The Mayan train a before and an after

The Mayan Train is a means of rail transport that will connect the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico, owned by the public company Olmeca-Maya-Mexica. It will offer three types of services: passenger train, tourist train and cargo train. It was first presented to the governors of the Mexican southeast on September 10, 2018.

The Maya Train railway line departs from Palenque, in Chiapas, and heads northeast towards Cancún, in Quintana Roo, through two routes that skirt the peninsula. The objective of this railway line is to connect tourist destinations in the Caribbean with lesser-known places inland, including Mayan historical sites, from which its name comes.

The mega work will cover about 1,500 kilometers with 20 stations and 690 kilometers of electrified roads.

The Tsíimin K’áak fleet will be used for the Mayan Train, which is part of the Alstom company’s family of trains and is a hybrid model (diesel-electric) where each train will consist of between 4 and 7 cars each. one.

The owner of the Mayan Train is the company OMM (Olmeca-Maya-Mexica) which is a majority state-owned company of the Government of Mexico. Grupo Aeroportuario, Ferroviario y de Servicios Auxiliares Olmeca-8Maya-Mexica, S.A de C.V. it is under the control of the Secretary of National Defense (SEDENA). While the operator is the National Tourism Fund (FONATUR).


A total of 42 train carriages will be manufactured at the Ciudad Sahagún plant, in Hidalgo, with a budget of 36,564 million pesos by French and Canadian companies.

Long distance passengers

The railways, called P’atal, will provide seats with reclining backs and lounging cabins, specially designed for long-distance travel.

Regular passenger service

The usual passenger transport will be provided by the train called Xiinbal, which means “walk”. This train will offer first class seats, standard seats and a cafeteria car. The service will be aimed both at local passengers who use it frequently and at tourists and occasional passengers.

Passengers and restaurant

The Janal train service will have a restaurant on board that will have panoramic views of the exterior landscape, while the interior will be inspired by the architectural work of Luis Barragán. The restaurant will offer different design options and seating configurations to make the most of the space in an environment of elegance and natural beauty.


Rail services are essential for the transportation of raw materials and industrial products, including cereals, agricultural products, metals, and minerals.

In addition, the automotive industry also depends on this means of transportation for its production chains in North America.

Fortunately, the demand for cargo services in Mexico has increased significantly in recent years.

The advantages of transporting goods by train are numerous, such as greater cargo capacity, lower operating costs, and lower environmental impact.

Rail transport is safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly than private transport (trucks) and aeronautical.

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In addition, polluting emissions and energy use are significantly lower per ton and kilometer traveled. In addition, the frequency of departure and arrival is stable and the high capacity allows the transport of a greater number of products.

To further enhance the cargo industry in Mexico, the trains will have charging stations located in San Francisco de Campeche, Mérida, Cancún and Chetumal.

These stations will have areas for receiving trains and loading and unloading of goods. With these improvements, rail freight transport will be more efficient, safer and cheaper than ever.

Related questions

What is the purpose of the Mayan Train?

The Mayan Train Railway project is a comprehensive initiative that seeks to achieve sustainable prosperity in the Mexican southeast. It is a comprehensive project with technical data and an overview of the ecological and community aspects of the plan to guarantee the well-being of the people and the preservation of the ecosystem.

What does the UN say about the Mayan Train?

UN-Habitat anticipates that the Mayan Train will promote the generation of jobs in the southeastern region of Mexico. According to their estimates, by the year 2030, 715,000 jobs will be created in the 16 municipalities that have a railway station, 150,000 in the rural economy linked to the railway and another 80,000 in construction. It should be noted that these figures are based on the layout originally proposed for the project.

When will the Mayan Train start operating?

As announced by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the Mayan Train will begin operating in December 2023.

How much do they charge on the Mayan Train?

What will be the price of the trip on the Mayan Train? Although the official prices have not yet been defined, Fonatur indicated that the cost of the trip for visitors would be in the range of 40 to 50 dollars, which is equivalent to approximately 800 to 1000 Mexican pesos.

Where does the Mayan Train start and end?

The Mayan Train is a tourist and cargo railway project that will cover 1,525 kilometers in the southeast of Mexico, passing through the states of Yucatán, Quintana Roo, Campeche, Tabasco and Chiapas. It is estimated that the tour will begin and end in the city of Cancun, but it is also expected that there will be stations in other cities such as Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Palenque, Bacalar, among others. See route

How long does the Mayan Train tour last?

The estimated travel time for the entire route of the Mayan Train is around 12 hours, according to what was reported by the authorities in charge of the project. It is worth mentioning that the actual travel time may vary depending on factors such as the speed of the train, the weather and the stops that are made along the way.

Who created the Mayan Train?

The Mayan Train project was created by the Mexican government, headed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who, before taking office in 2018, proposed it as one of the main infrastructure constructions during his administration.

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