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You'll see these microbuses, also known as peseros, around town and they are often more frequent than the regular buses. After visiting the National Anthropology Museum one morning, I decided to walk all the way down Reforma back to my hotel near the Zocalo. However, after about a half hour, I realized this was a REALLY long walk, so I decided to jump on one of the microbuses that was passing by. The drivers will slow down if you make eye contact with them. It was 4.50 pesos and you can just look for the destination (usually more than one listed) in the front window. Some locals warned me that the drivers are crazy, but I didn't have any problem on my ride.
City buses, like the Metro, are just two pesos for a ride, but they are a little more confusing, so if you don't know the routes, it can be a challenge. However, one commonly used route is along Reforma all the way from the Indios Verdes Metro/Bus Station in the north down to the University in the South (Universidad Metro stop) and running in the opposite direction too. You can ask someone for the correct bus number for your destination, but you can also check the front window of the bus where the destination will be displayed.
I arrived in Mexico City on US Airways and after getting through customs, it was easy to find an ATM machine ("cajero automatico") in order to get my hands on some pesos. After getting some cash, I arranged for a taxi at an Authorized Taxi stand. Be careful to avoid getting a taxi from an unauthorized taxi. Look for the yellow sign and buy your ticket before you go outside and find a cab. You just go to the counter and tell them your destination and they'll issue you a voucher, which you then take outside (follow the signs for "Taxis Autorizados") and give to the driver.
Alternatively, you can take the Metro to just about anywhere in town. I took a cab to the Zocalo ($127 pesos not including tip), but a subway ride is only 2 pesos! After realizing how easy the Metro system is, needless to say, I took the Metro to the airport on my departure.
I took the Metro a lot in Mexico City. It's efficient and reaches most parts of town. Transfers are free and a ticket only costs 2 pesos. There are no discounts for purchases of higher quantities, but it's a good idea to buy 5 or 10 tickets at a time, to avoid long lines at the "taquilla" (ticket window). The Metro is open from 5 am to 12:30 am Monday through Friday (some lines don't open until 6 am), Saturday from 6 am to 1:30 am and on Sunday from 7 am to 12:30 am. You can pick up a Metro map at a tourist information booth around town, but check your guidebook, which also should have one.
During peak hours, it can get extremely crowded and you might have to let one train pass and be a little aggressive in positioning yourself on the platform to be sure you're in front to get on the next train. This is only a problem at some of the busier stations, such as Pino Suarez. As always, beware of pickpockets on the crowded train.
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