Transportation options in Cancun

Cancun and the ways you can be transported.

You can find many transportation options in Cancun. This city is a major tourist attraction with a daily influx of tourists looking for all the options available to be transported in, and around the area. Below we offer you the different options that fit your budgett and convenience.


transportation options in Cancun


Transportation options at Cancun airport

From your arrival to Cancun international airport, if you do not have your shuttle service to the hotel, you will find authorized and safe taxi services that have their rates set depending on the distance of the area where you hotel is located. You also find a bus line called ADO that for a cheaper rate will take you to the city of Cancun or Playa del Carmen. This service is shared and subject to established schedules. If what you need is a private service that gives you the advantage and comfort of a person receiving you at the airport and arranging your private transfers to your hotel, then you can hire this service online prior to your trip through one of the many carriers companies. One of them which stands out above the others for the quality and safety in its service is Canada Transfers. (check our rates).

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Transportation options in Cancun hotel zone.

Once installed in your hotel, you have the option to use taxi services. All the hotels have this service available 24hours. These prices depend of the distances and the place where you go. Normally all the hotels have a blackboard with posted services rates. If you are looking to move to any point of Cancun in a more economical way, then you have the option to use the local buses that provide 24 hours service for a fee of 10.50 Mexican pesos. This rate is fixed and per trip, no matter the distance you go.

If you want to transfer by your own in a independent way and convenience, then you have the option of renting a car. Most hotels have this service with different models and promotions.

transportation options in Cancun


The bicycles rental is an option of recreational transport to cross the hotel zone which has a cyclopista. There are hotels which have the service of bike rental or the concierge can tell you the nearest point to hire this service.

Private transportation to visit parks and pyramids

If what you need is a transportation that will take you outside Cancun to visit the parks or archaeological sites, without any excursion. Then we recommend hiring the private services of a van that give you the comfort and flexibility on the schedule. Our services are suitable for groups or families. ( We are a carrier with experience in handling these services.

transportation options in Cancun


As you can see the transportation options in Cancun are varied and suited to your budget. We hope these tips help you to choose the option that better suits you.


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Geography of Cancun & Riviera Maya

It is located at a distance of 370 km from the capital of the state of Quintana Roo, (Chetumal), 70 km from Playa del Carmen, on the eastern side bordering the Caribbean Sea, in the west with the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, towards The north with the municipality of Isla Mujeres and the south with the municipality of solidarity. The total size of the territory is 1664 km and 22 km of coast, is northeast of the Yucatan peninsula and only 7 km from Isla Mujeres. Cancun is geographically divided into 5 zones:

Hotel Zone: This is considered the most important part given that it is the part that gives the sea and most of the tourist activities that is the main economic source of this destination. It houses most of the hotels, residential areas and beaches, the Pok Ta Pok golf course and the entrance to Cancun port, this island is linked to the mainland by three bridges; The Calinda bridge at km 4, then the Club Med bridge at km 20 and finally the Nizuk bridge at km 22. In the center of this island is the Nichupté lagoon, which is composed of 7 bodies of water: Laguna Bojórquez, Cuenca del Norte, Cuenca Central, Cuenca Sur, English River, Del Amor, and Lagunita del Mediterráneo.

Urban zone: this refers to the center of the city, where the majority of the population lives, which in turn works in the hotel zone, is not frequented by most of the tourist population although it has many attractions including monuments and Museums, in this area is located most of the governmental, educational and cultural institutions and are divided into super apples mainly.

Puerto Juárez: In this area there are two main docks that are used to embark to Isla Mujeres, which is dedicated mainly to fishing. It consists of three supermanzanas, the 86 that reaches the ruins of El Meco and 84 and 85 which are mostly dwellings. It has several palapas, several of them abandoned, although it is a great option to eat in one of its many restaurants of fish and seafood, this thanks to that the majority of the inhabitants of this zone are fishermen.

Franja Ejidal: in this area are settlements that are distributed irregularly in the northern part of the city, on the border with the municipal boundaries of Isla Mujeres. Here live a part of the poorest population, many immigrants from other parts of the country.

Coastal Zone: This is a strip of white sand that runs all the eastern side of the municipality, most of it is the hotel zone, counting with 9 public beaches: Playa las Perlas, Playa Langosta, Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol, Playa Chac mool, Beach Marlín, Playa Ballenas, Playa Delfines (the famous Mirador) and Nizuc Beach.

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Cancun International Airport, what you have to know

All airports in the world are created differently. If you plan to visit Cancun, Playa del Carmen or The Riviera Maya, you have to arrive to Cancun international airport. This airport is located 10 miles from the city of Cancun, and is considered the second most important in Mexico due to the number of visits it receives from international flights. This airport operates 71 airlines, offering 110 destinations. Here we give you some information about the most outstanding of this airport.

terminal 2 Cancun Airport
terminal 2 Cancun Airport

Formerly, the Cancun airport was very small, but currently has three terminals. Terminal 1 is for charter flights and private flights, terminal 2 is for all national and some international airlines. Terminal 3 is international flights only.

Terminal 1 Cancun Airport
Terminal 1 Cancun Airport

If you do not have the reservation of your transportation for your hotel, you can take a private or collective taxi from the airport or take the ADO bus that is in the terminal 2. These buses leave you in the center of Cancun and Playa del Carmen. If you want to hire your services of transfers before arriving, you have many options to book it on line. One of them is Canada Transfers which is a well know carrier.
When you go through immigration you will be given an FM-T or Tourist Visa. Do not lose it because, you will need it to leave Mexico. In case you lose it, you will have to pay a fine.

Mexico travel documents - Tourist Visa
Mexico travel documents – Tourist Visa

The airport is not responsible for baggage or goods deposited in the aircraft. If you are missing a piece of luggage or it is damaged, you should contact your airline directly. The airport cannot solve these problems.

Lugagge at the Cancun Airport
Lugagge at the Cancun Airport

Some of the services provided by the Cancun airport facilities include the attention, reporting and car rental modules such as Advantage, Avis, Budget, Alamos, Buster and others. Along the two terminals are the currency exchange offices, ATMs, Public telephones, WIFI services as well as restaurants and bars. In the terminals 2 and 3, there are shops which sell tax-free items. Some of the others services that stand out inside the airport are pharmacies and medication service.
There are also easy access facilities for people with disabilities from bathrooms and wheelchairs to others.
The airport has a large parking area that runs throughout the day. This service has a cost per hour. Inside the airport there are not hotels, however there are some near it. There are buses or vans that can take you there.
It is very important that you know that inside the Cancun airport, there are tourist information desks, but they really are people that hook you to sell you condominium membership. The trick or hook they use to call your attention is give you information on excursions at economic prices, which are conditioned to visit the hotel to promote and show your credit card. We advise you NOT to stop to talk with them, and leave immediately, to look for your transportation which takes you to your hotel or hire it in case you do not have it.

We hope this information has been useful and and important for you.

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