Mexico City metro lines

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Mexico City Metro system map as of October 2014.

Presented below are the lines within the Mexico City Metro system, as of 2014, organized by number. The order in which they are listed follows the convention used by Sistema de Transporte Colectivo (the public company that manages the system) to list the stations in north-south and west-east fashion. This system however may or may not be used by other sources.

In addition to listing all current 195 stations, the opening date of each one of them is also provided, including their type of construction, which can fit in one of three categories: underground, surface ("street-level") and elevated (in form of an elevated viaduct). In total, 127 stations are under ground, 52 are located on street-level and 16 are elevated.

Line 1: Observatorio - Pantitlán[edit]

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It is the only line in the system where all stations run underground, and although a section of the track past the Observatorio terminal is located on the street-level, it is only used for train maintenance. Six stations connect with other metro lines. Line 1 is served by MP-68 trains, built in France in 1968 and NE-92 trains, built in Spain in 1992.

The line is built under several main avenues: Parque Lira, Circuito Interior, Avenida de los Insurgentes, Avenida Chapultepec, Arcos de Belén, Balderas, Eje Central Lázaro Cárdenas, José María Izazaga, Isabel la Católica, Anillo de Circunvalación, Congreso de la Unión, Eduardo Molina, and Ignacio Zaragoza, it commutes with lines 7 and 9 at the Station Tacubaya, line 3 at Balderas, line 8 at Salto del Agua, line 2 at Pino Suárez, line 4 at Candelaria, line B at San Lázaro and lines 5, 9 and A at Pantitlán.

Station Logo Opening date Station type
  Observatorio Observatory June 10, 1971 Underground
Tacubaya Water bowl November 20, 1970
Juanacatlán Butterfly April 11, 1970
Chapultepec Grasshopper September 4, 1969
Sevilla Aqueduct
Insurgentes Bell
Cuauhtémoc Eagle head
Balderas Cannon
Salto del Agua Fountain
Isabel la Católica Caravel
Pino Suárez Aztec shrine
Merced Huacal Basket with fruit
Candelaria Duck
San Lázaro Steam locomotive
Moctezuma Moctezuma plume headdress
Balbuena Four flowers
Boulevard Puerto Aéreo A bridge
Gómez Farías Constitution of 1857
Zaragoza Ignacio Zaragoza and horse
Pantitlán Two flags August 22, 1984

Line 2: Cuatro Caminos – Tasqueña[edit]

MetroDF Linea 2.svg

Line 2 was the second line in the system to open, in 1970. After two expansions, the line has 24 stations over a total track length of 23.431 km, of which 20.713 km are passenger track. The line has a general northwest-south direction passing through the city center and its color is blue. It starts at the border of the Federal District and the State of Mexico and ends in the city south.

It commutes with line 7 at Tacuba, line 3 at Hidalgo, line 8 at Bellas Artes, line 1 at Pino Suárez and lines 8 and 9 at Chabacano. At Tasqueña it links with the Mexico City Light Rail to Xochimilco. It used to be served by NC-82 and some NM-83 trains.

Line 2 was the scene of the worst accident in the Mexico City Metro's history on October 20, 1975, when a crash occurred between two trains at the Viaducto Station. One train was parked at the station picking up passengers when it was hit by another train that did not stop in time. Twenty people were killed and several wounded. After that accident, automatic traffic lights were installed in all the lines.

Thirteen stations run underground while the remaining ten are surface stations. The line is currently served by NM-02 trains built in Mexico in 2004.

Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Cuatro Caminos The "Toreo de 4 caminos" silhouette August 22, 1984 Underground
Panteones Grave
Tacuba Flowers September 14, 1970
Cuitláhuac An Aztec shield
Popotla The "Night of Sorrows" tree
Colegio Militar the "Colegio Militar" coat of arms
Normal The "Casco de Santo Tomas" bldg.
San Cosme The "Casa de los Mascarones" facade
Revolución Revolution Memorial
Hidalgo Miguel Hidalgo
Bellas Artes Bellas Artes building
Allende Ignacio Allende
Zócalo Mexican coat of arms
Pino Suárez An Aztec Shrine August 1, 1970
San Antonio Abad San Antonio Abad Surface
Chabacano Apricot
Viaducto Road intersection
Xola Palm tree
Villa de Cortés Conquistador helmet
Nativitas Chinampa
Portales Three arches
Ermita Church
General Anaya A cannon and Pedro María Anaya
Tasqueña Quarter moon

Line 3: Indios Verdes – Universidad[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 3.svg

The first section of line 3 was opened in 1970. It has been expanded five times to comprise 21 stations over a total track length of 23.609 km, of which 21.278 are passenger track, making it the second longest of the system. The line has a general north-south direction passing through the western end of downtown Mexico City and its color is olive green.

It is built under Insurgentes, Guerrero, Zarco, Balderas, Cuauhtémoc, Universidad, Copilco and Delfín Madrigal avenues. It commutes with line 6 at Deportivo 18 de Marzo, line 5 at La Raza, line B at Guerrero, line 2 at Hidalgo, line 1 at Balderas and line 9 at Centro Médico.

Most of the stations (17) run underground with the remaining four, including both terminals, being surface stations.

MetroDF Linea 3.svg
Line color olive green
Passenger railway length 21.278 km
Total railway length 23.609 km
Rolling stock NM-79 trains made in Mexico in 1979
Stations 21
Type of line Universidad is a superficial terminal.
From Copilco to La Raza, underground.
From Potrero to Indios Verdes, combines superficial platforms with underground passenger passages.
Direction North-South, though the city center
Started operations November 20, 1970: from Tlatelolco to Hospital General
August 25, 1978: from Tlatelolco to La Raza
December 1, 1979: from La Raza to Indios Verdes
June 7, 1980: from Hospital General to Centro Médico
August 25, 1980: from Centro Médico to Zapata
August 30, 1983: from Zapata to Universidad


Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Indios Verdes "Green Indians" monument December 1, 1979 Surface
Deportivo 18 de Marzo Aztec ball game player
Potrero Horse
La Raza Pyramid August 25, 1978 Underground
Tlatelolco The "Banobras" building silhouette November 20, 1970
Guerrero Vicente Guerrero silhouette
Hidalgo Miguel Hidalgo
Juárez Benito Juárez
Balderas Cannon
Niños Héroes a Kepi (military hat)
Hospital General Cross
Centro Médico a caduceus June 7, 1980
Etiopía/Plaza de la Transparencia Lion August 25, 1980
Eugenia A Stork
División del Norte Francisco Villa and horse
Zapata Emiliano Zapata
Coyoacán Coyote August 30, 1983
Viveros/Derechos Humanos the silhouette of a plant
Miguel Ángel de Quevedo Tree
Copilco Sun
Universidad UNAM coat of arms Surface

Line 4: Santa Anita – Martín Carrera[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 4.svg

The first section of line 4 was opened in 1981, and it was expanded once to bring the total extension of this line to ten stations over 10.747 km of track, of which 9.363 km are passenger track. The line has a general north-south direction and is located east of the city center and its color is aqua. It is also the line with the lowest passenger flow, which is why the STC introduced modified 6-wagon trains. In the original blueprint, this line was planned to extend to the north all the way to Ecatepec, Mexico State.

Line 4 is the only one in the system that does not have underground sections. Eight of the ten stations are built on an elevated viaduct and the remaining two are surface stations.

Line 4 connects with line 1 at Candelaria, line 6 at Martín Carrera, line 5 at Consulado, line 8 at Santa Anita, line 9 at Jamaica and line B at Morelos.

MetroDF Linea 4.svg
Line color aqua
Passenger railway length 9.363 km
Total railway length 10.747 km
Rolling stock Six-wagon trains built in Spain by C.A.F.
Stations 10
Type of line 8 elevated viaduct stations and 2 surface stations
Direction North-South, on the east side of the city
Started operations August 29, 1981: from Martín Carrera to Candelaria
May 26, 1982: from Candelaria to Santa Anita


Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Martín Carrera Martín Carrera August 29, 1981 Surface
Talismán Mammoth Elevated
Bondojito Nopal
Consulado A transversal section of a water duct
Canal del Norte A transversal section af a waterway
Morelos José María Morelos
Candelaria Duck Surface
Fray Servando Servando Teresa de Mier May 26, 1982 Elevated
Jamaica An ear of corn
Santa Anita A man sailing in a canoe

Line 5: Politécnico – Pantitlán[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 5.svg

The first section of line 5 was opened in 1981, and it has been expanded twice to bring the total extension of this line to 13 stations over 15.675 km of track, of which 14.435 km are passenger track. The line has a general north-west to south-east direction relative to the city center and its color is yellow. This line previously had the NM73 trains but due to the introduction of the NM02 trains in Line 2 now it is served by NC82 Canadian trains made by Bombardier. Line 5 runs to Mexico City International Airport (Terminal Aérea station).

Line 5 has four underground and nine surface stations. Five stations connect with other metro lines.

MetroDF Linea 5.svg
Line color yellow
Rolling stock NC-82 trains made in Canada in 1982
Passenger railway length 14.435 km
Total railway length 15.675 km
Stations 13
Type of line From Politécnico to La Raza, superficial with underground access.
Misterios and Valle Gómez, underground
From Consulado to Oceanía, superficial with underground access
Terminal Aérea and Hangares, underground and
Pantitlán is superficial.
Direction North-East
Started operations December 19, 1981: from Pantitlán to Consulado
July 1, 1982: from Consulado to La Raza
August 30, 1982: from La Raza to Politécnico
Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Politécnico IPN coat of arms August 30, 1982 Surface
Instituto del Petróleo A petroleum tower
Autobuses del Norte Motor coach
La Raza Pyramid July 1, 1982
Misterios a "Misterios" Monument Underground
Valle Gómez Agave plant
Consulado Transversal section of a water duct December 19, 1981 Surface
Eduardo Molina Hands holding water
Aragón Squirrel
Oceanía Kangaroo
Terminal Aérea Aerial control tower and a plane Underground
Hangares Biplane
Pantitlán Two flags Surface

Line 6: El Rosario – Martín Carrera[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 6.svg

Line 6 had its first section inaugurated in 1983. It has been expanded once to bring the total extension of the line to 11 stations over 13.947 km of track, of which 11.434 are passenger track. This line has a west-east direction running north of the city center and its color is scarlet red.

The line has only one surface station, the El Rosario terminal, while the rest of the line runs under ground. Four stations connect with other metro lines. Line 6, like line 4, is also served by customized six-car trains.

MetroDF Linea 6.svg
Line color red
Passenger railway length 11.434 km
Total railway length 13.947 km
Rolling stock due to the low volume of persons in the line, the STC introduced six-wagon trains
Stations 11
Type of line El Rosario is a superficial terminal.
From Tezozomoc to Martín Carrera, underground.
Direction West-East, in the city north
Started operations December 21, 1983: from El Rosario to Instituto del Petróleo
July 8, 1986: from Instituto del Petróleo to Martín Carrera
Station Logo Date opened Station type
  El Rosario A Rosary December 21, 1983 Surface
Tezozómoc Tezozomoc Underground
Azcapotzalco An ant
Ferrería/Arena Ciudad de México The Arena Ciudad de México building
Norte 45 A windrose
Vallejo A factory
Instituto del Petróleo A petroleum tower
Lindavista San Cayetano church July 8, 1986
Deportivo 18 de Marzo Aztec ball game player
La Villa-Basílica Basílica de Guadalupe and Guadalupe virgin
Martín Carrera Martín Carrera

Line 7: El Rosario – Barranca del Muerto[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 7.svg

The first section of line 7 was opened to the public in 1984. It has been expanded three times to bring the total length of the line to 14 stations over 18.784 km of track, of which 17.011 km are passenger track. Line 7 has a north-south direction running west of the city center and its color is orange.

The line has its only surface station in the El Rosario terminal. The rest of the line runs under ground, with some sections being located more than 20 m below street-level, making it the deepest line in the system at a maximum of 36 meters. Three stations connect with other metro lines.

This line used MP68 trains and a small number of NM73, after the rehabilitation of some MP68. They kept circulating on this line although there is a slightly bigger number of NM79 and NM83 in this line. Today there are only retroadapted NM73 and NM83 models and some trains from the first model due to the introduction of the NM02 in the Line 2. Currently the MP68 Trains from Line 9 are being reintroduced.

MetroDF Linea 7.svg
Line color orange
Passenger railway length 17.011 km
Total railway length 18.784 km
Stations 14
Type of line El Rosario is a surface terminal.
From Aquiles Serdán to Barranca del Muerto, stations are underground.
Direction North-South, at the city west
Started operations December 20, 1984: from Tacuba to Auditorio
August 22, 1985: from Auditorio to Tacubaya
December 19, 1985: from Tacubaya to Barranca
December 29, 1988: from Tacuba to El Rosario


Station Logo Date opened Station type
  El Rosario A Rosary December 29, 1988 Surface
Aquiles Serdán Aquiles Serdán Underground
Camarones A shrimp
Refinería A PEMEX refinery container
Tacuba Flowers December 20, 1984
San Joaquín Bridge
Polanco A Clock Tower
Auditorio Auditorio building
Constituyentes A book, ink and a Feather August 22, 1985
Tacubaya A Water bowl
San Pedro de los Pinos Two Pines December 19, 1985
San Antonio San Antonio and a kid
Mixcoac A snake
Barranca del Muerto Two Eagles

Line 8: Garibaldi / Lagunilla – Constitución de 1917[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 8.svg

Line 8 was the next to last route of the network to be opened, on July 20, 1994 by then President Carlos Salinas de Gortari and then regent of the city, Manuel Aguilera Gómez. Construction plans for the line date back to much earlier, but they were put on hold due to significant redevelopment. It has 19 stations over a total track length of 20.078 km, of which 16.679 are passenger track. Line 8 runs in a general south-east direction, beginning near the city center, and its color is bright green. The line has 14 underground stations and five surface stations, including the southern terminal Constitución de 1917. Five stations connect line 8 with other metro lines. According to the Sistema de Transporte Colectivo, the volume of people moved in this line was 117,386,342 persons in 2006.

MetroDF Linea 8.svg
Line color green
Passenger railway length 16.679 km
Total railway length: 20.078 km
Rolling stock MP82 trains made in France between 1982 and 1984
Stations 19
Direction Center-Southeast
Started operations July 20, 1994


Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Garibaldi / Lagunilla A guitar and a sarape July 20, 1994 Underground
Bellas Artes Bellas Artes building
San Juan de Letrán Latinoamerican Tower
Salto del Agua Fountain
Doctores Two doctors
Obrera A helmet and two gears
Chabacano Apricot
La Viga Two fish
Santa Anita A man sailing in a canoe
Coyuya A foot Surface
Iztacalco San Matias Church
Apatlaco An Aztec temple with boiling water
Aculco A wave
Escuadrón 201 Escuadrón 201 logo Underground
Atlalilco A water well
Iztapalapa A sun
Cerro de la Estrella A hill with three crosses and a star
UAM-I UAM coat of arms
Constitución de 1917 Pergamin with a quill pen writing "1917" Surface

Line 9: Tacubaya – Pantitlán[edit]

Mexico City Metro line 9.svg

The first section of line 9 was opened to the public in 1987. It has been expanded once to a length of 12 stations over 15.375 km of track, of which 13.033 are passenger track. The line was opened to relieve passenger traffic from line 1, to which it runs parallel south of the city center. The color of the line is dark brown.

Line 9 has eight underground stations with the remaining being elevated stations similar to those in line 4, including the terminal Pantitlán. It is the only line in the system in which no section of the track runs at street-level. Additionally, five stations connect with other metro lines. The trains of this line are made up from MP68 trains rehabilitated with fans and intelligent control systems and some NM79 rolling stock.

MetroDF Linea 9.svg
Line color brown
Passenger railway length 13.033 km
Total railway length 15.375 km
Station 12
Direction West-East, through the city center
Started operations August 26, 1987: from Pantitlán to Centro Médico
August 29, 1988: from Centro Médico to Tacubaya
Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Tacubaya A Water bowl August 29, 1988 Underground
Patriotismo The Mexican flag
Chilpancingo A wasp
Centro Médico A caduceus August 26, 1987
Lázaro Cárdenas Lázaro Cárdenas
Chabacano Apricot
Jamaica An ear of corn
Mixiuhca A woman with a baby
Velódromo A bicyclist Elevated
Ciudad Deportiva Another version of the Aztec ball game player
Puebla Two angles carrying Puebla coat of arms
Pantitlán Two flags

Line A (10): Pantitlán – La Paz[edit]

Mexico City Metro line A.svg

Line A was the second metro line that extended into the suburbs of Mexico City outside the Mexican Federal District. Opened in its entirety in 1991, it comprises ten stations over 17.192 kilometres (10.683 mi) of track, of which 14.893 kilometres (9.254 mi) are passenger track. Line A runs in a general south-east direction, east of the city center, and its color is purple.

Line A has only one underground station, the terminal Pantitlán, while the rest of the line runs at street-level. Only one station makes connections with other metro lines.

Until Line 12's opening, 21 years later (in 2012), line A was unique within the system in its use of traditional rail traction (steel-wheeled rolling stock) as opposed to pneumatic traction (rubber-tyred rolling stock). Because it was the first line of this type in the metro system, it was called the Metro Férreo and sometimes continues to be referred to by that name. The line is served by FM-86 trains, built in Mexico by Concarril in 1986, and FM-95A trains, also built in Mexico (by Bombardier) between 1998 and 1999, which draw electricity through a pantograph.

MetroDF Linea A.svg
Line color purple
Passenger railway length 14.893 km
Total railway length 23.722 km
Rolling stock FM86 trains, made in Mexico in 1986;
FM95A, made in Mexico in 1998 and 1999;
FE07, made in Spain in 2009
Stations 10
Direction East-Far East
Started operations August 12, 1991: From Pantitlán to La Paz
Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Pantitlán Two flags August 12, 1991 Underground
Agrícola Oriental Two ears of wheat Surface
Canal de San Juan An Aztec canoe in a canal
Tepalcates A clay pot
Guelatao The head of Benito Juárez
Peñón Viejo The Aztec representation of a promontory
Acatitla A sugarcane
Santa Marta Santa Marta with a jar
Los Reyes Three crowns
La Paz A dove

Line B (11): Buenavista – Ciudad Azteca[edit]

Mexico City Metro line B.svg

Line B became the third line to extend into the suburbs of Mexico City. The first section of the line was opened in 1999 and was expanded once to comprise a total of 21 stations over 23.722 km of track, of which 20.278 are passenger track. Line B starts north of the city center and runs in a general north-east direction relative to it. Its color is green on silver.

Six stations of line B run under ground, four are elevated and 11 run at street-level. Five stations connect with other metro lines.

All the trains are MP68 modified and equipped with GPS and intelligent control system, the trains in this line were the leftovers from Line 1 that were rehabilitated by Bombardier-Concarril.

MetroDF Linea B 2colored.svg
Line color green over silver.
Passenger railway length 20.278 km
Total railway length 23.722 km
Stations 21
Direction City Center-Far Northeast
Started operations December 15, 1999: from Buenavista to Villa de Aragón
November 30, 2000: from Villa de Aragón to Ciudad Azteca
Station Logo Date opened Station type
  Ciudad Azteca Aztec symbol of Tenochtitlan November 30, 2000 Surface
Plaza Aragón A stand
Olímpica The Olympic rings
Ecatepec The Ecatepec symbol
Múzquiz Melchor Muzquiz
Río de los Remedios A ship with a crown
Impulsora A cart
Nezahualcóyotl The Nezahualcoyotl symbol
Villa de Aragón Some houses December 15, 1999
Bosque de Aragón Three trees
Deportivo Oceanía A koala hugging a soccer ball
  Oceanía Kangaroo Elevated
Romero Rubio Romero Rubio
Ricardo Flores Magón Ricardo Flores Magón
San Lázaro A steam locomotive
Morelos José María Morelos Underground
Tepito A boxing glove
Lagunilla A swan
Garibaldi A guitar and a sarape
Guerrero Vicente Guerrero
Buenavista The front of a diesel locomotive

Line 12; línea del Bicentenario: Mixcoac to Observatorio – Tláhuac[edit]

Construction of line 12 began after a public consultation, on August 8, 2007, and inaugurated on October 30, 2012. Although the line offered full service during the first 16 months of operation (Mixcoac - Tláhuac), the service over the eleven easternmost stations was suspended indefinitely due to structural failures,[1][2][3] with provisional terminal being Atlalilco as of October 2014. Line 12 currently runs from Mixcoac to Atlalilco, (9 stations),[4] 4 of them linking with other lines, as well as with the Mexico City Metrobús.

According to the Mexico City Metro website, line 12 trains use traditional rail traction (as line A).[5] This means it would be the second metro férreo, this could have been called line C but the reasons for numerical naming (which also implies lines A and B are 10 and 11 respectively) does not allow it, because the parameters of this series, imply that the lines designated with letters instead of numbers are because those lines intersect areas of Mexico State (another entity of the country, adjacent to Mexico City). Government nicknamed it the línea del Bicentenario, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the beginning of Mexican War of Independence on September 16, 1810 and promising to deliver all twenty stations by April 30, 2012. However, delays on train deliveries and construction caused full operation was delayed to October 30, 2012. At that date, President Calderón and Mayor Marcelo Ebrard opened the line to service.

Map of Line 12
MetroDF Linea 12.png
Line color Gold
Passenger railway length 24 km
Rolling stock FE-10 made in 2011 by CAF
Stations 20[4]
Direction South-East
Started operations October 30, 2012 from Tlahuác to Mixcoac
September 2017: from Mixcoac to Observatorio


Station Logo Date opened Station type[6]
  Observatorio Observatory September 2017 Underground
Alta Tensión Two towers
Benvenuto Cellini Benvenuto Cellini
Mixcoac A snake October 30, 2012
Insurgentes Sur Miguel Hidalgo and Jose Maria Morelos
20 de Noviembre The structure of the cover of Medical Center 20 de Noviembre
Zapata Emiliano Zapata
Parque de los Venados The silhouette of two deer
Eje Central A trolleybus
Ermita A church
Mexicaltzingo The Mexicaltzingo symbol Underground
shallow
Atlalilco A water well
Culhuacán A mountain with a curved top October 30, 2012 (Suspended on March 12, 2014 and as of October 2014) Elevated
San Andrés Tomatlán The San Andres Church
Lomas Estrella A mountain system with a star on top
Calle 11 A mountain with a fire symbol over a vase with water
Periférico Oriente A vigilance tower
Tezonco Candy skull traditional of the Day of the Dead
Olivos An olive plant
Nopalera A flower from nopal
Zapotitlán A sapote tree
Tlaltenco A stone arc Surface
Tláhuac A seaweed from the region

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