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Travelling by metro in Mexico City can be a real adventure. It is undoubtedly the cheapest method of transport, with discounts for the elderly. It is also the most popular way of travelling, as its nine lines cross the whole city and avoid traffic congestion above. All lines interlink, so if you're not sure as to how to get to an address in town, you only need look at a map at the entrance to a station. Tickets are bought at the ticket booths, and you have two options: buying a ticket for each journey, or buying a travelcard (abono), which is valid for two whole weeks. The only drawback to this is that it can only be brought on the 15th or 30th of each month. We suggest you don't carry anything of value, and keep your belongings with you at all times, as pickpockets are very common.
Apart from the metro and the taxis, public transport is made up of microbuses, trucks and trolebuses. The first are the most common, with many routes and hundreds of stops. The most important stops coincide with the busiest metro stations: C.U., Indios Verdes, El Rosario, Tasqueña and Pantitlán. As you get on, you tell the driver where you're stopping, and he'll tell you how much to pay. The trucks (or camiones) only cover some of the larger avenues. They can take more people and are curiously more comfortable and spacious than the minibuses. The only drawback is that you must get on or get off at fixed stops. Trolebuses function in the same way, powered by electricity. Getting on, you buy a ticket which covers the price of the trip and valid insurance for the length of the journey.
In Mexico City, as in the rest of the country, trains aren't widely used. However, there is a "tren ligero" (light railway) line, which goes from the Tasqueña metro station (where, incidentally, there is a station for long-distance buses/coaches) to Xochimilco. It goes through various interesting spots in the south of the city, one of them being the Estadio Azteca. At the entrance you will find a ticket booth, where you will pay $1.50 for a ride. If you want to travel to other Mexican cities, we recommend you take one of the long-distance buses, which offer a good, reliable service. Trains are now mostly used for transporting goods.
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