Cancun Transportation Options

Cancun offers an abundance of reliable transportation options for tourists

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Cancun was developed in the 1970s to attract tourists to Mexico and show what a great vacation destination the country could be. The government financed the first nine hotels and their plan worked. Soon, this was not only a bustling tourist town, but a congested one at that. Today, millions of people visit each year, and one of the first things they need to think about when planning their trip is how they'll get around.

Getting There


Although there are a few ways to travel available to tourists headed to Cancun including sailing and cruising, the most direct form of transport is to fly. Still, if the journey is half of the adventure, all options should be considered.

Getting Around

Perhaps because it was developed expressly for the purpose of enticing tourism, Cancun is an incredibly visitor-friendly town. This means that not only have things been built so that walking is possible, but all of the ground transportation options you might expect to find on vacation are not only available to recommended. On top of renting a car, hailing a taxi, or trying the bus, there is also a ferry service available for those interested in visiting nearby Isla Mujeres.

Air Travel

The Cancun International Airport is the second busiest airport in all of Mexico, but it serves the highest number of international air travel in the country thanks to Cancun's status as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Every major airline from Canada and the United States has regular service to this destination, and direct flights are easy to come by. Learn everything you need to know about this airport, how to handle customs, and airlines that touchdown in Cancun by clicking here.


If you're planning on sailing a private or chartered yacht to your Cancun getaway, you'll find that you'll be able to dock your boat at several marinas owned by resorts along the coast. These include, among others, Barracuda Marina, El Manglar Marina, and Sunrise Marina. Before you can dock, though, you'll need to sail to an official port of entry in order to gain clearance with the Port Captain's Office, the Immigrations Office, and the Customs Office. Cozumel, Puerto Morelos, and Majahaul are the ports of entry along the Caribbean coast of Mexio.

When you arrive, you'll need read and sign an Import Form, present originals and copies of your boat's official documentation, a crew list plus a tourist card and passport for every passenger and member of the crew. Once this has been handled, you are free to sail on to Cancun without issue.


Although cruising to the Mexican Caribbean is extremely popular, the waters that surround Cancun are simply not deep enough to handle large cruise ships. Instead, lines with excursions in Cancun will dock in Cozumel and arrange ferries to get their passengers to the city.

Rental Cars

Cancun is one of those places where you can get away without renting a car, but it doesn't hurt to have one on hand. It will really come down to the type of activities you hope to participate in, as well as your preferences regarding getting behind the wheel in a foreign country. With daily rates as low as $20(USD) for an economy model, even those traveling on a budget can often find a way to swing a rental. Find out more about your options here.


Taxis are the main choice for those staying at the all-inclusive resorts in Cancun. This is despite the high cost and sometimes confusing rate system that the local taxi union has put into place because many tourists find it unnecessary to rent their own car. Taxis here can also be hired for tours, and the drivers are known for being particularly friendly. You'll find a listing of possible rates and learn more about taxis when you click here.


Although the image of buses in Mexico is often something akin to a rickety old VW bus with punched out windows and chickens sitting in the lap of passengers, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Modern buses travel not only around the busy streets of Cancun, but throughout the Mexican Caribbean as a whole. In fact some of the most reliable buses in the region can be found here. Everything you need to know about this form of transportation can be read in our guide to Buses in Cancun.


Tourists looking for a day trip to nearby Isla Mujeres can easily take a ferry to the isle. Ferries depart from Puerto Juarez Dock approximately every 30 minutes between the hours of 5:30 a.m. and midnight every day of the week. The trip last 15 minutes and cost $7(USD) per person.

When it comes to transportation options getting to Cancun and getting around, not one choice is better than the other. This area is known for is reliable options, and in the end it will depend on a number of variables such as budget and personal preference. Take the time to learn about each and soon you'll know exactly what form of transport is right for you.


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