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Visiting Teotihuacan: Tickets & Tips, Guided Tours & Day Trips

At only 50km northeast of Mexico City the archaeological site of Teotihuacán is the most visited attraction in Mexico. In this article Ethan, an archaeologist with a PhD in archaeology from University College London, shares his tips and suggestions for seeing the pyramids at Teotihuacán. If you are planning a trip to Mexico City and want to visit Teotihuacán, on this page you will find information and advice on how to get there, whether to take public transport or book a private tour, if you need a guide or not, or even is it worth visiting. 

Teotihuacán Tickets & Tours Options

Fast Track Entry

A straight-forward, fast track entry to the archaeological area. It does not include transport to the site, or a tour guide.

From Mexico City, Entry & Guide

Take a day trip from Mexico City, get fast track into the archaeological area and enjoy a guided tour with an archaeologist.

Balloon Ride at Dawn

Make your experience of the Teotihuacán pyramids extra special with a dawn balloon ride before exploring the site. 

Or, continue reading this page for all the information you need in preparation for your visit to Teotihuacán.

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Visiting Teotihuacan

Opening Hours

The site is open everyday throughout the year: from 09h00 – 16h00
Last entry is at: 15h00

What is the Best Time to Visit Teotihuacan?

As early as you can, get there before opening time at 9am. Not only do you avoid the heat and the crowds (that tend to build up mid-morning), but you also might get to see the  last of the balloons flying over the site. 

If at all possible avoid Sundays. This is the on which the archaeological zone is often more crowded than normal because entry is free for locals.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are generally the least busy days.

How Long do You Need at Teotihuacan?

Ticket Prices

What is Included in the Cost of Entry Tickets for Teotihuacán


There are five gates, each with a ticket office to pay for entry. Each gate has parking facilities (for which there is an extra charge), and all but Gate 4 has toilet facilities. There is a bookshop at Gate 5, where you can purchase books about the site as well as tourist guides.

Accessibility at Teotihuacán

How to Get to Teotihuacán

Teotihuacán By Bus from Mexico City

How to Get to Teotihuacán with a Private Car

You could hire a car in the city and drive there. Take Highway 85D and following the signs to San Juan Teotihuacán. Traffic permitting, this journey takes about an hour, passing through impressive scenery. Part of the journey is a toll road, so have your change ready. 

How to Get to Teotihuacán by Taxi or Uber

Taxi services from Mexico City to the site, including Uber, are a popular option, costing anywhere between $450 – $800 Pesos one way, or around $30 to $45. Some visitors to the site report having difficulty getting an Uber back to Mexico City. Having taken Uber to reach the site, you could consider getting the bus back to Mexico City. In which case, go to Gate 2 to catch the bus. You do not need to have purchased a return bus ticket to return by bus. 

Parking at Teotihuacán

What Should I Take?

Is it Worth Visiting Teotihuacán?

A busy day on the Avenue of the Dead at Teotihuacán.
Lined with temple platforms, the Avenue of the Dead is so named because it is thought to have been paved with tombs. This is a view from the Pyramid of the Moon to the Pyramid of the Sun.

Is Teotihuacán Mayan or Aztec?

What is there to see in the Teotihuacán Archaeological Park?

Teotihuacan Wall Paint
The Puma Mural on the Avenue of the Dead.
The intricately carved pillars in the courtyard of the Palace of Quetzalpapalotl at Teotihuacan.
Courtyard of the Palacio de Quetzalpapalotl.
Stairway of Quetzalcoatl Pyramid at Teotihuacan Ruins,
Stairway of the Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacán.
Detail on the The Temple of the Feathered Serpent at Teotihuacán, Mexico.
Alternating Tlaloc and feathered serpent heads, Temple of the Feathered Serpent.

Interactive Map of Teotihuacán?

Teotihuacán Archaeological Zone

Teotihuacán Tours & Experiences

Balloon Teotihuacan
The best way to experience the ancient city of Teotihuacan – from above. Floating above the pyramids and the avenue of the dead in a hot air balloon will give you a view of the ruined city few others have. The Pyramid of the Sun is in the foreground and the Pyramid of the Moon in the distance.

Teotihuacán Hot Air Balloon Sunrise Tours

Guided Tours of Teotihuacán

Combine Teotihuacán With More Great Sites

Add Teotihuacán to Your Itineraries & Travel Lists


The ‘place where the gods were made’ was not only one of the largest pre-Hispanic cities in Mesoamerica, but also one of the largest urban centres anywhere in the ancient world. Known for the vast size and number of its monuments, including the Temple of Quetzalcoatl and the Pyramids of the Sun and the Moon, it is now one of Mexico’s most popular tourist attractions and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A settlement existed here from around 400 BC, although population growth only became substantial between the first and seventh centuries AD.

Archaeology Travel Writer

Ethan Doyle White

When not exploring archaeology and history sites at home and abroad, and then writing about these for Archaeology Travel, I research religion in early medieval England and contemporary uses of heritage. In 2019 I completed a PhD in medieval history and archaeology from University College, London. Read More

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