Not every traveler can afford to go on vacation for a long enough time to take in all the Mexico City attractions. Sometimes you have three or four days to make the most out of your trip, and when you travel to such a large city you have to make sure that you plan if you want to get to see as much as possible. The good news is that the metro system in Mexico City puts a lot of the main attractions within your reach. Here are the top stations in the metro system with the most things to see.
Zocalo Metro Station (Blue Line)
The Zocalo Station is one of the most visited in the city and with good reason. As soon as you come out of your train and go into the station you will see plenty of pictures describing the architecture of the area and even a small-scale model. When you get out of the station the attractions are seemingly everywhere. Right outside the Zocalo station you will see the Mexico City cathedral which is a building that began construction in the 1500’s and finished in the 1800’s. Right next to it you will find the Aztec ruins of Templo Mayor with a museum that describes the cultures and finds in the area. You can also admire the Palacio Nacional which is the center of Mexican Politics.
The center of the plaza is known as “Plaza de la Constitucion” and it is common to have events held here. There are also several museums spread through the area including the National Institute of Anthropology and History, Museo Nacional de las Culturas, the Jose Luis Cuevas Museum, and Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes (which is different from the Palacio de Bellas Artes). There is also a lot of shopping (especially jewelry) and several restaurants. It is important to note that a lot of the restaurants are not open on Sunday.
Auditorio Metro Station (Orange Line)
The Auditorio Metro Station also gives you a lot to see in very little time. There are two attractions from Mexico City close to this station that you should not miss and those are the Museo Nacional de Antropologia which houses the largest collection of artifacts from all the cultures in Mexico and some from other places in Latin America, and the Bosque de Chapultepec Park. That means that there is a lot to see around here.
Bosque de Chapultepec is to Mexico City what Central Park is to New York City. There are museums, outdoor activities, food and other attractions. The National Zoo is right at the park and so is the aquarium. The Modern Art Museum, the Castillo de Chapultepec, Museo Tamayo de Arte Contemporaneo, The Estela de Luz and the monument to Niños Heroes are all located within this section of the park. There is also a small lake with boats you can rent in the middle of it. The best day to visit is Sunday as it gets full of performers and small shops which are surprisingly affordable.Credit: W Fonseca
Bellas Artes Metro Station (Blue and Green Lines)
This should be another one of your stops when you do not have much time to spend in the city. Right at the station you will see murals which some of Mexico’s most famous artists created as well as replicas of pre-Columbian art. When you get out of the station you will find a plethora of attractions and things to do. The first thing that you will probably see is the Palacio de Bellas Artes which hosts concerts, opera and museums inside. The Palacio de Bellas Artes is one of the things you must do when you visit the city.
Right next to Bellas Artes you have the Alameda central which is a great place to relax. There are street performers in the area and fountains which makes the newly renovated part a great spot. Close by is the Latinoamericana Tower which gives you one of the best views of the city and where you can grab a bite or a drink at the top of. China town is also within walking distance of Bellas Artes if you are in the mood for Chinese food or other Chinese themed attractions. Besides the Bellas Artes Museum there are other interesting museums in the area including the Museo Mural Diego Rivera, the National Art Museum, Palacio de la Mineria and the Museo de Arte Popular. Avenida Francisco Madero is full of street performers, bars and restaurants.
Metro Balderas (Olive Green And Pink Lines)
Metro Balderas is not as popular as the others, but there are several things here that you will not want to miss. The biggest attraction in the area for tourists is the Mercado de Artesanias. Here you will be able to buy some of the original handcrafts made in Mexico from all over the country. The market itself is very popular with tourists all over the world so you will probably hear many different languages spoken here.
Before you get to the market you will pass by the Centro de la Imagen and Plaza de la Ciudadela which are both good spots to check out around Metro Balderas. Centro de la Imagen features several works from the most famous photographers in Mexico and Latin America. Though it is one of the newer museums in the city it has quickly become one of the most visited.
Other Highlights Close To Metro Stations
Metro Coyoacan (Olive Green Line): Metro Coyoacan will leave you close to the Frida Kahlo Museum, Museo Casa Leon Trotsky, Plaza Coyoacan and Viveros de Coyoacan Park.
Metro Insurgentes (Pink Line): Metro Insurgentes will take you to Zona Rosa which is one of the best spots for nightlife in the city. Close to the station you also have the Galeria Metropolitana, Plaza Rosa and the Columna de la Independencia as well as some of the best restaurants in the city.
Metro Taxqueña (Blue Line): Metro Taxqueña gives you access to the tren ligero which takes you to spots south of the city like the Estadio Azteca, Xochimilco and the Museo Dolores Olmedo.