered to be one of the world’s leading anthropological museums).
For a much detailed information about how to get to Teotihuacan and what you can visit around please consult the map below. See also our Teotihuacan Tours page.
By car or taxi
By car (or taxi) – it takes about 45 minutes from the Mexico City, city center if you use the toll highway. It takes much longer, but more interesting if you use the old free road. There is a small fee for parking at the site. A taxi may be prohibitively expensive, though sometimes “tours” with a car and driver/guide can be arranged for a reasonable fee if you want the convenience.
By bus – Buses to Teotihuacán leave from Mexico City every 20 minutes from Terminal Autobuses del Norte A one-way ticket will cost MX$46, with a round trip ticket MX$92 (April 2016).
The trip will take around an hour (the trip back takes 10 minutes more as it drives through the town of San Juan Teotihuacán), and the buses run until about 9pm — check the last departure before you leave. You will be dropped off at Puerta 1 and picked up at Puerta 3 (Closest to the Pyramid of the Moon).
As of May 2016 there are no more return trips from Puerta 2 and Puerta 1 due to new road taken on the way back that goes around those gates. From there it’s a 1/8th of a mile down the main road entering the complex.
Consider getting to the bus stop before the appointed time as buses can fill up.
You can also take line nr 3 to Indios Verdes and take exit J. Price is also MX$ 44
By tour bus – most travel agencies offer half or full day tours to the site, often combined with the Plaza de las Tres Culturas and the Basilica of Guadalupe, both of which are outside the city center. It’s a convenient way to combine the three, but note our comments above about getting to the site early.
The price is around US$38. As with guided tours everywhere in the world, these tours will waste much of your time by promoting gift shops, but they are still a convenient way to get here for Mexico City-based tourists.
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Get around Teotihucan Ruin’s Site
There is an entrance fee of 64 pesos (September 2015) to enter the park (museum included). This is a large site, a lot of walking is required as there few other ways to navigate the complex, unless you have a car, then you can freely drive around the perimeter (if you are staying at the hotel in the park or heading to one of the many restaurants).
There are tractor-drawn wagons with seats and shelter that run on a schedule known only to them. If you go by bus, they will deliver you to a drop off point, from which you will be required to walk. If you tire easily, pack light for this excursion (i.e., no heavy backpacks, large purses, etc).
Note that the site is free for residents of Mexico on Sundays, so you might want to visit on an alternate day.
Teotihuacan Ruins has plenty of friendly park police there who also control automobile traffic. Taxi drivers are not allowed to drive you around the site, unless you have a destination, like a restaurant, inside of the park.
If you are adventurous and lucky, you may be able to rent a bicycle to ride around the perimeter on the cobblestone road (a bit bouncy). If you do not have an opportunity to explore the perimeter where the shops, restaurants and old buildings are, you are missing out.
A little creativity should help you find some transportation inside of the complex. The locals are very friendly and a few pesos will go a long way. Try to at least find a ride around the perimeter to view the complex; it will be worth the effort.
You can go to the nearby town of San Juan Teotihuacan for restaurants, ATMs, or other services. It’s a crowded town 5 ~ 10 minutes taxi ride away. You can catch a taxi at any gate and the price to the town should be around MX$30 ~ MX$35.
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