Travel Tips

Getting to the Symposium

For those arriving by plane, there are two airports that serve the Mexico City metropolitan area: the Benito Juárez International Airport, located about a 30-minute drive from the Symposium venue, and the Toluca International Airport, about a 110-minute drive from the Symposium's main venue at CASUL. Many airlines servicing the Toluca airport include a 45-minute bus-ride from the airport to the Santa Fe area in western Mexico City.

 

In all cases, when taking a taxi from the airport, make sure to buy a ticket for the taxi service at one of the airport's taxi counters that you will find after you exit customs; good options include Yellow Cab, Nueva Imagen, and Sitio 300. All these are safe and inexpensive (should be less than $300 pesos to Colonia Roma).

Uber is also a great airport-to-hotel option. As the blogger Laura Bronner puts it, "Uber in Mexico City is cheap, convenient, and safe." Once the address of your accommodations is in your Uber app, it will be easy for you to request pickups there and return there from the many places worth visiting around the city.

We advise that all international travelers contact their cell phone carriers before departing their home countries in order to set up the best possible rate for calls, messaging, and data while you are in Mexico. It is often advantageous to do this before traveling.

Discounted Accommodation

The Symposium has arranged with two of them for special conference rates: the NH Collection Reforma, located on Calle Liverpool 155, and the Hotel Reforma Royal, located on Calle Amberes 78. Both hotels are in the Zona Rosa, less than a ten-minute walk from the CASUL, and each around the corner from the other. They are both very comfortable and convenient, and offer excellent options in two different price ranges, which are each very reasonable by international standards.

 

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