Visiting

Business hours

Private and business office hours vary but are generally from 9:00am to 6:00-7:00pm. Most executives take lunch hours between 2:00-4:00pm.

Government offices usually open to the public from 8:00am to 6:00pm.

Retail stores are generally open from 11:00am to 8:00pm and large supermarket/shopping centres are open until 9:00 or 10:00pm.

Theatres, most archaeological zones and museums are generally closed on Monday.

Public holidays

January 1 – New Year’s Day
February 4 – Constitution Day
March 16 – Benito Juarez Day
Thursday before Easter – Maundy Thursday
Good Friday
May 1 – Labour Day
May 5 – Anniversary of Battle of Puebla
September 16 – Independence Day
October 12 – Dia de la Raza/Columbus Day
November 2 – Day of the Dead
November 20 – Anniversary of the Revolution
December 12 – Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe
December 25 – Christmas Day

Climate

During the day in Mexico City the temperature averages around 24°C year-round, but temperatures can drop significantly at night to 4-5°C in the dry winter months. There is very little humidity in Mexico City regardless of the season.

The warmest months are March, April and May, immediately before the rainy season that typically runs from June to September. During this period, it rains almost every afternoon from about dusk for two or three hours. Temperatures in the more arid and lower states to the north are generally higher than in Mexico City.

For weather details in Mexico, please visit the World Meteorological Organization.

Currency

Oanda currency converter

The official currency in Mexico is the Mexican New Peso (MXN).

Banks

Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00pm (some of the banks have shorter business hours). However, there is an extensive network of automatic telling machines (ATMs), which operate 24 hours a day.

Time zones and time differences

Most of the country uses Mexico’s Central Time, which is 16 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). The only exceptions are the States of Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua and Nayarit, which use Pacific Standard Time.

Daylight saving normally starts the first week in April and runs until early September. During that time Mexico’s Central Time is 15 hours behind AEST.

To find out the current time in Mexico City, view the World Clock.

Dialling codes

Mexico's country code is 52.

For calls to Mexico from Australia dial: 0011 + 52 + area code + telephone number.

For calls from Mexico to Australia dial: 00 + 61 + area code + telephone number.

Find out more about Australian area codes or international dialing codes.

Electricity and water

Mexico’s power supply is 110 volts, 60Hz 1, 3 phases, 2, 3, 4 wires. Mexican plugs have either two flat vertical slots of equal size or of one larger than the other.

Links and resources

Travel and tourism

Visit Mexico

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