Mexico Travel Guide

Before you can relax on the tropical beaches of Cancun or explore the incredible Maya ruins of Chichen Itza, there's some necessary holiday preparation you'll need to do first and here's a good place to start. Our Mexico travel guide covers everything from when to go and what to see, to what visas you'll need and tips on health, currency, voltage and more. You can also see what multi-country touring options we offer that include Mexico and learn more about the style of our tours to the land that gave us tequila, sombreros and mariachis.

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Best Places to Visit

Don't miss these top attractions from the capital city to the country's world wonder

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Best Time to Visit

Plan the perfect time to go with our guide to the seasons and festivals taking place

Currency

Top Travel Tips

All the essentials are covered here from vaccinations to currency, food to voltage

Visas

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Mexico and information on getting your tourist visa

Get to know Mexico

Recommended Reading

  • The Labyrinth of Solitude
    by Octavio Paz
  • The Years with Laura Diaz
    by Carlos Fuentes
  • Mexico: Democracy Interrupted
    by Jo Tuckman
Did you know...?

Facts about Mexico

  • In San Luis Potosi there is a dish called el zacahuil, which is a 3ft tamale weighing 150 pounds.
  • Hot chocolate was originally the drink of the Gods and was introduced to the rest of the world by Mexico.
  • Back in 1913 during the space of just one single day, Mexico had three different presidents.

Mexico Travel Advice for British Travellers

We closely monitor the latest travel advice on Mexico and follow the guidance provided by the British Foreign Office. The safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the Foreign Office when planning your trip.

Flying to Mexico from the UK:

The average flight time between the UK and Mexico is between 12-15 hours though it ultimately depends on where in the UK you're departing from. Most of our Mexico group tours start or end in Cancun with one itinerary that starts in Mexico City - both cities are home to international airports with good flight options from the UK. From London you can fly direct to Mexico City with British Airways. Indirect flights are often cheaper with a transit stop made en route. Some of the quicker options from London include KLM via Amsterdam, Air France via Paris and Lufthansa via Frankfurt. If you prefer to fly direct to Cancun, at present the only options are either British Airways or Thomas Cook Airlines from Gatwick otherwise there are plenty of airlines flying indirect including Air Canada via Toronto and American Airlines via Miami.

If you are flying from Manchester you can also fly direct to Cancun with Thomas Cook Airlines. Indirect options include Lufthansa via Frankfurt, British Airways via London and Delta via Atlanta - the latter also flying to Mexico City. There are no direct flights from Edinburgh to Mexico so the fastest option is with British Airways via London. Most other airlines will make two stops en route. We have a full ATOL licence (ATOL 6109) and would be glad to assist with your flight booking to Mexico.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Mexico Tourist Organisation site and the latest Mexico Weather Updates from the BBC.