Mexico City Metro Information
The metro is a rapid transit system that serves Mexico City. The system began operations on 4th September 1969, and presently has 12 lines, which serve 195 stations. The network has a total track length of 226.5 km. As per 2012 statistics, the system had a daily ridership of 4,408,220 passengers, and an annual ridership of 1.609 billion passengers, placing the system at eighth in the world in terms of ridership. The metro is operated by Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (STC).
Mexico City Metro Map
Map of Mexico City Metro showing various lines and stations. Click on the map to enlarge it or download Mexico City Metro Map in PDF.
Mexico City Metro Hours
The metro service operates from 5.00 am to 12.00 am on Monday to Friday. On Saturdays, the service starts at 6.00 am and continues till 12:00 am. On Sunday and public holidays, the services start a little late at 7.00 am and operate till 12:00 am.
Mexico City Metro Fares, Tickets and Cards
A STC metro ticket costs MXN $5 (5 pesos), and provides unlimited distance travel and transfer at any given time. The ticket is available at a discounted rate of 3 pesos, for unemployed people, students and women passengers. The riders can purchase these tickets from booths.
The metro also offers rechargeable cards that can be purchased by paying an initial cost of 10 pesos. These cards can be recharged to a maximum of 620 pesos for 310 trips on the metro. These cards can be recharged at ticket counters at all stations. Some of the stations also have machines, where the cards can be recharged.
The metro system also uses a Tarjeta DF card, which is a prepaid card and stores credit. In addition to metro, this card can also be used to pay fares on light rail, Metrobus, and trolleybus.
Children under the age of five years, senior citizens and people with physical disabilities can ride the metro for free.
Mexico City Metro Parking
There are many park and ride lots available at many stations. Many streets offer affordable parking lots to the metro passengers.
Mexico City Metro Rules and Tips
The metro is considered to be one of the cheapest in the world, due to its heavily subsidized rates. Some of the stations are beautifully decorated and display Columbian artifacts and architecture. The metro can get quite congested during peak hours, so travelling during peak hours is best avoided, if not necessary.
Mexico City Metro Lines
Currently Mexico City Metro has 12 lines serving 195 stations and each line offers one service only. The metro lines are recognized by number and color.
- Line 1 –Line 1 started operation in 1969 and the metro offer service from Observatorio towards Pantitlan. The length of the line is 16.6km serving 20 stations.
- Line 2 – Line 2 started operation in 1970 and the metro offer service from Cuatro Caminos towards Tasquena. The length of the line is 20.7km serving 24 stations.
- Line 3 – Line 3 started operation in 1970 and the metro offer service from Indios Verdes towards Universidad. The length of the line is 21.2km serving 21 stations.
- Line 4- Line 4 started operation in 1981 and the metro offer service from Martin Carrera towards Santa Anita. The length of the line is 9.3km serving 10 stations.
- Line 5 – Line 5 started operation in 1981 and the metro offer service from Politecnico towards Pantitlan. The length of the line is 14.4km serving 13 stations.
- Line 6 – Line 6 started operation in 1983 and the metro offer service from EI Rosario towards Martin Carrera. The length of the line is 11.4km serving 11 stations.
- Line 7 – line 7 started operation in 1984 and the metro offer service from EI Rosario towards Barranca Del Muerto. The length of the line is 17km serving 14 stations.
- Line 8 – Line 8 started operation in 1994 and the metro offer service from Garibaldi towards Constitucion de 1917. The length of the line is 17.6km serving 19 stations.
- Line 9 – Line 9 started operation in 1987 and the metro offer service from Tacubaya towards Pantitlan. The length of the line is 13.3km serving 12 stations.
- Line A – Line A started operation in 1991 and the metro offer service from Pantitlan towards La Parz. The length of the line is 14.8km serving 10 stations.
- Line B – Line B started operation in 1999 and the metro offer service from Ciudad Azteca towards Buenavista. The length of the line is 20.2km serving 21 stations.
- Line 12- Line 12 started operation in 2012 and the metro offer service from Mixcoac towards Tlahuac. The length of the line is 24.3km serving 20 stations.
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Mexico City Metro Resources