Monterrey is a city in Mexico and the capital of the state of Nuevo León. It's the industrial hub of northern Mexico, second in economic importance only surpassed by populous Mexico City. Although it is mainly an industrial and commercial city (in fact most of the foreign visitors comes for business purposes) a non-business tourist and businessmen in will be surprised with some attractions that the city has to offer.
Monterrey is an industrial city, flying in or busing in are both good options.
Mariano Escobedo Airport (IATA: MTY) (ICAO: MMMY), Tel: +52 (81)83-45-44-34. Daily flights to Houston, Dallas, Atlanta, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and it also has several flights a day that connect it with Guadalajara and Mexico city. A few of the low cost airlines also fly in from different parts of the country. The usual fare to go from the airport to the city and vice versa is about US$25. If you are in the city, any taxi will take you and the fare will be the same from any point of the city to the airport. In the airport you have to locate a special counter inside the terminal where you have to pay for the fare to the city. Once you pay you are given a ticket that has to be shown to the driver in order to be let into a cab.
Del Norte Airport (ICAO: MMAN), Tel: +52 (81) 80-30-90-90. If you are not flying commercial the best way into Monterrey is the Del Norte Airport. Simply put, there is no burocracy involved in entering Monterrey through this airport. There are various FBOs that will be glad to assist you with your every need, and the hospitality of every single employee of the airport and the FBOs give you a very warm welcome to Monterrey. The FBOs can get you in contact with a car rental company or can take you to your hotel. This airport is closer to the city than the Mariano Escobedo Airport.
Once in Monterrey, the easiest way to get around is by cab (eco-taxis), they are green with white rooftops. They are pretty cheap and plentiful. There is a bus and rail system too but they are best left to the locals. Renting a car is not recommended ... they are quite expensive (usually in the US it's around $30 per day but in Mexico it's more like $50+). Besides, navigating the streets are a bit tricky in the older parts of town, and just like any major metro area, parking is always an issue. Go for the cabs. The Green Cabs called "Ecos" are extremely cheap, the starter fee is around $0.50, and an average trip is around $3-5d, very convenient. Also be cautious of stationary taxis waiting for people outside of a bus station or airport, they may try to take advantage of you and charge you more than the usual fare, if you are verbally given a fare that is not reasonable dont take the taxi.
Monterrey also has a modern subway which covers much of the downtown area and the municipality of Guadalupe.
The shopping scene is very good as well. You'll find many international labels and designer houses in the upper-end malls. Just ask any local what a tourist should do, they'll point to the nearest attraction. Don't hesitate to ask for directions.
Monterrey is a paradise for spicy food lovers. Worthwhile local delicacies are:
Also, you should go out and enjoy the mariachis; you can see them and enjoy great food and local drinks at El Regio or La Valentina.
Consider going to El Rey del Cabrito, Gran Pastor or Gran San Carlos for some of the best cabrito in town.
The clubbing scene is in Moterrey is very hot. Nightclubs range from the typical "dive bar" to the very expensive, valet-please-park-my-Lamborghini places. Because Monterrey is home to the top colleges in Mexico, thousands of young people from all over Mexico party as early as Wednesday. You will surely find a club that suits your taste. There are 2 major clubbing areas to know about, downtown known as the Barrio Antiguo and the Centrito, in the Colonia del Valle.
According to América Económica magazine, Monterrey has ranked as the safest city in Latin America along with Santiago de Chile. Violent crime against tourists is not common as in other parts of Mexico. It is perfectly safe to walk outside even in the night. However, as in any metropolitan area in the world, it still has some crime issues, mainly related to drug traffic. Also avoid poorer areas that you may spot easily in some hills and the surroundings. Just keep in mind to maintain some minor precautions as you would do in any major city.