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Passenger trains are generally limited in the country and only a few lines run. They include Chihuahua Pacific Railway and Mayan Express among others.

Metro on the other hand is a widely used public transport in Mexico City with an estimated 4.5 million passengers daily. Very overcrowded during rush hour, the metro is nonetheless efficient and relatively quick. Operating hours are:

5am – midnight on weekdays,

6am – midnight on Saturdays, and

7am – midnight on Sundays.

If you intend to stay out beyond midnight, ensure that an alternate mode of transport is available to take you back when on Mexico holidays.

Metro stations lack signs in English but aren’t too much of a hassle to follow. Maps are mostly near ticket booths only, so do keep a metro map handy and ensure that your route is properly thought out before you go through the turnstiles on Mexico holidays. Trains and platforms have line diagrams with transfer points and icons for reference. Line 1 (Pink) and line 7 (Orange) cover several tourist destinations and become familiar soon. Line 5 (Yellow) connects to the International Airport.

‘Taquilla’ – a Ticket booth

‘Entrada’ – an Entrance

‘Salida’ – an Exit

‘No Pase’ – No entry

Buses – Traffic drives on the Right. Full sized buses referred to as RTP are operated and maintained by the City Govt. Be sure to keep exact change handy or you may not get any in return. ‘Peseros’ or microbuses are privately-run. Buses share the same stops which are often unmarked and quite random. It’s important to confirm whether the bus goes to your desired stop before you board on holidays to Mexico. RTP buses are relatively comfortable and safer.

Buses are packed and you must be alert since they tend to make the shortest of stops when only one or two passengers are about to get off. You’ll often find an exit signal button near the rear door, and if it’s beyond your reach yell Bajan!(“BAH-han”) to catch their attention.

If you somehow manage to get lost, just board a pesero that displays an “M” in front, and the wall maps will enable you to reach your destination.

Car – A challenging experience made even tougher by unavoidable jams, poor road conditions, complicated street layout and chaotic conditions, driving a car in the capital on holidays to Mexico is best avoided.

Cancún – Buses are the only public transport here and stop at ‘paradas’ (bus stops) marked with km posts. Stops are easily found and drivers will gladly advise you when to get down. Drivers prefer exact change so it’s best to keep some handy when on Mexico holidays.

Acapulco – Taxis are present everywhere and are unmetered. Always negotiate before you hop in. VW beetle cabs are much cheaper than A/C cabs. Since taxis are quite numerous, they will often offer round trips and wait while you enjoy lunch on Mexico holidays. Yellow and white cabs are generally shared and ply between important places. Large letters announce their destination and they usually charge a flat fee. Your hotel will also arrange for a taxi but at an inflated price.

Buses – Buses have their destinations displayed on the front and are certainly worth experiencing. Just wave at the driver wherever you happen to be and he’ll stop for you (they even stop if you’re walking in the same direction, hoping you’ll hop in). All buses in the city are privately owned and are often crazily decorated. Lack of suspension and races as buses compete for passengers is an experience on Mexico holidays you won’t forget.

It’s quite a task to drive on your own if you’re new to Acapulco as the heavy traffic and lack of unoccupied parking spaces makes it tough, especially when to your dismay you find that street names tend to change unexpectedly. Driving a car is not considered advisable for people on Mexico holidays.

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