Tulum airport options and how to get to your vacation
Looking to visit Tulum Mexico? Here is your beginners guide about getting to Tulum and getting around while there. We will answer such questions as What airport do you fly into? What are the best Tulum airport connections? And what is the best way to get from Tulum to the Airport.
Why we writing this guide? We are Everything Playa Del Carmen which is the sister city of Tulum. In order to get to Tulum you will need to pass through Playa Del Carmen. We not only write about visiting Playa Del Carmen but all the areas around us. We love helping people with up-to-date information and an insiders take on great services here. So lets get started with getting you all set for a great time in Tulum Mexico.
First up, what airport are you going to fly into?
Tulum is a relatively new destination that has become red hot in recent years. The state it is in was only got statehood in 1974. Most infrastructure has been built in the last couple of decades. The main airport is Cancun (CUN). This airport serves the entire Riviera Maya (this is the stretch of coast of the Yucatan Peninsula that faces the Caribbean Sea). There have been talks of building another airport in Tulum but this is years off.
So Cancun International Airport is where all tourist fly into when visiting Tulum. The only other small airport in the state is in Chetumal. This airport is twice as far away as Cancun Airport and only has small flights arriving there, mostly domestic flights and flights from Belize.
Tulum airport connections and ways to get to your vacation
So what are the best ways to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum? Lets first say that Cancun Airport to most Tulum hotels and destinations will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. This is a considerable amount of time and after a flight you don’t want to waste time getting to Tulum in a slow manner. The best Tulum airport connection we have to recommend is a private transfer. This is a driver with a van that will meet you at the Cancun Airport and drive you directly to your hotel or rental.
What transfer service do we recommend? We have researched companies that provide Tulum airport connections. We found one that our readers have enjoyed and we have honestly never had a complaint about them. Not only do they provide courteous and prompt service, they also offer great rates. If you need to organize your transport from the airport to Tulum we recommend clicking the book now button and booking this good service.
How much are transfers from the airport to Tulum?
Since the distance is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes it does have a cost. These transfers from Cancun Airport to Tulum are private and are only for you and your family. The price is for the entire van and not per person. All fees and taxes are included. Travel insurance is included as well.
- Cancun Airport to Tulum for 1-3 people-one way $100 USD. Round trip $175 USD.
- For 4-7 people from Cancun Airport to Tulum-one way $110 USD. Round trip $200 USD.
- Cancun Airport to Tulum for 8-10 people-one way $115 USD. Round trip $220 USD.
Should you take a taxi for your Tulum airport connection?
The short answer is no, we don’t recommend it. For several reasons we prefer the private van service. Since the distance is longer you might as well be comfortable for the ride. The price is also the same or similar. We hate to see tourist arrive and try to negotiate with a taxi driver at the airport. Pesos amounts and dollar amounts get punched into a calculator and most people wind up overpaying for the service because they just want to get to the hotel. It is so much better to have your transfer all arranged so all you have to do is walk out the door and get into your van.
It is also important to note that taxis at the airport are not city taxis. They have special licenses and act just like transfer companies, and this is why they cost so much.
Note: As of December 1, 2017 Taxi rates have increased 20%.
But is there a bus from Cancun Airport to Tulum?
The ADO bus company is the only bus service from the Cancun Airport. They mainly have direct service to downtown Cancun and Playa Del Carmen. There are a few busses a day to Tulum but chances are they don’t line up with your flight. There are busses at 10:45am, 12:25pm, 4:15pm, and 9:30pm. (times are subject to change, check ADO’s website for the most up-to-date schedules).
The bus takes just over 2 hours to get to Tulum bus station. It should be noted that Tulum is a town in three separate parts, meaning it is spread out. There is the downtown, Tulum ruins area and the Hotel Zone along the beach. If you are not staying near the bus station you will need to take a taxi and this can add 10-20 minutes to your journey. We only recommend the ADO bus Tulum airport connection for backpackers staying in the downtown.
More information for your vacation in Tulum and the Riviera Maya
Now that you know how to make your Tulum airport connection. You will need to start planning on what you are going to do in Tulum. Of course most people have some serious beach time planned, but there are hundreds of other things that you can take part in.
To give you an idea what is in the area we made this map for you. To read more about what things there are to do in Tulum you can see our guide here.
We hope you have a great time here in Tulum and wherever you may go in our area of the world. For questions or comments, just let us know in the section below. We would love to hear from you.