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Maya Train Ticket Prices Revealed As Sales Set To Begin Today

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On Monday, November 27th, a significant development unfolded for the Maya Train project as the much-awaited ticket release date was officially revealed during Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s daily press conference.

This is big news for winter travelers heading to the Mexican Caribbean, as the train will provide access to a whole array of destinations, including airports, beach towns, archaeological sites, and magical towns.

Woman on a train

However, it’s important to keep in mind that the initial operational route is limited to the Campeche-Cancún section, starting on December 15th. 

Sections 5, 6, and 7 are still under construction, with the entire route expected to be operational by February 23rd, 2024, according to Obrador.

Moreover, he mentioned that speed tests are underway, with an estimated train speed of 160 km/hr. 

So, if you want to find out more about the Maya Train project, including its story, the destinations it covers, and what you can expect from the experience, read on!

Current Pricing

Travelers wishing to board the Maya Train currently have options for tickets between December 16th and December 22nd, 2023, with more dates being added every few days.

Travelers can choose to board at the Cancun Maya Train Station or at the San Francisco Campeche Station at either 7:00 am or 11:00 am.

2 ticket classes are available, tourist class and premier class, and their pricing is as follows:

  • Tourist Class: $67 USD (1,166 pesos)
  • Premier Class: $107 USD (1,862 pesos)

Travelers wishing to purchase tickets can do so HERE.

woman looking out of train

The Maya Train – What You Need To Know

The concept of establishing a railway network to boost connectivity and tourism in the southern Mexican States has been around since 2015. 

However, it wasn’t until 2018, shortly after President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s was elected, that the ambitious project finally took off.

Construction work started in 2020, and after various challenges, including budgetary and environmental concerns, as well as unexpected archaeological discoveries, initial tests took place in September of this year.

Spanning over 1,500 kilometers, the route encompasses 40 municipalities, featuring 21 stations and 14 stops across seven sections:

  • Palenque, Chiapas – Escárcega, Campeche
  • Escárcega – Calkiní, Campeche
  • Calkiní, Campeche – Izamal, Yucatán
  • Izamal, Yucatán – Cancún, Quintana Roo
  • Cancún – Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
  • Tulum – Chetumal, Quintana Roo
  • Chetumal, Quintana Roo – Escárcega, Campeche

Expectations around the project are big, as it’s set to revolutionize travel in the Mexican Caribbean, connecting major tourist hubs and off-path gems across five states: Chiapas, Campeche, Tabasco, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo. 

Beyond the connectivity, the Maya Train offers a much safer alternative to other transportation options in Mexican Caribbean destinations, whose reputation is not exactly commendable.

The Experience

Now, let’s delve into what everyone is truly curious about regarding the Maya Train: what can you expect during the journey?

All trains will come equipped with essential amenities like WiFi, air conditioning, and even a cafeteria, which is a great start.

Happy woman on train

But here’s where it gets interesting – you actually get to choose from three distinct types of trains.

The upscale Xinbaal offers panoramic views and even includes a first-class section. Janal is dedicated to providing regional gastronomic experiences. 

And lastly, P’atal features sleeper carriages, perfect for overnight journeys, along with additional services.

The route has been strategically crafted to grant access to a staggering 46 archaeological sites, including Chichen Itzá, Uxmal, Calakmul, Edná, and Palenque.

Girl in Cenote Suytun at Valladolid, Yucatan - Mexico

Beyond the archaeological wonders, the journey unfolds through numerous rural communities, indigenous paradises, magical towns, beaches, cenotes, world heritage sites, and much more.

Furthermore, over 60 different tours, complete with overnight options, will complement the Maya Train, allowing visitors to explore the wonders of the region at their own pace.

Where To Buy Maya Train Tickets

Currently, there is no official platform for ticket purchases, as emphasized by Obrador. 

He cautioned against potential scams and assured that the government would make the official announcement when appropriate.

Despite the absence of an official purchasing platform at present, it is known that the initial channel for buying tickets will be through the official Maya Train website, which should be released today (December 1st) according to reports.

Photographer taking pictures of jungle landscapes on a train

Additionally, once the railway system is fully operational, travelers can purchase tickets in person at the stations and terminals. 

There are also plans to introduce a mobile app to streamline the ticket purchasing process.
As for ticket prices, these are fixed at 60 pesos for locals, 80 pesos for international visitors, 30 pesos for students and teachers, and complimentary rides for seniors.

Once the train becomes fully operational, prices will be set at 2.23 pesos per kilometer for nationals and 4.35 pesos per kilometer for international travelers.

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Saturday 9th of December 2023

This isn't any cheaper than a private transfer, and the private transfer will take you right to your hotel lobby.

Indira Castner

Monday 4th of December 2023

Exciting! Will def ride!

Andrew Bowes

Friday 1st of December 2023

Will the website be translatable to English?