Wrapping up my recent trip to Mexico City meant heading back to the airport and I was a bit excited to try the Metro service option. In prior trips I’ve only ever taken taxis but I’m generally a big fan of mass transit to airports and I like to support it when I can. It also usually means seeing a much more local side of the culture. And it is nearly always cheap. I like that, too.
And so, a couple hours prior to my flight departure, I walked over to the local Metro station and headed underground. I was almost immediately surprised by what I saw.
The murals in the station are simply incredible. I still don’t entirely understand them, but the very first one I saw was incredibly vibrant and engaging.
A bit later in the trip I needed to change train lines (the trip involved two transfers, from the 7 to the 1 to the 5). Putting aside the part where I got lost underground for a bit I was mostly happy with the situation as it also meant seeing more murals. This one was much more subdued in colors but still quite impressive.
And then, just over an hour after leaving the W Hotel Mexico City (which, incidentally, I do not recommend if sharing a room with someone you do not have intimate relations with), I exited at the Airport.
OK, so it was a 5 minute walk from the Metro station to Terminal 1. If you’re flying out of Terminal 2 there is a shuttle train between the two which adds a bit to the total travel time. But for only 5 pesos – less than USD$0.50 – it is hard to beat. Especially when you add in the value add of getting a bit of a museum experience along the way.
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