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Tulum Airport Guide

The New Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport

Updated May 2024 ⋅ Written by Vanessa Howard ⋅ Edited by Laura Schulthies

Tulum Airport Guide
Tulum Airport Guide

Welcome to Tulum Mexico

Tulum is perfect for travelers who want to explore the ancient Mayan Ruins, white sand beaches, and the fantastic resorts of the Riviera Maya region in Mexico. However, getting to Tulum used to be a hassle as the closest airport was the Cancun International Airport (CUN) about 1.5 hours away by car. That’s why the Mexican government built the newest international airport in Tulum! The new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) recently opened on December 1, 2023. If you plan to travel to Tulum in 2024, keep reading for our guide to the new Tulum International Airport.

Tulum is perfect for travelers who want to explore the ancient Mayan Ruins, white sand beaches, and the fantastic resorts of the Riviera Maya region in Mexico. However, getting to Tulum used to be a hassle as the closest airport was the Cancun International Airport (CUN) about 1.5 hours away by car. That’s why the Mexican government built the newest international airport in Tulum! The new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) recently opened on December 1, 2023. If you plan to travel to Tulum in 2024, keep reading for our guide to the new Tulum International Airport.

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new Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO)
Tulum Airport Guide to the New Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) in Tulum, Mexico

Overview

Intro To The New Tulum International Airport

The long-anticipated Tulum International Airport is now a reality as it began receiving flights on December 1, 2023. Construction on the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport (TQO) began in 2022, and the newest international airport in Mexico is classified as a Category 4 ECO airport.

The Mexican state of Quintana Roo was previously home to 3 airports that welcomed flights from around the world, including Cancun International Airport (CUN), Cozumel International Airport (CZM), and Chetumal International Airport (CTM). The Tulum International Airport is now the 4th.

The Tulum Airport is a state-of-the-art international airport expected to receive nearly 5.5 million passengers on up to 32,000 flights annually. After Cancun, the Tulum Airport is expected to become the second busiest airport in the region. The terminals of Tulum Airport provide a total of 13 gates for both domestic and international commercial flights.

Airlines Servicing The New Tulum Airport
Airlines Servicing The New Tulum Airport

Airlines Servicing The New Tulum Airport

American, United, Delta & More

With Tulum Airport being so new, the first intended airlines and destinations were announced in October 2023. New airlines and destinations have been added quickly.

Popular Mexican airlines, such as Aeromexico and VivaAerobus, will have regular flights for several domestic routes throughout Mexico. Aeromexico plans to launch direct flights to the U.S. and Canada in the future, connecting to Toronto, Chicago, and San Francisco.

Delta Air Lines offers passengers year-round direct flights to Tulum (TQO) Airport from its hub, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

United Airlines offers 22 weekly nonstop flights between the U.S. and Tulum International Airport. You can book a direct flight to Tulum from Newark/New York Liberty International Airport (EWR), Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) with United. In May 2024, they will also offer seasonal services from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Tulum.

American Airlines offers four daily direct flights to Tulum, including two daily flights from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), one daily service from Miami International Airport (MIA), and one from Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT).

Jet Blue will begin direct flights from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) to Tulum Airport in early June 2024.

Air Canada is offering Canadian passengers access to Tulum with a direct route from Toronto Pearson International Airport (YTZ) on Fridays and Sundays beginning in May 2024, as well as direct flights to Montreal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport (YUL) on Saturdays.

Copa Airlines, a Panama-based airline, will begin direct flights to Tulum from its home base in Panama City’s Tocumen International Airport (PYT) starting at the end of June 2024. 

Spirit Airlines was set to launch service to Tulum but had to postpone those plans due to fleet constraints.

Southwest is rumored to start service to Tulum in 2024, but nothing has been officially announced as of this writing.

Airlines plan to offer around 170,000 seats out of Tulum by July, which is quite a jump from the 45,000 flown by Mexican carriers in recent months.

Where Is The Tulum Airport?
Where Is The Tulum Airport?

Where Is The Tulum Airport?

The New Tulum Airport's Location

The new Tulum International Airport has been built in the Municipality of Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which is about 12 miles inland and south of the center of Tulum. To make access to the Tulum Airport easier, roads have been added through the jungle to connect the airport to Carretera 307. The 307 is the main highway that runs up and down the coast from Cancun to Belize.

The new access roads allow travelers to easily get from the airport to Tulum’s pristine beaches, ancient Mayan ruins, and the vibrant town center. The airport’s proximity to Tulum attractions and world-class resorts minimizes travel time and gives travelers more time to enjoy their vacation.

Previously, the Cancun Airport was the closest airport for travelers whose destinations were anywhere along the Riviera Maya, including Tulum. From Cancun Airport, it typically takes around 1.5 – 2 hours to get to Tulum by car, depending on traffic delays and road construction. The Tulum Airport is now the closest international airport for those traveling to Tulum (around 30 minutes by car) and anywhere south of Puerto Aventuras.

Note: Google Maps has not updated the new roads yet so do not believe the time estimates on the app. More accurate travel times are in the section below.

Travel Times To Popular Destinations: Bacalar
Travel Times To Popular Destinations: Bacalar

Travel Times To Popular Destinations

Tulum, Akumal, Bacalar and More.

The convenience of Tulum Airport is its proximity to some of the Yucutan’s most popular attractions and destinations.

Tulum Town: Tulum Pueblo, or Centro is a mere 30-35 minute drive from the airport.

Tulum Hotel Zone: Those looking to enjoy the resorts and beaches of Tulum will be delighted by the easy 45 minute drive from the airport to Tulum’s hotel zone and world famous white sand beaches.

Tulum Mayan Ruins: The famous Tulum Mayan Ruins are just 35-40 minutes from the new Tulum Airport. These ancient Mayan structures overlook the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea and provide the perfect blend of history and scenic beauty.

Akumal: The fun beach town of Akumal is home to sea turtle snorkeling and laid back vibes. Akumal is about 45-50 minutes north from the Tulum Airport.

Puerto Aventuras: The lux marina village of Puerto Aventuras is a little over an hour north from the Tulum Airport.

Bacalar: The quaint Mexican town of Bacalar is famous for its otherworldly freshwater lake known as Laguna Bacalar or “La Laguna de Los Siete Colores” (The Lagoon of 7 Colors). Bacalar is around 2.5 to 3 hours south from the Tulum Airport.

Cancun: Cancun itself is around 2.5 hours north of the Tulum International Airport.

Transportation From The Tulum Airport
Transportation From The Tulum Airport

Transportation From The Tulum Airport

Taxi's, Rental Cars and More

Upon landing at Tulum Airport, travelers are greeted with various transportation choices to ensure an easy transition to their final destination.

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Private Taxi & Shuttle Transfers

Private car transfers are available for small groups of 1-3 passengers, costing between $116 and $160 USD to Tulum Town and between $239 to $300 USD to Cancun, depending on your destination. Larger private vehicle transfers (vans & SUVs) are available for groups of 1-9 passengers traveling from Tulum Airport to various destinations in the Riviera Maya as well and range in price from $80 USD  to Tulum Town to $250 to Cancun. Destinations from Tulum Airport include Tulum, Akumal, Puerto Aventuras, Bacalar, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Cancun, and more.

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Rental Cars

Renting a car is an excellent idea if you plan on exploring the area. Tulum Airport car rental companies include Avis, Europcar, and Hertz. Rental cars from the Tulum Airport range from between $30 to $50 USD per day, while a midsize SUVs around $80 USD per day, and a large SUV will cost you about $115 USD per day.

Buses in Mexico

ADO Bus

Tulum Airport offers public transportation to and from Tulum International Airport and Tulum town via ADO Bus on a limited schedule. Tulum Airport bus tickets can only be purchased by downloading the ADO app on your phone (iOS / Google Play). You must enter ‘Aeropuerto Felipe Carrillo Tulum’ as the Origin or Destination, as the official website for ADO has not been updated to show Tulum Airport as a destination. Tickets generally cost $10 USD for either route.

Maya Train Guide (Tren Maya)

Maya Train

The inauguration of the Tulum Airport coincides perfectly with the planned inauguration of the Mayan Train. The Tren Maya is a massive railway project in southern Mexico that connects all the Yucatan Peninsula’s tourist attractions and cultural sites. This high-speed trans-peninsula train will bring travelers to ancient Mayan sites, cities, and natural landscapes through the Mexican states of Quintana Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Chiapas, and Tabasco.​

Tulum International Airport Amenities
Tulum International Airport Amenities

Tulum International Airport Amenities

Restaurants, Sleeping Pods and More

While it remains to be seen all the amenities that the Tulum International Airport will eventually offer, it’s safe to say that the terminal will provide what domestic and international travelers have become accustomed to. This will include secure paid parking areas, a selection of dining options inside the terminal, shopping, immigration offices, ATMs, and currency exchange services. Just keep in mind that growing pains are likely as portions of the airport remain under construction.

Rental Car Companies: Onsite car rental services currently include Avis, Europcar, and Hertz. Other rental car companies may move in later.

WIFI: Connect to the free wifi at the Tulum Airport for 1 hour by using your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. For added convenience, visitors can also use wifi kiosks to access the internet.

Restaurants: Of course, the Tulum Airport has various food and drink options ranging from local specialties to international cuisines. Some of the cafes and restaurants that have already opened at the Tulum Airport are Beso, Tulum Beach, and Raw Love Café.

Playgrounds For Kids: To help those traveling with little ones you will find there are two children’s playgrounds post-security.

Sleep: There is no need to despair if you have a long layover or an overnight transfer at the Tulum Airport. You can nap or rest by using new sleeping pods available at the airport. Sleeping pods can be rented by the hour or by the day. These specially designed capsules offer a cozy and private space to sleep or relax. They come with a luggage compartment, a reclining chair, a power socket, a lamp, and a window shade.

Luggage Storage: If you have a lengthy layover but don’t want to carry your luggage around with you, simply store your luggage at the airport luggage storage for a small fee, either by the hour or by the day.

Smoking Areas: Smoking is prohibited inside the airport, but you can use the designated smoking lounges outside the terminal building. There is a fee, and you will need to pay a $25 fine if you are caught smoking in non-smoking areas.

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