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Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing

Ciudad de México, Mexico
Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing
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Get the most out of limited time in Mexico City on this tour designed for seeing as many of the city’s highlights as possible during a half-day layover. This private walking tour is customized to fit your itinerary and interests. Meet your guide at a convenient central location in the capital’s historic center (or arrange airport pickup for an additional fee) and get guided from attraction to attraction.
  • Make the most of a layover in Mexico City on a guided walking tour
  • Experience many of the historic city center’s highlights in a half-day outing
  • Customize your tour to match your interests and itinerary
  • Begin your walk at a convenient downtown location or request airport pickup
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Professional guide
3- hours Walking tour
Airport pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Food and drinks
Tips / Gratuities to the guide (optional)
Airport pickup and drop-off (if option NOT selected)
Tour time extention (possible, please contact us)
NLU Airport (AIFA or Santa Lucia Airport)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Mexico City International Airport , Av. Capitán Carlos León S/N, Peñón de los Baños, Venustiano Carranza, 15620 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico

If you choose option with transport, we'll meet you at Mexico City Intl Airport (MEX airport) Terminal 1/2. (AIFA or NLU is not available); we will confirm pick up location. If you you want to be pick up from a different place, contact us. If you choose no transport, meeting point is in Downtown.

Juarez Intl Airport , Mexico City Mexico
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3-hr Tour with Pick up Service
7/1/2020 - 7/14/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
3-hr Walking Tour Only
7/1/2020 - 7/14/2023
Monday - Sunday:07:00 AM - 07:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.As this is a custom made private tour, we will contact you to set up all details on your tour.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Additional hour: $15USD per person
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Mexico a Pie Walking Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing.
What is the policy on sanitization during Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing.
What is the social distancing policy during Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Mexico City Layover Tour: Downtown City Sightseeing.

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  • "Since I had a 9 hour layover, it seemed only wise to use that time to see the extraordinary Zocalo area of downtown Mexico City." See review


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Mexico City is Amazinh
, Oct 2020
Mexico City is open for business. This was a fantastic tour, Arturo was an amazing guide. He really brought the history of the city alive, gave me a feel for it I know I wouldn’t have gotten on my own. As a bonus he regaled me with his career as a luchador over tacos al pastor. All in all an incredible tour, a great way to see the city, and very safe, masks and social distance the whole way. Can’t recommend this more highly.
Best Ever
, Feb 2020
I was dreading my 11 hour layover in Mexico City until I found this 3 hour walking tour. We were picked up at the airport and we were able to keep our carry on luggage in the van. Our guide spoke excellent English and was very knowledgeable. He was also sensitive to our needs to slow down the pace as the higher altitude was affecting us. He listened to our interests and tailored our walk to suit our tastes. This was the best part of our entire trip. I strongly recommend it.
Great experience.
, Feb 2020
Our guide was amazing and was able to tailor make our tour to suit our situation as soon as she met us. We were a little tired from our travels and this was taken into account, as well making sure that we were fed and watered. At the end of the tour our guide and the driver worked excellently together to overcome a potential traffic issue and ensured that we were back at the airport in plenty of time. Overall we left Mexico City much more informed about this wonderful city thanks to our guide who was responsive to our needs and extremely enthusiastic, friendly and exceptionally knowledgable.
, Feb 2020
My tour guide Brenda was professional, knowledgeable, fun and made me feel safe in Mexico City. I will recommend this tour to all my friends and Colleagues in Canada. Súper safe
Excellent lay over.
, Jan 2020
We were picked up at the correct time and our guide met us near the first site we visited. Our guide was excellent, pacing the tour for us and providing background and history for each area. The city is beautiful and we will come again.
Cdmx layover
, Dec 2019
The best, Angle our driver met us right on time as our email had said, he was very friendly and shared a lot of local information about his city with us, his driving skills had us very relaxed, we met our tour guide Brenda, a most charming lady who knew her city and its rich history, we saw so much and had the best street tacos ever, we only wish we had a longer layover but we were back at the airport with plenty of time to catch our flight. We highly recommend this tour .. .
Best custom tour
, Oct 2019
We were met at international arrivals by our guide and returned to domestic terminal for next flight with plenty of time. Security line was short and fast so very easy. It was a custom walking tour in the heart of the city so flexible and directed to our interests. Our guide was very knowledgeable. We are artist and spent lots of time at the city hall with a discussion of the Diego Rivera paintings led by the guide. Will use again! Thank you!
, Aug 2019
乗り継ぎの時間を使ってメキシコシティのダウンタウンを観光しました。(3時過ぎにドライバーさんに空港にてピックアップ、8時前に空港にドロップオフ)到着時間のずれや、ホテルチェックインに時間がかかり、時間に遅れてしまいましたが、快く対応して頂きました。また、2歳の息子と2人でのツアーだったので少しの不安がありましたが、ドライバーさんの名前及び車のプレートナンバーも下さり安心でした。ツアーガイドのブレンダさんは若い女性ですが、知識が豊富で、私の興味に合わせた観光をして下さり、とても楽しかったです。また、こちらの要望にも気軽に応えて下さり、短いながらも充実した時間でした。 I booked this tour for my almost 19 hours of layover. It was schedule at 3 but I wasn’t able to make it. But they were very nice about it and my driver Fernando patiently waited for us. I was a little worried because it was just me and my 2-year-old son but they gave me the plate number to be sure. He drove us to downtown area to meet with our tour guide Brenda. She was very knowledgeable, friendly, kind, and fun guide. She was very patient with my son and very helpful as well. She made sure tour was meeting my interests and my needs. We enjoyed the tour very much and I would recommend if you have a long layover like ours (13:30 - 8:30).
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Arigato Hiroko! Gracias for your review! We are very happy that you enjoyed your few hours - long layover - in Mexico City. It is always our pleasure to make you feel comfortable, safe and hungry for more Mexico! Thank you so much for walking with us!
Exceptional Experience in Mexico City!!!
Janice K
, Jul 2019
My husband and I have been coming to Mexico for 30 years. We love it's beautiful beaches. This time we decided to visit Mexico City on our return trip home. We couldn't be happier that we spent our long layover touring the historical district. First our driver, Fernando greeted us inside the airport and drove us to the Zocalo, where we met our guide, Monica. Fernando was so helpful. He stored our luggage and he even called and came back when he saw that my husband left his phone in the car. Monica spoke perfect English and informed us about so much of Mexico's history. We visited the archeological site and museum, the National Cathedral and other churches and we saw many murals painted by Diego Rivera at the Mexican Public Education Ministry. Monica explained the murals in depth and helped us find Frida Kahlo who was inserted in so many of the murals. We went to the Torre Latinoamerica building. We had a delicious dinner at the top with gorgeous views overlooking the city. Monica explained many of the sites from the top. She is so knowledgeable! After dinner, Monica called our driver, Fernando. He took us back to the airport for our flight home. We would highly recommend this tour and when we are back in Mexico, we will definitely book another of the Mexico City tours available to us. Thanks you Monica, Fernando and Andres for everything!
Fun, informative, friendly tour of Mexico City!!
Pamela W
, May 2019
I had such a wonderful experience in Mexico City from the time I booked my Layover Tour online. Communication from Andres about what to expect and who I would meet was thorough and clear. Since I had a 9 hour layover, it seemed only wise to use that time to see the extraordinary Zocalo area of downtown Mexico City. I was met at the airport by the friendliest driver, Fernando, and driven downtown to meet my tour guide, Brenda. She was awesome and friendly and very informative! We went to lunch and had some beautiful lunch and then she showed me so many things! And she knew everything about all the things she showed me! We went to several historic cathedrals, an ancient Aztec ruin, a favorite candy shop, and most outstanding was the Palace where the enormous mural painted by Diego Rivera recording 700 years of Mexican history was displayed. Stunning! The tour ended with a trip to the Palacio de bellas artes and a ride back to the airport with time to spare before I had to board my flight home. Every single thing was handled with professionalism, friendliness and care. I recommend this tour highly if you have the time to do it. Or if you find yourself in Mexico City for a day or two, find Mexico a pie for their assortment of tours. Great company and great people!
Best tour guide ever!!!
, May 2019
I booked this tour because I had a couple of hours alone in Mexico City and wanted to explore the area. My tour guide was Andres and he was so great! Super knowledgeable about the city and the area and very nice and professional. They tweak the tour based on what you want to see and what times are good for you. We met at the Cathedral in downtown, and went to a couple of spots and finished the tour with some tacos. I would highly recommend it if you're looking for a good tour of Mexico City!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2019
Gracias Anna! Thanks for choosing us to explore downtown! We always try for you to feel with friends as we walk along the streets of Mexico City. Oh yes! And tacos make life better! 😊 Hope to see you again!
Beautiful historic center
, Apr 2019
Brenda was wonderful, very knowledgeable and showed all the important sights in the historic center. The walk was easy and we stopped to admire the great architecture or listen to a story about a sculpture or square. I really enjoyed learning about the past of Mexico city. One advise to fill the originally planned 3 hours to go to a local place taste some food or drink, or go into the National Palace to see Diego Rivera's mural. Thank you for the great tour!
Best layover ever!
, Apr 2019
Our family of 4 (2 parents, sons 14yo and 11yo) had a 9 hour layover on a Sunday. We were picked up at the airport and taken to the historic downtown. Our guide was awesome and offered information that ours sons found interesting in addition to sharing lots of great information about this history of Mexico, including architecture, the influence of the different cultures and religion. THEN, we grabbed some tacos and stopped by a bakery and a churro shop. We were dropped off at the airport with plenty of time to check in for our flight. Well worth the cost!
México history
, Jan 2019
Excellent tour Ana my Quide was outstandingl, very knowledgeable, history lesson fantastic, thoroughly enjoyed
beatiful and lovely peple in mexico
Rapid S
, Jun 2018
i really Andres for bring me around downtown area with alot of history learning. Thus tour is recommended.
This was a fantastic way to spend a...
Kathy W
, Apr 2018
This was a fantastic way to spend a very long layover in Mexico City. I had a full-day walking tour and the guide was wonderful -- super knowledgeable, friendly, and she paid attention to my interests and energy level. I got to experience some of the major attractions as well some local, authentic experiences. Highly recommend it.
This tour was perfect for my layover...
Arwen D
, Mar 2018
This tour was perfect for my layover being on foot was a great change after being on a long flight and helped me enjoy the sites and work up an appetite for the amazing food. I was able to book a tour even though I was flying by myself, and my guide, Andres, tuned the tour to my interests. Andres had engaging stories about people and sites ancient and current, and allowed me to be a tourist engaged in photographing while he kept an eye on the time and our surroundings. He steered us to lunch just in time to be comfortably at the airport. And what a lunch! My favorite moment was standing in front of the bronze of Nezahualcoyotl, hearing of not only his rule but his grand feats of engineering. I enjoy finding out how things work. There is so much to learn here, I am left wanting more visits to Mexico City!
Super outstanding tour. Andres...
, Jan 2018
Super outstanding tour. Andres picked me up at the airport and kept my Uggae in his car and took me to the Meteoplitan Cathedral. I met Adrianna who gave me a 4 hour walking tour. She was incredibly knowledgeable and had been a history major in college. She was so engaging and interesting. We then went to the Aztec ruins and national palace and she spent an inordinate amount of time explaining Juan Diegos murals. It was fascinating. Also explaining all the different types of cactus in the garden and what it was used for. She took me shopping and was willing to do whatever I wanted. When I was ready to leave she contacted Andres and he picked me up and delivered me to my hotel with my luggage. Their company is called Mexico A Pie and was one of the best experiences Ive ever had. Also was extremely reasonable.
My guides Andres and Julio are...
Pu Z
, Aug 2017
My guides Andres and Julio are amazing! I especially enjoyed seeing the Diego Rivera's mural and listened to the detailed explanations. Knew more about Mexico than I did before. It's worth every penny.
Awesome tour! We could not have...
Evangelina S
, Aug 2017
Awesome tour! We could not have asked for a better tour guide than Julio. His English was perfect. He even had the slang down. Most importantly, he was very knowledgeable and passionate about the history of the city. He even kept 2 teenagers engaged. He answered all our questions and even offered suggestions about other sites to see and gave us insight into various topics dealing with Mexican History. We booked 3 private tours with 3 different companies and Mexico A Pie was by far the best. Would most definitely book other tours with them. Thanks Julio for making our tour enjoyable and informative.

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