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Train Route Running From Los Cabos To Tijuana Proposed After Success Of Tren Maya

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With the completion of the Tren Maya project in Quintana Roo and the Yucatan coming to a close in a little over a month, the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has set his sights on a new train project.

Next up, a train for the Baja California peninsula.

The Transpeninsular Train

New Train Announced That Will Connect Los Cabos With The Rest Of Baja California

The 1,554-kilometer Tren Maya project comes to a close on February 29. Plans are already underway for the next project, according to reports, to be called the Transpeninsular Train.

The train will connect Los Cabos with Tijuana and be longer than the Tren Maya at 1,750 kilometers long. It is a continuation of the vision of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to reactivate passenger trains to connect the country.

Mexican Congressman Miguel Torruco Garza has released the first map of the route as part of the mission to expand rail services in the country through 2050.

Connecting Baja California

Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Mexico, 2 October, 2021 Los Cabos colorful letters in Cabo San Lucas marina a departure point for cruises, marlin fishing and lancha boats to El Arco Arch and beaches

Departing Tijuana, the new train would connect several popular cities and tourist destinations along the states of Baja California and Baja California Sur.

The train route would include strategic stops at places such as Ensenada, Guerrero Negro, Loreto, Ciudad Constitución, La Paz, Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo.

It will take approximately four years to construct the 1,750-kilometer track, and initial costs for the project are about $140 billion Mexican pesos ($8.3 billion dollars).

Workers install rails for the Mayan Train in Section 4, which runs from Cancun to Mérida parallel to the toll highway.

Connection to United States Trains

The initial plan would be for it to connect to the rail system in the United States. Which most likely would be the San Diego Trolley light rail system. Currently, the Amtrak Coaster train only travels as far as Downtown San Diego.

The train would depart Tijuana every 30 minutes and could carry up to 25,000 tourists per day.

City view in Los Cabos

Competition For Flights?

A route from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas following Highway 1 to La Paz and switching over to Highway 19 to Cabo San Lucas is a little over 1,000 miles, according to Google Maps. A train running that route at 100 miles per hour would still take 10 hours to complete the journey.

Are travelers willing to spend 10 hours taking the train from Tijuana to Cabo San Lucas? Most tourists would have their doubts.

Viva Aerobus and Aeromexico at an airport

Checking back with Google Maps shows that there are generally two to four planes flying that nonstop route every day. The time for the flight? A mere two hours and ten minutes.

Viva Aerobus had that flight on sale for $72 dollars round trip on January 30. Sure, the luggage would be a little extra. However, it’s hard to imagine that the train would provide much competition to flights for travelers if it were to be built.

Prices are significantly higher from San Diego International Airport at a $324 roundtrip nonstop flight on Alaska Airlines on January 30. The time is still relatively short at two hours and 18 minutes to Los Cabos International Airport.

Where things would get interesting would be taking trips from Los Cabos to see different parts if Baja California Sur available along the route.

Alaska Airlines plane in Los Cabos

Tips for Travelers

While the train may be a fun way for travelers to enjoy a scenic ride to Los Cabos along the entire length of the Baja California peninsula, it’s hard to imagine many travelers using the option to get to the beach resort destination.

The fares would have to be pretty cheap to compete with airfares from Tijuana. Although, the train could be more competitive with the nonstop fares to Los Cabos from San Diego. However, the potential 10-hour train ride, as opposed to a two hour flight, would most likely deter even the hardiest budget travelers.

Instead, travelers can look forward to a new way to connect to the other beautiful cities near Los Cabos.

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Saturday 10th of February 2024

The idea of a luxurious overnight train with a comfortable state room departing Santa Fe Station in San Diego, and arriving into Cabo the next day sounds like a WAY BETTER OPTION than flying, even if it is more $$$


Wednesday 17th of January 2024

This would be great for the smaller cities that have less air service than Cabo.

And hopefully it stops at the San Ysidro border crossing. CBX is great, but there's no public transport on the US side.


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

AMLO's plans to return passenger rail service to Mexico are completely misguided unless the routes are use high speed rail. All of the previous services were canceled for good reason as they were slower than buses that used the new toll roads. The emergence of low cost airlines has now hurt the bus industry as well as often it is cheaper to fly. I live in Monterrey and back in the 1980s took trains from Mexicali and Nogales to Mexico City. I loved the experience but it was very slow. Years later I took buses on the same routes and it was still interesting. Flash forward to the current day - buses are becoming more like Greyhound and often only used by the lower middle class and the poor. Bus stations are much more run down with fewer services. Reestablishing passenger trains on the existing freight rails sure seems pointless. HSR on the other hand between major cities would be very competitive.

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Friday 19th of January 2024

@Marc, You're an AMLO shill. I'll take ADO to Cancun any day over the current Tren Maya.

Roberto Hernandez

Tuesday 16th of January 2024

I can't wait to be able to ride a passenger train from Tijuana and be able to visit all the towns on the way and end up in LA Paz or Cabo.


Tuesday 16th of January 2024

No Americans will ride this. Instead, finish the New Mexico City airport