Getting there & away
The bus terminal (cnr Avs Uxmal & Tulum) sits where Avs Uxmal and Tulum meet. Services are available in 1st and 2nd class, and in several luxury options. Across from the bus terminal, a few doors from Av Tulum, is the ticket office and mini-terminal of Playa Express (Pino). It runs shuttle buses down the Caribbean coast to Tulum about every 30 minutes until early evening, stopping at big towns and points of interest en route.
Rental-car agencies with facilities at the airport include Alamo (886-01-79), Avis (886-02-22), Budget (884-69-55), Dollar (886-01-79) and Hertz (884-13-26). Hwy 180D, the 238km toll (cuota) road running much of the way between Cancún and Mérida, costs M$329 for the distance and has only two exits before the end. The first, at Valladolid, costs M$194 to reach from Cancún, and the second, at Pisté (for Chichén Itzá), is an additional M$48.
There are several embarkation points to reach Isla Mujeres from Cancún, including Punta Sam (M$15), Puerto Juárez (M$35) and Zona Hotelera (M$70). Head to Chiquilá to get to Holbox. While there are ferries to Cozumel from Cancún, you are better off getting there from Playa del Carmen’s dock.
About 8km south of the city center, Aeropuerto International de Cancún (Cancún International Airport; 886-00-47) is the busiest in southeast Mexico. The following airlines service Cancún:
American Airlines (800-904-60-00; Hotel Fiesta Americana Coral Beach, Blvd Kukulcán Km 8.7) Has an airport counter as well.
Aviacsa (887-42-14; Av Cobá 39) Also has an airport counter.
Azteca (886-08-31) Airport counter.
Click (884-20-00) Airport counter.
Continental (886-00-06, 800-900-50-00; www.continental.com) Airport counter.
Copa (886-06-53) Airport counter.
Cubana (887-72-10; Calle Tulum)
Delta (800-123-47-10, 886-06-68) Airport counter.
Grupo Taca (886-00-08; www.taca.com) Airport counter.
Magnicharters (884-06-00; Av Náder 93)
Mexicana (881-90-90, 24hr 800-502-20-00; Av Cobá 39)
Northwest (800-907-47-00) Airport counter.
United Airlines (800-003-07-77; www.united.com) Airport counter.
US Airways (800-007-88-00; www.usairways.com) Airport counter.