Mexico City

Mexico City (also called Ciudad de Mexico or Distrito Federal) is the capital city of Mexico, as well as the largest city in North America (21 million people). Famous for being at the center of Mexico’s history and home to the largest square in America (the Zocalo), Mexico is a vibrant city and the country’s economic center. While Mexico has some crime-related issues which often makes the headlines, Mexico city is not the crime-ridden place pictured in the news. Still, the city has some high crime rates and very dangerous areas. SafeAround has compiled information from numerous sources make sure you have a safe trip while in Mexico, and be aware of all potential dangers.

SAFETY INDEX

Centro Historico

Mexico DF’s city center is based around the Zocalo/ Plaza de La Constitución. With most of Mexico City’s historical sights from the colonial era. The area has been selected by the UNESCO to be included in its list of World Heritage sites. In the area can be found the city’s cathedral, the Templo Mayor (an Aztec Temple), the National Palace, and dozens of other landmarks and museums. The historic center is generally safe, but beware of pickpockets attracted by the large number of tourists. Crowded streets and plazas, especially those with a lot of street vendors, are where the pickpockets are most frequently found.

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At night, it is advisable to take a cab rather than walk, especially in the northern parts of the centro which are close to Tepito (one of the most dangerous areas in Mexico City that should be avoided).

Zona Rosa/ Reforma

The Zona Rosa is a business and nightlife neighborhood near the Centro. The area is home to the Mexican Stock Exchange, in front of the famous Angel de la Independencia statue. Many hotels and restaurants can be found in the area.

Condesa & Roma

Condesa and Roma, south of the Centro, are young and relaxed neighborhoods around Parque de Mexico. The area is home to the city’s trendiest restaurants, clubs and shops. The area is safe, although as in all the city there are many pickpockets in the subway and public buses. Note: for a more detailed crime map, look at HoyodeCrimen‘s website.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Mexico City is an averagely safe city: stay in the touristic zones to avoid any trouble. With a rating of 44% Mexico, is ranked 114th out of 162 on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous countries.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

As a top touristic destination, there is a high pickpocket risk in Mexico City. The crowded streets and the subway are prime location to get your belongings stolen. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pickpocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : MEDIUM

Mexico City is an averagely safe city regarding the chances of being mugged or kidnapped. Express Kidnappings can happen from fake taxis. Be aware of dangerous zones by looking at the map, asking local advice.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

As in any touristic place, there may be people trying to scam you in Mexico City. Avoid people doing “magic tricks” around subway stations, asking you to sign (fake) petitions, groups of teenagers acting strangely or trying to distract you; and people offering help with your luggage.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : HIGH

The B line of the subway and its stops should be avoided. There is a high risk of pickpocketing in the subway and buses, especially during rush hour. Never hail a random taxi in the street, use apps suchs a Uber, EasyTaxi or  Taxiaviso to make sure you are getting an official taxi.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

There can be some occasional natural hazards (geological, meteorological) in Mexico (see the page about Mexico for more advice).

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Mexico City is a very safe city in respect to terrorist threats.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Women should avoid walking alone at night, particularly in empty areas, and should take the women reserved cars in the subway and train.

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Useful Information

All visitors to Mexico will be issued a traveler’s permit upon arrival (costing about USD 15). Some nationalities require Visas, but citizens of the US, Canada, EU, Israel and Japan are exempted. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Mexico is the Mexican Peso or MXN M$. As of June 2016, 1 Us Dollar= 18.6 MXN. Mexico is an inexpensive country to visit, they are many cheap accommodations for backpackers and those travelling on a shoestring. There are also many options for those who want to spend more money on their trip. Expect to pay from 800 MXN to 2000 MXN per day.
Mexico City and other large cities can be visited year long. Between December and April is the country’s high season, particularly in the Yucatan peninsula. Cabo is best visited between October and March.
The main international airports are in Mexico City, Cancun, Guadalajara, Monterrey and Tijuana. If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page