The budget friendly Express Wagon (1,900 pesos, or about $100) is a heck of a lot nicer than Amtrak, with custom Cuervo cocktails and light bar snacks. The Premium cabin (2,100 pesos, or about $110) is the next step up, offering table seating and waiter service so that you can enjoy a longer list of tequila cocktails alongside tortas, tacos and empanadas. But it’s the Premium Plus experience (2,300 pesos, or about $120) that you should really consider springing for, with several cars featuring different amenities. One of the luxury cars is laid out like a retro bar lounge, with a private bar serving premium beverages.
The Jose Cuervo Express is not the only tequila distillery to set up luxury transportation. Herradura recently set up its own rail service, the Tequila Herradura Express.
Herradura’s train similarly offers three tiers of boozy voyages, from the Premium Car (1,600 pesos, or about $85) where guests enjoy a family friendly environment with breakfast and beverages, to the 21-and-over Club Car (2,500 pesos, or about $132) where drinks come with live entertainment and lounge seating, to the First Class Car (2,300 pesos, or $121) where guests are swaddled in comfy leather seating and treated to cocktails.
With Mexican distilleries upgrading their rail systems with serious cocktail programs and our neighbor to the north offering a liquored up train across the Canadian provinces, we think it’s time we update the American train system with a few boozy trains of our own. We’re talking bourbon tastings along the Bourbon Trail, new New York subway lines to every Brooklyn distillery, orchard-splitting lines to Applejack distilleries, and a transcontinental railroad connecting every drinker and drink-maker in the country. For now we’ll just have to make do riding these tequila expresses again and again, like we’re commuting to work in Margaritaville.