Metro Observatorio

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Mexico City Metro
STC rapid transit
Platforms at Observatorio station
Coordinates 19°23′54″N 99°12′01″W / 19.398237°N 99.200363°W / 19.398237; -99.200363Coordinates: 19°23′54″N 99°12′01″W / 19.398237°N 99.200363°W / 19.398237; -99.200363
Platforms 2
Tracks 2
Opened 10 June 1971
Preceding station   Mexico City Metro   Following station
TerminusLínea 1
towards Pantitlán
TerminusLínea 12
towards Tláhuac

Metro Observatorio is a station on Line 1 of the Mexico City Metro system.[1] It is located in the Álvaro Obregón borough of Mexico City, west of the city centre.[1] This station is the western terminus of Line 1.[1]


Station logo

The station logo represents the stylised dome of an astronomical observatory.[1] It is named after an observatory that was built by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México at the top of a hill near the station.[2][3] However, due to the light pollution that came as a consequence of urban growth hardly any observations were done in the observatory, and thus it was transformed into a planetarium. Previously on the site was a colonial palace that belonged to the city's Bishop.[1]

General information[edit]

This station is one of the most important metro terminus in the city. It serves Mexico City's western bus depot,[4] which connects with areas of western Mexico such as México state, Michoacán, Jalisco, Querétaro and others.

The Observatorio Mexico City Metro station is the 1st station of Line 1 and the Mexico City Metro system. Service at this station began June 10, 1971. This Mexico City Metro train station is underground. The trains take passengers to Tacubaya, Juanacatlán, Chapultepec, Sevilla, Insurgentes, Cuáuhtemoc, Balderas, Salto del Agua, Isabel la Catolica, Pino Suárez, Merced, Candelaria, San Lazaro, Moctezuma, Balbuena, Boulevard Puerto Aéreo, Gómez Farías, Zaragoza, and Pantitlán Mexico City Metro stations.

Originally line 9 had its plans to end here, even pictograms in line 1 showed this station as a transfer station for line 9. But for an unknown reason the station wasn't built and the line 9 finished at Tacubaya.


Observatorio will be the eastern terminus for Toluca–Mexico City commuter rail when the line commences regular service in 2018.

Currently, an expansion of Line 12 is under construction. This expansion will connect the mentioned line with Line 1 at Observatorio station.[5] The new Line 12 station is expected to open by 2019.[6]

As of 2018, the connection from Line 9 Tacubaya station towards Observatorio is planned, nevertheless, a completion date has not been announced.[7]

This would make Observatorio, together with Tacubaya, Chabacano and Pantitlán, the only transfer stations in the Mexico City Metro network to have connections with three lines, in this case: Line 1, Line 9 and Line 12.


  • Northeast: Av. Minas de Arena, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Northwest: Av. Minas de Arena, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Southeast: Real del Monte street, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Southwest: Real del Monte street, Col. Pino Suárez


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Observatorio" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "Página del Observatorio Astronómico Nacional" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  3. ^ "UNAM - Portal de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México". Retrieved 24 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Central Camionera del Poniente" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Ampliarán Línea 12 del Metro del DF". Sipse (in Spanish). February 14, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Ampliación de L12 del Metro podría concluir en 2019: Mancera". El Universal (in Spanish). November 17, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Metro alista ampliación de Línea 9 a Observatorio". El Universal (in Spanish). July 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2018. 

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