Mexico City Airport (MEX)
Things to do in Mexico City Airport (MEX)
Conaculta, Mexico’s National Council for Culture and Arts, publishes handsome books on Mexican history, art, archaeology, anthropology, and architecture, and Librería Educal is the place for books with the Conaculta imprint.
Exhibits documenting science (flora, fauna, and ecosystems throughout Mexico), technology, and Mexican aviation history (where you learn that Charles Lindbergh was a pilot for Mexicana Airlines), as well as visual arts, are on display in Terminal 1. There are also ongoing exhibits curated by Mex
Connecting the airport’s two terminals, the Aerotrén, which runs on elevated tracks, is the first such train in Latin America. It is speedy and efficient and provides an overview of airport activity—lively entertainment for restless kids. The Aerotrén operates from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Carlos Place is a lively hotel bar that offers views of the airport runways. It has a full bar and a superb selection of Mexican beer and tequilas, plus a fun menu of margaritas and martinis made with tamarind, coconut, or chocolate.
Any health-minded traveler can obtain a day pass for $9 to use the gym, swimming pool, and a locker at this hotel directly across from T1. Inquire at the front desk or with the concierge.
Benito Juárez International Airport (MEX), otherwise known as Mexico City Airport, is located about three miles east of the city center. The airport is serviced by 31 domestic and international airlines and provides flights to more than 100 destinations across the globe.
Unique to Mexico and Buenos Aires and an unbeatable alternative to airline clubs, the Centurion Clubs are open to Gold, Platinum, and Centurion American Express cardholders.
A perfect place for last-minute souvenirs, El Gran Pastor specializes in products from Monterrey, from traditional glorias, dulce de leche candies, rollos de nogate (guayaba and nut rolls), and caramel-filled marzipan to the famous regional specialty, machaca (dried bee
For those with an early-morning layover, Sala 21 snack bar and lounge is a perfect spot to read the morning paper while having a breakfast of pancakes, bacon, and Viennese coffee. The lounge also offers travelers an excellent menu of appetizers and cocktails, featuring Tequila Milagro, in a sett
This boutique features locally crafted jewelry made with silver mined from the historic city of Taxco, the world’s silver capital. Whether you are looking for modern designs or traditional Mexican folk images, you’ll find it here.
The colors, images, and symbols of Mexico’s rich culture—from pre-Columbian history to contemporary painters—are translated into stylishly designed clothing and accessories (scarves, ties, shoes, and bags) here. Aztec and folk images embellish earrings and cuff links in silver.
Mexico’s leading health food store provides an alternative to fast food for airport meals or takeout: sandwiches, fruit smoothies, and the frozen yogurt for which the company is justly famous.
One of Mexico’s leading intellectual publishers, Fondo de Cultura Económica, has two shops at the airport (each with its own name) with a wide selection of books by Spanish-language and international writers. Both are open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.