Solo Travel In Mexico City + Female Safety Tips

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Since I live here, I decided a guide to solo travel in Mexico City was well overdue. Even though I know it’s a fantastic and safe destination for women travelling alone, it seems not everyone knows this.

I know this because of how many people ask me ‘How’s the safety there?’ or ‘Wait, is that safe?’ as their first response based on me telling them I live here. Honestly, it’s astounding how many people ask me this… Including men who aren’t even travelling alone! So given that they’re concerned, I can understand why women travelling alone to Mexico City need reassurance.

Read next: guide to solo travel in Mexico (not just Mexico City!)

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Is Mexico City safe for solo female travellers?

Absolutely not! If you wanna visit for a week then get on with your life and travel to other places, well, unfortunately you’re at real risk of getting hooked on this beautiful city and country! After my week here in 2019, I ended up back living here 5 years later in 2024.

All jokes aside, yes Mexico City is safe for solo female travellers. I’ve spent two years here in total and nothing remotely bad has EVER happened to me (and, with long blonde hair, I couldn’t look more of a tourist!).

Seriously, I don’t know why Mexico City (and the whole country) has such a bad rep. But I guess biased media with a specific agenda and dramatic cartel movies designed to attract viewers rather than do destination marketing!

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Tacos alone are a great reason to visit CDMX

Read next: my top Mexico City travel tips

Is Mexico City dangerous?

Let’s unpack this. Are there bad areas of Mexico City (Cuidad de Mexico shorted to CDMX)? Yes! Are there bad areas of your home city? Probably! Will you GO to the bad areas of Mexico City? Well, no, why would you?

There are so many gorgeous, safe areas to visit instead that I would suggest you don’t waste your time getting hung up on the bad ones. There are only two bad areas in the remote vicinity of places you may visit as a tourist and I’ll share these later.

There’s very little chance you’ll wander into a bad area of the city accidentally during solo travel to Mexico City but, still, you can equip yourself with the knowledge of good and bad neighbourhoods (knowledge is power, after all) with the help of this blog post.

Why to plan a solo trip to Mexico City

  • A wide range of tourist activities from riding colourful boats along the canals to museum hopping, market shopping and eating your heart out!
  • Frida Kahlo history and art – Casa Azul (the Blue House) in Coyoacan is the main attraction but you can find her art in various places in the city
  • Incredible museums covering Mexican art, history and culture (from the Mayans and Aztecs to contemporary history like the Revolution) – some say CDMX has more museums than Paris!
  • FANTASTIC food – more than just tacos! (see my guide to what to eat in Mexico)
  • Amazing coffee and cafe culture
  • Easy access to other places in Mexico – so, if you’re wondering whether to tag CDMX on to part of a longer trip, I say YES.

Best areas to stay in Mexico City for solo travellers

These aren’t necessarily the best places for sightseeing (I’ll share the top attractions in Mexico City later) but these are the BEST places to stay for safety and nice vibes. All these areas are lovely places to wander with wide, tree-lined streets and plenty of coffee shops.

Condesa this is one of the poshest areas of the capital and it’s undeniably lovely with Art Deco architecture, leafy parks, and countless nice restaurants, coffee shops, bakeries and bars. The only downside is that it’s expensive and gentrified these days.

Roma (Norte and Sur) – the quirky cousin of cool Condesa is right next door. Keep walking north from Parque Mexico and you’re there. Roma Norte (North) is home to some of the best coffee shops in Mexico City plus boutiques, cool bars and all the other hipster features.

Roma Sur (South) is more chilled and residential but you might get a better deal on accommodation, plus it’s a quick walk to Roma Norte and Condesa.

Roma norte

Juarez – just north of Roma Norte, this is another safe place for solo travellers in Mexico City with great cafes and restaurants. It’s also home to Zona Rosa, the LGBT party area (perhaps don’t stay in this section of Juarez neighbourhood if you want an early night!) and Koreatown. Also, it’s closer to Centro than the areas mentioned above so saves time on transportation.

Escandon / San Miguel de Chapulpetec
close to Condesa (Escandon is just south and SMC is just west), these quiet residential areas are good choices if you want to be close to the action while escaping the crowds and benefiting from cheaper prices.

okay this wouldn’t be my choice but if you love fine dining and shopping malls, you may like Polanco. I find it a bit boring, personally not to mention expensive.

Fancy Polanco

Best time of year to visit Mexico City

The climate is good year-round so there’s no time you CAN’T visit but here’s what to know.

Spring (March-May) – a lovely time to visit especially in March when the purple jacaranda trees are in full bloom. It can reach 30°C (86°F).

Summer (June-August) – this season is hot and often rainy, bringing mosquitos. But at least the rain improves the poor air quality built up over spring. Just be prepared for showers which often continue ’til September.

Autumn (September-November) – temperatures fall and the rainy season ends. Average daily temperatures are pleasant, making this a great time to visit.

Winter (December-February) – December and January can be cold with daytime lows of 11°C / 51°F (and occasional freezing nighttime temperatures) but February perks up and gets quite warm, up to 22°C (70°F).

Best hostels in Mexico City

For solo travel to Mexico City, I recommend the following…

Top things to do solo in Mexico City

If you’re a tourist in the capital wanting to tick off the top attractions, here’s where not to miss.

Walk in Chapultepec Park

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Chapultepec is enormous! It’s a great place for a peaceful walk in the quieter sections or an atmospheric trip to the busier sections where you can see – and join – locals eating all kinds of colourful snacks and wearing monkey hats (I’m not sure when this trend began).

There are several sightseeing attractions in the park all suitable for solo female travel in Mexico City. These are:

  • Chapultepec Castle – with a museum inside and great city views from the outdoor terrace, this is a must-visit. It’s a fairly steep walk to the top
  • Museum of Modern Art – worth a visit to see one of Frida Kahlo’s most famous paintings inside
  • Tamayo Contemporary Art Museum – another art gallery in an impressive building
  • The Botanic Garden – a nice section in the park with lots of cacti and a greenhouse
  • Sightsee at the lake – a fun activity is hiring a swan pedallo but this isn’t a great option for solo travellers in CDMX!

Sightsee in Centro

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The famous Palacio de Bellas Artes

There’s SO much to do in Centro! From museums to galleries, it’s almost all suitable for solo travel in Mexico City. I must have been there 30 times!

Top sights in Centro Historico

  • Alameda Central – a nice park area where you can observe local life
  • Chinatown – although not the best Chinatown in the world, it’s an iconic feature of the city centre
  • Casa de los Azulejos – the ‘House of Tiles’ is worth admiring from the inside and outside
  • Templo Mayor ruins – the remains of the important Aztec city of Tenochtitlan can be viewed from the outside for free but it’s worth paying to enter the museum underneath
  • The Metropolitan Cathedral – the oldest cathedral in the Americas built with rocks from Templo Mayor
  • Torre Latinoamericana – with a viewing deck at the top and a bar on the 41st floor, this tower offers the best views in town
  • See Diego murals at the National Palace – line up at 9.30am to try and get a ticket for the free daily 10.30am tour (remember to bring an official ID)
  • Secretariat of Public Education – there are more amazing Diego murals and they’re free to visit
  • See the ornate ceiling of the Gran Hotel – pop inside to snap photos for free. It’s amazing!
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Diego Rivera murals are a must-see in Centro!

Top museums & galleries

  • Palacio de Bellas Artes – the iconic emblem for Mexico City is a must-visit! Pay 75 pesos to go inside (don’t miss the Diego mural on the top floor) and stay for an evening performance of the Folklore Ballet
  • Postal Museum – this working post office is a historic masterpiece, slathered with gold and free to visit
  • Popular Arte Museum – my favourite museum known for its colourful alejibres and Mexican folk art
  • MUNAL – Mexican art from the 16th to 20th centuries with a great gift shop
  • Museo Mural Diego Rivera – fans of Frida’s husband can quickly visit this gallery to see his famous painting, Dream of a Sunday Afternoon in Alameda Central.

What & where to eat in Centro

  • Tacos at Taqueria Los Coyocos – featured on Netflix!
  • Tacos de canasta (‘basket tacos’ commonly eaten in the morning) at Los Tacos de Canasta Los Especiales – choose frijoles, papas or chicharron OR get one of each
  • Breakfast at Cafe Tacuba or any branch of El Cardenal (I like the Hilton one with a big Diego mural on the wall) – go early for either place as they’re classic, historic establishments that get very busy
  • Cakes at Pasteleria Ideal – an absolute cake palace!
  • Lunch at Cafe Regina – a cute cafe away from the crowds with generous, healthy portions
  • Sweets at Dulceria de Celaya – a historic sweet shop open since 1874 selling all kinds of goodies
  • Churros at El Moro – this famous churreria has branches around the city but this is the atmospheric original open since 1935
  • Speciality coffee at Casiopea Café – my favourite place for a flat white away from the crowds!

Getting to Centro: the metro and metrobuses connect Centro with other areas of the city but, if you’re overwhelmed, take an Uber. Alternatively, you can walk there from Roma in 1 hour.

I recommend avoiding travelling to and from Centro at peak rush hour (or at least being prepared the journey will take longer) and avoiding walking at night – not just for solo travellers to Mexico City but everyone. Take an Uber instead.

Top tips – most museums are free on Sundays (but expect them to be rammed) and closed on Mondays. On the last Wednesday of every month, there’s a Night at the Museum event where participating venues offer free entry, some with live music.

Chill in Roma & Condesa

After two years living in Roma Norte, it’s an undeniable fave. Condesa is slightly fancier in my opinion, benefiting from the parks and Art Deco architecture. You can’t go wrong with either.

If you have 5 days in CDMX, I suggest spending at least one in Roma and Condesa to unwind from the busier areas of the city and enjoy the parks, cafes and amazing range of restaurants from upscale cuisine to world-class street food (yes, even in this fancy area!).

This area is safe and relaxed, suitable for solo female travel in Mexico City… No one will think twice about why you’re alone!

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Roma galleries

Things to do in Roma

  • Tour small museums and galleries like OMR Gallery, the Object Museum, MAIA inside Casa Basalta, and the Salon of Mexican Fine Art
  • Wander Mercado Medellin (Roma Sur) for an authentic market vibe and try local dishes in the food court. Alternatively, eat at modern pop-ups in Mercado Roma
  • Go craft beer tasting at Falling Piano, La Roma Brewing or Cyprez Tap Room
  • Treat yourself to a cocktail at famous Licoreria Limantour, Bar Las Brujas or Salon Rosetta. For somewhere you don’t need a ressy, try Gin Gin or Cafe Nadie
  • Drink quality coffee at Quentin, Cumbe, Memorias de un Barista, Forte or Cucurucho
  • Take yourself on a taco tour – some of my faves are Orinoco, El Califa, Frontera (casual restaurants), Tacos El Gato Volador, Tacos Los Juanes (food stands), Compita Birria de Res (lunchtime birria), and Tacobar (tacos and cocktails).
  • Head to Panaderia Rosetta early for a guava ricotta roll! Trust me.

Roma Norte is vegan heaven! Try authentic street tacos at Paxil (food stand), Gracias Madre, Taco Santo and Por Siempre (restaurants) or fancy pink tacos at La Pitahaya. Visit Plantasia and Godzu for Asian food, IQuit for baked goods and Forever for brunch.

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Avenida Amsterdam

Things to do in Condesa

  • Walk Avenida Amsterdam, a circular path lined with trees and cafes. In the early evenings, it’s busy with runners and dog walkers
  • Explore Parque Mexico where locals walk dogs, take dance classes and relax in the peaceful Audiorama space
  • Eat at one of the lovely brunch restaurants like Maque or Freims
  • Shop at gorgeous boutiques
  • Enjoy cafe culture at Borel, Quentin, Orquidea and Chiquitito. Don’t miss El Pendulo, a famous bookshop cafe
  • Line up early for famous chilaquiles tortas (sandwiches with tortilla chips and salsa) at Le Esquina del Chilaquil
  • Eat the best tacos at Don Juan (meaty), Hola El Guero (lots of veggie options), Taqueria La Hortaliza (featured on Netflix), Taqueria El Greco and El Pescadito (the best fish tacos in the world!).

Ride a trajinera in Xochimilco

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Xochimilco is an iconic place to visit in CDMX but not the easiest place to visit as a solo traveller in Mexico City. This is because the prices for trajinera rides (the colourful boats pictured above) are per boat not per person so they’re expensive for a solo traveller, around 600 pesos an hour.

So, one option is asking around in your hostel (if you’re staying at one) and trying to get a group together. Another option is heading to the port and waiting to see if there are people you can share with. But a more reliable option is visiting as part of an organised activity with GetYourGuide, Viator or similar.

Best tours: book a lunchtime boat tour with drinks or, if you’re in a rush and want to combine several locations, a tour including Coyoacan and UNAM. Alternatively, try a boat tour with a mezcal mixology class or, if you’re feeling confident, a party cruise!

Another option is an ecotour to the Xochimilco chinampas (where locals grow fresh produce) to learn how these islands have been harvested since Aztec times. Some companies like Arca Tierra offer the chance to eat a delicious meal made with food grown there.

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On an eco-tour!

There are a few ports to choose from. Nativitas is the busiest and most popular (good for a party vibe) but I prefer Embarcadero Cuemanco which is more peaceful.

Getting to Xochimilco: for public transport, ride the blue metro Line 2 to Tasqueña, then change to the Xochimilco Light Rail which takes around 30 minutes. It’s quite a time-consuming journey, to be honest, so I prefer Uber for around 250 pesos.


Fridas house coyoacan

The cute neighbourhood of Coyoacan (in the south of the city) is almost synonymous with Frida Kahlo but that’s not the only reason to visit! I love the village-like vibe of this charming neighbourhood that feels like stepping back in time. Better yet, it’s a super safe place for solo travel in Mexico City.

It’s worth spending half a day here. You can combine it with other nearby places of interest like Xochimilco canal district and San Angel Saturday Market.

Things to do in Coyoacan:

  • Visit the Frida Kahlo House (Casa Azul) where she used to live with Diego Rivera. Make sure to get your tickets several weeks in advance on the official website!
  • Wander Coyoacan Market and eat at Tostadas Coyoacan (read my guide to Coyoacan restaurants for everything to eat)
  • Shop for souvenirs in the evenings at Mercado Artesanal Mexicano
  • Check out other museums like the Leon Trotsky House (a revolutionary friend of Frida and Diegos’ and enemy of Stalin, eventually assassinated here) and the Museum of Popular Culture
  • Enjoy the vibey main square especially in the evenings and at weekends when locals listen to live music and eat street food.

Getting to Coyoacan: annoyingly the Metro station is a 20-minute walk from the centre so it’s often easier to hop in an Uber/Didi. This costs around 150 pesos from the Roma/Condesa area.

Visit San Angel Saturday Market

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This is a hidden gem as far as tourists are concerned! It’s always lively and busy but mainly with locals. So, to see a gorgeous part of the city that most tourists miss, don’t sleep in on Saturday (well, actually, you can because it gets going around 11am).

The neighbourhood is historic and charming, comparable to Coyoacan and very safe for solo female travellers in Mexico City. But the real appeal is the sprawling Bazaar Sabado selling art by local artists, jewellery, trinkets, food products and more.

It’s not your typical Mexican market: it’s boujee and upmarket but great for browsing (and free samples) in the indoor upstairs section.

See my guide to San Angel Market for more.

Getting to San Angel: an Uber will cost 150 pesos from the centre but it’s easy to arrive by public transport. The metrobus heads all the way down Insurgentes past Roma and Condesa and only costs 6 pesos.

Catch a Lucha Libre show

These OTT dramatic wrestling shows have been popular for decades and they’re a real must-do while in the city. Rub shoulders with the locals, as well as other tourists, while cheering on your favourite act who will likely be dressed in something eye-catching and shiny while doing all kinds of poses and stunts.

It’s less wrestling and more entertainment!

However, Lucha Libre is most fun to visit as part of a group, plus Arena Mexico is not in the safest neighbourhood (Doctores). For that reason, I recommend solo travellers in Mexico City to join a group tour. For a budget option, try and get a hostel group together.

Take a day trip to the Teotihuacan Pyramids

Teotihuacan Pyramids

The most famous day trip from CDMX is to the Teotihuacan Pyramids. This archaeological site is known for its enormous Pyramid of the Moon and the Pyramid of the Sun, connected by the Avenue of Death (not as spooky as it sounds: in fact, it’s hot and exposed so bring a hat and suncream!).

While it’s worth exploring from ground level, I highly recommend a Teotihuacan hot air balloon ride if you have the budget! I did this a few years ago and it was such a Mexico bucket list experience to remember.

The balloon rides take place at sunrise so require a very early start. Luckily, most tour companies pick up from your accommodation in Mexico City so, roll out of bed and sleep in the car. Some tours just include the balloon ride while others include a guided walk around the temples.

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Getting there: tours are a common option, some including a cool cave restaurant or Guadalupe Shrine on the return. Browse all tours.

To go independently, buses depart from Terminal del Norte (best reached by Uber as it’s a trek from the city centre). You can even take an Uber the whole way to the pyramids for around 800 pesos each way, however this obviously isn’t the best budget option for 1 person.

Go for a Sunday bike ride on Reforma

This isn’t a top sightseeing activity but it’s one of my favourite things to do solo in Mexico City on Sundays. The whole of Reforma closes to cars and turns into a big bike riding/roller skating lane!

It’s easy to whiz from Chapultepec past the Angel statue to Centro (and the museums are free when you get there because it’s a Sunday).

Hire a bike using the EcoBici app. You can purchase a pass for 1 day (118 pesos), 3 days, 7 days or 1 year.

Mexico City solo travel itinerary – how long to spend?

I’d suggest around 5 days in Mexico City; I have a 5 day itinerary to help you plan that. I suggest splitting up the activities like so:

Day 1: Visit Teotihuacan Pyramids. If you do an early balloon ride, return to chill in Roma/Condesa for the afternoon.

Day 2: Chapultepec Park then Polanco for the galleries (or more time in Roma and Condesa).

Day 3: Centro for museums and galleries. Eat amazing tacos for lunch!

Day 4: Coyoacan and, if you can time this day for Saturday, San Angel Market.

Day 5:
Xochimilco canal day. If you didn’t do Coyoacan already, you could combine it here.

Food in Mexico City


The food in Mexico City is world-class. You can try high-end, experimental food at classy restaurants or enjoy the classics at inexpensive street food stands (and there’s so much international food, too). It’s a food wonderland!

The good thing about street food for solo travellers in Mexico City is that you don’t feel awkward dining in a restaurant solo. This no longer phases me but if you’re new to travelling alone, you may feel more comfortable getting street food to go.

Best Mexican dishes to try:

  • Tacos – obvy! You can’t beat tacos al pastor (served from a trompo, like a giant kebab) but there are so many other types to try, too
  • Tortas – OTT sandwiches with ingredients like milanesa, Oaxaca cheese, avocado and chipotle
  • Quesadillas – best in blue corn tortillas, if you ask me
  • Tlacoyo – oblong-shaped corn patties are stuffed with meat, beans or cheese and topped with cooked cactus, cheese and cilantro
  • Chilaquiles – this classic breakfast dish is my fave, comprising corn tortilla chips, a fried egg, cheese, onion, crema, and red or green salsa.

How not to get sick:

  • Wash or sanitize your hands before eating
  • Eat street food where it’s busy so you know there’s a quick turnover of ingredients
  • Go where the locals go – they know what’s good!
  • Maybe go easy on the spice to start (usually salsa is served separately rather than in the dish so you can control the spice level)
  • Don’t blame vendors if you do get sick – it’s probable your stomach just isn’t used to the food of this region, yet.

If you DO get sick, try and take it easy at your accommodation ’til it passes. If you can’t stay home, take pepto bismol for up to 3 days before seeking medical attention. In Mexico City, there are tons of pharmacies so you can walk into any to get something stronger if the pepto isn’t working.

But usually, these things sort themselves out so try not to overmedicate as this can mess up your stomach more!

How to get around Mexico City as a solo traveller

Taxi apps – for safety, I recommend these rather than hailing taxis on the street (the local ones are pink and white). Uber and Didi are reliable; I usually compare the two to see which is cheaper.

Although they’re undeniably good value, prices surge at peak times so I sometimes use InDrive instead which is cash-only and works by the rider entering a price that local drivers can accept or suggest a new offer. This is usually cheaper but, based on the quality of the vehicles and drivers, I feel safer in Didi and Uber.

Metro – costing 5 pesos to get anywhere in the city, this is a very affordable way of getting around. Although it can be busy and crowded with the risk of pickpockets (especially at peak times of 7am-9am and 5-7pm), I often take the metro, opting for the women’s & children’s carriage. Buy a metrocard and top it up at any counter.

Getting around tip – sometimes the Citymapper app is better than Google Maps.

The Metrobus and trolleybus, travelling along electric lines above ground, are ideal if you feel claustrophobic at the thought of the metro crowds. Journeys cost 6 pesos using your metrocard and show on Google Maps (MB and T symbols).

Buses – I find regular buses confusing and rarely use them as a solo female traveller in Mexico City. If you decide to, pay in cash.

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Open-top tourist buses the Turibus is an open-top bus journeying between the key tourist attractions.

Ride an Ecobici bike – if you feel confident riding in CDMX traffic! Luckily, there’s usually a bike lane. Buy a pass online and unlock them via the app.

Google Maps shows you how to get around. The ‘M’ shaped symbol means Metro, the ‘MB’ symbol shows Metrobus and the T shows Trolleybus. Everything else is likely a local bus.

The two airports and getting downtown

The main airport is Mexico City International Airport (also called Benito Juárez). Although it’s connected to the city by metro, if you’re travelling with your luggage/valuables, I suggest getting an Uber. These are fairly cheap: I’ve got 80 pesos rides between Roma and the airport before.

Tip – this airport is busy and crowded so arrive early even for domestic flights!

The new airport, Santa Lucia (also called Felipe Ángeles), is an hour’s drive from the city. Ubers cost 300 pesos so it’s ok to get a flight out of there (although a bit expensive for solo travellers in Mexico City) but I don’t recommend flying in. Uber isn’t allowed to pick up and the official airport taxis are 1000 pesos.

There are shuttle buses but they don’t depart frequently, plus the Mexibus line that only costs 20 pesos… But I don’t recommend this because it only takes you to Ojo de Agua station which is still an hour from the city! Overall, I don’t suggest flying into this airport; a shame because it’s very clean, new and not crowded.

Safety tips for solo female travel in Mexico City

Know which areas to avoid – the two main areas that are unsafe and close to the places you may be visiting are Doctores and Tepito (including La Lagunilla Market). Doctores is east of Roma and Tepito is north of Centro. Other bad areas are Iztapalapa and Ciudad Neza but these are nowhere near anywhere you’ll be visiting so don’t worry about them.

Don’t walk at night – apart from the main streets around Condesa, Roma and the other popular hoods I’ve mentioned. Elsewhere, Uber is cheap so I recommend using it!

Use the women’s and children’s carriage on the metro – some people will advise you to avoid the metro altogether but, honestly, I think this is overkill because I’ve used it hundreds of times without any problems. But I prefer taking direct journeys because, if there’s a change and I don’t know what that station/area is like, I’m more hesitant.

Stick to safe places!

Getting a SIM card to stay connected

Getting a SIM card with Telcel or OXXO SIM is easy if you speak basic Spanish. I recommend getting one for solo travel in Mexico City because it makes you feel safer, especially in the evenings when you can use it to call an Uber.

Just walk into any OXXO store and ask for a SIM card with credit. These are affordable: I pay 150 pesos for a month’s data and calls, but there are packages from 50 pesos that’ll sort you for a short trip.

Alternatively, get an e-SIM before you arrive with Airalo. This is an e-SIM platform covering 200+ regions and my new favourite app! Browse their Mexico packages so you’re connected as soon as you land.

What to wear and pack

You can wear whatever you want but this is not the beach! Although it’s not particularly conservative, people tend to be quite covered in Mexico City. I think locals just find it colder than we foreign tourists do! So even if it’s 30 degrees, they wear jeans.

So if you want to fit in, I suggest avoiding shorts and short dresses. You may get the odd weird look if you’re dressed for a summer’s day back home! But it won’t make you unsafe, in my opinion, so really there’s no dress code.

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Other items to pack for solo travelling in Mexico City:

How to meet people

I would suggest the following ways to meet people travelling solo

  • Staying in hostels – this is a good tactic anywhere in the world!
  • Joining free walking tours around Centro and other areas
  • Taking group tours for example to the pyramids, Xochimilco, or simply food tours or cooking classes
  • Joining Facebook groups like Girls Love Travel to see who else is visiting CDMX solo
  • Staying longer to volunteer with Workaway or take Spanish classes
  • Attending language exchange events like the Tuesday Discourse party (find this event and others on the Meetup website).

Where next?

If you’re starting a bigger Mexico tip, there are tons of places I recommend visiting. Some fantastic places nearby CDMX safe for solo travel include…

  • Puebla – just 2 hours from the capital by bus, this is a lovely city with a whole street dedicated to local sweets! Other local staples include Talavera pottery, mole sauce and a unique dish called chile en nogada (chilli in walnut sauce). Other attractions of Puebla include museums, street art and cathedrals.
  • Cholula – just a 30-minute drive from Puebla is this gorgeous town known for having the world’s largest pyramid! Despite the historic vibe, it’s become cool thanks to its student population with quality coffee shops and speakeasy bars.
  • Tepotzlan (not to be confused with Tepotzotlan but this is also nice) – just an hour from CDMX by bus, this pretty town surrounded by mountains has lovely restaurants, hotels and a scenic hike to an archaeological site.

Visas for Mexico

Many nationalities can benefit from visa-free entry to Mexico for up to 180 days. Border agents write the number of days assigned to you in your passport so double check as they don’t always give the full 180 days (and you can get in trouble for overstaying).

If you want to stay the full 180 days, you may want to have an exit flight or accommodation booked to show them.

You used to be given an FMM (part of the card you fill out on arrival) which you present on exit, but this has largely been replaced now by passport stamps. This is much easier because you don’t have to worry about losing the FMM.

Do you need Spanish to visit Mexico City?

It will certainly help!

But, no, if you’re visiting areas like Roma, Condesa, Coyoacan and the tourist attractions of Centro, you’re going to get by without knowing loads of Spanish. BUT please do learn the basics to be polite! Us foreign tourists in Mexico don’t need more of a bad rep than we already have 😉

Although staff in cool cafes and restaurants in Roma and Condesa are likely to speak English, street food vendors and market workers are unlikely to speak English so it also depends on what type of trip you want to have (I recommend a mix because street food and local joints are amazing!).

Do you need insurance to visit Mexico?

Yes, you need travel insurance anywhere outside of your home country, in my opinion. It’s not just about crime: you could have an accident or illness anywhere and, depending on the country, it could bankrupt you if it’s serious!

For solo travel in Mexico City, I recommend True Traveller which I use myself. I pay around £30 (€40) a month when getting a year’s plan. They cover pre-existing health conditions and will cover you if you’re already travelling and/or don’t yet have your flight home booked. The claim process is really easy; I’ve claimed twice and they’ve paid out within days. Click to get a quote.

True Traveller is just for European residents (including the UK) so, for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing.

Chilling in Coyoacan


Can you drink the tap water in Mexico City? No! You’d be asking for a dodgy stomach which is not the best way to start your Mexico trip.

What areas should you avoid for solo female travel in Mexico City? Doctores, Tepito, Iztapalapa and Ciudad Neza.

How much to tip? Giving 10% is standard and 15-20% is good. Usually, this is just in restaurants and you’re not required to tip for street food, however sometimes there’s a tipping pot if you have some spare change. You can also tip tour guides if they provide a good service.

Thanks for reading!

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These are my trusted resources:

Getting around by air – the quickest (and often cheapest) way to travel between Mexican cities is by flight. I use Skyscanner to find the best-value flights, using the ‘search by month’ tool to find the cheapest dates. You can also use the ‘to anywhere’ feature if you’re flexible on where you’re going.

Getting around by bus (environmental option) – buses in Mexico are comfy with free snacks and an in-journey entertainment system. I use Busbud to find the best prices.

Driving in Mexico – use to compare car rentals in Mexico (and all around the world)

For hotels in Mexico, I use – they also have self-catering apartments. You can filter by review score and price to find the best-rated budget places. For hostels, I use

To save money on accommodation, I use Trusted Housesitters, a website that connects homeowners going away and travellers who can sit their homes & pets.

Browse Mexico tours and activities on GetYourGuide. I always check Viator in case they have a better price.

For Mexico food tours with passionate local chefs and foodies, check out EatWith.

Need to top up your Spanish? Pack a Lonely Planet Mexican Spanish Phrasebook & Dictionary.

To stay connected, download an e-SIM with Airalo and connect immediately. Browse their packages for Mexico.

Need travel insurance? I use True Traveller (for UK & Europe residents) since it’s affordable but covers everything you’d need including various activities, valuables and pre-existing conditions. Unlike some companies, they insure you if you’re already travelling / don’t yet have your flight home booked. Get a quote.

For travel insurance for other nationalities, I recommend Hey Mundo and for long-term digital nomad travellers, I suggest Safety Wing.

Check out my resources page for more travel discounts and tips!

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