Copper Canyon Train Service Details, Chihuahua, Los Mochis

Taxi service: Available at Creel and Divisidero.
Bus Service: Local buses go between the towns, Long-haul Estrella Blanca buses out of Creel go the Cuauhtémoc  and Chihuahua to the east or to Hermosillo.  (only four-wheel roads go west to the coast)

Best Stop On The Train Line: Divisadero for proximity to the canyons. Creel for mountain biking/hiking.

Best train Loading Point: El Fuerte on the western end and Chihuahua on the eastern end. (From El Fuerte you will see many spectacular vistas as the train enters the canyons but Chihuahua is a good option for those on a schedule because in case of a train breakdown you can bus back on first class buses from Creel or Divisidero; there is no convenient bus service from Divisadero or Creel to the western train stations of El Fuerte or Los Mochis.)
Copper Canyon Railway station in Creel
Tourist visit a Copper Canyon Cave dwelling in Cusarare
Canyon tours and bike trips often use the train station in Creel
Passengers wait for the train
Visiting a former cave dwelling in Cusarare
When to Go:  High Season October November,  March April    Christmas and Easter are Mexico's busy travel season.  October to April offer ideal weather.

What To Pack: Warm clothes, the mountains can be cold at night. Cash in small denominations; although Creel has a bank and ATM, phone lines can go out and the ATM will go down.

Food and Water: the train conductors discourage eating in the coaches but if you have a train break down you could need emergency rations. The dining car on the first class train serves good meals in a nice setting at moderate to high prices: $10 USD for breakfast.

Time: Leave yourself a flexible window of time in case of emergency; a planned three-day trip could turn onto an unplanned five-day trip.

Price: First Class train from Los Mochis to Creel, $100 USD approximately.  Second Class Train (Cars hitched at the back of the first class train or a later train that is not much different than first class except that it has no dining car.  half the price of first class.) (check ahead if transporting a mountain bike)  They run Second Class on alternate days, not every day.    Schedules change according to demand.  

www.umarike.com.mx      Mountain Biking/Hiking, Creel

From the US (Tijuana, Nogales, Agua Prieta, El Paso/Juarez,  the Omnibus and the Chihuahuenses buses serve Chihuahua City.
From Chihuahua the Estrella Blanca bus serves Creel with 7 departures each day with a 5-hour trip.
To reach Chihuahua from Creel, catch the Estrella Blanca bus across from the train station starting at 7 am.
San Ignacio Mission Church, Cusarare
Copper Canon Train Schedule, Los Mochis to Chihuahua
Copper Canon Train Schedule Los Mochis to Chihuahua
Best train Loading Point from the Western end of the trip is El Fuerte
El Fuerte on the western end is best because you will see many spectacular vistas as the train enters the canyon
Copper Canyon Train Service Details offer starting points at Chihuahua in the east or Los Mochis on the western coast.
The Best train Loading Point from the Western end is El Fuerte because the best scenery is between El Fuerte and Creel.
Copper Canyon Train Service offers starting points at Chihuahua in the east or at the station in Los Mochis on the western coast.    The Best train Loading Point from the Western end is the station at El Fuerte where there are hotels and secure parking.   The most dramatic scenery is between El Fuerte and Creel.
Bus service to Creel is also available from Chihuahua and Cuauhtémoc
San Ignacio Mission Church, Cusarare
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