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Getting Around The Yucatan

How to Get from Place to Place in the Yucatan

Updated April 2021

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Getting Around the Yucatan, Cancun to Tulum, Playa del Carmen to Cozumel, Cancun to Holbox and Isla Mujeres

Welcome to Yucatan

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a stunning destination visited by millions of people each year. It can be confusing navigating the area and choosing a transportation method, so we did the work for you! Here is a guide for traveling between the peninsula’s most popular destinations. If you’re staying at a resort or a high-end hotel, you should check to see if they include free airport transfers.

The Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico is a stunning destination visited by millions of people each year. It can be confusing navigating the area and choosing a transportation method, so we did the work for you! Here is a guide for traveling between the peninsula’s most popular destinations. If you’re staying at a resort or a high-end hotel, you should check to see if they include free airport transfers.

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Cancun To Tulum

There are a few ways to get to Tulum. Note that many larger hotels in Tulum provide free transportation to town, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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By Shuttle

Some suggest the easiest way to get to Tulum is by hiring a shuttle ride in advance. Twelve-passenger shuttles start from the airport and pick up riders from major hotels along the way, taking about two hours. You can purchase a $14 one-way ticket online ahead of time. Look for the representative with your name on a banner who will lead you to the shuttle.

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By Bus

One of the most popular transportation options between the two cities is taking the ADO Bus (Autobuses de Oriente), which takes about 2.5 hours. A one-way ticket from Cancún to Tulum costs $11.81 in person and $8 online. Look for the ADO bus passenger’s booth when you leave the airport.

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By Taxi

If you don’t feel like renting a vehicle but don’t want to take a bus, taking a taxi is an efficient option. Numerous taxis wait outside the airport. At $70, it is the priciest option, but you’ll arrive in under two hours.

Taxis are also everywhere in Cancun and will take you straight to your accommodation in Tulum. Be sure to discuss the prices in advance of taking the ride so you don’t get overcharged.

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By Car

Driving from Cancún Airport to Tulum takes around an hour and 45 minutes and is roughly 73 miles, making it the fastest route. Most rental companies are just past customs and average $13/day. Be sure to check if your lodgings are in the Zona Hotelera (hotel zone) or Centro (town center), as your turn off will be on different sides of the road.

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For hotel recommendations for every budget, check out our Tulum Hotel Guide

Cancun To Holbox Island

Important – There are a few ways to get to Holbox. All of them involve taking ground transportation to the town of Chiquila and then the ferry to Holbox. Note that many larger hotels in Holbox provide free transportation to town, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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Shuttle to Chiquila

1. Take Shuttle to Chiquila.

Some suggest the easiest way to go is by hiring a shuttle ride in advance. The shuttle company will take you from the Cancun airport directly to the ferry terminal in Chiquilá. An airport shuttle from Terminal 2 at Cancún Airport takes around 2.5 hours and costs $50 one way. You must book your ticket in advance.

2. Take ferry to Holbox (see below)

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Bus to Chiquila

1. Take Bus to Chiquila.

The ADO Bus from Cancun takes a little over two hours and costs just under $15 one way. Find the ADO passenger’s booth at the airport and go from there.

2. Take ferry to Holbox (see below)

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Taxi to Chiquila

1. Take Taxi to Chiquila.

If you don’t feel like renting a vehicle but don’t want to take a bus, taking a taxi is an efficient option. Numerous taxis wait outside the Cancun airport or can pick you up at your hotel. Be sure to discuss the prices in advance of taking the ride so you don’t get overcharged. Taking a taxi is an efficient option to reach Chiquila and takes just under two hours, but costs roughly $40 one way.

2. Take ferry to Holbox (see below)

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Rental Car to Chiquila

1. Take Rntal Car to Chiquila.

Renting a vehicle may be the most convenient choice depending on how much exploring you plan to do on your own. It is an easy and affordable option. You can rent a car from the Cancun airport and drive to Chiquila in just under two hours. Most rental companies are just past customs and average $13/day. There is a parking lot that costs around $5 a day at the Chiquila dock with 24/7 surveillance.

2. Take ferry to Holbox (see below)

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Colectivo to Chiquila

1. Take Colectivo to Chiquila. This option costs a little over $12 and takes a bit over two hours to reach Chiquila. Pick up is in Central Cancun near the Soriana car park.

2. Take ferry to Holbox (see below)

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Ferry To Holbox

The journey between Chiquila and Holbox is a 25-minute ferry ride on the Holbox Ferry. It roughly costs between $5-10 to ride the ferry. You can buy tickets online.

Holbox Hotel Guide. Where To Stay In Holbox

For hotel recommendations for every budget, check out our Holbox Hotel Guide

Cancun To Isla Mujeres

There are a few ways to get to Isla Mujeres. Note that many larger hotels in Isla Mujeres provide free transportation to town, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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By Ferry

From the Cancun bus station you can take a taxi (around $5 USD) to the Puerto Juárez ferry terminal or, if you are up for a more local experience, you can catch the “Ruta 13” bus that will drop you off at Puerto Juárez near the ferry dock. This is far and away the most economical way for one or two people.

Once in Puerto Juarez, buy your tickets at the Gran Puerto Cancun (Ultramar) ferry dock. You can buy a one-way ticket for 160 pesos or round-trip ticket for 300 pesos. The boats leave every half hour from 5:00 am until 9:30 pm and every hour after that. The crossing takes about 15 minutes.

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By Catamaran Day Cruise

Throughout Cancun & Playa del Carmen you can book a day trip to Isla Mujeres. These fun boats take you out on beautiful catamarans for a whole day of snorkeling and cruising. Full-day trips typically include all-day rum punch and buffet lunch on Isla Mujeres. Bring Sunblock!

The boats will visit Isla Mujeres, but you will have a very limited time to explore the island. If you only have one day to visit the island this can be a fun adventure, but if you have more time, we recommend spending a night or two on the island.

Isla Mujeres Hotel Guide, The Best Hotels In Isla Mujeres

For hotel recommendations for every budget, check out our Isla Mujeres Hotel Guide

Cancun To Playa Del Carmen

There are a few ways to get to Playa Del Carmen.  Note that many larger hotels in Playa provide free transportation to town, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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By Shuttle

Some suggest the easiest way to go is by hiring a shuttle ride in advance. The shuttle company will take you from the Cancun airport directly to your accommodation in Playa del Carmen. This air-conditioned shuttle will take you to Playa del Carmen for $19 one way. Pre-book one and find them waiting for you in any arrival hall. You can also book a deluxe shuttle for $27 one way per passenger.

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By Bus

One of the most popular transportation options between the two cities is taking the ADO Bus (Autobuses de Oriente), which takes a little more than one hour. A one-way ticket from Cancun to Playa del Carmen is roughly $10 per person.

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By Taxi

If you don’t feel like renting a vehicle but don’t want to take a bus, taking a taxi is an efficient option. Numerous taxis wait outside the Cancun airport or can pick you up at your hotel. Be sure to discuss the prices in advance of taking the ride so you don’t get overcharged. The 50-minute taxi ride to Playa del Carmen from Cancun is the fastest option and costs around $60-70. It is better to pre-book a taxi or find one at the airport taxi booth instead of taking the first one you encounter to avoid scams.

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By Car

Renting a vehicle may be the most convenient choice depending on how much exploring you plan to do on your own. It is an easy and affordable option. Driving to Playa del Carmen from Cancun is straightforward and takes just under an hour from the airport. You can rent a sedan for as little as $13 a day directly outside the terminal.

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By Colectivo

This is the cheapest option at just a few dollars (prices vary) one way. You can catch a colectivo across from the downtown ADO bus station. The trek can take about an hour but may vary depending on the stops it makes.

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Playa Del Carmen To Cozumel

There is only one way to get from Playa Del Carmen to get to Cozumel. The Ferry!

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By Ferry

A 30-minute ferry ride is the only way to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen. Two ferry companies, Ultramar and Winjet, offer passenger-only services to and from the island for $7-10 one way and $12-20 round trip. You can catch the ferry from a port three blocks away from Juarez and 5th Avenue’s ADO bus station, where buses from Cancun arrive.

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For hotel recommendations for every budget, check out our Cozumel Hotel Guide

Playa Del Carmen To Tulum

There are a few ways to get to Tulum. Note that many larger hotels in Tulum provide free transportation to town, so check ahead before planning alternative transportation.

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By Bus

ADO is an excellent option if you are traveling with large suitcases. It costs $7 to buy a ticket online or at any ADO station in person. It takes about 50 minutes to reach Tulum from 5th Avenue and Benito Juarez Terminal Túristica.

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By Taxi

If you don’t feel like renting a vehicle but don’t want to take a bus or a colectivo, taking a taxi is comfortable and stress-free. Taxis can pick you up at your hotel and take you directly to your accommodation in Tulum. Be sure to discuss the prices in advance of taking the ride so you don’t get overcharged. It should cost around $30, which up to 2-3 people can split, and takes around one hour. If you are lodging at a hotel, they can call a legitimate taxi option.

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By Car

Renting a vehicle may be the most convenient choice depending on how much exploring you plan to do on your own. It is an easy and affordable option. The roads between Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum and very straightforward and safe. You can rent a sedan from numerous sites in Playa del Carmen for $17-35 a day. The drive is about 54 minutes from the city.

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By Colectivo

A colectivo is the most inexpensive transportation option. You’ll get to Tulum for around $2-3 per person in about an hour and a half. Catch it on Calle 2 between 15th and 20th Avenue. Bring small bills and small bags.

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  1. I’ve found that rental cars are much more expensive on Cozumel than other places in Riviera Maya. Is it because it’s an island?

  2. This was such a great find! Thank you so much for putting all of this information in one easy place. I didn’t even need to read my guide book.

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