The Chepe Express on one of the spectacular viaducts
of its route
The first railway in Mexico opened in 1850 between Veracruz and
El Molino, a distance of 11.5km. It was built to standard (1435mm)
gauge, which was also used for most subsequent railway development
in the country.
The national network has been privatised is operated by several
companies. Passenger services are for the most part confined to a number
of tourist routes but there are plans for new services.
There are a number of international connections for freight with the
United States of America. A former link with Guatemala is out of use,
but may be reinstated at some time in the future.
- Baja Railroad
from San Ysidro USA (interchange with San Diego and Imperial
Valley Railroad) via Tijuana to Tecate (possible future interchange with
Pacific Imperial Railroad), about 71km. There are no direct connections
with other Mexican railways.
Coahuila Durango group of minor lines in north central Mexico
(Site in Spanish)
del Istmo de Tehuantepec from Medias Aguas to Salina Cruz on the
Pacific Coast (Site in Spanish)
in most parts of the country, including the former Ferrosur network.
in the area around Mexico City (Site in Spanish)
- Kansas City
Southern de México from the Pacific coast at Lázaro Cárdenas,
through the central and north eastern parts of the country, including
international traffic with the USA
Tourist Passenger Services
through the Copper Canyon between Chihuahua and Los Mochis on the lines
of Ferromex, about 653km.
- Jose Cuervo Express between Guadalajara and Tequila
(about 70km) on the lines of Ferromex, in conjunction with a tour of
La Rojeña distillery.
- Tequila Herradura Express between Guadalajara and
Amatitán (about 70km) on the lines of Ferromex, in conjunction with a
tour of Casa Herradura distillery.(Website requires age verification
- Tren turístico Puebla-Cholula tram-train
service connecting the Railway Museum in central Puebla with the
site of the Great Pyramid of Cholula; about 17km (Site
Urban and Commuter Railways
- Mexico City
- Park Royal Beach Hotel has a private funicular
connecting the hotel with the swimming pool near the beach
(Website contains few details relating to funicular)
- Aguascalientes proposed commuter railway (No website
located at present)
- Guadalajara trams (Site in Spanish)
- Monterrey trams (Site in Spanish)
- Tijuana proposed trams. Possible international connection
with the tram system of San Diego (No website located at
- CG Railway train ferry service from Coatzacoalcos
(interchanging with Ferrosur) to Mobile, Alabama, USA