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Chapultepec Castle

Chapultepec Castle is one of the most important tourist sites in Mexico City, probably the most historic architectural monument in Mexico.

The architecture is beautiful, the views it offers are unique and its historical collection and exhibits teach us the history of Mexico from colonization to the present day.

If you want to know this place and you don’t know how, then I will share with you everything you need to know to discover it.

Chapultepec Castle Price

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Chapultepec Castle entrance fee

The entrance fee is $80.00 pesos per person; however, you can also enter for free if you meet the following requirements

Chapultepec Castle Free admission for:

  • Children under 13 years of age
  • People over 60 years of age
  • Teachers and students with valid credentials
  • Pensioners and retirees with ID cards
  • People with disabilities

How much do they charge at Chapultepec Castle on Sundays?

On Sundays, admission is free for all Mexicans and foreigners residing in Mexico, but be warned that it is also the most crowded day.

Other Costs to consider in your visit to Chapultepec Castle

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It is important to consider: the cost of parking if you drive your own car, the cost of transportation and the cost of food.

Chapultepec Parking Fees

There are several options for parking in Chapultepec; however, the most convenient parking lot from our point of view is the one at the Anthropology Museum. You will have to walk about 20 minutes to the castle but the walk and the safety of the car is worth it.

The price is approximately 20 pesos per hour and considers a minimum of 4 hours.

Transportation Cost

The cost of transportation is completely up to you, you can arrive by different means of transportation so here are some examples of prices to give you an idea of the cost of transportation:

  • Metro: 20 pesos (Round trip)
  • Car: 100 pesos (cost of gasoline round trip)

Food Cost

There is a wide variety of dining options in Chapultepec, from restaurants to stalls where you will find all kinds of snacks.

We recommend considering $150 – $200 pesos per person.

How much does it really cost to go to Chapultepec Castle?

Here is a sample budget to give you an idea of the real cost of visiting Chapultepec Castle.

Remember that the total cost depends on each person’s behavior and may vary from person to person.

CostsOn your own
Entrance to Chapultepec Castle $80
(Guide not included)
Food$200
Transportation$100
Parking$100
Budget per Person per day$460
Prices are approximate and are intended to give an idea of the travel budget, they may vary or change over time.

Chapultepec Castle Schedules

The following opening hours for Chapultepec Castle are 365 days a year

  • Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday: Closed

These schedules are without exception and regardless of the date.

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How to get to Chapultepec Castle Tips

Now that you know how much it costs to visit this attraction in Mexico City, I want to share with you 3 tips or suggestions that can give you a plus to the experience.

Visit the Castle and the Museum of Anthropology on the same day.

Touring the castle is an activity that will take you a couple of hours, so a good idea is to visit the castle and the anthropology museum on the same day. They are close to each other and it would be a smart way to make the most of the day.

This tour is recommended if you want to get the most out of the experience and is the best way to reduce costs since it includes: entrance fees to both places and a guide who will tell you everything you need to know about both attractions.

Book here: Chapultepec Castle + Anthropology Museum Tour

2. Try the dorilocos

Don’t forget to try the delicious dorilocos from one of the stalls below the castle. You can find them in almost any stall in the Chapultepec forest and they are a very tasty street dish.

It goes without saying that if you want to save on food costs it is better to eat at the stalls than in a restaurant.

Where is Chapultepec Castle?

The exact address is: Bosque de Chapultepec I Secc, 11100 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico.

Chapultepec Castle How to get there

To arrive by subway

The closest subway station to Chapultepec Castle is “Chapultepec” on line 1. In fact, this station has direct access to the Chapultec Forest.

You can also get to Auditorio station on line 7, if you do this you will have to take the Metrobus (Line 7) and get off at Gandhi station. From there you will have to walk to the castle.

Chapultepec Castle inside

What is in the chapultepec castle? It is currently divided into three areas: the Museum, the Alcazar and the temporary exhibition halls. The place has 19 rooms where you can learn about various topics of Mexican history and culture.

Museum Rooms

  • Room 1 Two isolated continents (…-1521): Two Isolated Continents is about the first contact between Europeans and the inhabitants of the American continent.
  • Rooms 2, 3, 4 and 5 “The Kingdom of New Spain (1521-1821)”: In these rooms you will find topics related to the changes that European culture brought to Mexico, such as evangelization, the missions, the transformation of the territory, agriculture, mining and trade, etc.
  • Room 6 “The War of Independence (1810-1821)”: This room deals with characters and events of Mexico’s Independence.
  • Rooms 7 and 8 “The Young Nation (1821-1867)”: The different forms of government that were tried in Mexico and the international conflicts in which it was involved are exhibited.
  • Rooms 9 and 10 “Towards modernity (1867-1910)”: These rooms explore the governments of Benito Juárez, Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, Manuel González and Porfirio Díaz, and their consequences on the political life of the country.
  • Rooms 11 and 12 20th Century (1910-…): Here we will find information on the Mexican Revolution: political interests, agrarian struggles, military factions, legal solutions and even daily life.
  • Room 14 “Salon de Malaquitas. The pleasure of beauty (XIX Century)”: Here jewels and luxuries of the colonial and XIX century are shown.
  • Room 15 “Hall of Viceroys The instances of power (1521 – 1821)”: This room is dedicated to the institution of the viceroyalty in New Spain.
  • Alcazar: On the first floor of the Alcazar you can see furniture, jewelry, paintings and utensils from when the castle was inhabited by Maximiliano and Carlota (1864-1867); and on the upper floor, you can see what the residence was like when President Porfirio Diaz used the castle as a summer home.

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