Observatorio metro station

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Metro Observatorio pictogram.svg Observatorio
STC rapid transit
Platforms at Observatorio station
LocationCalzada Minas de Arena
Álvaro Obregón
Mexico City
Coordinates19°23′54″N 99°12′01″W / 19.398237°N 99.200363°W / 19.398237; -99.200363Coordinates: 19°23′54″N 99°12′01″W / 19.398237°N 99.200363°W / 19.398237; -99.200363
Platforms2 side platforms
Structure typeSurface
Opened10 June 1972
201926,338,110[1]Decrease 2.3%
Preceding station Mexico City Metro.svg STC Following station
Terminus Line 1 Tacubaya
toward Pantitlán
Future services
Preceding station Mexico City Metro.svg STC Following station
Terminus Line 12 Álvaro Obregón
toward Tláhuac
Toluca-Mexico City commuter rail
Observatorio is located in Mexico City Central
Metro Observatorio pictogram.svg Observatorio
Location within Mexico City Central

Metro Observatorio is a station on Line 1 of the Mexico City Metro system.[2] It is located in the Álvaro Obregón borough of Mexico City, west of the city centre.[2] This station is the western terminus of Line 1.[2] In 2019, the station had an average ridership of 72,296 passengers per day, making it the eight busiest station in the network.[1]

Name and iconography[edit]

The station logo represents the stylised dome of an astronomical observatory.[2] It is named after an observatory that was built by the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México at the top of a hill near the station.[3][4] However, due to the light pollution that came as a consequence of urban growth hardly any observations were done in the observatory, and thus it was transformed into a planetarium. Previously on the site was a colonial palace that belonged to the city's Bishop.[2]

General information[edit]

This station is one of the most important metro terminus in the city. It serves Mexico City's western bus depot,[5] which connects with areas of western Mexico such as México state, Michoacán, Jalisco, Querétaro and others.

The Observatorio Mexico City Metro station is the 1st station of Line 1 and the Mexico City Metro system. Service at this station began June 10, 1972. This Mexico City Metro train station is underground. The trains take passengers to Tacubaya, Juanacatlán, Chapultepec, Sevilla, Insurgentes, Cuáuhtemoc, Balderas, Salto del Agua, Isabel la Catolica, Pino Suárez, Merced, Candelaria, San Lazaro, Moctezuma, Balbuena, Boulevard Puerto Aéreo, Gómez Farías, Zaragoza, and Pantitlán Mexico City Metro stations.

Originally Line 9 had its plans to end here, even pictograms in Line 1 showed this station as a transfer station for Line 9. But for an unknown reason the station was not built and the Line 9 finished at Tacubaya.

In 2017, Toluca-Mexico City commuter rail started test trains and will enter full service by 2022.


Annual passenger ridership
Year Ridership Average daily Rank % Change Ref.
2019 26,338,110 72,296 9/195 -2.34% [1]
2018 26,970,170 73,891 9/195 [6]


Observatorio will be the eastern terminus for Toluca–Mexico City commuter rail when the line commences regular service, projected to 2022.

Currently, an extension of Line 12 to Observatorio is under construction, which will connect it with Line 1.[7] The new Line 12 station is expected to open by 2021.[8]

As of 2018, the connection from Line 9 Tacubaya station towards Observatorio is planned, but a completion date has not been announced.[9] This would make Observatorio, together with Tacubaya, Chabacano and Pantitlán, the only transfer stations in the Mexico City Metro network to have connections with three lines, in this case Line 1, Line 9 and Line 12.


  • Northeast: Av. Minas de Arena, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Northwest: Av. Minas de Arena, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Southeast: Real del Monte street, Col. Pino Suárez
  • Southwest: Real del Monte street, Col. Pino Suárez


Entry sign for Metro Observatorio

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Afluencia de estación por línea 2019" (in Spanish). Metro CDMX. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Observatorio" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Página del Observatorio Astronómico Nacional" (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  4. ^ "UNAM - Portal de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México". Retrieved 24 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Central Camionera del Poniente" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 14 June 2011. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  6. ^ "Afluencia de estación por línea 2018" (in Spanish). Sistema Transporte Colectivo Metro. 2019. Archived from the original on 6 June 2019. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Ampliarán Línea 12 del Metro del DF". Sipse (in Spanish). February 14, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Ampliación de L12 del Metro podría concluir en 2019: Mancera". El Universal (in Spanish). November 17, 2017. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  9. ^ "Metro alista ampliación de Línea 9 a Observatorio". El Universal (in Spanish). July 15, 2017. Retrieved August 15, 2018.

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