Moving Around

 

On Transport


One of the best ways of moving in Mexico City is on the Metro, provided that you do not travel in peak hours. During normal working days, it is wise to avoid travelling west in the morning (7 to 10 am), and avoid going east in the afternoon (5 to 9 pm).


There are two stations very close to the house.

Cuauhtemoc, on Line 1, is just a block away. It is a very convenient station to go to the Centre (the East) and to the West.

Balderas is on Line 3, that runs North to South.

Both stations are very central and will take you to places of interest without changing to other lines, but that is not difficult either. There are just some things you must make sure you know to get to the right station:

1.the name of the station you want to get to,

2.the line where it is located, and

3.the “direccion”, that is the direction in which you should travel to reach your destination. But it will not use a cardinal point as reference; instead it will tell you the name of the station at the end of that particular line. So instead of having line 3 announced as going North or South bound, you will have the choice of going towards “Indios Verdes” or “Universidad”. Or on Line 1 you will not be told whether you are travelling East or West, but towards “Pantitlan” or “Observatorio”.

4.One redeeming feature is that different lines do not share platforms and do not loop. Therefore, if you are on the platform of the right line number (which is also identified by a specific colour), you will not have to worry about catching a train that would take you to a completely different area.



For example, if you want to go to Chapultepec Castle, and you take the metro at the Cuauhtemoc station, you need to know that the station you want to reach is Chapultepec, on Line 1, and from Cuauhtemoc it is the “direccion” Observatorio. (It is actually the fourth station from Cuauhtemoc.)

To locate a station close to a particular place you want to visit, our house administrator will be able to help you and provide you with instructions on how to get there including changing lines, etc.


© Juan Galindo


Map of the Mexico City Metro