A panoramic view of Teotihuacan Archaeological Complex

Mexico City to Teotihuacan (and back)

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How to get from Mexico City to Teotihuacan (and back)

The ancient city of Teotihuacan is a very well-known destination worldwide because it has some of the most enigmatic archaeological ruins in the world. With enormous pyramids, ancient temples and the iconic feathered serpent, it is also known as the City of the Gods, certainly a must see for anyone visiting Mexico.

Even if you are planning to go to other ruins around Mexico, Teotihuacan stands apart from the rest. The Pyramid of the Sun, its largest pyramid, is also one of the largest in Mesoamerica. Interestingly, there’s very limited information on who built the site. It also hasn’t been identified as part of the Mayan or Aztec empires due to its unique style, leaving it as somewhat of a mystery.

If you’re already in Mexico City, there’s no excuse to not visit Teotihuacan. It’s only a short distance away. You can take the day to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site by booking a group or private Teotihuacan tour, which can be full-day or half-day. However, if you’re looking to save a bit of money, it’s significantly cheaper to go by yourself.

2 ways to get from Mexico City to Teotihuacan (and back)

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus1 hour 20 minutes52 MXN ($2.65)Read article for more info
Private Transfer1 hour 1,335 MXN ($68)Book a Private Transfer

There are 2 ways to travel the 50 km from Mexico City to Teotihuacan independently: a 1-hour-20 minute bus or a 1-hour private transfer. Rates start from 52 MXN ($2.65) and 1,335 MXN ($68), respectively.

The bus is the cheapest option and the only public transport available when visiting Teotihuacan from Mexico City. A ticket only costs 52 MXN ($2.65) one-way and the bus drops you off right outside the entrance to the Teotihuacan site.

If you’re coming from Mexico City Airport and are carrying a lot of luggage, you can also conveniently get to Teotihuacan through a private transfer. Although quite expensive with fares from 1,335 MXN ($68), they’re also very convenient.

To fully appreciate the Teotihuacan culture and its interesting yet unknown history, you can hire a local guide once you arrive at the site. There are also on-site restaurants, a Teotihuacan museum and a souvenir market, which you can explore on your own time.

Visiting Teotihuacan as part of a tour

Day Trip ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Group Tour9 hours815 MXN ($41.50)Book a Group Tour
Private Tour9 hours2,250 MXN ($115)Book a Private Tour
Hot Air Balloon Tour4 – 9 hours2,600 MXN ($130)Book a Hot Air Balloon Tour

For those limited on time, or if you just prefer to have everything organised and taken care of, the best option is to join a tour. Because this is such a popular destination, there are several options available, both private and shared, and for all budgets.

You can choose from a simple half-day tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids to longer tours that include tequila and mezcal tasting, a hot air balloon flight during sunrise, or tours with stops to other popular spots like the Guadalupe Basilica.

The rates for Teotihuacan tours, which include transportation from and to Mexico City, start from 815 MXN ($41.50) per person. The rate can vary depending on the inclusions and length of your tour. You can book these tours through your accommodation or through trusted travel websites like GetYourGuide.

Itinerary from Mexico City to Teotihuacan (and back)

Mexico City to Teotihuacan by Bus

Duration: 1hr 20m
Cost: 52 MXN ($2.65) – one way
Duration: 1hr 20m
Cost: 52 MXN ($2.65) – one way

The bus is the only public transport you can take between Mexico City and Teotihuacan. Apart from being cheap, the great thing about taking the bus and doing this trip on your own is that you can explore the complex at your own pace.

Buses depart from the north bus station in Mexico City, Central Mexico Norte, which is easily accessible from any part of the city by Metro. Take line #5 and get off at Autobuses Norte Metro Station.

When you arrive at the bus station, look for module 8. The company operating from Mexico City to Teotihuacan is called Autobuses Teotihuacanos. They don’t have the option to book online so you’ll need to buy your tickets directly at the counter at the bus terminal.

If you’re returning on the same day, you can buy a round-trip transportation ticket for [usd104 MXN]. If not, a one-way ticket costs 52 MXN ($2.65). The bus journey takes around 1 hour 20 minutes.

Buses from Mexico City to Teotihuacan depart every 15 to 20 minutes and run from 06:00 to 22:00. Keep in mind that the opening hours for the pyramids are from 08:00 to 18:00. We recommend heading out early for an early morning tour, before the rush hour traffic and ahead of the tourists that often flock to the area.

Teotihuacan to Mexico City by Bus (the way back)

Duration: 1hr 20m
Cost: 52 MXN ($2.65)
Duration: 1hr 20m
Cost: 52 MXN ($2.65)

Going back to Mexico City from Teotihuacan is very easy. If you bought a round-trip public bus ticket, you just need to show up at entrances #2 or #3 of the ruins and look for the same bus that brought you there.

If you didn’t buy a return journey ticket, you can buy one directly on the bus for 52 MXN ($2.65).

Buses depart roughly every 20 minutes or when they reach capacity. The ride takes around 1 hour and 20 minutes and buses also operate between 06:00 and 22:00.

The bus will drop you off at the same station you departed from, Central Mexico Norte. To return to your accommodation, you can take the Metro via the station Autobuses Norte.

Mexico City to Teotihuacan by Private Transfer

Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,335 MXN ($68)
Duration: 1 hour
Cost: 1,335 MXN ($68)

A private transfer is a convenient way to visit Teotihuacan, especially if you’re coming from Mexico City Airport with all your luggage. With a private ride, you’ll be brought straight to your hotel in Teotihuacan in just around an hour.

We highly recommend booking your ride through BookAway for guaranteed comfy cars and professional drivers. A 3-seater private transfer from Mexico City Airport to Teotihuacan costs 1,335 MXN ($68). The journey takes about an hour.

Check Private Transfers with BookAway

Mexico City to Teotihuacan by Organized Day Trip

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 815 MXN ($41.50)
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 815 MXN ($41.50)

Organized day trips to Teotihuacan from Mexico City are plenty and you won’t have a hard time finding a tour that suits your taste. GetYourGuide often offers the most competitive rates, although there are also some great options on Viator.

To help you break down all the amazing guided tours available, we’ve already sorted them out for you!

Group tours are the cheapest

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 815 MXN ($41.50)
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 815 MXN ($41.50)

If you’re on a budget, joining a small group tour from Mexico City to Teotihuacan is already a great choice. Group tours often include:

  • Shared round-trip transfers (from and to a specific pick-up/drop-off point)
  • A tour of the Teotihuacan pyramids with a local guide
  • Entrance tickets to the ancient city
  • Liquor tasting

We recommend joining GetYourGuide’s Teotihuacan Early Access Tour, which also offers an obsidian workshop with a Teotihuacan family. Ticket prices start from 815 MXN ($41.50) and the group tour takes around 9 hours.

Check Group Tours with GetYourGuide

Private tours are expensive, but more convenient

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 2,250 MXN ($115) per person
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 2,250 MXN ($115) per person

A private tour from Mexico City to Teotihuacan offers almost the same inclusions as a group tour – the only difference is that you’ll have your own private ride to and from the Teotihuacan pyramids. Also, you’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel’s doorsteps.

  • Private round-trip transfers (from and to your hotel in Mexico City)
  • Guided tour of the Teotihuacan complex
  • Entrance ticket to the impressive archaeological site
  • Liquor tasting

A Private Full-Day Teotihuacan Archaeological Tour costs 2,250 MXN ($115) per person for a 2-person group. It’s worth noting that the bigger the group, the lower the cost per person. For example, if there are 3 people in your group, then the rate goes down to 1,585 MXN ($81) per person.

Check Private Tours with GetYourGuide

Hot Air Balloon Tour for the ultimate experience

Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 2,600 MXN ($130)
Duration: 9 hours
Cost: 2,600 MXN ($130)

There is also an option to view the massive pyramids of Teotihuacan from a hot air balloon. If money is not an issue, then we highly recommend this tour. A balloon ride through the Teotihuacan Archaeological Zone – the massive Pyramid of the Sun, the Pyramid of the Moon, and more – is a surreal experience and definitely one for the books.

After the balloon flight, you will also have an option to visit the complex and explore the Teotihuacan Avenue of the Dead on foot. Here is a breakdown of what you can enjoy with this tour:

  • Shared pick-up and drop-off from and to designated points in Mexico City
  • Coffee break at the Balloon Port
  • Shared/private 45-minute hot air balloon ride (depending on the option booked)
  • Buffet breakfast at the Balloon Port
  • Honor toast and flight certificate
  • Optional transfer to the archaeological site

If you decide to take this Teotihuacan Air Balloon Flight & Breakfast, expect to pay 2,600 MXN ($130) per person. Note that this does not include actual entrance tickets to the famous pyramids, which costs 80 MXN ($4.10).

Check Hot Air Balloon Tours with GetYourGuide

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