Tulum International Airport and the “Mayan train” railroad system

Coming down to Tulum just got easier! If you love escaping long winter days for a quick trip to Tulum, we have great news for you – soon you will be able to fly into Tulum International Airport, also known as Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO). It will welcome its first domestic flight by December 2023, starting operation for international flights in 2024.

The first airline to announce its new route to Tulum is Spirit Airlines, which will have daily direct nonstop flights from Fort Lauderdale Intl Airport and Orlando Intl Airport starting March 28th, 2024, and Delta has announced that its direct flights will start the same day.

How to reach Tulum (and explore Mexico!) from the Tulum International Airport (TQO)

Tulum International Airport is a state-of-the-art international terminal. It will have the capacity for about 5.5 million annual passengers in its initial phase and up to 32,000 air operations each year. It’s located approximately 20.6 km (12.8 miles) south of Tulum.

Click here to view the location Felipe Carrillo International Airport.

This new location will make the airport easily accessible from Tulum, reducing the current travel time from Cancun’s International Airport to approximately 1.5 hours. 

This new airport will benefit tourists traveling to Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Xel-Há, Cobá, Bacalar, Mahaual and Chetumal.

Tren Maya: the new railway project integrated into the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO)

And yet some other great news –  another major project, the  “Tren Maya”, is also in its final construction stages and expected to start operations on December 2023. Tulum International Airport will be fully integrated into the current highway system and section 5-7 of the Mayan Train network, and will have its own Mayan Train station on site.

The “Tren Maya” is an ambitious railway project connecting five states of southeast Mexico, covering a distance of approximately 1,500 kilometers (932 miles): Campeche, Yucatan Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Chiapas. So you can now discover and explore other Mexican states departing from the Riviera Maya and Tulum. 

These high-speed trains are expected to reach a top velocity of 160 km/hour (99 miles) for passenger travel and 100 km/hour (62 miles) for freight and cargo. 

The Mayan Train project will offer tourism services, transportation for local passengers, and cargo transport.

The tourist class and long-distance cars will have rooms for overnight stays and restaurants with regional food from the southeast Mexican states. Thirty-one of the forty-two trains will be used for basic passenger service, eight will be especially for touristic purposes, and three for long-distance travel. Ticket prices are yet to be announced.

Click here for the map to locate all the train stations and stops: Train Maya Route.

In which cities in the Quintana Roo state will the Mayan Train stop?

The train stations will be strategically located near a variety of attractions, activities and experiences, such as 181 towns, 6 World Heritage Sites and fifty archaeological sites.

Here is a list of the cities within the state of Quintana Roo, where the train will stop at:

Cancun, Cancun International Airport, Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Tulum and Tulum International Airport, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, Bacalar, Mahahual and Chetumal.

These two large infrastructure projects will boost tourism in our destination, create thousands of new jobs and offer our visitors the possibility of flying directly to Tulum and discover by train other notable towns of the Yucatan peninsula, Tabasco and Chiapas as well. Enjoy the amazing Mayan world.