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Mexico - Getting There

Because Mexico borders the United States, your choices for travel are varied. There are basically four main ways to get to Mexico: by plane, bus, car or boat.

If you want to fly into Mexico, you won't have any trouble finding an airport! There are 98 airports in the 31 states, with most flights entering Mexico City first, then continuing on to other destinations.

Many cruise ships also dock in Mexico, particularly in the beach tourist spots.

There are bus lines that go in and out of Mexico, most of which are generally first class and comfortable. Many of them leave from the lower states in the United States such as Texas, California and Arizona, but it is possible to find bus lines that travel northwards.

Finally, you can drive your own car into Mexico, but it's important that you closely follow their strict guidelines otherwise you may find your car being held by the Mexican authorities. First of all, you must get a car permit when entering Mexico. If you don't get one, you will be turned back after you pass the free zone area. It will cost a little under $30, plus a deposit that ranges from $200-400, depending on the make and model of your car. To apply for the permit, you will need the following:

- Your passport or birth certificate
- Your tourist card
- Your car's vehicle registration certificate or title of ownership (this must be in your name)
- If you have leased the car, you will need the leasing or rental contract (note, this too must be in your name)
- A driver's license that was issued outside of Mexico
- An international credit card that was issued outside of Mexico (such as Mastercard, Visa or American Express - this must also be in your name)

It is also important to note that if you plan to drive your car into Mexico, you must have Mexican insurance (even an American policy that contains a "Mexico" clause won't be recognized.)

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