Uber in Mexico City: An Ultimate Travel Guide About Safety & Rates

When traveling to Mexico, the big question mostly is, does Uber work in Mexico City? The answer is definitely yes. Hold on to your sombreros, and get ready to enter the Mexican capital in style and comfort.

Navigating this vibrant metropolis has never been easier and more exciting. From the convenience of cash payments to the plethora of ride options, it’ll make your trip smoother than you can imagine.

So, buckle up, amigos, as you embark on a thrilling journey through the vibrant streets and hidden gems of Mexico City, one Uber ride at a time!  

Using Uber In Mexico City

Taxis In Mexico City

Step into the world of convenience with Uber, the OG ride-hailing application that has revolutionized the world’s last-mile travel experience since it began.

No more hailing taxis on the street or worrying about language barriers in unfamiliar countries or cities. With Uber, you’ll have it all at your fingertips.

Tap your way to a smooth ride by simply showing up at your pickup location and getting off at your drop-off point. That’s pretty much it.

Usually, within moments, you’ll be matched with a nearby driver, equipped with all the information you’ll need: the driver’s name, car model, color, and number plate. It’ll be like summoning your own personal chauffeur. 

And that’s not it! Say goodbye to getting lost in translation or using your haggling talent (good or bad). All drivers have GPS navigation (with Google Maps or Waze).

So you won’t have to settle for the hassle of traditional taxis when you can conveniently ride with Uber, where simplicity, safety, and satisfaction are always available on the menu!

Different Uber Options in Mexico City

uber app in mobile phone

In Mexico City, Uber rides come in more flavors than your favorite taco joint! Seriously, when you open the app, get ready to pick from a smorgasbord of ride options. 

Here’s a quick list of Uber options in Mexico City and what they are most suitable for:

UberX and UberPOOL: Basic, everyday Uber

UberXL: Large cars for groups of up to 6 or luggage

Comfort: Large cars for added comfort

Black: Rides in luxury cars

Black SUV: Premium luxury vehicle for group of 6

Your basic UberX is suitable for up to 2 people (if you have luggage) or 4 if you’re traveling light. Now let’s talk about UberPOOL if you’re feeling a little thrifty and fancy a little company, this is your best bet.

This is like a spontaneous carpool party – except you might just end up having the whole car to yourself and snag a sweet discount on your ride. However, if you’re traveling with a bigger crew, you may like to choose from the other options.   

How Much Does it Cost to Take an Uber in Mexico City?

Cost to Take an Uber

You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the unbeatable affordability of Uber in Mexico City! I’m talking seriously jaw-dropping prices that’ll make your wallet do a major happy dance.

Imagine taking a leisurely jaunt from Condesa to Roma for a mere 40 pesos. Yes, you read that right, just over $2. And if you’re craving a cultural adventure from Polanco or Condesa to the Centro Historico, it’s still a steal at around 80 to 90 pesos, which is around $4.

To take it a step further, even a ride from the airport won’t break the bank (opposite of most airport rides). Depending on what time of day it is, you’re looking at a maximum of just over $10 to zip in Mexico City’s center. That’s way cheaper than a typical airport transfer anywhere else. 

The real kicker is that Uber has a dynamic pricing system, which means you may even score a better deal depending on factors like driver availability and traffic. So, even if the prices go up a little, it will still be a bargain compared to traditional cabs. It’s no surprise that taxi drivers oppose Uber so strongly.

So, if saving some pesos while cruising in comfort sounds like a dream to you, it can be your reality now if you ditch the old-school cabs. Your wallet will thank you too!

Can I Pay in Cash With Uber in Mexico City?

cash payment

Amigos, in Mexico City, cash is king when it comes to paying for your Uber ride. That’s right, you read it here first – many drivers actually prefer those crisp bills over plastic. 

But hey, the choice is yours! If you’re all about that cash life, simply toggle your payment option in the app and get ready to make it rain pesos. But a heads up though, make sure you have plenty of small bills handy cause those 500 peso notes might be a tough sell. 

Here’s the kicker: while most drivers are down for a cash-paid ride, some might even give you a bombastic side eye if you opt for card payment. It’s like they’ve got a secret handshake for cash transactions only!

But worry not, with a quick tap in the app, you can set your payment preference and cruise into the sunset with ease.

Just remember to pick the cash payment method when you’re booking the cab. You might not be able to change it later on.    

So whether you’re swiping or sliding those bills, get ready to roll in style and comfort with your trusty Uber. After all, in the land of tacos and tequilas, cash is what works anyway, and Uber is no different.

How Much Do You Tip Uber in Mexico City?

Tipping – this can be a tricky topic to navigate. But fear not, fellow travelers, because, with Uber, the tipping game has gotten a lot easier.

When you’re done with your ride, just open your app and decide. When you open your app, the tipping option will show up on your screen. Though it is totally optional, the amount won’t add too much to your bill. 

When it comes to deciding how much to tip, here’s a general yardstick. If your ride was fantastic and your driver was a superstar, tip them the highest amount. But if the ride was just “meh”, feel free to dial it back a bit. 

But tipping won’t break your bank. It’s just a few extra cents or about a dollar or so. So the next time you’re pondering the age-old question of tipping, you know how to decide. 

Is Uber Safe in Mexico City?

traveling in uber

If you’re wondering ‘Is Uber safe in Mexico City’, then let me tell you that in this bustling city, all safety-conscious travelers swear by Uber for their peace of mind. Why? Because, when it comes to going places around town, nothing beats the reliability and security of this ride-hailing app.

You won’t have to go through the anxiety of hopping into a random taxi. Uber has your back with thoroughly vetted drivers and real-time tracking of your journey.

Plus, you can conveniently manage the whole ride through the app, like in-app messaging and route mapping, so language barriers are a thing of the past. You will have to play the game of charades with your cab driver or worry about unexpected detours. 

With a rating system, you have added power in your hands, you can share your ride experience and inform fellow app users. 

Sure, there might be a hiccup every now and then, but statistically, those are few and far between. Millions of people all over the world trust Uber and use it on a daily basis for a good reason – it’s a ride you can count on. 

Still, it is wise to stay aware of your surroundings. Always double-check your cab’s number plate and driver details, and keep an eye on your route. And if you’re out late and solo, use Uber’s trip-sharing feature to make sure your trip is tracked by a friend or family member.  

Can I Get an Uber From Mexico City Airport?

Mexico City Airport

Picture this: you’ve just touched town at the very busy Mexico City International Airport (Benito Juarez). It’s late, you’re exhausted, and a tad bit overwhelmed. But worry not, because snagging an Uber ride into the city center is a real cakewalk. 

Just open your Uber app, and voila! It’ll magically pinpoint the cab’s location. Yes, it’s that easy. From airport chaos to city adventures, all with just the tap of a button. And now is where the fun begins.

With designated pickup spots scattered throughout the airport, the traveler’s only task is to shimmy on over to the nearest point. No sweat, right? And when it’s time for you to get into the cab, make sure to double-check that you’re standing at the right door number. 

I’m sure you know how to use Uber in Mexico or anywhere in general. But for those who don’t – all you have to do is enter your drop-off location, if it’s a hotel, just the name will suffice (the app will pick the exact address), and proceed to choose the size of your Uber. It’s so simple. 

So the next time you’re in Mexico City, don’t stress – just hop on the Uber bandwagon and let the good times roll! 

What Do The People of Mexico City Use Instead of Uber?

Very rarely is Uber the only option when it comes to getting around in most major cities. In Mexico City, there are three major alternatives to this gigantic riding app. 


Didi ride share

This is an app that you should definitely have on your phone when traveling to Mexico. Much like Uber, DiDi offers rides and food delivery, and generally, in Mexico, where there is Uber, there is DiDi. It’s always a good idea to check both apps while booking a ride.

You may actually end up finding better and cheaper deals. Just like Uber, you can conveniently book a cab and pay the driver through the app’s secure payment gateway.

They also have a Safety Toolkit which includes safety features like journey tracking, trip sharing, SOS button, trip monitoring, and driver verification (screening).     



Another option in Mexico City, this app is perfect if you’re willing to wait a little extra for a guaranteed nicer car to ride in. They’re a popular ride-share app in Spain and the rest of Latin America.

They have only high-quality vehicles, and unlike Uber, all rides are eco-friendly. The prices are fixed as they are based on distance. That means no surge pricing or funny charges! The only downside is that they cost a little extra as the number of drivers is limited.

Taxis In Mexico City

Taxi in road

Hail a good old-fashioned taxi just like you did in simpler times before these apps were invented.

All of Mexico City’s authorized taxis are cash only and extremely easy to spot, thanks to their signature white bodies and hot pink tops.

They are rarely cheaper than Uber or DiDi because the drivers aren’t willing to haggle a lot, so they may not be the cheapest option. But they’re generally considered safe, barring a few scams like most touristy cities.  


Can I Use My US Uber App in Mexico?

Yes. You can use your existing Uber app in Mexico City, all you’ll need is an internet connection (through Wifi or a local sim card). But remember that you will be shown rates in Mexican pesos and your Credit Card will be charged in Pesos as well. 

Final Thoughts

As we come to the end of this Uber adventure, I can’t help but marvel at the convenience, affordability, and sheer comfort that this ride-hailing app has offered. It has literally revolutionized how we get around town. 

From embracing the colorful culture to navigating bustling streets, Uber can be considered the official sidekick for all urban explorers.

Whether you’re salsa dancing the night away or exploring the city’s history, the possibilities are endless with Uber in your back pocket.

So here’s to the next thrilling ride and the countless memories waiting to be made in Mexico City’s bustling streets! Adiós, amigos!