Today is the day; the next section of the Maya Train which is set to travel between Cancun, Quintana Roo to Palenque, Chiapas officially begins operations.
The Maya Train is the long-awaited, billion-dollar infrastructure project that is predicted to revolutionize travel for tourists and locals alike throughout the Yucatan Peninsula.
As the region experiences a tourism boom like never before, the call for a world-class transport service has been at the top of everybody’s list, though causing some controversy among locals who don’t wish their historic landscape to be changed or ruined.
The New Maya Train Route
Off to a somewhat rocky start, the first route between Campeche and Cancun, which travels through the capital city of Yucatan, Merida, has been reporting delays and cancellations while it tries to find its footing.
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Much to the disappointment of tourists who are ready to experience the state-of-the-art transport service, officials are keen to get things running smoothly and have suspended the service until tomorrow.
However, the new route is set to begin today, arriving in Chiapas for the first time with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on board.
Lopez Obrador has brought about great change for the country, introducing the Maya Train and the newly opened Tulum International Airport under his administration.
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With only special guests and officials traveling the new route today, services for the public are expected to begin again tomorrow, allowing them to travel between Cancun and Palenque for the first time.
Ticket sales will also be available again from tomorrow, both online and at the train stations, however, be prepared for busyness and overcrowding, with the potential for tickets to sell out.
Due to high demand within the first two weeks of opening, tourists were left disappointed as there were no seats left to travel, as most people had bought tickets ahead of time.
Officials have promised that tourists will be able to use the fully functioning Maya Train and all routes by February 2024, connecting the entire Yucatan Peninsula and unlocking hidden gems for its visitors that were once much harder to reach.
You can book tickets here.
Some FAQ’s About The Maya Train
What will be the route of the Mayan Train? The Mayan Train route will travel through 5 states: Tabasco, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo, spanning over 1,500 kilometres and stopping at 40 municipalities and 181 towns in south-eastern Mexico.
What will the cost of a train ticket be? There are currently two main ticket prices available: tourist class $67 USD (1,166 pesos) and premier class $107 USD (1,862 pesos). There are also discount ticket prices for students, the elderly and wheelchair users which are available to purchase both online and at stations as well.
Will the train stop at any airports? Yes! There are 7 International Airports along the Maya Route, with the two most significant being Cancun International, and the newly opened Tulum International, giving an affordable and trustworthy option to tourists who wish to get to their hotel destinations. It will also stop at airports in Chetumal, Merida, Campeche, Ciudad del Carmen and Palenque.
What will the experience be like? The train is fully equipped with essential amenities like Wifi, air conditioning, and food/drink options. The train routes will travel through some incredible geographic landscapes, rural communities, magical towns, beaches and world heritage sites, meaning the views are going to be out of this world.
Will there be an overnight service option? You will have the ability to choose the train option specific to overnight journeys, allowing visitors the chance to travel through the region at their own pace.
The Future Of The Maya Train
As the next section of the Maya Train begins operations, it is important to reflect on just how far the project has come.
The construction of the train has been one of the most controversial works of the Mexican government, with some sectors of society expressing their direct opposition to it due to the environmental impact that it could cause.
It has been assured by government officials, however, that all necessary measures have been taken to reduce any negative impact on the incredible region, and will hopefully bring nothing but benefits to tourists and locals for many years to come.
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