The Ultimate Guide to Playing Mexican Train Dominoes with Printable Rules

Are you looking for a fun and engaging game to play with friends and family? Look no further than Mexican Train Dominoes. This game, also known as simply “Mexican Train,” is a popular variation of the classic dominoes game. With its easy-to-understand rules and endless possibilities for strategy, Mexican Train Dominoes is sure to provide hours of entertainment. In this article, we will guide you through the basics of the game and provide you with printable rules to get started.

Understanding Mexican Train Dominoes

Mexican Train Dominoes is played with a set of double-six dominoes. The objective of the game is to be the first player to play all your dominoes or have the fewest points remaining at the end. The game can be played with two or more players, but it is best enjoyed with three to eight players.

Setting Up the Game

To set up the game, each player draws a certain number of dominoes from the boneyard (the pool of unused dominoes). The number of dominoes drawn depends on how many players are participating. For example, if there are four players, each player would draw 15 dominoes.

Next, one player starts by playing a double (a tile with identical numbers on both ends) in the center of the table. This double represents “the train.” If no one has a double, players take turns drawing from the boneyard until someone can start “the train.”

Playing Mexican Train Dominoes

Once “the train” has been started, players take turns playing their dominoes on either “the train” or their own personal train (a line of tiles branching off from “the train”). The rule for playing on “the train” is that each tile must match the end of “the train” it is being played on. For example, if “the train” ends with a tile showing a 5-6 combination, the next player can only play a tile with a 5 or 6 on one end.

If a player cannot play a matching tile on “the train,” they must draw from the boneyard until they can make a move. If the boneyard becomes empty and the player still cannot play, their turn is skipped.

Mexican Train and Scoring

The game gets its name from the concept of “Mexican Train.” If a player cannot play on their own personal train, they can start a new train that any other player can also play on. This additional train is called the “Mexican Train.” It provides an opportunity for players to strategically block opponents and change the course of the game.

Scoring in Mexican Train Dominoes is simple yet strategic. At the end of each round, players count up the pips (dots) on their remaining tiles. The total number of pips becomes their score for that round. The objective is to have as few points as possible at the end of all rounds.


Mexican Train Dominoes is an exciting game that combines luck and strategy. With its simple rules and endless possibilities for gameplay, it’s no wonder why this game has become so popular. Whether you’re hosting a family gathering or looking for something fun to do with friends, Mexican Train Dominoes is sure to be a hit. So gather your dominoes, print out our handy rules guide, and get ready for hours of entertainment.

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