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Currency and connectivity

Currency

The official currency of Mexico is the Mexican peso (MXN).

On 10 January 2019, the exchange rate was:

1 EUR = 21.7166 MXN

1 MXN = 0.0460477 EUR

Only carry the bare minimum in cash and credit cards and always have some Mexican pesos (about 500 MXN) on you. As far as possible, avoid showing your cash.

It is easier to withdraw cash from ATMs than to exchange currency (most ATMs take visa and master cards). For cash withdrawals, opt for ATMs located inside a bank agency or a supermarket. There are ATMs on the S1 floor of the St. Régis Hotel, Mexico City, and on the lobby level of the Quinta Real, Monterrey. It is not advisable to exchange money in exchange offices, especially at the Mexico City International Airport.

It is also important to know that you often may be asked to present your ID or passport when you pay with a credit card.

Please note that most convenience stores do accept credit cards but it is highly advised to have some cash with you for small expenses (coffee, water, etc.).

 

Internet at the hotels

Internet is included in your room rate, provided you made reservations through BCD Meetings & Events.

 

Phones

The code system for telephones in Mexico is as follows:

  • To phone from abroad to Mexico city:
  • +52 1 55 +8 numbers (=cell phone)
  • +52 55 +8 numbers (=fixed line)
  • To phone from abroad to Monterrey:
  • +52 1 81 + 8 numbers (cell phone)
  • +52 81 +8 numbers (=fixed line)
  • To phone inside Mexico:
  • 044- from a fixed phone to a cell phone in Mexico City
  • 045- from a fixed or cell phone from Mexico city to a cell phone in other Mexican states
  • 01- city prefix (+81 for Monterrey or  55 for Mexico city) from a fixed or cell phone from Mexico city to a fixed phone in another state
  • Cell phone to cell phone within Mexico city:  (prefix state) + gsm number (e.g. Mexico City (55)/Monterrey (81)+8 numbers)

 

There is no problem with roaming services with Belgian sim cards.

 

Electricity

In Mexico, the power sockets are of type A and B. The standard voltage is 127 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. These are the same power voltage and same plugs as in the United States.

 

imageimage type A and B