A GUIDE TO CANCUN
Cancun transportation is very straight forward and easy to manage. With a quick read of this page, you'll know how the best ways are to get around Cancun and the Riviera Maya as well as how to get to and from the Cancun airport.
When you arrive to the Cancun airport, you have a few options. There is a collectivo that will take you to your Cancun hotel for about $9.00 each way. The collectivo will make several stops, and is the same price as our Airport Shuttles, which are smaller and therefore have less stops. However, if you don't want to reserve transportation online in advance, there is an option for you.
Most people pre-reserve either a shuttle (above) or Private Airport Transfer to take them to Cancun or the Riviera Maya. These start at $52.00 round-trip per vehicle and go up from there depending on where you are staying and how many people you have, which works out to as little as $6.50 a person for non-stop transportation depending on who you use and how many people you have.
You can also take the Bus, which is very cheap, but by far the least convenient method of getting from the airport, with potentially many stops before your hotel.
CANCUN BUS SYSTEM
The bus system in Cancun is second to none. Buses run around the clock, all the time, and run up and down the hotel zone every few minutes. They are safe and easy to ride, and are the primary form of transportation within the Cancun city limits. See complete information on riding the bus in Cancun and beyond.
RENTING A CAR
Renting a car in Cancun is unnecessary because of the great bus system, but if you are staying in the Riviera Maya or you want to explore outside the city, perhaps drive to Xel Ha or Xcaret, or a Mayan Ruins site, or find a remote beach, this is a very good option for you. See information on driving in Cancun.
Taxis are readily available everywhere in Cancun. There are no official published prices so make sure to negotiate a price before getting in. Gringos will typically be charged more than locals, as is the case elsewhere in Mexico. Typically, you'll pay $1.45 or so to go anywhere around downtown, while from the middle of the hotel zone to downtown will be about $10.00. Taxis are available at every hotel, but most people usually take the bus, as rates for hotel taxis are usually posted at the stand, and are higher than on the street. All drivers are required to have an official rate card in their taxis, though it's generally in Spanish. Taxi drivers will accept dollars, though at a less favorable rate than pesos.
Even though strong controls are in place and taxi drivers are being penalized, they tend to charge 20% above authorized fares. Users can contact Sintra, the Mexican Transportation Department, and submit a complaint.
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See also our table of Playa del Carmen taxi rates.
There are several ferries serving Cancun and the Riviera Maya. The most commonly used ones for tourists are the Cozumel Ferry in Playa del Carmen, about an hour drive south of Cancun and the Isla Mujeres Ferry in Puerto Juarez, about 10 minutes north of Cancun. Our ferry pages will show you all the schedules and fare information. Just click the name of the ferry you want.
Other Cancun Transportation Options
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