How to get to the Teotihuacan pyramids?

11 June, 2020

Whether it’s your first time in Mexico City or you’re an ex-pat living in Mexico, Teotihuacan pyramids are a must-visit site for people interested in archeology and the history of ancient civilizations.

“The city of the gods” or Teotihuacan, is only 60 min away from Mexico City. The main ways to get there are by car, bus, and guided tour. The option you choose depends on your budget and the amount of time you want to spend on your visit. Check out the advantages and drawbacks of each option, down below.

To know about the opening hours and prices, read this entry.

Traveler in Teotihuacan
Photo by Karina Mata

By car

To get there by car, you must take the México-Pachuca highway, exiting Insurgentes Norte Avenue, until you find the Ecatepec-Pirámides exit. The cost of the toll is $52 pesos. We recommend going by car if you want to take advantage of the trip and stop at other places of interest, such as the Basilica of Guadalupe or the pulquerías along the road. The parking lot in the archaeological site costs $ 50 pesos per car.

By bus

The cheapest way to get to Teotihuacan, and backpackers’ main choice, is to take the “México-Teotihuacan” bus from the Central del Norte in Mexico City. The price of a round trip ticket is $104 pesos: buy the ticket directly from the ticket office on platform # 7. The buses leave every 15 minutes and drop you off at gate 1 and 2 of Teotihuacan Archaeological Site. For the return, you can board the bus at gates 1, 2, and 3, also every 15 minutes. This is an excellent option for travelers with limited time and/or budget since you can easily make it a half-day tour and enjoy the rest of your day exploring Mexico City.

On a guided tour

Ideal for tourists interested in traveling with all the comforts and without worries. Normally these tours include: Departure from your hotel, van with A/C, a professional English-speaking guide, entrance to Teotihuacan archaeological site, visits to other points of interest such as the Basilica of Guadalupe or a craft workshop, and a pulque and mezcal tasting. These tours are designed to take all day; they last from 8 to 10 hours and cost around $ 800 to $ 1,000 pesos. If you have the time and the money, you can book one of these tours online or directly at your accommodation.

Hot Air Balloon Tour

More than a tour, this is a life experience! You will have access to a unique view of the Teotihuacan Pyramids and luxuriate in the dawn from your lofty perch (how romantic!). Be aware that this tour starts early, around 5:30 am, and the prices range from $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 pesos per person. Before booking, verify that the tour includes round-trip transportation, sometimes the price only covers the hot air balloon flight. Some tour operators also include breakfast, a toast, and entrance to the archaeological site. This experience is for travelers celebrating a special occasion or that travel with a flexible budget. Highly recommended!

If you are an intrepid traveler and want to do a tour on your own, and don’t want to miss some secret spots and the best places to eat, we recommend you follow our Ultimate guide to exploring Teotihuacan.

Teotihuacan Hot Air Balloon
Photo by Cinthia Aguilar


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