New Prices, Schedules and Open Stations Announced for the Tren Maya

The cheapest ticket on the Tren Maya is only 35 pesos, or about US$2, for domestic travelers on a tourist class connection between Mérida-Teya and Tixkokob, while the most expensive is on premiere class for international travelers from Cancún to Palenque at 3,391 pesos, or about US$200. Photo: Carlos Rosado van der Gracht / Yucatán Magazine

The Tren Maya has updated its pricing, making some routes less expensive and adding additional departure times on the Campeche – Mérida – Cancún route. 

Travelers to Cancún from Mérida’s Teya station now have three options: departing at 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m., and 1:43 p.m. — with return trips scheduled at 7:

 a.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The price for this route now stands at 923 pesos for international travelers, 735 pesos for domestic travelers, and 489 for residents of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatán and Quintana Roo. 

Departures from Mérida’s Teya station are at  9:19 a.m., with return trips departing at 7 a.m. for 1,848 pesos for international travelers, 1,389 for domestic travelers, and 924 for locals. 

Tickets can now also be purchased on the official Tren Maya website, though the site is only available in Spanish and displays trips only up to a week in advance. The website also seems to have several bugs that make booking difficult, such as difficulties getting departure time options to display correctly and intermittent outages.

All people, including foreigners with official residence permits in the 5 states that make up Mexico’s southeast are eligible for local fares, even though sometimes the people working the ticket booths are not fully aware of this fact. 

At this point, it is still perhaps a better idea to purchase tickets physically at Tren Maya Stations to avoid hiccups — though admittedly, this is not exactly convenient. 

In Mérida, tickets can also be purchased from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Nia Tower on Calle 49, number 255  in San Ramón Norte.

Earlier: International Tourists Not Aboard with Tren Maya

Also new to the Tren Maya rail network is the route from Cancún to Playa del Carmen, which officially began running on March 1. However, complaints about late arrivals and departures due to the unfinished state of the station have been making waves on social media.

“How can you expect trains to run in and out of a station that is not even finished? Beams are hanging by a rope, for goodness sake; it’s a tragedy waiting to happen,” wrote Manuel R. Díaz of Playa del Carmen on Facebook. 

The list of operational (though not necessarily entirely complete Tren Maya stations now includes:

  • Palenque
  • Escárcega
  • Carrillo Puerto/ Champotón, 
  • Edzná
  • San Francisco de Campeche
  • Tenabo
  • Hecelchakán
  • Calkiní
  • Maxcanú
  • Mérida
  • Tixkokob
  • Izamal
  • Chichén Itzá
  • Valladolid
  • Cancún Airport
  • Playa del Carmen 
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Carlos Rosado van der Gracht
Born in Mérida, Carlos Rosado van der Gracht is a Mexican/Canadian blogger, photographer and adventure expedition leader. He holds degrees in multimedia, philosophy, and translation from universities in Mexico, Canada and Norway.
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