👥 Population: 900,000

🕑 Time Zone: UTC -6

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🌞 Weather
🗣 Hear from a local
🚈 Getting around
🧭 Where to live
🏠 Temporary accommodation
🍏 Groceries
📼 Travel remotely
👩‍💻 Work space

Merida is the largest and capital city of the state of Yucatan. Merida comfortably blends buildings from its colonial past, giving you a sense of history, with all the delights of a cosmopolitan city.


Merida's climate is tropical with consistently warm to hot weather throughout the year, and two seasons: dry and rainy. Average yearly temperature is 30°C.

Getting around

Uber available

✅ yes as well as Didi and local taxis

From airport

Merida Airport

Method: Taxi

As soon as you exit the airport you will see a fleet of white cars and vans which are airport taxis. Although Uber exists in Merida they don't come to the airport. These airport taxis are safe to use and even accept card payments.

Due to an airport surcharge these taxis are more expensive than standard ones or Uber. It isn't a rip off. Feel free to negotiate, but don't expect the price to come down too much. A 20 minute journey will cost you around Mex$350.


Merida Public Transport

Methods: Bus, minivan

Merida is quite large and spread out so a car is necessary. There are busses but they require local knowledge. If you've just landed and are new to the city, then busses aren't recommended. Hiring a car is quite straightforward.

"Here's a car rental service I used, personally in March 2021. They are called Aviless. For a deposit on a small vehicle (Mitsubishi Mirage or Chevrolet Spark) they asked for a Mex$3,000. It was then Mex$14,000 per month or Mex$4,375 per week. Feel free to negotiate since they are a bit flexible. You can pay with cash or by card which incurs a small surcharge." Leandro

Where to live

Centro: Good for first timers and for people who don’t have a car. Close to markets, restaurants, parks, nightlife.

Norte: Good for families. Many international schools, malls, parks, restaurants, cafes.

Progreso: Technically a different city but only 30 mins from Merida for those who want to stay near the beach. Relaxed, laid back, good for families.

Temporary accommodation



A 1 bedroom place typically costs between Mex$5,000 and Mex$8,000 per month.

A 2 bedroom place typically costs between Mex$11,000 and Mex$20,000 per month.

In some Airbnbs you can rent for a month via the platform, and then rent from the owner directly. Usually cash only. It works out cheaper, since Airbnb's fees aren't involved.



Slowfood Farmers Market

San Benito Market

Mercado Lucas De Galvéz


Super Aki





Convenience stores



Circle K

Travel remotely

Work space

To get you started quickly, we focused on picking one, cool, unique, and comfortable coworking space per location. Prices are for a desk in a shared space, for every day use. Expect dedicated spaces to cost more.

Coworking space


Prices are from Mex$3,500 per month plus tax.