Only a bit over a week ago did the Maya Train begin its inaugural route for passengers, and as it begins to find its footing, more announcements about specialized pricing have been confirmed.
While the trip from Campeche to Cancun has already published its general prices for passengers, special ticket prices for students, teachers, and wheelchair users have been announced to the public.
The Maya Train is one of the most important works that Andres Manual Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has introduced under his administration, to better connect tourists and locals alike to the hidden majesty of the Mexican Caribbean and Yucatan Peninsula.
Breaking Down The Rates
Currently, the only route in service is from Campeche to Cancun, with general pricing around 1,166 pesos ($68 USD) in economy class and 1,862 pesos ($109 USD) in premier class.
Further prices have been announced for students, teachers, elderly people, and wheelchair users, with Campeche to Cancun costing 620 pesos ($36 USD), Cancun to Merida costing 391 pesos ($23 USD), and Merida to Campeche costing 296 pesos ($17 USD).
Discounted prices have also been announced for locals who will be able to use the train to cross through different states, making it truly more accessible for everybody.
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As the final stages of the Mayan Train await to be completed, no other ticket pricing has yet been announced, but these special rates for the above-mentioned groups will still be included in all other routes.
It is also important to note that these pricing structures could be changed in the near future, so it is certainly worth booking ahead to take advantage of these current rates before they increase with popular demand.
AMLO has assured everybody, however, that ticket prices will always remain below the cost of a bus journey, with the mission statement for the Maya Train being about making travel through the Yucatan Peninsula as efficient and as affordable as possible.
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You can buy Maya Train ticket prices here.
Some Maya Train Need To Knows
The next section of the Maya Train is scheduled for inauguration on December 31st and will run between Cancun to Palenque, Chiapas, spanning over an impressive 1554 kilometers.
The Maya Train routes will travel across states from Chipas, Tabasco, Yucatan and Quintana Roo, and will stop at some all-important tourist destinations, archeological zones and even airports (making traveling to and from your hotel easier and cheaper than ever before).
The current section in operation from Campeche to Cancun has departure times at 7:00 AM and 11: 00 AM every day and has a capacity of 231 passengers currently.
Traveling the route typically lasts around 5 – 6 hours and runs from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
You will be able to purchase tickets at all stations, as well as in the major airports in Cancun and Tulum, however for now, it is recommended that you book ahead online to avoid disappointment.
Where You Can Explore On The New Maya Train Routes
One thing is for certain, the region is about to explode open for tourists and locals alike, with places that were once less easy to reach and some completely unknown to tourists.
A staggering fifty-plus archeological zones are set to be reachable via the Maya Train, with world-famous ruins in Palenque and Tulum, as well as more unheard sites such as Xcambo, Ake and Becan.
Six UNESCO World Heritage sites will also become easier to travel to, with the most significant being Chichen Itza – an unmissable attraction that is officially the most popular of all historical sites in the Mexican Caribbean.
Giving you a glimpse into an ancient civilization that existed over 1,500 years ago; these pyramids and temples were built by the Ancient Mayans and have stood the test of time.
The natural beauty of the region will also be unlocked, giving tourists and locals a chance to see some breathtaking attractions like the countless cenotes (naturally formed sinkholes) that are littered all throughout the peninsula.
Perfect for swimming and taking great social media content, these sites were believed to have been used by the Ancient Mayans for ritualistic practices, making them pretty special locations.
A standout for sure will be Rio Secreto, located in Playa del Carmen, where the stalagmites towering from the cave ceilings create a breathtaking environment around the bluest lagoon you will come across in the Mexican Caribbean.
The Maya Train will also make stops at a total of twenty-three ‘Magical Towns’, such as Merida and Valladolid.
Magical Towns are awarded their coveted status for being historically, culturally, and environmentally significant to the region, offering something different from the typical beach locations that Yucatan and Quintana Roo are known for.
Often boasting stunning architecture that dates back to the colonial period, with churches and cathedrals, as well as French style, cobblestone streets, and some unique culinary delights that are specific to each town, these towns are definitely worth a visit.
Now as more specific prices become announced, you can plan ahead for your next trip upon the Maya Train and witness all the wonders that the region has on offer!
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