The CHEPE schedule is posted online and here is how it works:
Primero is first Class:
It runs daily both ways, leaving at 6a. It is yellow and green. West bound it leaves from Chihuahua City and arrives at about 10p in Los Mochis.This train used to have a bar car, but in the past few months only has a dining car. The stewards will serve alcohol, coffee, etc from the dining car and from a little cart they bring through the passenger cars.
Primero does not stop at all of the stops- for instance we often enjoy stopping at the little town of Cuiteco and we have to remember to schedule so we can take the 2nd class train to arrive there. Another option to get to Cuiteco is to get off at Bahuichivo and backtrack by foot or van.
2nd Class Train:
This train is about the same as the Primero- just a bit less fancy, is red and green colored, and it has only a stand up cafe- not a bar or restaurant.
It leaves also at 6a hooked to the first class train.
The schedule is tricky- it actually changed to this from daily during one of our trips there- CONFUSING!
Going from east to west– leaving Chihauhua City- it goes at 6a on Thursday, Saturday, Monday.
Going from west to east– leaving from Los Mochis- it goes at 6a on Friday, Sunday, and Tuesday
No second train on Wednesday either direction.
Here is a current price and schedule as of June, 2011…prices have gone up…Ruta is the stations, Tarifa is the price in pesos, llega is arrive, sale is leave. Current rate on 6.29.2011 is one USD is 11.829 pesos. You usually will not get this rate- but perhaps it will be 11.5 or so.
JAN 2017 NOTE: this schedule and pricing is from before the trains were combined- now they both leave both ends at 6a.
|SAN JUANITO||$888.00||10:45||10:45||EL FUERTE||$400.00||08:40||08:40|
|EL FUERTE||$1,909.00||18:00||18:00||SAN JUANITO||$1,295.00||16:14||16:14|
|LA JUNTA||$304.00||10:15||10:15||EL FUERTE||$200.00||09:40||09:40|
|EL FUERTE||$955.00||19:18||19:18||LA JUNTA||$785.00||19:27||19:27|