Discover flight deals and special offers on flights from Australia to Mexico.
Mexico has a massive tourism industry owing to its picturesque beaches, its Aztec and Mayan ruins and its cuisine as well as its slower pace of life. There are water-based activities to suit everyone and there are more than 30 UNESCO World Heritage sites throughout the country. Cancun offers the beach life while the capital, Mexico City, offers vibrant fiestas. Economically, 2017 is a good year for Australians to visit Mexico with the Aussie dollar coming up strong against the Mexican peso.
Summer is the busy time and the beach resorts fill up quickly. Luckily, you can find flight deals to Mexico year round. Cancun and Mexico City are Mexico’s busiest airports and the latter generally has more flight deals.
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Mexico flight times
- From Sydney: 19 hrs 25 mins
- From Melbourne: 20 hrs 55 mins
- From Perth: 24 hrs 40 mins
- From Brisbane: 21 hrs 05 mins
Airlines that fly to Mexico
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Virgin Australia
Mexico insider flight tips
Your best bet for intercity travel is by plane as there are numerous airports and airlines in this vast country. Aeromexico is the national carrier, while local airlines Interjet and Volaris offer low-cost travel and also serve the United States.
Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO) and Dallas (DFW) are the most common transit airports when flying from Australia. Bear in mind that if you are transiting through the United States (including Hawaii), you’ll need to meet US transit requirements and clear customs and baggage before boarding your connecting flight to Mexico.
Visitors to Mexico have to fill out an immigration form called an FMM before or when landing. Keep hold of it as you’ll need it when you fly home again, and there’s an expensive fine if you lose it. You’ll also need to be prepared to ignore time-share representatives in the airport when landing and pay attention to your belongings as well since pickpockets operate in the area.
If you can’t, or prefer not to, fly via the US, you can get to Mexico with Air Canada via Vancouver and Toronto or with Emirates via Dubai and Panama. You can also get there from Tokyo since Aeromexico has direct flights to Mexico from Tokyo. If you travel via Canada, you’ll need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authorisation online.
How to get from the airport
Mexico City International Airport (MEX) is only five kilometres from the city centre and it’s easy to get around using the city’s public transport network. The Metrobus runs to city locations from Terminals 1 and 2, or you can take the subway from Terminal 1. An Airtrain connects the two terminals and you can find major car rental companies in both terminals.
Cancun International Airport (CUN) has a choice of cheap city buses and private buses to the city and to resorts, including Playa del Carmen. It’s worth checking if your hotel operates airport transfers. You can also find major car rental companies in the main terminal. There’s a free shuttle service between Terminals 2 and 3 every 10 minutes.
You should only use official taxis from the airport, which you can prepay for at booths in the Arrivals terminal. They charge according to destination and you’ll get a receipt to take to the taxi driver.
Unless you are only staying in Mexico City or in a beach resort, renting a car could be a good idea. Roads are well-maintained compared to other Central American countries and rentals are cheap. It’s an ideal way to reach towns, national parks and beaches that are off the beaten track. Reports are mixed regarding how safe driving is due to criminals targeting foreigners, so keep up to date with travel advice.