I need help choosing a good, ie safe and cheap, way to get from UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México) to Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez (MEX) at night. I was thinking about taking the Metro (to Copilco station) but people are telling me it is too dangerous for foreigners to take the Metro at night.

My flight leaves at 10pm so I was thinking about catching the Metro at 7pm.

Do you think taking the Metro is too dangerous? What other ways do I have to get there then?


I took (pretty much) that exact trip last week at a bit later time, and didn't feel the slightest bit in danger. The metro is crowded with all kinds of normal folks. You can't beat 5 pesos for transportation that far, and it shouldn't vary much with traffic etc. You should be able to get a seat for many of the stops since the University is at the end of the line.

You could also take a taxi, of course.

The campus is huge, make sure you know how to get to your transportation.

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If you want to increase comfort and reduce risk, you can use a radio taxi from the University- it's something like 25km so maybe $15 US or so, and you may have to leave an hour or more as well at rush hour.. don't know I only used the metro.

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    I personally don't recommend people to use the DF metro for the airport if they've got luggage and are not really familiar with how the system and its pickpockets work. I do use it myself and I have never been pickpocketed but I have been with friends multiple times when one or all of my friends lost valuables. If you do use it wait at the first or last carriage and stand in a corner with your stuff even if there's a seat. Wait for a couple of trains if the first ones are really full. It helps if you're big and look street-wise. – hippietrail Dec 18 '14 at 2:34
  • there won't be any luggage for me. How long does it take to get to the airport? My flight leaves at 10pm, so would it be better to get on the train by 7pm? or earlier? Is it easy to transfer to different line? – Josh Lee Dec 18 '14 at 3:04
  • @hippietrail It's too crowded for luggage other than a pack, but it didn't seem any worse than taking the subway in New York or Shenzhen. It might be worse coming from the airport because you could be targeted but I didn't detect danger there either (on a Sunday afternoon when things were not too crowded)- I've foiled a couple pickpocketing attempts in other places and lost some small stuff a couple times earlier, so I'm not completely depending on luck. – Spehro Pefhany Dec 18 '14 at 3:08
  • @JoshLee It's an old system so there are almost no escalators, which bothered me more than it should (maybe the thin polluted air). No zones so you just buy a ticket and ride to your destination. Transfers are well-marked and easy for the most part. It's about 20 stops and two transfers (or 24 stops and one transfer) from the University to the airport, and about another couple hundred meters to the terminal, and the terminal is really long, so I would allow at least an hour (1.5 for the paranoid). Finding the entrance to the metro is not always easy, but those particular stops are no problem. – Spehro Pefhany Dec 18 '14 at 3:14
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    @hippietrail Why do you recommend avoiding seats when available? Is their MO physical confrontation? I always feel safer with a solid wall rather than strangers who may be in collusion behind me. – Spehro Pefhany Dec 18 '14 at 3:31

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