Cheap flights to Mexico

Although you might just want to go to Mexico to eat as many nachos, burritos and quesadillas as you can, there are so many more beautiful places to see in this country.

Mexico is a federal republic in the continent of North America, and it’s huge – measuring almost 1,972,550kmsq. This means you could fit Ireland into Mexico over 23 times! This crazy, vibrant land is a melding pot of ancient cultures, tourism hotspots and places of outstanding natural beauty.

You could kick off in one of the main tourist spots, like Cancun, or even Acapulco – the traditional tourist hotspot since the 1950s, favoured by John F. Kennedy and Frank Sinatra. Cancun has all the amenities you’ll need for a luxe getaway in Mexico, as well as the beaches. However, if you want to see the real Mexico and dive into Mayan culture, you’ll have to go further in.

The Aztecs first founded Mexico City in 1325, but since then the Spanish, French and American have invaded it. You can learn about this in their National Museum, or take a tour through the historic and archaeological grounds in Mexico City. The Cathedral is usually featured on the front cover of Mexico City guidebooks, but it’s also worth seeing Chapultepec Park, the architecture and art in Mexico’s Autonomous University, and some of the neighborhoods boasting Mexico’s best markets, bars and street food.

The city and its population can be pretty overwhelming at times, but it’s easy enough to get a flight out to the Pacific Beaches. Here you can find respite whether you’re a surfer, swimmer or a sunbather, as the coast is dotted with huge breaks, hidden swimming holes and vast, white sandy beaches. The Gulf of California in North Eastern Mexico is also home to 1 or 2 of Mexico’s 32 protected World Heritage sites. That’s right, 32. Best get cracking.

What you need to know

You can fly from Ireland into Manchester, London Heathrow or Gatwick, where you can get a flight to Mexico City, Toluca, Puerto Vallarta, Cancun or Guadalajara.

You can travel within Mexico using buses, trains, boats, planes, bikes and rental cars. Note that whilst some areas have accessible public transport in place, this isn’t the case in all areas of Mexico.


They use the Mexican peso, 1 peso is worth 100 centavos, and 1 peso is equal to 58 cents back home.


Irish citizens do not need a visa to enter Mexico.


If you want to drive in Mexico, you must carry Mexican car insurance, or you could end up in jail. Obviously, it’s illegal to drink drive here, or be drunk in public. Thanks to Americans crossing the border to party every now and then, these laws are strictly enforced.

Any “artistic display of nudity” in public in illegal, as is shouting profanities in public places. 89% of the population here are Roman Catholic, and you’d be best suited to cover up when visiting religious places.

Best time to visit Mexico

It always seems to be a good time to visit Mexico, as they have such a wide range of climatic zones that one will always be sunny. Bare in mind June to September is hurricane season, and prior to that its school holiday season in Mexico.

There are a number of unique Mexican festivals that are worth planning into your visit, including the Day of the Dead, the Radish festival and the Monarch butterfly migration. 

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