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Mexico City


Date of opening5 Sep 1969
Network length201.07 km (124.97 mi)
Stations195 (163*)
Lines12        Line history
Stations per line16.25
Avg. station distance1,099 m (0.68 mi)
Avg. line length16.76 km (10.41 mi)
*with transfer stations counted once
Numerical data by J. Serradell, 28 Aug 2016
Not sure about length
System typeMetro
Daily ridership (by J. Kennes)4.41 million (as of 2012)
Daily ridership per km (per mi)21,900 (13,600)
Fare (10 km/10 stops; by UBS)0.14 EUR (as of 2009); access gates, smartcard
TrackRight, gauge: 1995 mm
Power supplyThird rail, 750 V
Air-conditioned trains
Walk-through trains
Rubber-tyred trainsYes
Driverless lines
Platform screen doors
World Metro Database

Official map
Source: pdf, © 2011

To-scale map

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Transit mapsSystem map imagesö - moving trains

Latest Openings

Mar 2015 – Line 12 extension to Observatorio (connecting to line 1).

Guided Tours

Tours of the metro system, guided by experts. For dates and reservation contact the tour operator or check their website.

The official metro operator offers guided tours of maintenance workshops, control centres, substations etc. (in Spanish; booking required). Tour operator: Metro de la Ciudad de México.

Self-Guided Tour

Try the following tour, recommended by residents or metro enthusiasts:

A small circular tour through some interesting stations: Pino Suárez (with a real pre-hispanic pyramid discovered during the construction of the station), take line 2 to Zocalo (mezzanine with some scale models of Tenochtitlan city), continue on line 2 to Bellas Artes (Guimard entrance and some pre-hispanic art reproductions), continue to line 2 terminal Cuatro Caminos (big mezzanine to control the crowds access in peak hours), take line 2 and then line 7 to Auditorio (a gallery with information of metros all over the world), continue on line 7 to Tacubaya (with some impressive murals about the history of the city), take line 1 to Insurgentes (with two corners decorated like the Paris and London metros), continue on line 1 back to Pino Suárez.


Skeletal remains of Pleistocene mammoths have been found in many metro construction sites. During construction, thousands of objects from early human settlements were uncovered. At Pino Suárez station, an entire Aztec pyramid sits in the passageway between lines 1 and 2. Many of the objects are displayed at the National Museum of Anthropology [24]. On line 8, an entire Aztec neighborhood and a colonial-era Spanish hospital dating back to the 16th century have been found. The finds delayed subway construction and caused disputes over urban priorities [14].

Exhibits in stations:
  • Bellas Artes: Archaeological objects from the excavation zone in which the station is located.
  • Pino Suarez: An Aztec pyramid dedicated to the wind god Ehecatl is integrated in the walkway between lines 1 and 2.
  • Talisman: Bones of a 12,000 years old woolly mammoth, discovered during construction, are on display.

Relationships with Other Metros

Michelin-Alstom rubber-tyred family
Members: Lausanne (line M2), Lyon (lines A, B, D), Marseille, Mexico City, Montreal, Paris (lines 1, 4, 6, 11, 14), Santiago (lines 1, 2, 5),
Characteristics: Rubber-tyred metro, developed by Michelin in the 1930s.
Derivatives: VAL family.
Spanish CAF family
Members: Algiers, Barcelona, Bilbao, Brussels, Delhi, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Madrid, Medellin, Mexico City, Palma de Mallorca, Rome, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Washington,
Characteristics: Similar trains from the same manufacturer.

Metro Fonts

Typefaces designed exclusively for this metro:

Font NameDesignerYearSampleAvailabilityReference
Tipo Metro Lance (rough lookalike)Lance Wyman via email,

Departure Procedure and Sounds

Older trains have a 3-seconds "BOOP" sound and a recorded voice announcement in Spanish. Newer trains on Line 2 have a buzz that sounds like "TURU-RU" and then "Por favor, permita el libre cierre de puertas" ("Stand clear of the closing doors, please"). Next-station announcement: "TURU-RU – Próxima estación: [name]" ("Next station: [name]").

Metro Movies

Films with scenes set on this metro:

1990: Total Recall, story set in the future, the short subway scenes taken in Mexico City in the stations Chabacano (in the transfer walkway between lines 2, 8 and 9) and Insurgentes (line 1).
2005: Battle in Heaven

Handpicked Resources Official website

Generic Links for Mexico City Metro

Wikipedia entry at entry at
Railway Gazette search at
Discussion at
System photos at Google Images
City information at

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