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Getting there & away



Bus, colectivo & taxi

Ticul’s 24-hour bus terminal (Calle 24) is behind the massive church. Mayab runs frequent 2nd-class buses between Mérida and Ticul (M$40, 1½ hours) from 4:30am to 9pm. Mayab and ADO run 11 buses to Felipe Carrillo Puerto (M$100, four hours), frequent ones to Oxkutzcab (M$8 to M$12) and five a day to Chetumal (M$150, six hours). There are also eight Mayab buses to Cancún daily (M$210, six hours), three of which also serve Tulum (M$150) and Playa del Carmen (M$170). ADO and Super Expresso have less frequent 2nd- and 1st-class services, respectively, to some of these destinations.

Colectivo vans go direct to Mérida’s Parque de San Juan (M$33, 1½ hours) from their shiny new terminal (cnr Calles 24 & 25) as soon as they’re full between 5am and 7:30pm. Combis for Oxkutzcab (M$10, 30 minutes) leave from Calle 25A on the south side of the church between 7am and 8:30pm.

Colectivos to Santa Elena (M$10), between Uxmal and Kabah, depart from Calle 30 between 6:15am and 7:30pm. They take Hwy 02 and drop you in Santa Elena to catch another bus northwest to Uxmal (15km) or south to Kabah (3.5km).

You can take a combi or bus to Muna (M$10) from in front of Lonchería Mary on Calle 23 near Calle 28, and then south to Uxmal. Ruta Puuc–bound travelers can catch a 6:30am bus from Ticul to Muna and pick up the ATS tour bus (M$50) for Labná, Sayil, Xlapak, Kabah and Uxmal at 9am on its way from Mérida. It returns to Muna at 3pm. Any of the buses leaving Ticul before 8am for Muna (or Mérida) will get you to Muna in time to catch the ATS Ruta Puuc bus. Another way would be to catch a colectivo from Ticul to Santa Elena, then walk a few blocks to Hwy 261, cross it, and wait for the Ruta Puuc bus to come by at about 9:30am.

Alternatively, for M$550 you can get a taxi in Ticul that will stop at the Grutas de Loltún, Labná, Xlapak, Sayil, Kabah and Uxmal, and wait for you while you see each place and bring you back to Ticul at the end of the day. If you wish to stay at Uxmal for the 7pm sound-and-light show, the cost is M$100.


Those headed east to Quintana Roo and the Caribbean coast can take Hwy 184 from Ticul through Oxkutzcab to Tzucacab and José María Morelos (which has a gas station). At Polyuc, 130km from Ticul, a road turns left (east), ending after 80km in Felipe Carrillo Puerto.

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