How Safe Is Monterrey for Travel?

Monterrey, Mexico
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Monterrey is the third-largest city in the country of Mexico and the capital of Nuevo Leon.

Monterrey is also the commercial, industrial, educational, and transportation center of northern Mexico, not to mention that it’s economically the third in importance after Mexico City.

There are plenty of good restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters but do not expect to find too many historical sites, museums, and the like.

One downside is that you need to own a car or take public transportation to get anywhere.

The city is divided by a river, and two big avenues along the river are the main corridors of the city.

Warnings & Dangers in Monterrey

Overall Risk


Monterrey is somewhat safe, but it does have some very dangerous parts. You should apply all possible precaution measures, to minimize the chances of anything going wrong.

Transport & Taxis Risk


Public transportation in Mexico, in general, is the primary place where pickpockets operate. You should always try to call your reliable taxi driver instead of hailing one on the streets and be especially careful on railway and bus stations.

Pickpockets Risk


Pickpockets are a common occurrence here and bag snatching is a very common issue in Monterrey, especially in public and crowded places like bus and train stations and airports. Keep your belongings by your side at all times.

Natural Disasters Risk


Monterrey is a city prone to floods, most of all. The situation isn't serious though, but it is one of the primary natural disasters that can hit this city. Apart from that, be careful when swimming on the beaches near Monterrey because people have been known to drown.

Mugging Risk


Muggings and kidnappings do happen but rarely to tourists or anyone who isn't involved in criminal activities. But just in case, avoid poorly lit areas and deserted streets.

Terrorism Risk


There haven't been any terrorist attacks in Monterrey's recent history, but they shouldn't be ruled out. Remain vigilant at all times and aware of your surroundings.

Scams Risk


You should be very street smart to avoid the many scams that might cross your way. Decline all drinks sent by strangers, double-check all information and negotiate everything in advance.

Women Travelers Risk


Unfortunately, many women will have a problem with being cat-called on the streets, while they might find whistles and comments directed at the offensive. Avoid parts of cities that are filled with bars and clubs. There aren't any more serious threats in Monterrey.

So... How Safe Is Monterrey Really?

Like any big city in the world is not crime-free and the usual precautions that you would take in NY or Chicago should be exercised here.

Sporadically there can be a gang-war shootout on the street but you will rarely hear of an innocent person being killed in such incidents.

Crime-wise, just like any bigger city, there are parts of town that you would be wise to skip, but it is as safe as any US city of its size: you can move around just as freely and with the same basic precautions.

All in all, Monterrey is much safer than it’s presented in the media: you can walk around, go to the malls, go running and do your daily chores with no problems.

The only thing that is somewhat out of the ordinary is the constant and very visible police presence.

You can see police cars on the roads very frequently, multiple times every single day doing their rounds.

This a good thing but a reminder that you should always remain vigilant and never completely relax.

The fact that it’s not as dangerous as you may have heard doesn’t mean that the safety level is high.

Namely, if you hail a cab, you may get in a situation where the cabbies will tell you they don’t go to certain parts of town at night and recommended to avoid those places.

Useful Information

  • Visas - Legally entering Monterrey is fairly easy: all nationals receive a traveler's permit upon entering Mexico, and it costs 15 USD, while there are still some countries that do need to acquire a visa. If you are not sure about your visa status, contact your local Mexican embassy for more information on your visa based on your nationality.
  • Currency - The Mexican peso is the official currency in Monterrey. ATMs are widespread throughout the country, and while credit cards are accepted in most top-end hotels, restaurants and stores, Mexico is considered largely a cash economy.
  • Weather - Monterrey has a desert climate. There is almost no rainfall during the year. July is the warmest month of the year. The temperature in July averages 34 °C. In January, the average temperature is 11.4 °C. It is the lowest average temperature of the whole year.
  • Airports - Monterrey International Airport is an international airport located in Apodaca, Nuevo León. Along with Del Norte International Airport, the airport handles domestic and international flights for the city of Monterrey and its surrounding area.
  • Travel Insurance - Just like anywhere else, we recommend getting travel insurance when traveling to Monterrey, since it covers not only the costs of medical problems but also theft and loss of valuables.
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Monterrey Weather Averages (Temperatures)

Jan 14° C
Feb 17° C
Mar 20° C
Apr 24° C
May 26° C
Jun 28° C
Jul 29° C
Aug 29° C
Sep 26° C
Oct 22° C
Nov 18° C
Dec 16° C
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3 Reviews on Monterrey

  1. L
    Light Yagimae says:

    More Info Needed

    If there IS any truth to this (which I am REALLY skeptical about seeing as, I CANNOT FIND a “Paraiso Avenue” anywhere on the map), the the Monterrey visitors center needs to post on their website.

  2. M
    Marshall Faarup says:

    Monterrey is beautiful and the people are generally very nice.

    I am from Texas but have been to Monterrey several times in 2019 and 2020. I have never had an issue here. People have always been very friendly. I am not fluent in Spanish but people here are always so nice about it and will help. Of course it has some not nice areas, like any city in the US (Think South Side Atlanta, nobody goes there at night either) but I always use Uber, if the person doesn’t match the picture, I don’t get in the car and report them to Uber. Only happened once. Uber is MUCH cheaper than renting a car and you don’t have to worry about parking. I have seen the police driving around in the big truck with guns on the back, and I have also seen the police carrying machine guns along Fashion Drive and other areas. While I don’t trust the cops in the US, that doesn’t change when I go to Mexico. I appreciate their presents and don’t go out of my way to antagonize them. They were very helpful once when I was lost and asked one for directions. He walked with me all the way to the area I was going to make sure I found it because of my limited Spanish. I go back as often as I can.

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    Jonny Five says:

    There aren’t any beaches near Monterrey lololol. It’s pretty inland.

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