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Transportation from Cancun airport to your hotel and the best options!

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Transportation from Cancun Airport

Since you are coming to Cancun International Airport you will need to figure out how to get to where you want to go. In this guide we will tell you all about transportation from Cancun Airport to all points in the Riviera Maya. You basically have five options from the Cancun Airport. Your options are:

  1. Renting a car
  2. Taxi
  3. Public bus
  4. Private transfer
  5. Uber

Below we will tell you about each of these options and what we recommend. In some cases the suggestion is different depending on how many people you are traveling with, the time you arrive, and how quickly you want to start your vacation.

Arriving at Cancun Airport

Most everyone will be arriving on an international flight to Cancun Airport. Most international flights arrive in Terminal 3 but a few do arrive in Terminal 2. In either case once you disembark your flight you will go through immigration and customs. At immigration you will get your visitors visa and your passport will be stamped. Next you will collect your luggage and go though customs where you will give them your customs form.

Once exiting the airport you have your transportation options available to you at each terminal. Important note: We highly recommend having your transportation from Cancun Airport booked in advance so you pay the correct price and speed your trip along! The only time we don’t recommend this is if you are taking the public bus.

transportation from Cancun airport

Arriving at Cancun International Airport.

  • Renting a Car from the Cancun Airport

Using a rental car on your vacation is a great way to be free to explore. However most people coning to the Riviera Maya are going to either be staying in an all inclusive resort or in a city. This will limit the usefulness of a rental car. Even if you are a family of four and are mainly using the rental car to get you to and from the airport for your week long stay, it is better to take the private transfers. The main time renting a car is recommended is if you are not staying at a resort and you are planning some excursions. In that case, make sure you read our guide on driving around the Yucatan. We have lots of helpful tips.

As for the best rental company, well we are always on the lookout for the better ones. We will say that renting in Mexico is different then in most countries. For one you must have the liability insurance and the overall process of check out and check in takes much longer than in most places. One online booking site that we have found to be good for prices and also for the insurance prices is www.carrentals8.com

  • Taking a taxi from the Cancun Airport

In short our suggestion for using taxis from the Cancun Airport is that this is not the best option. True, they are ready to go but often prices are similar or more than a private transfer.  Since distances are longer (ex. 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours to transportation time) you might a well be more comfortable in private transportation vans also.

We also don’t like the fact that many of them try to negotiate a price right outside the airport. There are supposed to be set fares but we see them pull out calculators and try to see what they can charge. It is better in our opinion to pre-book the private transfers, have your bilingual driver waiting and have everything set before you arrive. This way there is not hassle or negotiating.

  • Public Bus (ADO) as transportation from the Cancun Airport

For those that are traveling single or staying near to the bus station in Playa Del Carmen or Cancun, this might be a good option for you. The ADO bus is modern and air conditioned. The bus picks people up from all three terminals at the Cancun Airport and then drives to Cancun or to Playa Del Carmen.

Taking the bus from the Cancun Airport to Cancun

For people staying in the Hotel Zone in Cancun this is not a good option because you will still need to get from the downtown. This can be an expensive taxi ride or slow crowded bus. (see our article on getting from the Cancun Airport to the Cancun Hotel Zone here) If you are staying in the downtown and near the ADO bus station, this is a good option.

The price of the ADO bus from the Cancun Airport to the ADO Bus Station in Cancun is 72 pesos.

Taking the bus from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen

The price of the Ado bus from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen is currently 178 pesos. For more information on taking the ADO bus from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen see our article here.

Cancun Airport Transportation

Terminal 3 ADO bus stand to buy tickets at curbside.

  • Using Uber from the Cancun Airport

Uber has limited availability from the Cancun Airport. Not only is it only currently supposed to be used for only Cancun city, there are limited drivers available. Uber was introduced in September 2016 but has not taken off like it has in many locations. For one the taxi commission was opposed to it because they claimed legally it cannot operate in the state because of the laws. We have an article on Uber here and in the comments you can see that many have not found this to be the best option for transportation from Cancun Airport.

  • Private transfer from the Cancun Airport

This is one of the most popular means of transportation from the Cancun Airport because it is fast, easy and affordable. These are private vans that take only you and whoever is traveling with you. There are many companies that offer private transfers but we have found one that all of our readers like, plus they offer some of the best rates and great service.

Meeting your private transfer driver

When you exit the terminal you will see a group of people with signs. Your private transfer driver will have your name on a sign and greet you. The driver will help you to the van and then take your directly to your hotel or rental. This is a fairly fast and easy process. There is no waiting for a shuttle to fill up or negotiating a price with a taxi driver. Below are the details for taking a private transfer from Cancun Airport to your destination.

Private Cancun transfers

What is included in your private transfer?

  • Bilingual driver.
  • All taxes and fees including airport fees.
  • Travel insurance while in transit.
  • Door to door service.

Tip: Booking round a round trip transfer from the Cancun Airport will save you about $15-50 USD. You know you are going to go both ways, so it is good to book that together and save.

Private transfers to Cancun from the Airport

From the Cancun Airport to Cancun there are two main destinations in Cancun, downtown Cancun and the Hotel Zone.

Prices for the private transfer from the airport to both downtown and Hotel Zone for 1-3 people are:

  • One way $35 USD
  • Round trip $55 USD

Prices for a private transfer from the airport to both downtown and Hotel Zone for 4-7 people are:

  • One way $40 USD
  • Round trip $65 USD

Private transfer prices from the Cancun Airport to downtown and Hotel Zone for 8-10 people are:

  • One way $50 USD
  • Round trip $80 USD

To reserve this private transfer to any Cancun destination click the Reserve Now button below.

Private transfers to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun Airport

If you are flying into Cancun Airport and want to go to Playa Del Carmen here are the prices. This journey will take about 50 minutes in the vans.

Prices for the private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen for 1-3 people are:

  • One way $60 USD
  • Round trip $110 USD

Prices for the private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen for 4-7 people are:

  • One way $70 USD
  • Round trip $120 USD

Prices for the private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen for 8-10 people are:

  • One way $85 USD
  • Round trip $ 135USD

To book any of these options, just click the Reserve Now button below and this will take you to the official transportation website.

Private transfers to Tulum from Cancun Airport

To get to Tulum from the Cancun International Airport it will take you about 1 hour and 30 minutes. These vans are comfortable and will get you to Tulum in the safest and smoothest fashion.

A private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum for 1-3 people is:

  • One way $100 USD
  • Round trip $175 USD

A private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum for 4-7 people is:

  • One way $110 USD
  • Round trip $200 USD

A private transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum for 8-10 people is:

  • One way $115 USD
  • Round trip $220 USD

Transfers from the Cancun Airport to other Riviera Maya destinations

If you are going to Puerto Morelos, Akumal, Isla Mujeres, Cozumel, Puerto Aventuras or any other destination, you can click below to find our the pricing. We are happy to recommend this transportation company because we know they take care of our readers.

More information on your trip to the Riviera Maya in Mexico

Now that you are coming to the Cancun area, why not check out some of our guides here. We have dozens of guides about where to eat, places to go, tours, and so much more. If you don’t see it right away, try the search tab on our site. We have hundreds of articles that will help you get the insiders view of the best things to see while here.

We hope you have a great vacation in the Riviera Maya. If you have any questions  about transportation from Cancun Airport or comments, please let us know below, we would love to hear from you.

Transportation from Cancun AirportWhat a fitting airport tower for Mexico! It is the Corona beer air control tower.

1 Comment on Transportation from Cancun airport to your hotel and the best options!

  1. Phil Monrone // June 13, 2017 at 2:49 AM // Reply

    Thanks for your easy to read and helpful guides. Even though we can to Playa del Carmen before, it has been 6 years and we expect things to be different. We remember when the highway went right through Playa with no overpass. We also want to get to Tulum. We first will take the transfer from the airport and then spend a few days relaxing on the beach and then rent a car to drive around. See you soon.

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