Once fully operational, the Maya Train will make it easier than ever for travelers visiting the Mexican Caribbean to explore the entire region, including the more inland areas of the Yucatan Peninsula.
Not all sections of the train are open yet, but of the ones that are, four stops are more popular than any other open so far.
If you plan on traveling on the train in the near future, then you’ll want to know what to do at the Maya Train’s most popular stops, which are Cancun, Valladolid, Merida, and Campeche.
Things To Do In Cancun
Of all the Maya Train stations currently open, Cancun’s is the most popular, not surprisingly.
Cancun has beautiful beaches, amazing all-inclusives, great nightlife, and so much more. If you are planning to make a trip staying in different spots along the Maya Train route, Cancun is an excellent starting point, end point, or both!
It’s the perfect launching point for a larger exploration of the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula, whether you ride the Maya Train or not.
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Things To Do In Valladolid
Valladolid may not be a place you’ve heard of but it is a fascinating destination that is much different than the beach towns that line the Mexican Caribbean coast.
The city is known for its beautiful colonial architecture and charming qualities that have led to it being given the honor of being one of Mexico’s “Magic Towns.”
When visiting, you’ll definitely want to take an architectural tour of the city as well as explore Mayan culture and history. If you still want to beat the heat without driving all the way to the coast then be sure to visit Cenote Zaci!
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Things To Do In Merida
Merida, which is the capital of the state of Yucatan, is currently one of the closest stops to Cancun and is a wonderful city to visit.
It’s rich with Mayan heritage, home to amazing colonial architecture, surrounded by nature, filled with culture, and close to several fascinating archeological sites.
Be sure to visit the Plaza Grande to explore the architecture, and no visit is complete without a visit to the Mayan World Museum of Merida.
The thriving city has every modern comfort to offer tourists, yet still maintains its historical charm.
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Things To Do In Campeche
The port city of Campeche, or San Francisco de Campeche, is nearly six hours from Cancun but is worth the trip.
It is the perfect destination for history buffs because it is filled with historic architecture, military buildings and forts, museums, and even a historic district surrounded by a wall that was used to protect the city, an area recognized by UNESCO.
Located on the Gulf of Mexico, Campeche also has beaches to enjoy, a vibrant nightlife, and a fantastic food scene.
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Where To Get Maya Train Tickets
Currently, there are two ways to purchase Maya Train tickets.
One is online at the eTickets website.
The other way to buy tickets is at the stations themselves at the box office windows.
Purchasing online in advance is highly advised, though, as ride schedules are only being released a few days at a time right now.
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Maya Train Ticket Prices
Only some of the Maya Train ticket prices have been released.
Tickets for the Cancun to Palenque route cost around $125 for Tourist Class and $199 for Premier Class.
No individual ticket price is listed for Campeche but the stop is along the Cancun to Palenque route.
Ticket prices for the Cancun to Merida route are about $43 and $70 for Tourist and Premier classes, respectively.
Similarly, prices are not listed for Valladolid, but the stop is along the Cancun to Merida route.
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When Other Sections Will Be Operational
According to officials the rest of the Maya Train sections will be completed by February 29th.
The sections, which include Section 5, Section 6, and Section 7 will open up the Caribbean side of the Maya Train route.
This will give tourists access to destinations like Puerto Aventuras, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, and Akumal, all of which are sure to be popular stops along the Maya Train route as well.
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