VRBO Mexico City: Condesa & Roma Norte’s Best Home Rentals

Jun 3, 2021 | 0 comments

Looking for the best VRBO rentals in Mexico City?

The Top 10 VRBO Mexico City options are here for you to discover! As someone who lived in Mexico City for about one year, I hand selected these properties so rest assured they’re great options. All VRRBOs in this article are located in the two best neighborhoods in Mexico City — Roma Norte and La Condesa.

These two areas are perfect for Mexico City visitors: walkable, great cafes, restaurants and bars, beautiful parks, hip street art, amazing boutique shops, and of course, great VRBO Mexico City options. When I’m advising anyone traveling to Mexico City where to stay, I wholeheartedly recommend these two areas.

Geographically, they are located right next to one another and some call them “sister neighborhoods;” so staying in one gives you easy access to the other. Roma Norte and La Condesa, or just Condesa, have similar vibes, and you can’t go wrong with either.

After you discover all the amazing VRBO Mexico City Condesa and Roma options in the article, check out the City Guide to Roma & Condesa, and the Mexico City Travel FAQ below. Ready to see the VRBO options? Let’s get to it!

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VRBO Mexico City: Condesa

1. Best Building in Condesa: capital Park

View Listing: Incredible Apartment! Pool, Cafe & Private office & terrace!!

💸 Price: $$$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 3 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 1BA | 📍 Location: Parque España

VRBO Mexico City: Rooftop pool overlooking the a large park
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VRBO Mexico City: Rooftop restaurant outdoors at a with bar seating and a kitchen

Capital Park Condesa Amenities

rooftop Pool

24/7 Security

Room Service

private garden


apartment features

Capital Park is located just across the street from Parque España, one of the best parks and things to do in Condesa. Besides the park, there are plenty of cafes, shops, restaurants, bars, markets, yoga studios and more, all within walking distance or a short Uber ride.

The apartment itself has two bedrooms, three beds and two bathrooms. In the master, there’s a king bed and en suite bathroom and TV. The second bedroom has a double and twin bed. There’s a private outdoor garden seating area, a washer/dryer, and home office in case you have to work a little.

Loved everything about this place. One of the best places to stay at and the owner was very thoughtful from when I first booked this place to end of my vacation. I would recommend this place to anyone visiting Mexico City. —Vani W., VRBO Review

Building features

Capital Park has amazing amenities! There’s a 24/7 doorman, valet parking if you’re renting a car in Mexico City, and a large gym. On the roof, enjoy the large pool areas and Pool Snack Bar with seasonal menu. You can even get room service from the Snack Bar, on Tuesdays through Sundays from 9am-5pm.

VRBO Mexico City: A gym with treadmills and free weights
VRBO Mexico City: Two beds inside a bedroom with grey & white comforters

VRBO Mexico City: Condesa

2. Unique Stay: Rooftop Geodesic Dome

View Listing: GLAMPING in Condesa | Enjoy YOGA with Amazing views

💸 Price: $$$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 1BR, 1 Bed | 🛁 Bathrooms: 1BA | 📍 Location: Hipódromo

VRBO Mexico City: Peach colored geodesic dome apartment rental with bed and seating area
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VH Rooftop dome Amenities

Unique stay

Private Rooftop

WiFi

kitchenette


The VH Geodesic Dome is a one-of-a-kind approach to glamping, or “glamorous camping.” This large, urban camping stay lets you sleep under the stars in the heart of Mexico City, with amazing views of the city all around you.

⭐️ Due to the popularity of their first dome, Virtual Hotels now has a second dome in Condesa. It has the same features as the one listed above, for one of the most unique stays in Mexico City. Check out some photos below ⤵

In the dome, there’s a king bed, lounge seating area, hangers for your clothes, a desk to get some work done, and plenty of outlets for your gadgets. There’s a kitchenette with microwave, mini-fridge, coffee maker, toaster oven and cups/plates. Your private bathroom with large shower is just outside the dome.

Also outside, you have a large rooftop area all to yourself. Enjoy relaxing on your two sofa-style loungers to relax on, a table and chairs to enjoy coffee in the morning and wine in the evenings. There are cactus and plants all around, giving a tranquil feel in this space, perfect for yoga and meditation.

VRBO Mexico City: Peach colored geodesic dome apartment rental with bed and seating area
VRBO Mexico City: Lounge chair seating and a cactus at a rooftop apartment

second glamping DOME now AVAILABLE!

Due to the popularity of their first dome, Virtual Hotels now has a second dome in Condesa. It has the same features as the one listed above, for one of the most unique stays in Mexico City.


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3. Rooftop Pool near Amsterdam Ave.

View Listing: Condesa/Roma *Infinity Pool W/Amazing View*

💸 Price: $$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 2 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 2BA | 📍 Location: Hipódromo

VRBO Mexico City: Rooftop pool with view of the city and a park below
Photos courtesy of VRBO

Amsterdam Avenue apt. Amenities

rooftop pool

24/7 security

WiFi & TV

private balcony


Located just off Avenida Amsterdam — Condesa’s best street, Amsterdam Avenue — this gorgeous modern apartment with rooftop pool provides the perfect big city oasis during your stay in Mexico City. As Mexico City is cooler than most anticipate, the pool is heated for a comfortable swim.

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The apartment itself has two bedrooms, three beds and two bathrooms. In the master, there’s a king bed and en suite bathroom and walk-in closet. The second bedroom has two twin beds. There’s floor-to-ceiling windows and a gorgeous lounge-style living room, full kitchen and a washer/dryer.

On the roof, enjoy the large infinity pool and amazing city views. There’s lounge chairs to work on your tan, but also umbrellas for shade, and tables and chairs for enjoying a meal al fresco. Just off the pool, there’s a communal room with sofa, TV, pool table and bathrooms so you can even host a party!

VRBO Mexico City: kitchen with stove and a few appliances
VRBO Mexico City: Apartment with a sofa, two chairs, coffee table and large windows overlooking the city
VRBO Mexico City: Kitchen table and living room furniture
VRBO Mexico City: Rooftop pool and lounge deck with chairs and umbrellas overlooking the city

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4. Bright & modern Apartment on Amsterdam

View Listing: Newly-built, Stylish Apt on Chic Condesa Street

💸 Price: $$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 2 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 2.5BA | 📍 Location: Amsterdam Ave.

VRBO Mexico City: Apartment living room and kitchen area with a modern decor and large windows
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VRBO Mexico City: White table and chairs at small outdoor urban garden with wall that has grass and purple flowers

Agatha Condesa Amenities

full kitchen

king beds

Washer/Dryer

private Balcony


Located in the Agatha Condesa building, this modern, airy apartment is right on Amsterdam Avenue, the best street in Condesa. Enjoy the views of it from the private balcony. It is on the southern part of Avenida Amsterdam, in the coveted Hipodromo area, within walking distance of all the best Condesa things to do.

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Inside the apartment, you have a comfortable space with luxurious finishes. There are two bedrooms, with a king in each — one with a Tempur-Pedic mattress. Each bedroom has an en suite bathroom, and there’s an additional half-bathroom. Finally, there’s a full kitchen with high end appliances.

VRBO Mexico City: Apartment living room with two brown sofas
VRBO Mexico City: Apartment living room with sliding glass door that opens onto a balcony

What Past Guests Have Said in VRBO reviews:

“We loved David’s place. It’s beautiful, perfectly located near amazing eateries, safe area, Parque Mexico (idyllic), and well stocked with everything one needs for a wonderful stay. We look forward to staying there again!” —Sonia C.

“The property is lovely. Well equipped, secure, clean and large. The property owner was attentive whenever we needed assistance.—Sandra S.

“Furnishings comfortable, lots of light, quiet street, it’s a great location for visiting Mexico city.” —Jeffrey R.


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5. Art Deco Dreams in Casa Lucero

View Listing: Beautiful Deco Apartment

💸 Price: $ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 1BR, 1 Bed | 🛁 Bathrooms: 1BA | 📍 Location: Amsterdam Ave.

VRBO Mexico City: Purple building with red door and a vintage art deco style look
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VRBO Mexico City: Vintage style living room with burgundy sofa and wallpaper

Casa Lucero Condesa Amenities

fireplace

Robes & Slippers

WiFi & smart TV

kitchen & dining area


Casa Lucero is located in a gorgeous Art Deco Mexico City building. Inside the apartment, the old school charm continues, with stylish vintage decor throughout — even in the kitchen with it’s modern-vintage appliances.

The host, Lucero, aims to provide a hotel-style experience in Casa Lucero. Each guest is provided a robe and slippers, soft towels and sheets, and there’s a Nespresso coffee maker in the kitchen.

“Lucero was extremely helpful and the apartment was very nice. The location is exceptional. Condesa is full of restaurants and things to do. We walked everywhere and had a great time visiting museums, markets and parks. We would love to come back.” —Read more VRBO reviews

With it’s amazing location on Amsterdam Avenue, you’re within walking distance of everything you would need or want. One this beautiful tree-lined street, you’ll find cafes, restaurants, shops, bars, yoga studios, bike rentals and more.

VRBO Mexico City: Vintage style living bedroom with bed, burgundy curtains and wallpaper
VRBO Mexico City: Nespresso machine in the kitchen
VRBO Mexico City: Vintage style kitchen

What Past Guests Have Said in VRBO reviews:

“Our stay in Mexico City was wonderful, including Casa Lucero. The location of the apartment is spectacular, it is clean and stocked with all the necessities. Lucero was a great host, very flexible and easy to contact when needed. I highly recommend the apartment if you are staying in CDMX.” —Justin K.

“If I lived in Mexico City, This would be an apartment I would rent… there is TONS of stuff right around the apartment… The area is safe and hip. You really can’t beat it. I know I will be coming here again next time I am in the city.” —John C.

“Lucero was extremely helpful and the apartment was very nice. The location is exceptional. Condesa is full of restaurants and things to do. We walked everywhere and had a great time visiting museums, markets and parks. We would love to come back.


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6. Revolution Penthouse at Casai Roma

View Listing: Casai Roma | 1BR | Private Penthouse

💸 Price: $$$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 1BR, 1 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 1BA | 📍 Location: Luis Cabrera Park

VRBO Mexico City: Modern apartment with tiled floor
Photos courtesy of VRBO
VRBO Mexico City: Mid century modern style rooftop garden with plants and seating

revolution penthouse Amenities

Rooftop infinity Pool

24/7 Security & Concierge Desk

WiFi & TV

Bike Rentals


Revolution Private Penthouse is located near beautiful Parque Luis Cabrera, one of the best parks and things to do in Roma Norte. Besides the park, there are plenty of cafes, shops, restaurants, bars, markets, yoga studios and more, all within walking distance or a short Uber ride.

Inside this stylish apartment, there’s beautiful, comfortable mid century modern decor. Enjoy a restful night’s sleep on your queen bed, luxurious spa-quality towels and organic products in the bathroom. There’s a comfy living room set up, with Smart TV that has Chromecast.

The kitchen has all the necessary appliances, and plenty of space for cooking. Dine inside at the kitchen table, or have an al fresco meal outside. You have your own private outdoor space with furniture, and also a shared rooftop space to enjoy coffee or a cocktail.


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7. Stylish Agua Marina Apartment

View Listing: Agua Marina – Sophisticated 2 bedrooms apartment

💸 Price: $$$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 3 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 2BA | 📍 Location: Cibeles Fountain

VRBO Mexico City: Art Deco style decor in a living room
Photos courtesy of VRBO
VRBO Mexico City: Bedroom with large window and yellow blanket on the bed
VRBO Mexico City: Bedroom with large window and two twin size beds

AGUA MARINA Amenities

Elevator

WiFi & TV

washer

full kitchen


Agua Marina is located right near the beautiful Fuente de Cibeles. Cibeles Fountain is in a small park on a roundabout surrounded by restaurants, bars, and even one of the best co-working spaces in Mexico City for digital nomads, called Coffice.

This cozy, sophisticated Art Deco apartment has two bedrooms and three beds — one double in the master and two twin beds in the second bedroom. Both bedrooms have large windows, so lots of natural light gets in. The kitchen has high end appliances, including a six-burner stove, coffee maker and more.

VRBO Mexico City: Kitchen table, large light fixture & modern decor
VRBO Mexico City: Living room with large window & modern decor

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8. El Oax Cibeles Fountain Apt.

View Listing: You have found the best place to stay in Mexico City!

💸 Price: $$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 2 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 2BA | 📍 Location: Cibeles Fountain

VRBO Mexico City: Living room with large plant, 2 sofas, large TV and modern decor
Photos courtesy of VRBO

El Oax Apartment Amenities

24/7 security

60MB WIFI

full kitchen

washer


El Oax Roma Norte is located in one of the best areas of Roma Norte, just a few blocks from Avenida Alvaro Obregon, and Fuente de Cibeles (Cibeles Park). Besides this park, there are plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars, shops, markets, yoga studios and more, all within walking distance or a short Uber ride.

Marco met us at the apartment to show us around and tell us how to work everything even left a bottle of wine for us. Really no negatives from our visit… we give Marco’s place two ‘thumbs up,’ and will try to use it again, if we make a trip back.” —Andria, VRBO Review

Inside this bright, 1,150 sq. ft. (106 m²) apartment, you have a full kitchen with every possible appliance you would need or want in your home away from home. You have a table and chairs to eat on, and then a comfy living room to unwind on the couch in front of the TV.

There are two bedrooms in the El Oax apartment. The master has a king bed and en suite bathroom, and the second bedroom has a queen bed and TV. Both bedrooms have large windows, so plenty of natural light gets in. The building has a a doorman and 24-hour secure entry.

VRBO Mexico City: Modern kitchen with lots of appliances, both big & small ones
VRBO Mexico City: Modern style bedroom, with large bed and floor to ceiling windows
VRBO Mexico City: Modern style bedroom, with large bed and closet

What Past Guests Have Said in VRBO reviews:

“Marco made our trip to Mexico City an absolute breeze by communicating with us throughout our stay and making the process of check in very simple. The location can’t be beat. The apartment had every amenity needed and was very clean and comfortable. Most highly recommended!” —Charles M.

“This apartment is… extremely comfortable and well equipped. The location is terrific and an interesting neighborhood with lot’s of good restaurants and walking distance to lot’s of things…. We always felt safe in both the building and the neighborhood and everywhere we went in Mexico City.”Barbara R.

“2 couples shared this fantastic apartment. Wonderful host, great location, caring doormen, perfect location for walking Roma, Condesa and Centro. Would book here again for sure.”


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9. Alvaro Obregon Apartment

View Listing: Luxury apartment in the best location of Colonia Roma

💸 Price: $$ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 2 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 2.5BA | 📍 Location: Alvero Obregon

VRBO Mexico City: Minimal style bedroom, with large bed and sliding glass door opening onto a balcony
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VRBO Mexico City: bed in a bedroom
VRBO Mexico City: living room with furniture  and a TV

alvaro obregon apt. Amenities

100MB WIFI

24/7 security

private balcony

washer/dryer


There is perhaps no better street in Roma Norte than Avenida Alvaro Obregon, where you’ll find plenty of amazing cafes, shops, restaurants and bars at night. This Alvaro Obregon Apartment is located in a stylish building, with 24/7 security and secure parking available if you’re getting a Mexico City car rental.

The apartment itself has two bedrooms, two beds and 2.5 bathrooms. Both bedrooms have double beds, en suite bathrooms, and doors that open onto the large balcony. The kitchen is fully equipped with high end appliances, and you have a comfy living room with TV.

What Past Guests Have Said in VRBO reviews:

“Pleasant stay: Centrally located, serene environment in a nice neighborhood. Clean and well lit. Good directions to locate accommodation.—Irma P.

“Excellent Place and location: Ready to stay again!” —Arturo I.


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10. Casa Diseño Apartment

View Listing: Camas comodas y patio privado

💸 Price: $ | 🛌 Bedrooms: 2BR, 2 Beds | 🛁 Bathrooms: 1BA | 📍 Location: Alvero Obregon

VRBO Mexico City: Modern apartment with striped walls, sofa, TV
Photos courtesy of VRBO
VRBO Mexico City: Bedroom with blue walls, bed and large windows
VRBO Mexico City: Bathroom with tilework
VRBO Mexico City: Small outdoor garden with plants on the wall & two blue chairs

casa diseño AMENITIES

full kitchen

private garden

WiFi & TV

heater


Formerly an artist’s photography studio, Casa Diseño (Design House), is located just off trendy Avenida Alvaro Obregon in Roma Norte. You can still feel the artistic touches in this cozy home, with festive tile work throughout, vibrant paint colors and a charming outdoor garden space.

Beautiful property and amazing host. Went out of her way to accommodate me and my friend. Highly recommended!—Emonie P., VRBO Review

Casa Diseño has two bedrooms, two beds and one bathroom. Both bedrooms have double beds, and tall windows that let in a lot of natural light. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances you’d need on vacation, and you have a comfy living room with a sofa and TV.

VRBO Mexico City: Kitchen table & chairs

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Roma & Condesa Neighborhood Guide

From the beautiful architecture, pretty parks, walkability, cute cafes, street art, street tacos, and overall chill vibe, Roma Norte and La Condesa are the two best Mexico City neighborhoods for tourists. These “sister neighborhoods” are located just right next to one another on either side of Insurgents Avenue.

While they are both great, with the similar amenities and hip vibes, Condesa is a little more lively at night, and a little louder, which is one reason to opt for Roma. If you’re looking for more nightlife, you might pick La Condesa over Roma. Either way, Mexico City is known to be loud so light sleepers will want earplugs.

In case you were wondering, you’ll sometimes see Condesa referred to by its full name, La Condesa, but both names refer to the same neighborhood. Roma Norte (North Rome) and Roma Sur (South Rome) make up Colonia Roma (Rome Colony) — though Roma Norte is the prettier of the two.

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Best Restaurants in Roma Norte & Condesa

Besides leisurely walking around and looking at buildings and street art, Rome Norte and La Condesa boast some of the best restaurants, cafes and bars in the city. Below you’ll find a few recommendations, as well as a map of Roma Norte and La Condesa where they are all pinned.

  • Best Cafes in Condesa and Roma: Cardinal Casa de Café, Blend Station, Efimero Cafe, Cafebrería el Péndulo, Tomás Casa de Té, La Esquina de Té, Casa Tassel (the last 3 are tea shops)
  • Best Brunch in Condesa and Roma: Panaderia Rosetta, Lalo!, Que Sera de Mi, Maque
  • Best Lunch in Condesa and Roma: Contramar, Fonda Fina, La Docena, Lardo
  • Best Restaurants in Condesa and Roma: Rosetta, Maximo Bistrot, Azul Condesa, MeroToro
  • Best Tacos in Condesa and Roma: Taquería Orinoco (tacos al pastor), El Hidalguense (barbacoa/barbeque, open on weekends only), El Pescadito (seafood tacos), Tacos Hola el Güero (tacos guisados/stew tacos), Por Siempre Vegana Taquería (vegan tacos), Taqueria El Greco (tacos arabes/Arabian tacos)
  • Best Bars in Condesa and Roma: Casa Franca (cocktails/speakeasy), Limantour (cocktails), Wallace Whisky Bar (whisky/spirits), La Clandestina (mezcal), Hotel Condesa DF (rooftop bar), Pulqueria Insurgentes (pulque), Loup Bar (wine), El Depósito (beer)

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Mexico City Travel FAQs

Is Mexico City safe to travel?

Statistically speaking, tourists are quite safe in Mexico City. However, as safety is a complex topic, head to this article for a more comprehensive explanation, Safe Travel in Mexico: 20 Tips for Solo Female Travelers.

The big disclaimer about Mexico City safety is that you must make your own safety your own highest priority. Like most big cities, crimes do occur — particularly petty theft and particularly on the Metro or public buses — so you may want to consider using Uber in Mexico City over public transport.

You’ll want to be aware of your surroundings at all times when traveling in Mexico City, and really, anywhere. In short, use the same general travel safety measures you would anywhere, and you should have an amazing Mexico City trip. Check out the below in the accordion menus for more tips.

Should I get travel insurance for Mexico?

Want an added level of security and peace of mind during these strange travel times? Just as you insure your car, home and body, you can also insure your luggage, belongings and health while traveling.

I’ll be honest, when I first started traveling solo, I wasn’t insured. However, after years of solo traveling, I wised up… Now, I even have a whole page of this website dedicated to travel insurance, because it’s just that important!

If Mexico and Mexico City travel safety are on your mind, get your free quote below now!

10 General travel safety tips
  1. Always listen to your intuition — because your intuition is always right.
  2. If you get a sketchy or uneasy feeling about a person or place, get away from that person or place asap. Don’t worry about making a kind, nice or politically correct exit from a creepy person or bad situation — Just get away fast.
  3. Don’t walk home alone at night.
  4. Use an anti-theft purse or anti-theft backpack — and never store your phone, keys, wallet, passport, or anything valuable in your back pocket.
  5. Learn some basic Spanish. If you can’t learn it, save this infographic as an image on your phone so you have something to use even if you’re off-WiFi.
  6. Take all of your belongings into the bathroom with you, rather than asking a cafe/bar neighbor to watch your things. This is annoying, for sure, but it works to never get your stuff stolen.
  7. Speaking of bar neighbors… don’t take drinks from strangers and/or leave your drink unattended.
  8. Don’t wear flashy clothes, expensive jewelry, designer sunglasses, etc.
  9. Keep some cash in your pocket so you don’t have to pull your whole wallet out every time you need to pay.
  10. This should be a no brainer since you’re traveling during a pandemic, but get Travel Insurance!
Register for the STEP Program

Make sure you enroll in the free STEP Program before your trip. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, or STEP, allows U.S. citizens traveling to Mexico to document your trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

After you’ve registered, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City can contact you in the event of an emergency, including natural disasters, civil unrest, etc. STEP can also put you in touch with your family and friends back home in the event of an emergency while abroad.

Is Mexico City solo travel safe?

On a personal note, I lived in Mexico City (in Roma Norte) as a solo woman for about a year. As I encountered no issues, I feel comfortable saying Mexico City is safe.

Since I’m just once voice in this conversation, you can read about Erin’s personal experience with solo female travel in Mexico City here, and also listen to the podcast above ⤴. In it, Leigh talks about her two solo trips to Mexico City, and also vouches that it’s a safe, fun, lively place to visit.

How many days in Mexico City DO I NEED?

You could realistically spend a year there and not see everything! There are just so many things to do in Mexico City, and as a big and dynamic city, it’s always changing. As travel time is a precious commodity, and most people don’t have a year to visit, this 4 day Mexico City itinerary is a great way to see CDMX.

How do I get to Mexico City?

To visit Mexico City, fly into Mexico City International Airport (Code: MEX). This will depend on traffic, but plan for about 45 minutes to get to Roma or Condesa from the airport. The easiest way to leave from the airport is via Uber, taxi or private transfer (see options below for that ⤵).

Airport Transfers in Mexico City

Is there Uber in Mexico City?

Yes, there is Uber in Mexico City!

Mexico City actually has quite a few transportation options — bus, metro, taxi and Uber. Personally, I recommend Uber, and though it does cost more than using public transportation, the price difference is relatively insignificant.

In Mexico, Uber tends to cost about 60% less than in the U.S. Of course, rates will vary, but figure about $3 for a 20 minute ride. While public transportation is less than half of that cost, you will spend three times as long to get around.

Taxis are about the same price as Uber, but you should only take a taxi from the secure, designated taxi stands, and remember you’ll need pesos/cash. Also keep in mind that, in Mexico, you negotiate and agree on the price before getting in the cab.

Do I need a visa to travel to Mexico?

No, you don’t need a visa to travel to Mexico from the U.S. This is another reason why, in general, Mexico is one of the best travel destinations from the U.S.

When you arrive in Mexico and go through the Customs and Immigration line, you’ll receive a 180-day (6 month) FMM tourist card. This is a small piece of paper that you need to hold on to so you can give it back to Immigration at the airport when you leave the country. 

There is no charge for the FMM, but if you lose yours, there is a charge of about $550 pesos ($27) to replace it. You’d also need to get to the airport about an extra hour earlier than you’d normally have to in order to do the lost visa paperwork… the bottom line: Don’t lose your FMM!

What’s the best time of year to visit Mexico City?

Weather-wise, Mexico City has what is known as the “eternal spring” climate, meaning it’s never super hot or super cool. The rainy season is from April-September, and it can rain quite a bit.

Mexico City Weather

The prettiest time of year in CDMX is from (about) mid-February to the end of March, when the bright purple jacaranda trees are in bloom! This also coincides with the monarch butterfly migration in the neighboring state of Michoacan, which takes place March-June.

The city hosts the annual Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead) parade and festivities during the last week in October. This is one of the most lively, and busy, times in Mexico City.

If you want the city all to yourself, come during Semana Santa (Holy Week) when many Mexicans leave the city and head to the beach. The dates fluctuate, but Semana Santa takes place in late-March to early-April each year.

Do I need to know Spanish to visit Mexico City?

If you stick to the popular areas and commonly-visited attractions, no, you can get by with just English. For the most part, about half of chilangos (Mexico City residents/locals) speak some English.

However, it is good manners to learn at least some basic Spanish when you visit Mexico City. 🎧 Listen to Episode 13 of the podcast as travel blogger Elizabeth talk about how she learned 8 languages, and gives great tips for how to learn language basics in easy, fun ways.

If learning Spanish isn’t in the cards for you, #NoJudgement! Pin and/or save the infographic below on your phone so you’ll always have the words and phrases you need, even if you’re off-WiFi.

List of useful spanish words and phrases
Colorful paper lanterns and umbrellas in Mexico City's Chinatown
The festive paper lanterns in Barrio Chino, the Mexico City Chinatown, located in Centro Historico (Historic Downtown).
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What’s Mexico City weather like?

What do I pack for Mexico City?

Mexico City and Central Mexico have much colder weather than the warm, tropical climates many associate with Mexico. As you can see by the Mexico City weather chart above ⤴, this part of Mexico has what’s called an “eternal spring” climate, meaning cooler springtime weather for much of the year.

🧳 Related Blog: The Ultimate Packing List for Mexico + FREE Printable Checklist

Beyond planning what clothes to pack, keep in mind Mexico City is about 1.5 miles above sea level. If you’re not used to that, you can get altitude sickness, which is like the flu. Many have great success with an Anti-Altitude Sickness Acupressure Bracelet, while others have to take Anti-Altitude Sickness meds.

What to wear in Mexico city

As far as how to dress in Mexico City — chilangos (Mexico City locals) tend to dress conservative, and even in warmer months, pants/jeans and long sleeve shirts are the norm. Mexico City sidewalks aren’t the easiest to walk on, and you’ll want to opt for comfy flats over wedges or heels.

👗 Head here for Mexico City outfit ideas and inspo!

FREE Printable Mexico City Packing Checklist

Wondering exactly what to pack for Mexico City? Download your FREE printable packing list for Mexico below! This multi-page Mexico packing checklist covers everything you’ll want to bring, and more importantly, what not to bring to Mexico City and the beaches of Mexico.

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Final Thoughts: VRBO Mexico City Condesa & Roma Rentals

As you’ve likely seen from the beautiful VRBO rentals available and in the City Guide to Roma & Condesa, these are the two best places to stay. Not only do you have amazing rental options, but you’re centrally located — yet still in the two most tranquil neighborhoods in this big city.

I lived in Roma for about a year, and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone visiting CDMX, as Mexico City is known. The one thing you should know is that Mexico City can be loud, so light sleepers will want earplugs or noise-canceling earbuds.

Other than that, pay attention to your surroundings, enjoy the seemingly endless number of Mexico City things to do, eat all the best tacos in Mexico City — and enjoy your VRBO in one of the two best areas of Mexico City.


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