Airport — Toluca, México State
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Conveniently located only 50 km (30 miles) west of downtown Mexico City, the Toluca International Airport (TLC, Aeropuerto Internacional Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos), with domestic flights throughout Mexico and some abroad, is beginning to emerge as a low-cost alternative to the bottlenecked Mexico City airport.
- 10km (6mi) east of downtown off of Hwy 15; phone 722-273-1544; www.aeropuertointernacionaldetoluca.com.
A taxi between the airport and downtown Toluca costs around Mex$100-120.
Buses run frequently between the airport and México City's downtown and airport. Travel times can take around 1-2 hours, depending on the time of day and traffic.
For long-distance bus service to other places, the Toluca bus station, about 12km/7.5mi southwest of the airport, and the Poniente bus station, on the western edge of México City, are the closest. To reach the Toluca bus station, it is easiest to take a taxi. There, buses run frequently to nearby places, including the Pointe bus station.
- Mon - Fri 9 am - 7:00 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am - 2 pm; (722) 273-3474, Mex toll-free 01-800-700-1700; www.budget.com, www.budget.com.mx
For more information on renting a car in México, read the article "Car Rental".
Tourist Permit, Customs & Departure Tax
International airline passengers are charged a departure tax for leaving México, which is usually levied and paid for when they buy their tickets. Make sure that all tickets have this charge on it. Otherwise, this tax is levied at the time of departure and is only payable in pesos or US dollars (USD$38).
Immigration (Migración) and Customs (Aduana) are both located at the airport. Upon arrival, tourist permits for international passengers are stamped by immigration officials and customs declarations are made at the airport. (To expedite matters, both forms are usually provided in flight by the airlines.) Hang on to tourist permit for the duration of the trip. Upon departure, immigration officials will ask to see it. A lost or stolen tourist permit should always be replaced before leaving México. Otherwise, be prepared for hassles with immigration officials and a possible fine to boot. Besides, even though it might take a few hours, getting a replacement isn't that difficult. To get a replacement, bring proof of arrival date in México — stamped passport, copy of lost tourist permit, or airline ticket — to the Immigration office (www.inm.gob.mx) at the airport.
One of the carrier's two main hubs, the other being México City, offering flights throughout México.
- Mex toll-free 01-800-011-2345; www.interjet.com.mx; firstname.lastname@example.org
- Airport: Terminal 2; daily 5 am - 10 pm
- Downtown Office: Metepec, Plaza Mayor Local 7B, Leona Vicario 386; Mon - Fri 9 am - 7 pm, Sat 9 am - 2pm; (722) 276-7300
One of the carrier's two main hubs, the other being Tijuana, offering flights throughout México and even a few to Los Angeles.
Shuttles back and forth non-stop from Houston once a day.