Escape from Philadelphia to Mexico City on a budget

Escape from Philadelphia to Mexico City on a budget
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By Hoodline - Published on June 07, 2019.

Looking for an adventure in one of the world’s great megacities, but without the hassle of flying halfway around the world? Mexico City is North America’s largest, at over 8 million people (and more than twice that number in the greater metro area).

It's the oldest capital city in the Americas, rich in history and culture, and a major economic center in the region today. In addition to Aztec ruins, the city has the world’s largest single-metropolitan concentration of museums, plus extensive art galleries, concert halls and theaters. And the city’s 16 boroughs and many colorful neighborhoods offer an abundance of shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Using travel site Skyscanner, we’ve sifted through the cheapest flights between Philadelphia and Mexico City in the next few months, including some top-rated hotel options and favorite local attractions. (Prices and availability are current as of publication and subject to change.)

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Cheapest Mexico City flights

Currently, the cheapest flights between Philadelphia and Mexico City are if you leave on Sept. 21 and return from Mexico on Sept. 26. Aeromexico currently has tickets for $283, roundtrip.

There are also deals to be had in October. If you fly out of Philadelphia on Oct. 16 and return from Mexico City on Oct. 20, Aeromexico can get you there and back for $284 roundtrip.

Top Mexico City hotels

Regarding where to stay, here are some of Mexico City’s top-rated hotels, according to Skyscanner, that we selected based on price, proximity to things to do and customer satisfaction.

The Four Seasons Mexico City (Av. Paseo de la Reforma 500)

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If you're looking to treat yourself, consider The Four Seasons Mexico City. The hotel has a 4.9-star rating on Skyscanner, and rooms are currently available for $179.

Set in the heart of Mexico City on the busy Paseo de la Reforma, this luxury hotel is close to the Monumento a los Ninos Heroes and Monumento a los Heroes de la Independencia.

The St. Regis Mexico City (Av. Paseo de la Reforma 439)

Another option is The St. Regis Mexico City. Rooms are currently set at $255/night.

The Condesa DF (Av. Veracruz 102, Roma Nte.)

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A pricer alternative is The Condesa DF. The 4.6-star hotel has rooms for $265/night. This 40-room luxury hotel is located in Mexico City's Condesa district, close to many restaurants, bars and cafes.

Featured Mexico City food and drink

Don't miss Mexico City's food scene, with plenty of popular spots to get your fill of local cuisine. Here are a few of the top-rated eateries from Skyscanner's listings.

Lalo! (Zacatecas 173)

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For a popular option, check out Lalo!, which has an average of five stars out of seven reviews on Skyscanner.

"In addition to tasty breakfast dishes, sampling drinks from the juice bar is a great way to start the day," wrote visitor Harley.

El Moro  (Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas 42)

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If you're looking for churrors, head to El Moro, with 4.8 stars from 17 reviews.

"This 1930s-era churrería is a stand-out and must visit," wrote reviewer Harold. "The lines can be long but they move quickly."

Panaderia Rosetta (Colima 179)

Also worth considering is Panaderia Rosetta.

"This is the sister bakery to Rosetta," wrote Leila. "It's a very cozy breakfast spot with only a few bar stools for seating. Get there early to get your hands on the good pastries."

Restaurante El Cardenal (Calle de la Palma 23)

Finally, there's Restaurante El Cardenal.

"The food was super fantastic here," wrote Frank. "There are three floors of dining. The eggs for breakfast were perfect."

Featured Mexico City attractions

Mexico City is also full of sites to visit and explore. Here are a couple of popular attractions to round out your trip, again from Skyscanner's listings.

The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Av. Juárez)

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First up is The Palacio de Bellas Artes.

Inaugurated in 1934, the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City is a major cultural center where you can attend poetry readings, operas, dance recitals, art shows and more. From outside, marvel at the building's white-marble beauty and symbolic sculptures that include an eagle eating a snake. Inside, find spectacular murals by renowned artists, such as Rufino Tamayo and Diego Rivera.

"The place in itself is a beauty," wrote visitor Analu. "The lobby feels like you’ve stepped back in time. The museum is well worth the visit."

El Zócalo (Plaza de la Constitución S/N)

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El Zócalo, the third-largest square in the world, is another popular destination. It is the main plaza in the middle of downtown.

"This is one of my favorite squares, one of those places that is part of me as well as Campo di Fiori in Rome, it's just unique, the beauty of this open space where you can see the facades of the most important building of the Mexican government: the Palacio National," wrote visitor Gianfi. 

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