Magazine article Sunset

Underground in Mexico City

Magazine article Sunset

Underground in Mexico City

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In a city replete with surprises, Mexico City's subway system is one of the best. Clean, efficient, and costing about a dime, the Metro provides welcome relief from the traffic-clogged arteries aboverground.

Throughout the system, you'll find intriguing samples of Mexican history and archeology, making a subway trip more than just a quick way to get from A to B.

The Metro covers the length and breadth of Mexico City, connecting shopping and business districts, parks, and arts centers. Free maps are available at the information booth at each stop; you can also get one at any airline counter at the Mexico City airport.

Buy your ticket at the Metro station ticket booth, and insert it into the slot at the turnstile before passing through. Once inside, you'll find two large signs that indicate the destination of the line in either direction. Check your map to see which direction includes your stop, then follow the sign to the appropriate platform. The stops are color-coded and marked with both the stop's name and a symbol, so they're easy to find. Transfer lines are marked by the word correspondencia.

Trips average 2 minutes between stations. …

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