Teotihuacan has been visited for hundreds of years as it is today. For first-time visitors to Mexico City, it’s an essential stop, albeit one that’s about an hour northeast of the City. Getting to Teotihuacan can present something of a challenge.
The site is wide open, and therefore, guests want to arrive in comfortable clothes. Sun blockers and hats are recommended as are comfortable walking shoes.
Considering arriving early as the site will be crowded, especially between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Most international visitors will arrive to Teotihuacan through one of three options: by private taxi, or by bus from the Zocalo or other points around the City. The most affordable is from the Autobuses del Norte bus station.
Autobuses del Norte
The north bus station is one of five main bus stations in the city, and one of the biggest. It’s conveniently served by its own Metro station, of the same name.
The most common bus lines to Teotihuacan are all gathered around “Puerta 8” at the northern end of the terminal building. Ticket vendors are clearly marked with the words “Piramides.” Tickets are generally a bit more than mx$50 each way. Lots of bus lines will also let you pay for your return at the site.
Many of the buses will stop in the town of San Juan Teotihuacán. Stay on until after that town, and the parking and entrance area to the pyramids area will be obvious. Most buses arrive to “Puerta 2” of the archaeological zone. You’ll want to note its location as your return bus will stop here. They depart approximately every ten-minutes until 6 p.m.
CapitalBus and Turisbus Services
Both CapitalBus and Turibus run multiple services to Teotihuacan each day. These can be more convenient as they make stops at points along their normal routes in the City. Though they are a bit more expensive, they also spare you the trip to the bus station.
Turibus makes multiple stops each day beginning at 8:30 at Auditorio Nacional. The bus continues on Reforma and then Avenida Juarez until a final stop on the north side of the Zocalo (west of the Cathedral) at 9 a.m. It then proceeds to Teotihuacan.
CapitalBus will provide information on their three different daily package trips. Information is available on any of their buses, or at their ticket sales points around central Mexico City.
Private Taxis and App-Based Taxi Services
This is by far the most expensive way to go, but also the most private and comfortable. Most app-based taxis (Uber, Didi, etc) will give you a price estimate prior to departure.
You may also elect to return by bus from “Puerta 2” at the site.
Finally, English-speaking taxi services are still common around some of the City’s most heavily-trafficked attractions. They won’t be the most affordable. But, they are often the most free with information and guidance. Many of these drivers have been happily providing the service for years. Feel free to ask away. You’ll be surprised how much information they can provide.