Are you planning to visit Teotihuacan from Mexico City? Here’s how you can do a day trip to Teotihuacan without a tour.
Teotihuacan is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Mexico – and it’s only 40 kilometers away from Mexico City. Therefore it’s very easy do a day trip to Teotihuacan without a tour.
Here’s what you need to know about visiting the Pyramids of Sun and Moon from Mexico City.
What is this Teotihuacan, anyway?
The city of Teotihuacan was first established over two thousand years ago. At its peak, the Teotihuacan had over a 100,000 residents, making it one of the largest cities of its time. The city collapsed on the 7th or 8th century – possibly due to internal conflicts.
Ancient civilization, pyramids, Mexico… Teotihuacan was an Aztec city, right?
Wrong! The Aztecs did, however, discover the place long after it had been abandoned. As a result, the Aztecs took lots of influences from Teotihuacan.
The Aztects also came to the conclusion that the gods created the universe on this spot. The name Teotihuacan comes from an Aztec word for “place where gods are born”.
If it wasn’t the Aztecs, who built the Teotihuacan, then?
No one really knows! The ethnicity of Teotihuacans is still being debated.
Okay, enough about the history. Is it possible to visit Teotihuacan on a day trip from Mexico City?
Yes, absolutely! Buses from the northern bus station (Central de Autobuses del Norte) leave every 20 minutes or so, and the bus ride takes just an hour. Once in Teotihuacan, you can see the major sights of the complex in 3-5 hours.
How do I get on the bus from Mexico City to Teotihuacan?
After entering the northern bus station via the main entrance, head left and walk almost to the end of the left-curving corridor. Buy your ticket from the “Autobuses Teotihuacan” stand and head to the bus via gate 8.
The ticket to Teotihuacan is only valid at a specific time, but you can take any bus on your way back. A round trip costs 100 pesos (4.5 €). There’s no toilet in the bus.
What should I do on a day trip to Teotihuacan without a tour?
The (literally) biggest sight is the Pyramid of the Sun, which is the third largest pyramid in the world. Climbing up to the 65-meter-high pyramid is exhausting but worth it! For the best views of the site, I also recommend climbing to the lower platform of the Pyramid of the Moon.
Besides the pyramids, there are several other ruins in the area. Many of these feature interesting murals that are worth checking out. You can also visit the museums of Teotihuacan.
Any other tips for visiting Teotihuacan on a day trip without a tour?
It can be very hot and sunny, so drink lots of water and protect yourself from the sun. There’s very little shade available, so you might even want to take an umbrella with you!
(At least that’s what I did, although I was the only tourist who had one.)
Do I need to pack my own meal for a day trip to Teotihuacan from Mexico City?
Not necessarily. There are dozens of restaurants available in Teotihuacan, although the fanciest ones like like La Gruta can be quite pricey.
How much does it cost to visit Teotihuacan without a tour?
Not much. The bus rides cost a hundred pesos and the entrance fee is 70 pesos (3.1 €), but that’s about it. In total, a day trip to Teotihuacan costs 170 pesos (7.7 euros) plus whatever you pay for the food and the local transport in Mexico City.
Is Teotihuacan worth it?
Yes, I think it is. Even if you’ve seen dozens of ancient ruins already, the scale of the pyramids is very mesmerizing.
Thank you for the information! I still have one question, though.
Come on, you can’t be so sure about that!
Yes I can. This conversation is over.