Although Holbox has its own very small airstrip, the largest majority of passengers find it most convenient to fly to the international airport in Cancun then rent a car and drive or take a bus to this small island. Cancun is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and so getting a flight to this airport is hardly ever a problem.
Aeropuerto Internacional Cancun, better known as(CUN) in the English speaking world, is the second busiest airport in Mexico next to the one in the capital city. It is a modern facility that is kept up to date with the latest technology. Amenities of the property include a locker room, medical services, several banks, car rental agencies, a food court as well as several sit-down restaurants, duty free shops, specialty shops, and much more. There are three terminals, two for international and one for domestic flights which are fed through 68 gates. Over 14 million passengers travel through Cancun International annually.
Every major airline from the United States flies direct to Cancun and even states you might not expect to get a flight to the Caribbean from, like Utah and Wisconsin offer them. If you can't get a flight from your home town, a connection should not be easy to come by even in the off-season of tourism.
The following table informs you of which airlines offer scheduled flights from the U.S. and the places from which they are flying. Not all of the options you will see listed on the web are good options so it can be helpful to see which airlines actually provide direct service to this airport.
|Austin, TX, USA||AUS||AirTran|
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||MDW||AirTran|
|Chicago, IL, USA||RFD||Frontier Airlines|
|Cincinatti, OH, USA||CVG||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
|Cleveland, OH, USA||CLE||Frontier Airlines, United Airlines|
|Detroit, MI, USA||DTW||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Jet Blue, Spirit Airlines|
|Fresno, CA, USA||FAT||Aeromexico|
|Indianapolis, IN, USA||IND||Frontier Airlines|
|Kansas City, KS, USA||MCI||Frontier Airlines|
|Lansing, MI, USA||LAN||Frontier Airlines|
|Las Vegas, NV, USA||LAS||Aeromexico|
|Los Angeles, CA, USA||LAX||Aeromexico, Delta Airlines, United Airlines|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||Aeromexico, American Airlines|
|Milwaukee, WI, USA||MKE||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Minneapolis, MN, USA||MSP||Delta Airlines, Sun Country Airlines|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Aeromexico, Jet Blue|
|Pittsburgh, PA, USA||PIT||AirTran, Frontier Airlines|
|Salt Lake City, UT, USA||SLC||Frontier Airlines|
|San Antonio, TX, USA||SAT||Aeromexico, AirTran|
|San Francisco, CA, USA||SFO||Aeromexico, United Airlines|
|St. Louis, MO, USA||STL||Aeromexico, Frontier Airlines|
Canada is similar to the United States when it comes to flights to Cancun. Direct flights from places that you don't normally see make the journey to the Caribbean like Saskatoon and Thunder Bay are available in addition the typical departure points like Toronto and Montreal.
The following table shows which airlines offer direct service out of Canada.
|Calgary, Canada||YYC||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Edmonton, Canada||YEG||Sunwing Airlines|
|Halifax, Canada||YHZ||Air Canada|
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
|Quebec City, Canada||YBQ||Sunwing Airlines|
|Regina, Canada||YQR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Saskatoon, Canada||YXE||Sunwing Airlines|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Canada||YAM||Sunwing Airlines|
|Thunder Bay, Canada||YQT||Sunwing Airlines|
|Vancouver, Canada||YVR||Sunwing Airlines|
|Winnipeg, Canada||YWG||Air Canada, Sunwing Airlines|
While most European countries will rely on connecting flights to get them to the Caribbean, Germany, the United Kingdom, and France are all able to make the epic journey across the Atlantic and make it to Cancun without having to stop for a layover.
If you'll be traveling from Europe the following table is relevant.
|London, United Kingdom||LGW||British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines|
Interestingly, there are far fewer flights from within the Caribbean traveling to Cancun regularly. In fact, the only Caribbean nation that stops here is also the only other continental country: Belize.
See the table below for a complete list of air service from airports in the region. If you can't take a flight directly from an airport near you, a connecting flight from another airport might prove to be a very good solution.
|Belize||BZE||Maya Island Air|
You may have landed in Mexico, but your journey isn't over yet. Holbox is located about two and a half hours northwest of Cancun. There are a few options available to you regarding how to get to the island. The first is to take the bus from Cancun to Chiquila then take the ferry over to the island. The second is to rent a car and drive to this same location. Finally, you can take an air taxi (which is basically a chartered flight) from Cancun to the Holbox Air Strip. The cost is up to $831(USD) for up to six passengers.
Getting to the tiny island of Holbox does take some work, but the journey is half the fun, and as soon as you arrive you'll know it was worth every step along the way.
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