Traveling to Mexico City solo? You’re going to have a great time! With the help of some Mexico City locals, we created this guide to solo travel to Mexico City, from where to stay, to where to eat, to how to keep safe, and which activities to check out.
Solo Travel in Mexico City
The two main ways of getting around Mexico City are Uber and the Mexico City metro train.
Locals say that either option makes traveling around Mexico City easy. Uber, for obvious reasons, and the metro because it has cars designated for women and children only. (This can be an excellent option if you’re a woman traveling alone.)
Local tip: If you plan on using Uber to get around, make sure your phone is set up for international roaming.
One of the most intimidating activities while traveling alone can be finding a place to eat. But it can also be a great opportunity to enjoy delicious food (without having to share) and to reflect on your day. If you’re wondering where to eat in Mexico City, locals definitely have suggestions—especially for solo travelers. Our trip planners in Mexico City offered these tips:
Local tip: No matter where you go, be sure you know how to tip in Mexico City! And don't drink the tap water. You can buy plastic water bottles during your stay, or invest in a reusable water bottle before your trip if you want to travel more sustainably.
No matter what your budget, Mexico City offers some excellent choices for where to stay. First step: narrow down which of Mexico City’s amazing neighborhoods you want to call home for a bit. Locals say that Roma and Condesa are among the top choices—well-traveled and central, they offer a safe and vibrant atmosphere for solo travelers.
Next, figure out what kind of place you want to stay at—hostel, hotel, or Airbnb? All three options are solid. You can find some unreal places to stay in Mexico City!
Hostels definitely won’t break the bank—you can find options in shared rooms for less than $10 USD per night. For hotels and Airbnb, it depends on your level of luxe (but the exchange rate is pretty excellent). And Mexico City has some pretty fantastic hotels for travelers on a budget.
Local tip: If your travel style is more about getting off the beaten path and staying under budget, then you may want to check out San Rafael or Juarez.
Many of our trip planners in Mexico City are women. They can let you know how they navigate the city safely.
Mexico City is full of amazing landmarks, and you can take your time admiring the iconic El Angel or checking out the Zocalo without anyone bugging you about having to move on to the next activity. Seeing the Diego Rivera murals at the Palacio Nacional or checking out the incredible art at Museo Soumaya are wonderful solo activities.
Local tip: Definitely take an afternoon to explore Chapultepec Park.
There are tons of great neighborhoods in Mexico City to stay in, but also some to avoid. Locals suggest all travelers avoid these neighborhoods:
Some of the most frequently asked questions about Mexico City concern safety. Mexico City is a safe place to visit—just take the same precautions you would at home. Call an Uber to get home late at night, don’t go to neighborhoods with bad reputations, and don’t flash cash or valuables. Stay aware of your surroundings and stick with the crowds.
Keep these basic rules in mind and your solo trip to Mexico City will be incredible.
Even solo travelers don't have to travel alone. Work with a local to build your trip. And for more on Mexico City travel, check out: