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Mexico City subway: Legends, time wraps, and horror stories

Mexico City has long been famed for being the home to many extremely haunted places, and the Mexico City subway is no exception to the rule.

Running through almost 200 stations and covering the entire Mexico City metropolitan area, it wouldn’t really be a surprise that the Mexico City subway would inspire a few horror stories here and there.

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Mexicans, in general (I’m not saying everyone), are very superstitious. Many of us believe in ghosts and magic, and if we say we don’t, we usually always have that “but what if…” thought run through our minds.

In fact, just yesterday, my friend Karla and I got scammed by a tarotist gypsy at the park. We knew what was happening about five nanoseconds into the whole ordeal, and to be completely honest with you guys, I can’t even say we were “scammed” because WE WILLINGLY gave her 1000 pesos (50 USD) because we were scared she would, erm… curse us.

Yes, I know that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but I think many Mexicans would have done the same (I mean, there’s a reason they’re still operating). When I told my friend I gave her my $25 because I was scared, she laughed and said she did the exact same thing for the exact same reason.

So yep, many of us Mexicans wholeheartedly believe in black/white magic and ghosts. Even if we say we don’t, we can’t deny it’s a huge part of our culture. In fact, I can’t think of any mid or long-term friendship I’ve had where someone didn’t ask me if I’ve ever had something paranormal happen to me. We just love a good ghost story.

Maybe it’s because it makes things interesting, maybe it’s because cleansing ourselves using an egg like our grandmas told us to do whenever we were having a streak of bad looks is cheaper than going to therapy. I don’t know. We just do. We believe in that stuff. Tell us it’s dumb or that we should just “believe in science” and we’ll just think you’re arrogant.

Anyway, I could go on about the Mexican ghost/magic culture but I’ll leave that for another post. For now, I thought it’d be fun to tell you guys about some of the biggest urban legends and ghost stories about the Mexico City subway!

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The ghost of Pino Suarez

Back in the 90s, the worker in charge of checking up to ensure everything is okay at the station after closing time claimed to have seen another worker doing exactly the same thing.

This struck him as odd because he knew all the workers at the station and he couldn’t recognize the other man. He spoke with him briefly and asked the mysterious man questions to ensure he wasn’t an impostor, but the man, in fact, responded with answers only a real Mexico City subway worker could know.

The next day, the worker decided to report the incident to his boss and described the man he had seen. His boss, in shock, showed him pictures of the mysterious employee. He had died a few years back after getting run over by a broken train while checking up on the rails.

Many people have claimed to see a man on the rails, especially at night. In fact, this station is known for abrupt stops as many drivers have claimed to have seen the man and having to stop the train suddenly.

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The headless/feetless little girl

Out of all the Mexico City subway ghost stories, this is probably the creepiest!

At the Terminal Aerea station (Airport station), many people have reported seeing a girl whenever the wagon gets empty. They claim the girl approaches them and asks them to help her tie her shoelaces. When people kneel down to help her, they realize she has no feet.

Other people have claimed the little girl asked them to play ball with her, but when she hands over her ball, it’s actually the girl’s head.

Whether this Mexico City legend is true or not, if I ever see a girl anywhere near that station, I sure as hell with just run.

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The vampire of Barranca del Muerto

Translating into “the dead’s canyon”, Barranca del Muerto is the last station on line 7 of the Mexico City subway.

Its somewhat ghastly name alludes to the fact that, back during the Mexican Revolution war, the area was used as a common graveyard to bury people. Its dubious past has nothing to do with the actual story around this Mexico City subway station, however.

Legend has it that, one night, a man fell asleep on his way home. When we woke up, he realized he was alone on the wagon as the subway had already closed. Not too long after, he saw a man with pointy ears and yellow eyes approaching him.

He was later rescued and taken to the hospital after passing out from the freight. Of course, nobody believed his story, except other people who, like him, have also claimed to have seen the vampire of Barranca del Muerto at night.

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The woes of Panteones

Panteones means “graveyards” in English, and this metro station is actually located right between four of them: The German, the British, the French, and the San Joaquín y Sanctorum cemeteries.

Frequent travelers of the Blue Line who pass the station often claim to hear woes and screams at exactly 11:00 PM. Most people believe it’s the souls of people buried in the cemeteries who have not yet found eternal peace.

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Strange time wraps

This one’s pretty new and it exploded after a social media post last year where a user posted he and his friend were on the metro and noticed they passed a station, only to realize that, about 10 minutes later, the train stopped at that exact same station.

They claim they weren’t the only people to have realized what had just happened and that many other people on their wagon said they had also seen how the metro ran through the exact same station twice. They said that, once they got off the subway, everything felt a bit different, as if they had somehow traveled into another dimension.

Under that same post, over a thousand people started relating their own stories of strange time wraps and other paranormal experiences they’ve had on the Mexico City subway.

These are just a few of the most famous Mexico City subway horror stories and urban legends. If you want more, here’s a very cool compilation video of paranormal tales experienced by Mexico City subway users.

It’s in Spanish, but you can activate the subtitles which are pretty accurate – grab the popcorn because some of these stories are really, really good!

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