How to get from Cancun Airport to Akumal

Taking a taxi or private transfer to your vacation.

Yal Ku Lagoon in Akumal
Yal Ku Lagoon inlet

Are you on your way to Akumal for a vacation at the beach? Here is how you get from the Cancun Airport to Akumal and your resort or rental. The main way is by a private transfer but you can also rent a car at the Cancun Airport for your stay.

Cancun Airport to Akumal

The Cancun Airport is the only airport that services the area and it is connected to Akumal by the 307 Highway. This is a straight drive from the airport to Akumal and takes about 1 hour. Since it does take a while to transfer, we do recommend a direct private transportation company like this one

Cancun Airport to Akumal
Getting from the Cancun Airport your hotel has never been easier!

There are four ways you can get from the Cancun Airport to Akumal.

  1. Rent a car and drive.
  2. Take a taxi.
  3. Hire a private shuttle transfer.
  4. Take multiple busses and perhaps a taxi.

The clear choice from above is either renting a car or taking a private transfer. Here is why. Taxis from the airport are very expensive and more or less at a fixed price. It is more affordable to arrange a private pickup in advance and have a driver waiting for you. If you wanted to try to do a cheap option you can take the ADO bus to Playa Del Carmen and then take a colectivo to Akumal or a taxi from Playa Del Carmen to Akumal. This however is very hard to do with luggage on the colectivo and the cost will start to add up to the same as the shuttle, but take much more effort.

If you are not interested in renting a car then the private transfers are a great option. We have found a company to be very reliable and gets great feedback from our readers (We have yet to have one complaint about them!). They also have the best prices for transferring from the Cancun Airport to Akumal and other places in the Rivera Maya. You can book by clicking the link below.

How does the private transfer work?

All you need to do is book in advance and give them your flight information. A driver will be waiting for you at the airport all ready to take you to your hotel or rental. If you do want to schedule a stop at a restaurant or to shop at the grocery store, this can be arranged but you need to book in advance so the driver can schedule his day with other pickups.

These are a private transfer, so that means it is just for you and your group. No need to drop people off at other hotels or wait for people to arrive on other flights. You can go straight to your vacation!

Cancun airport to Akuma

How much does a transfer cost to Akumal from the airport?

The prices below are for the entire vehicle and not per person.

  • For 1-3 people is it $80USD one way and $130 round trip. Booking round trip saves you $30.
  • For 4-7 people it is $85USD one way and $145 round trip. Booking round trip saves you $25.
  • For 8-10 people it is $95USD one way and $170 round trip. Booking round trip saves you $20

You can click below to book this affordable private transfer. We hope you have an amazing vacation here in the Rivera Maya and certainly you are off to a good start by setting up your transportation from the airport.

Cancun Airport Akumal

We hope you have enjoyed our guide for getting from the Cancun Airport to Akumal. If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave one below. We love hearing from our readers.

Transfers Cancun Airport to Akumal

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  1. I know from other trips to Akumal that there are several entrances to Akumal and some are down the highway from the main entrance. All prices are the same for Akumal from the airport?

    • Hello Kristoher
      This is correct. All prices for Akumal cover the entire area. We hope you have a smooth transfer and enjoyable vacation in Akumal.

    • Hello Melissa

      We were in Akumal yesterday and it was not bad at all. The winter winds do bring more seaweed this direction but right now it is nothing to be worried about. We hope you have a great time in Akumal.

  2. I’m so glad there’s multiple options to get around! I’m planning a vacation to Cancun, and I’ve had bad experiences with taxis in the past. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to rent a car as an American while I was there, so its relieving to know that I can! I feel a lot more comfortable knowing I have transportation options!

  3. I am arriving in August, for my 1st trip. Plane arrives 5pm in cancun. How do i get a “shared” ride so I do not have to pay the full 80 by myself?

    how long will this trip take …as my flight out 5 days later leaves at 1130am


    • Hello Paul

      There are no options for a shared transfer from the Cancun Airport to Akumal. It is over an hour of transportation so when you think about it, it is not that bad getting a private driver to wait for you and take you to your place.

  4. I need a private driver from Cancun to akumal April 10th returning April 17 2017. It w ill be for 2 adults to Secrets Akumal Riveria Maya

    • Hello

      Thanks for your message here. We just wrote this article to refer people to the transport company in the links in the article. You can click on the link and contact them on their page. they will be happy to assist you. Thank you for reading our website. We are sure you will be in good hands because we have many readers take this transportation from the airport and we do not have any bad feedback. Have a great trip!

  5. Hello would you mind letting me know if these prices are good for the other side of Akumal as well, the town side?

    • Hello Nicky

      Yes, these rates from the airport to Akumal are for the whole area. We hope you have a great vacation here.

  6. I am interested in a private transfer from a resort just north of cancun to akumal. We will go on a diving trip then want the transfer back to the resort. Is that possible?

    • Hello Thomas
      That is possible with this transfer company. We have had other readers ask about doing this. The transfer company said you can book a transfer and in the notes say you want to go to Akumal and not the Airport or contact them in the chat and arrange the booking.

  7. Hello. Thanks for all your information. I do have a question about Akumal not related to transportation. Do you recommend any cenotes nearby that are not too touristy? We will not have a car but maybe something that I can take a taxi to . Thanks

  8. Looking for round trip transportation from Cancun airport to Akumal. Flight arrives at midnight and deports 12 days later at 3am – is your company able to arrange transportation? If so, what timeframes? Hate to wait hours at airport after flight and want to arrive close to deport time. Thank you!

    • Hello Toni
      We are not the transportation company but rather the website that recommends this company. The links in the article will take you to their website to book. They are able to meet all flights and be able to transfer you to Akumal in an easy fashion. You do not have to wait at the airport. A driver will be waiting for you on your exit. We recommend them because they are professional and offer great service to our readers. We have had many choose them and all have been satisfied, so we are confident in recommending them. We hope you have a great vacation!

  9. Hello! I just wish to give a huge thumbs up for the good info you’ve gotten right here on this post. We visit Akumal each year and like the info tours and transportation.

  10. How much is the bus ride from the Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal to 5th Avenue in Playa Del Carmen? I have seen mixed reviews. Thank you 🙂

    • Exactly what are you referring to? A public bus or special shuttle? We ask because there is no ADO bus that services this route and you posted this question in the Airport transfer page.

  11. Hello,
    We want transfer from Cancun airport to Luxury Bahia Principe Akumal hotel. Two persons, roundtrip. Could you tell the price? Do we have own car, only for us(two) with driver?
    Thank you very much!

    • Hello Janne

      The price is $80 one way and $135 if book round trip. You would have your own car or van driving you and it would take you direct from the Cancun Airport to your resort.

  12. Hi, Can you tell me what kind of road goes to Akumal? Is it two lanes on each side or just one?
    Thank you,

    • The highway from Cancun Airport to Akumal is 4 lanes and the only road that runs up and down the state. It is important to know exactly where you are staying in Akumal because there are several entrances.

  13. I am going to Akumal but need to be picked up from Playa Del Carmen for my return to Cancun Airport. Is this possible? Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Petra
      This is possible to do this tyoe of round trip book. You will just need to click the link for the transport and arrange your drop off in Akumal and then put a note on your booking for the pick up location for your return to the Cancun Airport. We hope you ahve a great trip!

  14. I love your website and all the information you have. We will be in Akumal for almost two weeks. Are there things in the area you suggest? We like to take a tour every couple of days.

  15. Just booked our trip to Akumal. It has been years since we were last year and hope not much has changed there.

  16. I am staying at the Secrets Resort in Akumal but have to transfer to another hotel for my second part of the trip. Can I book a return to the airport from another place? Thank you for your help.

    • Hello Eliza

      This is possible to do. When you book you can use the notes section to denote the second pick up location.

  17. I just wanted to say we have a guest house in Akumal and are always linking to your website. You have great info on things to do in the area and details on how to get there. Keep up the good work.

    • Thank Rachel. We will keep working hard and create more videos and informative guides for guest coming to the area. Thank you again!

    • Hello Virginia

      We saw some photos of the beach in Akumal and it did get a lot of seaweed this week.

  18. Hello! Going to Akumal in July with a group of family members. My two young (23 & 24) granddaughters are coming a few hours after we arrive in Cancun as they departed from a different state. We are driving a rental vehicle on to Akumal. My question is, do you think the private transfer is the best and safest way for my granddaughters to travel from the Cancun airport to Akumal?

    • Hello Kay

      The private transfer is probably the best option. It is direct and fast for them to arrive to Akumal and they will bring them to your rental or hotel.

    • Hello Julie

      We assume you are taking a private transfer from the airport. This will take about one hour and 15 minutes. The company that we recommend in this article is very good for the pick up and drop offs. If you plan on renting a car, it will take about another 40 minutes to an hour to pick up the car and do paperwork. All car rental offices are out of the terminals.

  19. Do the private transfer shuttles that you recommend have seat belts as far as you know? We will be traveling with babies and want to install car seats. Also, what is the company’s name that you recommend?

    Thank you!

    • Hello Kim

      Yes all of these transfers have seatbelts. They are vans that have rows of seat. If you click the link you will go directly to their website and you can see photos of the vans.

  20. We were on your website and found so much helpful. We got our tickets booked for Xcaret and our transfer from the airport to Akumal. Your trip made easier!

  21. We travel to Akumal each year and usually rent a car, but this year we are going to be just visiting Akumal since we are not sure what things will be open and we want to just enjoy the beach and local restaurants. We have opted for a private transfer from the airport. It will save us since we cannot rent a car for just the days we need and have to pay for the whole week. It is pretty easy to get around Akumal by bike, walking or taxi.

    • Hello Ed

      Yes! You can go to hotels and private rentals in Akumal from the airport. This private transportation company is very good about pic up and drop off service.

  22. Our flight gets into Cancun at 7:55 p.m. and we want to transfer to Bahia Principe Akumal. Is it safe to travel there at night with a private transportation company?

    • Hello

      It is very safe to travel with the private transfer. At least the one we recomend is very professional. There are a few that are not registered that advertise but are just a man and a van type of deals. This company we refer our readers to is insured and has very professional drivers. We have never heard a complaint about them.

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