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Everything About Tulum Airport Connections To And From Your Vacation

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

Tulum Airport Transportation 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 the Cancun Airport to Tulum?

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 Tulum is in was only received statehood in 1974. Most infrastructure has been built in the last couple of decades. So how do you fly to Tulum ,Mexico? 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.

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Getting from the Cancun Airport to Tulum has never been easier!

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 transportation from the Cancun Airport to Tulum we recommend clicking the book now button and booking this good service.

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.

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These are what the private transfer vans look like.

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Should you take Uber or 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.

Uber does not operate in the Riviera Maya so this is not an option.

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.

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 but chances are they don’t line up with your flight. Check ADO’s website for the most up-to-date schedules). See our complete guide on how to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum here.

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.

For a complete guide to Tulum transportation including getting around town, see our guide here.

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. There are good places to stay and other areas that make it much harder to get around.  See our guide on where to stay in Tulum and what each area is like.


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.

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Tulum ruins in Tulum , Mexico. Just one of the reasons people visit the area.



21 Comments on Everything About Tulum Airport Connections To And From Your Vacation

  1. Jeff Jackson // February 17, 2019 at 12:13 AM //

    I have decided to try Tulum this year instead of going to Cancun. I know the places are very different. Do you have a recommendation of places to stay in Tulum? thanks

  2. L. Shuman // March 26, 2019 at 12:44 AM //

    Excellent details for getting to the and from the airport. This will be my first time to the area and I was worried about all the transportation and how it would be. You have calmed my nerves a lot.

  3. Joshua Wiseman // March 26, 2019 at 11:20 PM //

    We are glad we found your guide. Our hotel in Tulum was offering us transportation but it was a lot more expensive. I am sure they were getting a cut of it. This seems much better for the 1.5 hour ride. Thanks.

  4. Having read this I have planned our trip more to Tulum. I am looking forward to swimming in some cenotes and hope the beach is not too bad with seaweed. We wont let that demure us. We also found a good hotel on your list of areas to stay in. That map was very helpful. Thanks you.

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 20, 2019 at 8:40 AM //

      Hello Kate

      We hope you have a great time in Tulum. There is a lot to do in the area and we hope your guides help you plan. Thank you for reading our website and let us know if you need anything else.

  5. After I initially booked my transfer I changed my hotel to another. How do I update where the transfer takes me? Thanks!

    • Mr.Yucatan // July 23, 2019 at 1:51 PM //

      Hello Megan
      When you booked your transfer you got a confirmation with email and telephone of the transportation company. You can contact them directly to update your booking so you can go to the correct hotel. Not all zones in Tulum are priced the same, so if you are now further from the airport, you may need to update your price of transfer.

  6. Carmen Santanna // July 31, 2019 at 10:09 PM //

    Tulum is really easy to get to from the Cancun airport. We go back and forth between Boston and Tulum three or four times a year and always get a driver. The ride is always a time to decompress after traveling and we love arriving in Tulum. It is our happy place.

  7. Mark Bartus // September 30, 2020 at 4:13 AM //

    We are a group of 9 people that will arrive in Cancun on the 15th of October. Is it easy to book one of these vans when we land? We are not sure what time we will get there and many flights have been canceled so we dont want to prepay and have to pay again.

    • Hello Mark

      The transfers are booked ahead of time so the drivers can be scheduled and ready to take you to Tulum. There are no extra drivers just waiting at the airport. The good news is, if your flight is late or canceled, they will know and can reschedule with you. They watch the arrivals and know when flights have changed. So it is best to book in advance especially since you have a larger group.

  8. At this time it looks like the beaches and everything is open in Tulum. Is this correct? Any trouble with transportation or getting around?

    • Mr.Yucatan // October 25, 2020 at 11:52 AM //

      Hello Val

      It is true that most things are open in Tulum including the beaches. All the normal transportation is running normally. ADO busses are running a little less than the normal schedules but otherwise, you should have no problems. We hope you have a good trip.

  9. John Nack // January 1, 2021 at 9:47 PM //

    I am surprised that there is not a small shuttle that goes between the airport and Tulum on a regular basis. That could be a nice in the middle cost option.

  10. Greg Finster // January 5, 2021 at 9:40 PM //

    This was a good tip on traveling to Tulum. I made the mistake last time to take a taxi from the center to the hotel zone and the taxi charged me $40 USD for the ride. It was slow due to the traffic but still very expensive.

  11. Mark Spencer // February 22, 2021 at 5:08 PM //

    I just wanted to comment and mention how busy Tulum is now. It is full of tourists and things are very busy. It is good to book ahead both hotels and transportation. We passed some restaurants that had lines to get in and we just skipped them because they were too long to wait. Taxis anre busy to and dont expect any discounts on things because it is booming business in Tulum now.

  12. Dereck Nell // March 30, 2021 at 12:41 AM //

    After a longtime of not traveling, we booked our trip to Tulum. Wahoooooo

  13. Thought I would comment and say that Tulum is about 1 1/2 hours from the airport sot is best to get quickly from the airport to your hotel. There has been some construction on the 307 highway between The airport and the Riviera Maya. Some days it can get backed up since it is the only road available to go up and down the state.

  14. Wendy Pilolk // December 21, 2021 at 4:28 PM //

    The article on stuff around Tulum such as the one you mentioned here will be extremely helpful to myself! I am headed to Tulum next year in January. It is my first time traveling there.

  15. There are stories about the new beach access to the Tulum area. Is it faster now to get to the hotel zone coming from the Cancun Airport?

    • Mr.Yucatan // February 2, 2022 at 5:36 PM //

      Hello Rory

      The other beach access road is open, but…. it is very very bumpy and it is a very slow go for traffic. It is still busy in the hotel zone in Tulum, the good things is, with the airport private transfers, you pay a flat fee and it does not matter if it is a little slow.

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