Transportation in Mexico

mexico flagMexico is a very large country, which required many different means of transportation to be installed over time. Although there aren’t many options for travel in the country, the prices depend on the mean of transportation. For example, if you travel on your own in a private car, you have to pay quotes, which go from 4 to 10 dollars per quote. In the case of Cuernavaca, a city located to 77 km from Mexico City, one must pay around 6 dollars on quotes. On the other hand, if you travel in bus, it’s more expensive, although not excessive. To travel, for example, from Mexico City to Iguala, a city located 190 km from DF, depending on the type of bus, it will cost you around 20 dollars to travel. When the distance is larger, and one must travel by plane, costs are higher. If you wish to go, for example, to the beach, coming from DF, it will cost you around 200 dollars. And this is just an example of transportation between states. Whereas in cities, and especially large cities such as Guadalajara, Mexico City or Querétaro, there are many means of public transportation. You will not have to pay more than a dollar for buses and city trains, even if you travel around 45 km. There are around 10 kinds of different buses, such as the well known “peceros”, “trolebus” or “metrobus”. Taxis, on the other hand, tend to be more expensive, but do not charge more than 21 dollars,
which is the highest cost for a taxi taken in a taxi station. A taxi taken from the street will charge you 0.05 dollars every 250 m. There is, and more especially in Mexico City, subway service. This costs 0.33 dollars per travel, which may be considered as one of the cheapest subway services in the world. And finally, there is the “Ecobici” system, a public bicycle system which has risen in popularity and importance in Mexico City. The annual pass costs 26 dollars and a one day trip 5.85 dollars.

As for gas prices, they have gone higher this year, from 0.88 dollars to 0.94 dollars per liter.

Although these costs may not be excessive, in fact, they have been rising yearly. This has indeed had an impact on the Mexican population, as many are not ready to adjust to more expensive public transportation or gas prices.

In Mexico, almost every home owns a car, if not more than one; some families own over 3 cars, which is the main reason why there is still a great deal of of pollution in mexican cities. As such, we can say that the most used mean of transportation in Mexico is private car, although, in big cities, the public mean of transportation used by people is the subway service. The problem is that this service does not provide service to all areas, causing many to use around 3 different means of transportation on a daily basis.

Mexican means of transportation are well known for being damaged and lacking security. Although the Mexican subway, inaugurated in 1969, is one of the most modern in the world, it is not very well conserved and cleaned. As such, all kinds of buses don’t have qualified drivers, which makes it very dangerous to travel by any mean of transportation in Mexico, even in taxis, which are gradually being replaced by the Uber system. The infrastructures, in fact, are not very secure, clean or supervised, but have been working for a long time and, hopefully, will continue to for a long time.

– by Wendy T.