Oct 3, 2011, 3:57 PM
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I live in Cuernavaca. The safest way to drive here from México is on the cuota (toll road).Unfortunately, there is no easy or quick way the get out of the city from the airport. Remember, México City is arguably the biggest city in the world, and there are virtually no official street signs.
Re: [dandalton123] Mex airport to Cuernavaca. Driving directions
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It only takes about 45 minutes to drive to or from México to Cuernavaca from the toll booth at the southern city limits of México, but it takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours to get to or from the airport from there.
If you know the city like the back of your hand, or you speak fluent Spanish, you will need to ask directions several times. Since many Mexicans do not own a car, if anyone you ask for directions has ever been where you are going, it was probably on a bus, and they probably don't remember the route exactly. Ask at least 3 people for directions, if 2 of them give similar directions, try going that way.
Maps are pretty useless in any city because of the lack of street signs. It does you no good to know which street you should take if you don't know the name of the street you are on. My late bi-lingual Mexicana wife was born and raised in México City, and she always had to ask for directions to find the airport when we were going there, 2 or 3 times. She was OK getting out of there when we left though. She liked to drive, and I like to be a passenger. They keep changing things, a two way street that you used before, may be a one way street in the wrong direction the next time you want to use it.
One trick we have used, if you have a front seat passenger, is to have the passenger read as many of the signs on the front of buildings as possible. Often businesses will have their complete address on their signs, you can often find out what street you are on that way.
Don't count on finding a cab driver that knows the city well enough, or that speaks English, to lead you out of town, you may get lucky, but don't count on it.
There are direct buses from the airport to Cuernavaca though. I don't know how frequently they run, or where to catch them though. If you start asking airport employees, you will eventually find one that speaks understandable English.
Sparks had a good suggestion to take a bus here, then rent a car locally. I hope you didn't rent a car in México City already, that will complicate things for you.
Every time I get a chance not to go to México City, I take it.
Good luck, Rex
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