Full route of the Mayan Train

Discover the final route of Mexico’s Mayan Train

You probably already know that the “Tren Maya” or Mayan Train is an ambitious project that will be connecting some of the most fascinating destinations in the southeast of Mexico, but do you already know the complete route it will be taking? 

If you don’t, no worries, so you can have all the information before its arrival, in this blog, we will explore the complete route of the Mayan Train. From the states it connects to each of the sections it travels through. 

So join us on this incredible journey!

Complete route of the Mayan Train

1. What is the route of Mexico's Mayan Train?

According to reports shared by the official website of the Mayan Train, this is a project that will cover more than 1,500 kilometers and 5 states. It will connect Chiapas with Tabasco, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatán.

In fact, the route has been designed to link several strategic destinations, covering both already popular tourist areas such as Chichen Itza, as well as those that are not so well known, but undoubtedly have immense potential to stand out.

Therefore, it is also expected to boost tourism and the economy of smaller places.

2. What are the sections of the Mayan Train?

So far, the route of the Mayan Train is divided into 7 sections, with more than 20 stations and 16 stops. They are distributed along the Mexican southeast as follows.

Section 1 - From Chiapas to Campeche

The trip starts in the city of Palenque, Chiapas and passes through 4 stations to reach Escárcega, Campeche, a city that has enchanted its visitors for its history and warm hospitality.

Stations it travels through
  • Palenque, Chiapas
  • Boca del Cerro Tabasco
  • El Triunfo Tabasco
  • Escárcega, Campeche
  • Tenosique, Tabasco
  • Candelaria, Campeche
Section 2 - Campeche

The second section invites us to go deeper into the state of Campeche, crossing from Escárcega to Calkiní, a journey of approximately 235 km.

Stations it crosses
  • Escárcega, Campeche
  • Edzná, Campeche
  • San Francisco de Campeche, Campeche
  • Carrillo Puerto, Campeche
  • Tenabo, Campeche
  • Hecelchakán, Campeche
  • Calkiní, Campeche
Section 3 - From Campeche to Yucatán

Continuing our journey, we will leave Campeche behind and enter Yucatán. Our starting point is Calkiní all the way to Izamal, a city known for its interesting mix of pre-Hispanic, colonial and contemporary influences.

Stops along the route
  • Mérida Aeropuerto, Yucatán
  • Teya, Yucatán
  • Izamal, Yucatán
  • Maxcanú, Yucatán
  • Tixkokob, Yucatán
Section 4 - From Yucatán to Quintana Roo

This is the second-largest route that the Mayan Train will travel, with approximately 257 km of distance. It will take us from Izamal to the refreshing waters of the Mexican Caribbean in Cancun.

Stations it travels through
  • Chichén Itzá, Yucatán
  • Valladolid, Yucatán
  • Nuevo Xcán, Quintana Roo
  • Xibalbá, Yucatán
  • Leona Vicario, Quintana Roo
Section 5 North - Quintana Roo

The fifth section will take you through the north of Quintana Roo, passing 3 stations from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. The ideal route to visit if you are a fan of white sand beaches.

Stations it travels through
  • Cancún Aeropuerto, Quintana Roo
  • Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo
  • Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Section 5 South - Quintana Roo

Moving into the south of Quintana Roo, the trip continues from Playa del Carmen to Tulum. A destination widely known for its Mayan ruins facing the Caribbean Sea and other neighboring areas of interest, such as the Coba Archaeological Zone.

Stations it travels through
  • Tulum, Quintana Roo
  • Tulum Aeropuerto, Quintana Roo
  • Xcaret, Quintana Roo
  • Puerto Aventuras, Quintana Roo
  • Akumal, Quintana Roo
Section 6 - Quintana Roo

With this route you will be able to continue exploring the many hidden treasures of Quintana Roo, starting from the Bohemian town of Tulum and arriving to Bacalar. This is a 254 kilometer route, covering 3 stations and one stop.

Stations it travels through
  • Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Quintana Roo
  • Bacalar, Quintana Roo
  • Chetumal, Quintana Roo
  • Limones, Othón P. Blanco, Quintana Roo
Section 7 - From Quintana Roo to Campeche

Finally, section 7 will take us back to Campeche, from Tulum through Chetumal, ultimately arriving in Escárcega, thus completing the route of the Mayan Train! Therefore, this is the longest of all, with 287 kilometers.

Stations it travels through
  • Xpujil, Campeche
  • Conhuas, Campeche
  • Centenario, Campeche

3. Map and Route of the Mayan Train

4. Attractions you can see with the Mayan Train

With the large territory covered by the Train Maya, the tourist attractions that await you are countless and each one of them will leave you amazed!

After all, it is estimated that the railroad will connect up to 145 points of interest.  Including 17 Magical Towns, 6 World Heritage Sites, 38 indigenous communities and 50 archaeological vestiges with millenary histories.

5. How to get to Coba with the Mayan Train?

To get to Coba using the Mayan Train, you must take route 4. Once on board, you will enjoy incredible landscapes while the train takes you directly to the Nuevo Xcan station.

There you will have to board a ground transportation to enter the town of Coba, or if you wish, directly to one of its attractions.

6. The ideal match for your first Mayan Train ride

As you can see, each section of the Tren Maya offers a unique and fascinating experience. It will allow you to explore everything from ancient Mayan ruins to paradisiacal beaches, colonial cities and lush jungles.


Facilities at Aldea Coba, a hotel in the Mayan jungle

In fact, you will be traveling through several tourist gems near Coba, so if you want to complement your adventure, there is no better plan than staying at Aldea Coba, Boutique Hotel in the Mayan jungle, this way you will be able to enjoy some of the best destinations at your own pace!

So don’t wait any longer, plan your trip for when the Mayan Train starts operating and book your stay at Aldea Coba. For more information, do not hesitate to contact our direct line 998 342 0198, or if you prefer, check our website.


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