Tourists who prefer to skip renting a car but don't necessarily want to pay for a tour guide will almost always take a bus from their location to Chichen Itza. Whether you are staying in nearby Piste or all the way in Cancun, the buses are sleek, modern, convenient, and incredibly affordable.
It you're traveling to Chichen Itza from anywhere south of Cancun along the Caribbean coast, you'll first need to take the bus to Cancun, then switch to one that offers transport to the landmark. ADO, the main bus line of the Yucatan, leaves from the airport bus stop at 8:45 a.m., then travels for two and a half hours, costing passengers between $16 and $17(USD) each way. This is for a first class seat aboard buses that are known for their comfort, air conditioning, and bathrooms. Some buses even show a movie and have free WiFi. The return trips leaves from Chichen Itza at 4:30 p.m., allowing guests to easily spend the day exploring the ruins as well as the surrounding area.
There are also a number of Oriente second class buses that leave from the airport stopping in the nearby town of Piste on their way Merida approximately every hour from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for about $4(USD).
If you are reaching Chichen Itza from Cancun, take care because there are so few buses which go there only in 2 or 3 different schedules. In Cancun you can go to Bus Station () close to downtown. You can then take a to the ruins for less than $2(USD).
Although trips are limited, taking a bus to Chichen Itza remains still one of the main forms of transportation, one that even less adventurous travelers can feel comfortable using.
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