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Aeropuerto Internacional de Cancún is the busiest airport in southeast Mexico. It has all the services you would expect from a major international airport: ATMs, money exchange and car-rental agencies. It's served by many direct international flights and by connecting flights from Mexico City. Low-cost Mexican carriers VivaAerobus, Interjet and Volaris have services from Mexico City.

There are flights to Cancún from Guatemala City and Flores (Guatemala), Havana (Cuba), Panama City and São Paulo (Brazil). Some Havana–Cancún flights continue to Mérida.

For a full list of the carriers with flights to Cancún, see the airport website. Mexican carriers include the following:

Aeroméxico Direct flights from Mexico City and New York. Office just west of Avenida Bonampak.

Interjet Flies direct to Miami and Havana.

Magnicharters To Mexico City.

VivaAerobus Non-stop to Mexico City.

Volaris Service to Mexico City and other parts of Mexico.

Transport Options

Frequent ADO buses go to Cancún Centro (M$82) between 8:15am and 12:30am. They depart from outside the terminals. Once in town, the buses travel up Avenida Tulum to the bus terminal on the corner of Avenida Uxmal. Going to the airport from Cancún Centro, the same ADO airport buses leave regularly from the bus station. ADO also offers bus services out of the airport to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Mérida.

Airport shuttle vans Super Shuttle and Yellow Transfer run to and from Cancún Centro and the Zona Hotelera for about US$10 per person for shared rides and US$60 for non-stop service.

Regular taxis run from the airport into town or to the Zona Hotelera and cost up to M$650 (up to four people). Expect to pay about M$370 for a city cab when returning to the airport.

Boat

There are several ferry departure points for Isla Mujeres from Cancún. From the Zona Hotelera, you can depart from El Embarcadero, Playa Caracol or Playa Tortugas. From Cancún Centro, there are two passenger ferry terminals in Puerto Juárez: Ultramar and a less popular dock about 500m north shared by Marinsa (www.marinsaturismo.com) and Naveganto (www.naveganto.com). From Puerto Juárez, one-way fare costs M$140 to M$160, while leaving from the Zona Hotelera runs about M$270.

If you want to take a vehicle across you'll need to head to Punta Sam's Marítima Isla Mujeres, 8km north of Cancún Centro (basic one-way auto fare M$298, including driver), but it's much easier to rent a golf cart or scooter on the island.

For Isla Contoy, boats depart from the V&V Marina, just north of the Punta Sam car ferry terminal.

Bus

Cancún’s modern bus terminal occupies the wedge formed where Avenidas Uxmal and Tulum meet. It’s a relatively safe area, but be aware of your bags and make sure to establish the fare before getting into a taxi.

Across Pino from the bus terminal, a few doors from Avenida Tulum, is the ticket office and mini-terminal of Playa Express, which runs air-conditioned buses down the coast to Playa del Carmen every 10 minutes until early evening, stopping at major towns and points of interest. ADO covers the same ground and beyond with its 1st-class and 2nd-class lines. To reach Isla Holbox up north, take a bus to Chiquilá.

ADO sets the 1st-class standard. Mayab provides good ‘intermediate class’ (tending to make more stops than 1st class) to many points.

Buses from Cancún

Bacalar

Cost (M$)

276-424

Time (hr)

5-5½

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Cancún airport

Cost (M$)

78

Time (hr)

½

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Chetumal

Cost (M$)

308-546

Time (hr)

5½-6

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Chichén Itzá

Cost (M$)

163-316

Time (hr)

3-4

Frequency (daily)

hourly

Chiquilá

Cost (M$)

180-244

Time (hr)

3-3½

Frequency (daily)

4

Felipe Carrillo Puerto

Cost (M$)

200-222

Time (hr)

3½-3¾

Frequency (daily)

6

Mahahual

Cost (M$)

230

Time (hr)

5½-5¾

Frequency (daily)

2; 6:45am & 4:45pm

Mérida

Cost (M$)

384-698

Time (hr)

4-5

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Mexico City

Cost (M$)

1200

Time (hr)

27¼

Frequency (daily)

1 to Terminal Norte; 6:30pm

Mexico City (TAPO)

Cost (M$)

1200-1387

Time (hr)

25-26½

Frequency (daily)

4

Palenque

Cost (M$)

760-1398

Time (hr)

13-13¼

Frequency (daily)

5

Playa del Carmen

Cost (M$)

36-74

Time (hr)

Frequency (daily)

frequent ADO & Playa Express

Puerto Morelos

Cost (M$)

25-32

Time (hr)

½-¾

Frequency (daily)

frequent ADO & Playa Express

Ticul

Cost (M$)

296

Time (hr)

8

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Tizimín

Cost (M$)

140

Time (hr)

6

Frequency (daily)

4

Tulum

Cost (M$)

148-172

Time (hr)

2¼-2¾

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Valladolid

Cost (M$)

140-228

Time (hr)

2-2¼

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Villahermosa

Cost (M$)

656-1350

Time (hr)

12¾-14¾

Frequency (daily)

frequent

Car

Cars can be rented at Cancún airport, where you'll find multiple kiosks and offices in and around the terminals. In the city, there are several rental offices just south of La Isla Shopping Village. Be aware that Hwy 180D, the cuota (toll road) running much of the way between Cancún and Mérida, costs M$480. An economy size rental car with liability insurance starts at about M$650 per day.

Alamo

Avis

Hertz

National

Car & Motorcycle

From the airport take Hwy 307 north and follow the signs to reach the Zona Hotelera and Cancún Centro. For Isla Holbox, Valladolid and Mérida head west on Hwy 180.

Train

Plans are in place to build a tourist train, dubbed the Mayan Train, that will run from Cancún to the southern state of Chiapas and back up through Yucatán state. If all goes as planned, it's expected to be completed by 2022.