The Best Cancun To Tulum shuttle Options
So what are the best Cancun to Tulum shuttle options to get you to your vacation? 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 shuttle. This is a bilingual driver with a van that will meet you at the Cancun Airport and drive you directly to your hotel or rental.
Note: We do not recommend taxis for this longer trip and Uber does not operate in the Riviera Maya.
The Best Shuttle Option For Going To Tulum
What shuttle 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 shuttle service.
How much are these Cancun to Tulum shuttles?
Since the distance is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) and takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes it does have a cost. These shuttles 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. Click the Reserve Now button to check current prices and to book your transportation.
- Tip: Booking a round trip can save between $10-$25 USD.
Going to Tulum for a special occasion?
If your vacation in Tulum is for a special occasion, you might want to take a VIP car service in a Suburban or similar type of vehicle. You might like to take a limo from the Cancun Airport to your hotel. This same company offers these as well and they come well recommended.
There are two types of limos available to shuttle you from the Cancun Airport to Tulum. The first is a Suburban limo. This limo holds up to 14 people. If traveling with luggage this limo holds 10 people with luggage. There are however options for a second vehicle for luggage if you have more then 10 people with luggage. The price is one way $296 and round trip $572.
The second option is the Chrysler 300 limo. This limousine holds 11 people or 6 people with luggage. This price for this service to Tulum is one way $310 and round trip $605.
Should you take Uber or taxi to Tulum from the airport?
The short answer is no, we don’t recommend it. For several reasons we prefer the private shuttle service. Since the distance is longer you might as well be comfortable for the ride. The price is also the same or similar.
Uber does not operate in the Rivera Maya so this is not an option to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum.
We hate to see tourist arrive and have 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 shuttle all arranged so all you have to do is walk out the door of the airport and meet your driver who is waiting.
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.
Public 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 (currently only 5 per day). Check ADO’s website for the most up-to-date schedules. Each terminal at the Cancun Airport has a different schedule and the ADO website is not the easiest to use. Most people will arrive at Terminal 3 or Terminal 4. These are the international arrival terminals.
Note: We do not recommend buying your ticket before you arrive. Often times you cannot even get foreign credit cards to work anyways. The other reason is the tickets are timed and you don’t know if your flight will arrive or how long it will take to go through immigration.
How to take the bus via Playa Del Carmen to Tulum
If you cannot get a direct bus to Tulum, the next best option is to take an ADO bus to Playa Del Carmen. This takes about one hour to get to Playa Del Carmen. You will arrive at the bus station on Juarez Avenue. When you arrive in Playa Del Carmen you will need to get off and get back on a Tulum bound ADO bus. Busses leave about every 30 minutes to Tulum. There are two stops in Tulum that are possible. Not all busses go to both. There is the Tulum ruins stop and Tulum bus station in the center of Tulum.
You might be able to buy your two tickets at the Cancun Airport. This will make it easier when you arrive in Playa Del Carmen. You will not have to get in line to buy a ticket and you can be sure you have a ticket for the next bus.
When you arrive in Tulum from the Cancun Airport
The ADO 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. The hotel area along the beach is long and can take a while to take a taxi to.
We only recommend the ADO bus Tulum airport connection for backpackers staying in the downtown.
Our video of transportation options from the Cancun Airport to Tulum
Enjoy your vacation in Tulum and the Riviera Maya
Now that you know how to catch your Cancun to Tulum shuttle 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 do in the area.
To give you an idea what is in the area we made this interactive map. 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 in Tulum. For questions or comments about a Cancun to Tulum shuttle, just let us know in the section below. We would love to hear from you.