The BEST way to transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum

Tulum ruins
This is the view that most people want to see when visiting Tulum.

Private transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum

Since Tulum is a little father away from the Cancun Airport than other destinations tourist go to in the Riviera Maya, you might be more likely to want a direct connection to get to your hotel or rental. A transfer from the Cancun Airport to Tulum takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Booking an airport transfer is the BEST way to get to your hotel in Tulum in our opinion.

We have asked around about what transfer services everyone liked and what was recommended. We teamed up with them so you can get the best prices and service. You can check the price to your hotel below on the Book Now button. Tip: Booking round trip can save you up to $25 USD.

transfer Cancun Airport to Tulum
After a long flight you surely want to get to your hotel as fast as you can.

Prices for a transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum

These transfers from Cancun Airport to Tulum are private and are only for you and who is accompanying you. The price is for the entire van and not per person. All fees and taxes are included. Travel insurance is included as well. The prices of a private transfer are the same or even less than a taxi considering you do not need to negotiate the price and can save on booking a roundtrip. Taxis do not offer this discount since normally you have a different driver taking you back to the airport. 

For pricing for your group and to the hotel where you are staying, click below to go to the official transportation website that we recommend. From there you can book your transfer and be all set for your trip. 

transfer Cancun Airport to Tulum

Why a private transfer is a good option from the Cancun Airport to Tulum

Here are some reasons why we recommend this option for getting to Tulum.

  • It is the fastest way to get to your hotel or rental.
  • It can cost less than the public bus especially for larger groups and much faster.
  • Less stress and hassle. Your private driver is waiting at the airport for you.
  • No negotiating with a taxi driver over prices and no surprise fees.
  • More space than a taxi so you can relax on your way to Tulum.
  • Bilingual driver waiting for you at the Cancun Airport.
  • No waiting in line to get a rental car and no need to think about driving in Mexico. It also gives you the option to just rent a car for the days you need it.
transfer Cancun Airport to Tulum
The type of vans for the private transfers from the Cancun Airport to Tulum.

Is there a public bus option to transfer me to Tulum?

Update for travel season 2021: ADO buses have a limited schedule servicing the Cancun Airport due to lower travel volumes (currently just 5 buses a day) . Be sure to check the ADO website for current times. If your flight does not line up with a bus departure, we recommend this private transportation company for getting to Tulum or wherever you need to go.

Yes technically there is but it is a little bit of a hassle and it can take a considerable amount more in time.   ADO is the only pubic bus company that services the airport. So this is the only public transportation option.

There are only a few direct busses a day from the Cancun Airport to Tulum. The ride takes about 2 hours and 5 minutes to 2 hours and 25 minutes. The cost of the ADO bus from the Cancun Airport to Tulum is currently 288 pesos. For a very detailed instruction on how to get the bus from the airport complete with photos, see our article here.

What times does the ADO bus go from Cancun Airport to Tulum?

Buses leave from Cancun Airport’s four terminals. Each terminal has a different schedule, so check with terminal you will arrive at. Most international arrivals go to Terminal 3 or Terminal 4.  If the times do not line up with your arrival and you want to take the bus, the only other alternative is take the bus to Playa Del Carmen and switch to a Tulum bound bus. Busses between Playa Del Carmen ad Tulum leave about ever 30 minutes. If you don’t want as much transportation time, we recommend the private transfers.

getting from Cancun airport to Tulum
This is what a ticket counter looks like for buying your ADO bus tickets at the Cancun Airport.

Connecting busses in Playa Del Carmen to Tulum from the airport

If you take an ADO bus to Playa Del Carme from the airport you arrive at the bus station on 5th Avenue and Juarez Avenue. This is the ONLY bus station the airport bus goes to in Playa Del Carmen (there are two bus stations in Playa Del Carmen). At this station you will need to get on another ADO bus to Tulum. You might be able to purchase a ticket at the airport for this separate trip (Playa Del Carmen-Tulum) if not you can purchase it at the station. Busses are frequent to Tulum and the ride takes about 50 minutes.

Note: You can buy tickets to Tulum center or Tulum Ruins. Both stops are close to town and you can take a taxi to your hotel from either stop. It is slightly preferable to take the bus to the center and get a taxi there because it is less about the ruins and tourist and more about transportation for people around town.

Arriving in Tulum by bus from the Cancun Airport

Once you arrive in Tulum you mostly likely will want a taxi to get to your hotel. Tulum is spread out and the beach area is very separate from the downtown. Taxis do not have meters in Tulum so be sure to ask the price before getting in or ask your hotel how much a taxi should be so you know. This can be as much as $20 USD.

If this option of getting to Tulum sounds like too much you might want to consider a private transfer which will take you directly to your hotel. It can save a lot of time and is cost effective in the long run for most.

More information for your time in Tulum

We hope you have a great vacation while in the Tulum area. Here is one guide we have made for people visiting the Tulum area for the best things to do in Tulum. It covers nearby cenotes, lagoons, beaches and more.


Do you have any questions or comments about a transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum? Let us know in the comment section below.

transfer Cancun Airport to Tulum
The road leaving Cancun Airport for Tulum.


  1. Hello. This is the first time to Tulum. Is the transfer the same to the beach are as downtown?

  2. Excellent service! Will definitely book with them again! Thanks so much for your recommendation. Our driver was very friendly and helpful. We also used your things to do in Tulum guide and found some cool spots.

  3. We are staying in the Hotel Zone in Tulum. I have read that there is not much nearby for stores. Is it possible to do some food shopping on the way to Tulum from the airport? Thanks.

    • Hello Jen

      You are correct that there is not much in the Hotel Zone of Tulum besides boutiques and a few basic convenience stores. This transfer company can do a stop at a grocery store for an extra fee. This can save you taking a taxi two ways from your hotel. Taxis in Tulum do charge high rates, so it is worth it to stop at the store. The best store is Chedraui on the road to the beach. You can buy wine and spirits, sun creams, and snacks. It is a large modern grocery store. We hope you have a great trip!

  4. I asked at the airport about taxis to Tulum. The first answer I got from a taxi driver was so ridulous, I walked away, then he wanted to negotiate. Why cannot they just have set prices?

    • Hello Conny

      Yes this is an issue that many travelers face. It is why we recommend the private transfers. We hope you got to Tulum in an affordable way.

  5. I am glad I found your website. I was going to take a taxi to Tulum but now know that it is not the best idea.

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