From El Chepe to the Tren Maya: these are the passenger railways in Mexico - Expat Community

From El Chepe to the Tren Maya: these are the passenger railways in Mexico

Dec 8, 2023 | Mexico, News & Articles | 0 comments

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has stated that he hopes the next government continues with the construction of more routes.


The fourth transformation led by current Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has given a significant boost to passenger trains in the country, opting to expand the industry that traverses various states of the Republic.


The president has mentioned that he hopes the next government continues with the construction of more routes; however, he expressed that “it will no longer depend on him.”


Currently, letters have been sent to concessionaires to discuss the matter and determine their interest, aiming to put passenger trains in Mexico into service for the population.


How many passenger trains are there in Mexico, and what are their routes?


The main railway routes in Mexico are three, but this year is expected to increase to six, including:


El Chepe

The Chepe Express has an approximately nine-hour journey, departing from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, to Creel, Chihuahua, a magical town in the heart of the Tarahumara land.


The tourist train with 673 kilometers offers various services, including a bar, panoramic terrace, and two restaurants.


The train has five destinations: Los Mochis, Sinaloa; El Fuerte, Sinaloa; Bahuichivo, Chihuahua; Divisadero, Chihuahua; Creel, Chihuahua.


Interurban Train

The Mexico-Toluca Interurban Train is a project of the current government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, connecting the Metropolitan area of Toluca with the west of Mexico City.


Also known as ‘El Insurgente,’ the train was announced by former President Enrique Peña Nieto in December 2022, and its construction began in July 2014.


Ten years later, the project has started operation in a phase covering Zinacantepec – Lerma.


Its route starts from the east portal of the tunnel located on the federal Mexico-Toluca highway, in the Cuajimalpa borough, and concludes at the Observatorio Metro station in the Álvaro Obregón borough.


The three stations in the city are Santa Fe, Vasco de Quiroga, and the Observatorio terminal.


Interurban train users can use the Integrated Mobility Card, which costs 15 pesos plus the balance each person contributes.


Tequila Express Train

This privately-owned passenger train takes its passengers on a journey through municipalities in Jalisco and offers various activities during the entire trip.


To purchase tickets, you can do so directly online and schedule your trip to travel on one of the country’s passenger trains.


Maya Train

One of the most anticipated projects of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, its construction began in 2019, and it is expected to start operations in December 2023.


The project covers more than 1,500 kilometers of railway tracks and will connect the states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán, and Quintana Roo.


Interoceanic Train

Promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, this project is managed by the Secretariat of the Navy and will have 1,200 kilometers of railway tracks, transporting both passengers and cargo.


It will consist of three lines, connecting four states in the Republic: Oaxaca, Chiapas, Veracruz, and Tabasco.


With the Interoceanic Train, the Isthmus of Tehuantepec corridor will become one of the most important freight routes in America, connecting with Asia and the East Coast of the United States.


Its inauguration is expected on December 22, 2023.


The industry will grow

In statements made by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, it has been mentioned that the expectation is for the passenger train industry in Mexico to grow, offering more routes to Mexicans and visitors to Mexico. –

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