Public transportation

The Cancun airport is located on the same LONGITUDE
(the east/west location) as Chicago, Illinois; and almost the exact
LATITUDE (the north/south location) as Honolulu, Hawaii.

City bus services

Cancun

Cancun has an incredible bus system that follows a route beginning in downtown and traveling all the way through the hotel zone. At the end of the hotel zone, those buses turn around and return to downtown. The service runs 24-hours a day, costs ?pesos (about ??¢ U.S.), and buses will pass your location along the street about every 10-minutes.

Bus routes and stops are shown in detail on our Cancun map and travel guide. At right is an example from the map showing where bus routes enter downtown Cancun, coming from the hotel zone. Pink lines show bus routes entering downtown (and going farther into downtown); blue lines show buses returning from downtown to the hotel zone.

Playa del Carmen

Bus service is limited to areas inland from the main tourist zone and is used mainly by local residents.
We've used it several times, but prefer the convenience of flagging down a taxi (not as expensive as in Cancun, due to the shorter distances).

Isla Mujeres

The island has limited bus service that runs from the downtown tourist area into the main neighborhood district to the south. The price is ? pesos, but the service does not run frequently. If you are on a budget, it might be worth waiting; otherwise it's best to catch a taxi.

Puerto Morelos

Vans run between the oceanfront and the small city located inland, across the highway.

Other areas

Cozumel, Tulum, Puerto Aventuras, and Akumal do not have bus service.
Map of Cancun bus routes

Highway bus service:

We frequently use the bus system to get around the Yucatan. It's an efficient and inexpensive way to get around.

Cancun

Home to the areas main bus station.
From here there are two main routes:
• South to Playa del Carmen (with a quick stop along the highway at Puerto Morelos). Departures begin at 4:55am and continue every 10 to 30 minutes throughout the day until 12:30am.
Fare, 48 pesos (about $3.75us); fare to Puerto Morelos, 26 pesos (about $2us).
Visit ado.com.mx for complete schedule information.
• Inland to Valladolid, then Chichen Itza and Merida. Departures to Valladolid begin at 5:15am and continue every few hours. Fare, 150 pesos (about $11.50us).
Visit ado.com.mx for complete schedule information.

Playa del Carmen

There are two large bus station in Playa del Carmen, with routes north to Cancun and south to Tulum.
Departures begin at 4am and continue at a scattered schedule throughout the day (most departures are less than one hour apart), with a final departure at 10:30pm.
Fare to Tulum, 66 pesos (about $5us).
Visit ado.com.mx for complete schedule information.

Tulum

Offers routes to Playa del Carmen and inland to Valladolid (with a quick stop at Coba).
Departures begin at 1:30am and continue about every four hours throughout the day. Fare is 90 pesos (about $7us).
Visit ado.com.mx for complete schedule information.
Map of Cancun area highway bus routes

Colectivo vans

These vans operate similar to bus service, with one major difference—they will pick-up, or drop-off, passengers anywhere along the highway. We use them constantly, often catching a colectivo van to a point near our destination, then flagging down a taxi for the final short distance. Price ranges from 20 to 35 pesos (about $1.50 to $2.50us) depending upon distance traveling.

Cancun

Two companies offer service, both have vans waiting near the bus station in downtown Cancun, with service every 10 to 20 minutes, 24-hours a day (wait time could be slightly longer late at night). More information on our Cancun map/travel guide.

Puerto Morelos

Vans make regular stops along the highway at the entrance road to Puerto Morelos. Taxis are always waiting nearby. More information on our Riviera Maya map/travel guide.

Playa del Carmen

Both companies are located about four blocks from the beach. Taxis are available nearby. Exact locations are shown on our Playa del Carmen map/travel guide. Only one company is available to continue your journey south from Cancun. Service traveling south runs from ?am to ?pm.Price ranges from 20 to 35 pesos (about $1.50 to $2.50us) depending upon distance traveling.

Chemuyil

Vans make a quick stop in this small village. Taxis are almost always waiting nearby. We use these taxis often in our travels.
More information available on our Riviera Maya map/travel guide.

Tulum

Scheduled stops at the intersection with the Mayan ruins and also in downtown near the bus station. More information available on our Riviera Maya map/travel guide.
Map of Cancun area colectivo van routes

Taxi service

Taxis seem to be everywhere. You'll find them waiting at the front door of your hotel, honking at you (hoping you need a ride) as you walk down the street, and waiting in long lines at major intersections or near bus stations.

Cancun

We consider taxis in the hotel zone to be rather expensive. Fares are posted in the lobby of major hotels, and we recommend that you take a photo of the sign so you can look up the price if you decide to hail a taxi along the street. Taxis in Cancun are just beginning an experiment with meters. We aren't sure if this will be good for tourists or not (wait, if it ends up being good for the tourists they definitely won't change to meters : ) Our Cancun map and travel guide has a list of tips and things to know when catching a taxi.
Downtown taxis are not as expensive. We use these more often and rely on the bus system in the hotel zone.

Puerto Morelos

The main station is in the town square near the waterfront, with another along the highway. We find the taxis to be reasonably priced and the drivers polite. We use this service quite often. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Riviera Maya map and travel guide.

Playa del Carmen

Taxis are located every few blocks throughout the tourist area and also cruise the streets looking for fares. Prices are not ridiculous, mainly because most destinations are within a short distance. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Playa del Carmen map and travel guide.

Puerto Aventuras

Taxis wait along the highway (for people getting off the colectivo vans), in front of all hotels, and also in a parking lot south of the main restaurant and shopping area. Fares are rather expensive when leaveing from Puerto Aventuras. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Riviera Maya map and travel guide.

Chemuyil

Taxis wait in the center of this small village, near the colectivo van station. These drivers seem to always be nice and offer good rates. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Riviera Maya map and travel guide.

Akumal

Taxis wait near the entrance arch. They typically do not cruise the long, single street that runs through the tourist area along the beach, so you have to call for a taxi. We consider these drivers among the most expensive, and also the most rude. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Riviera Maya map and travel guide.

Tulum

Taxi stations are located at the entrance to the Mayan ruins, several places along the main street through town, and also at several of the larger beachfront hotels. If you are staying along the beach you can always wave down a passing taxi within a few minutes. Taxi fares from downtown to the beach are not inexpensive. Locations, approximate fares, and additional information can be found on our Riviera Maya map and travel guide.
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