Mexico City basic orientation, main streets and avenues. TIPS


Known the name of a few roads will give you a general idea of where you are in the city. Also know that, even if the road signs and signals are not amazing, they are good enough to help you find your way around the city.

Some of the streets you should have in mind are:

  • Avenida de los Insurgentes, known simply as Insurgentes, with a length of 28.8 km (17.9 mi) on a north-south in both ways axis across the city. In some signs you’ll see Insurgentes sur or Insurgentes Norte (starts after Reforma Avenue)
  • Eje Central also known as Lazaro Cardenas Av., this one circulates from south to north starting in Coyoacan neighborhoods. And passes next to downtown and Garibaldi plaza, crosses Reforma Av. and goes even further north. It’s a one way road and has a Trolleybus working both ways.
  • Tlalpan is one of the main ways Avenues that crosses the city from south to north both ways. It starts in the southern neighborhood of Tlalpan and ends in the north right in downtown.
  • Paseo de la Reforma is a wide avenue that runs diagonally across the heart of Mexico City, from east to west and northwest both ways. And as a public transport system only has buses.
  • The Anillo Periferico (peripheral ring) is the name given to the outer beltway of Mexico City. It runs both ways and makes a loop. It has a second flor you need to pay a toll with an automated digital key before you use it.
  • Viaducto Miguel Alemán is a crosscutting freeway, that runs east-west both ways across the middle of the city.
  • The Circuito Interior Bicentenario (“Bicentennial Inner Loop”) or more commonly, Circuito Interior, forms a loop around the central neighborhood of Mexico City.

So this is a general idea of how to move around the city and find your way through the main streets and avenues.