Mayan train inaugurated: A new era for transportation and tourism in Southeast Mexico

Mayan train inaugurated: A new era for transportation and tourism in Southeast Mexico
© Tren Maya

The first stage of Tren Maya commenced operations in mid-December 2023.

The inaugural route connects Campeche to Cancun, marking the beginning of a new transportation network in Mexico's southeast.

Spanning 1,525 kilometres, the Tren Maya is designed to link major cities and tourist destinations across five states: Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.

The train offers access to notable archaeological sites, including Palenque, Chichén Itzá, and Tulum, as well as other lesser-known locations, potentially boosting tourism and economic opportunities for local communities.

The project has faced significant logistical challenges, involving extensive construction works, undertaken by companies like Alstom Mexico. In collaboration with the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), the project has also included archaeological rescue efforts to safeguard cultural heritage in construction zones.

Ticket sales for the Mayan Train have indicated strong public interest, with initial sales conducted through external platforms. Plans for a dedicated ticketing system for the Mayan Train are underway to streamline passenger access.

© Alstom
© Alstom

For the project, Alstom is building 42 Xiinbal (X’trapolis family) trains. These 4-car trainsets are made in Alstom’s Ciudad Sahagún manufacturing plant. They are designed for maximum speed of 160 km/h and each train will be able to accomodate 300 passengers.

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