Tips for using the Mexico City metro

usuario Alexia Arana
The most important means of transport in the great city known as CDMX (Mexico City) is the “metro” (the common name for the subway system). This marvel was inaugurated in 1969 and has, to this day, 12 lines that run through practically the entire city. 

If you are planning your next trip to Mexico City, but in economy mode, the “metro” is your best option to transport yourself in this great metropolis. So we give you some tips so that you have a good experience. 

It has a convenient schedule 
The subway starts operations from 5 in the morning from Monday to Friday and closes at 12 at night, on Saturdays, it opens from 6 am to 12 pm and on Sundays and holidays from 7 to 12 pm. We recommend acquiring a rechargeable card, which is also useful for other transports such as the “Metrobus” (surface Bus lines) or the “Tren ligero” (electric trains). 
Identify the lines by their colors 
Using this practical means of transport is relatively simple, although the lines are divided by numbers, you can also do it by their colors and the symbols that represent each of the stations. 

For example, if you want to get to the Zócalo, you should take line 2, which is the blue one and the station is the one with the image of the eagle devouring the snake. If you go to Chapultepec, you must use line 1, which is pink and has a grasshopper as an image. 
The peculiarities of the subway 
Traveling by “metro” can seem a challenge, due to the large number of people who use it, but the reality is that it is a very useful and cheap method of getting around. And surely you will run into the most bizarre situations that will add a funny anecdote to your visit. 

Street vendors are a bit of a hassle, but you will also be surprised by the variety of products you can find. From mini sewing sets to muscle ache ointments, you'll probably buy something you didn't even know you needed. 
It is also an attraction in its own 
In several metro stations, you can come across concerts, exhibitions and some even have museums. Such is the case of the “Metro” Museum located on line 7, the color orange, at Mixcoac station or the “Museo de la Radio” (Radio Museum) at “Parque de los Venados” station, on line 12, better known as” la dorada” (the golden line).

So now you know, if you want to experience Mexico City at its best, you should encourage yourself to use underground transportation.Find more information at: www.metro.cdmx.gob.mx
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