Mexico City Suburban Train and Light Rail

Find out about the suburban train and the light rail system in Mexico City, with details of operating hours, stations and buying tickets...

There is one suburban railway line in the Mexico City region, the Ferrocarril Suburbano de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México. The suburban train complements the extensive Metro system and operates a modern, efficient train service.

The line runs north over 27 Km from Buenavista in the central part of the city to Cuautitlan in the State of Mexico (Estado de Mexico). There are seven stations. As with the metro, each station on the line has its own distinctive symbol.

The train service operates from 05:00 to 00:30 on weekdays, from 06:00 to 00:30 on Saturdays, and from 07:00 to 00:30 on Sundays and official holidays. Trains run every six to eight minutes between 06:00 to 09:00 and 18:00 to 21:00; every 15 minutes from 11:00 to 13:00 and 23:00 to 00:30, and every 10 minutes at other times during the day and evening.

The Buenavista railway station is located near the Buenavista metro station on the Buenavista to Cuidad Azteca metro line (Line B, or the gray/green line). Buenavista is also well served by other public transport facilities: taxis, buses, and Lines 1, 3 and 4 of the Metrobus (the Red, Orange and Green lines). There is a large shopping center above the station.

Fortuna, the second station on the northbound line connects with Ferreria metro station on Line 6 (the Red line). It also has taxi and bus connections.

Other stations on the suburban railway line are served by local bus, Microbús and colectivo bus services. Taxis are available at all stations.

There is a significant private security presence on the trains, and there are many security cameras both in the trains and on the stations.

Tickets

Travel on the suburbano is relatively inexpensive. There are two ticket prices depending on the distance being traveled. Shorter journeys up to 12.8 Km are significantly cheaper than the longer journeys (over 12.8 Km). Paper tickets are not available and all users must obtain a rechargeable card (often referred to as a CDMX card), available at a small price from the ticket booths or automated ticket machines at the stations. Cards can only be charged up to a maximum amount for security reasons. Children under five do not need a ticket to travel. There are no discounts or concessions on this railway line.

There are two types of ticket machines. The larger ones can print re-chargeable cards as well as re-charge existing cards; smaller machines can only re-charge cards. Both machines display the remaining balance on the card and users can request instructions in English when purchasing or re-charging cards. Ticket machines accept coins of 0.50, 1, 5 and 10 pesos and notes of 20, 50, 100 and 200 pesos. Only the larger machines can give change.

The card must be swiped at the entry and exit of the station. Passengers without a valid ticket may be fined.

Trains do not have doors between the different carriages. The number of seats is limited to allow maximum standing room during busy periods. The name of the next station stop is announced prior to arrival at the station.

All trains are equipped with both air conditioning and heating.

Bicycles cannot be taken on the train (except folding bikes in a small case). The maximum size of luggage or packages that passengers may carry is 60cm X 60cm X 30cm, and pets are only permitted if carried in a portable cage up to the same dimensions. Guide dogs for blind people are permitted. Eating and drinking is not allowed on stations or trains. All stations have washroom facilities.

Facilities for re-charging different types of mobile phones and other devices are available on station platforms.

Facilities for People with Reduced Mobility

Facilities for people with disabilities are good. Tactile paving and information panels in braille are available near and inside stations, and tickets can be purchased from the machines with instructions in braille. Where required, elevators are available at stations for passengers with a disability, elderly and infirm people and pregnant women. Their companions may also use these elevators.

Trains have designated wheelchair areas with safety belts, and a button within easy reach that should be activated before arrival at the destination station to request assistance getting off the train. Passengers with guide dogs should travel in one of the areas on each train designated for disabled people. An alarm sounds just before carriage doors shut. Flashing lights above each door indicate to people with a hearing impairment that doors are about to close.

The Mexico City Light Rail Service (Tren Ligero)

The Mexico City Light Rail service is part of the transport network of the Servicio de Transportes Electricos del Distrito Federal, which also includes the city´s Trolleybus services. It runs from Tasqueña in the South of the city to Xochimilco, a popular day out destination, on the southern borders of the city. The line also goes past the Azteca stadium.

The line has a total length of 12.6 km with 16 intermediary and two terminus stations.

Services are fast and frequent. During the week, especially during rush hours, the service is extremely congested and passengers may find it difficult to get on and off trains, especially at intermediary stations. Security on the network is generally good with a police presence on trains and at stations, although not all stations have this, particularly on weekends.

The network operates as follows:

  • Monday to Friday: 05:00-23:30
  • Saturday: 06:00-23:30
  • Sunday (and public holidays): 07:00-23:30

Tickets

A pre-charged card (CDMX card) is required to use the Tren Ligero. This card can also be used on the Metro and Metrobús systems and for EcoBici hire. Cards can be purchased and charged at ticket machines at every station. These machines have instructions in English (press the US flag); note that they do not give change. There is a separate charge for the card. Travel is free for children under five and adults over 60.

Facilities for People with Reduced Mobility

Facilities for the disabled are variable. Both terminus stations and some intermediary stations have ramps for wheelchair access, tactile paving and braille panels facilitating access to ticket machines and trains. There are reserved seats for people with disabilities on the trains, and special areas for wheelchairs. However, access to many of the intermediary stations is only by stair (there are no elevators). An audible warning alarm alerts users to closing doors on the train.

Traveling with Bicycles and Pets

Only folding bicycles are allowed on trains, and pets may only be carried if in their carrying cages.