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We cracked the code on planning your El Chepe train routes! Here’s how we did it

The El Chepe train is the only passenger train in Mexico. It is located in Chihuahua and most visitors come here because of the Copper Canyon.

You will find many resources about our trip to Chihuahua in this blog to better plan your trip. In this post, I will give you an idea of how to get on the El Chepe Express in an all-inclusive package.

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There are two types of trains in El Chepe: First is the Chepe Express, which is the fancier train and the Chepe Regional, a cheaper version and is the mode of transportation that locals use.

This article contains the routes, prices, and itinerary for each of the Chepe Express train rides. Note that all the prices in this article are all-inclusive (airport transport, hotel, food, ground transportation) but do not include your flights and tips for the guides.

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???? El Chepe train ticket prices

El Chepe train ticket prices depend on the couch you want to avail. There are three classes to choose from and note that prices may differ depending on the route you want to take.

First-class (from US$980)

Food and non-alcoholic beverage are included onboard and you will also get access to the bar, terrace, and the dome restaurant called Urike.

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Chepe Express first-class hotels

Accommodations differ per class. Here are the hotels you will stay in if you avail first class:

  • Chihuahua: Hotel Boutique Central or Courtyard Marriot
  • Creel: Hotel Quinta Misión oR The Lodge al Creel
  • Barrancas del Cobre: Hotel Posada Mirador oR Hotel Divisadero
  • Cerocahui – Hotel Misión or San Isidro
  • El Fuerte – Hotel Posada de Hidalgo o Torres de El Fuerte

Executive Class (from US$890)

This does not include free food and drinks onboard but Chepe Express Executive Class guests can access the bar and the ground floor of Urike Restaurant.

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Chepe Express executive class hotels

Here are the hotel options for executive class:

  • Chihuahua: Hotel Encore Ramada or Quality
  • Creel: Hotel Parador de Alma or Villa Mexicana
  • Barrancas del Cobre: Hotel Divisadero or Misión Tarahumara
  • Cerocahui: Hotel San Isidro or Paraiso del Oso
  • El Fuerte: Hotel Torres de El Fuerte or La Choza

Tourist Class (from US$835)

Food and drinks on board are not included in Tourist Class. You can only access Kori Restaurant and not Urike.

Chepe Express tourist class hotels

Below is the list of the hotels for El Chepe tourist class ticket:

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  • Chihuahua City: Quality or Fietsa Inn
  • Creel: Villa Mexicana or Real del Bosque
  • Barrancas del Cobre: Misión Tarahumara or Posada Barrancas
  • Cerocahui: Paraiso del Oso or Hotel Jade
  • El Fuerte: Hotel Rio Vista or La Choza

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???? 4 recommended El Chepe train routes

El Chepe train route #1: Ardilla (3 nights, 4 days)

The Ardilla route goes from Los Mochis, El Fuerte, Barrancas del Cobre (Copper Canyon), Creel, and ends in Chihuahua. You will have one day to explore each of these areas and hop in/off the train.

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Below are the prices for this route:

 
First Class
Executive Class
Tourist Class
Single room
US$980
US$890
US$835
Double room
US$768
US$726
US$626
Triple room
US$667
US$630
US$582
Quadruple room
US$633
US$552
US$507
Minors (3-11 years old)
US$440
US$412
US$373

Departure days

  • Los Mochis to El Fuerte: Thursday and Sunday
  • El Fuerte to Divisadero: Friday and Monday
  • Divisadero to Creel: Saturday and Tuesday
  • Creel to Chihuahua City: Sunday and Wednesday

El Chepe train route #2: Gato Montes (3 nights, 4 days)

The Gato Montes route: Los Mochis – El Fuerte – Barrancas del Cobre – Creel – Los Mochis. This route is ideal if you don’t want to go to Chihuahua City and depart/arrive in Los Mochis.

The train ends in Los Mochis at 5:00 PM so if you are flying out from this city, better take a night flight or stay the night and fly the next day.

 
First Class
Executive Class
Tourist Class
Single room
US$977
US$940
US$870
Double room
US$890
US$810
US$780
Triple room
US$805
US$750
US$636
Quadruple room
US$746
US$691
US$552
Minors (3-11 years old)
US$422
US$353
US$338

Departure days

  • Los Mochis to El Fuerte: Thursday and Sunday
  • El Fuerte to Divisadero: Friday
  • Divisadero to Creel: Saturday and Tuesday
  • Creel to Los Mochis: Sunday

El Chepe train route #3: Puma (5 nights, 6 days)

The Puma route is a more extensive route and is available in both Chepe Express and Chepe Regional. The route goes from Chihuahua City – Creel – Barrancas del Cobre – Bahuichivo – El Fuerte – Los Mochis.

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You will get to spend the first night in Chihuahua City and there will also be a day tour. It’s pretty much the same as the first two routes but the Puma includes a stop called Bahuichivo.

 
First Class
Executive Class
Tourist Class
Single room
US$1,177
US$1,133
US$855
Double room
US$1,036
US$994
US$736
Triple room
US$972
US$905
US$624
Quadruple room
US$897
US$840
US$586
Minors (3-11 years old)
US$472
US$457
US$383

Departure days

The Puma route starts every Friday. Below are the detailed departure days:

  • Chihuahua City to Creel: Friday
  • Creel to Barrancas del Cobre: Saturday
  • Barrancas del Cobre to Bahuichivo: Monday
  • Bahuichivo to El Fuerte: Tuesday
  • El Fuerte to Los Mochis: Wednesday

El Chepe train route #4: Venado Cola Blanca (6 nights, 7 days)

A larger and more extensive El Chepe train route is the Venado Cola Blanca. The route goes from Los Mochis – Bahuichivo – Barrancas del Cobre – Creel – El Fuerte – Los Mochis.

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This is ideal for those who want to stay longer in Creel. Most of the things to do in Chihuahua are in the town of Creel. It is advisable to stay at least one night here.

 
First Class
Executive Class
Tourist Class
Single room
US$1,325
US$1,298
US$1,263
Double room
US$1,117
US$1,093
US$1,004
Triple room
US$1,089
US$1,014
US$984
Quadruple room
US$1,038
US$972
US$894
Minors (3-11 years old)
US$492
US$472
US$457

Departure days

The Venado Cola Blanca route starts every Thursday. Below are the detailed departure days:

  • Los Mochis to Bahuichivo: Thursday
  • Bahuichivo to Barrancas del Cobre: Friday
  • Barrancas del Cobre to Creel: Saturday
  • Creel to El Fuerte: Tuesday
  • El Fuerte to Los Mochis: Wednesday
✈️ Ready for your trip to Chihuahua? If you have any questions about Chepe Express, I’d be happy to update this post – just leave a comment below!

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Ian Stewart

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Dear Trisha Do you know when the 2023 train timetables are published, please? Thanks.

Ian Stewart

Sunday 25th of September 2022

@Trisha Velarmino, Hi Trisha Thanks very much for your helpful reply. Yes, please email address for booking people. We are planning to visit February 2023. Thanks again.

Ian

Trisha Velarmino

Friday 23rd of September 2022

Hola, Ian! The train runs all-year-round but when I planned my trip in May 2022, the timetable was updated between February and March 2022. I do not know how consistent they are in updating but here in Mexico, businesses don't really prioritize their online presence or websites, hence, we created Mexico Insider to clarify information. I can give you an e-mail address from the booking people that we worked with if that helps. She can speak English! Let me know and I will have our office e-mail you.

David Kitterman

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

Are there different trains for the various levels? Or, is it one train with all three? i.e. Express, Regional, and tourist are seperate or the same train with different cars?

Trisha Velarmino

Thursday 22nd of September 2022

Hola, David! The Regional and Express Trains are different. We took both and I really recommend taking the El Chepe Express as it has a different route than the Regional train. I hope this helps!

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