Traveling to Holbox by Airplane

Holbox is serviced by one of the busiest airports in the Caribbean

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. 

Cancun International

Aeropuerto Internacional Cancun, better known as Cancun International Airport (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.  

Flying to Holbox from the US

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. 

If you're flying from the United States the following list can be useful for planning purposes. Not all of the options you will see on the web make sense so it's useful to see a summary of which airlines actually provide direct service to this location.

Cancun International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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

Flying to Holbox from Canada

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 have direct service from Canadian airports.

Cancun International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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

Flying to Holbox from Europe

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're going to fly from across the Atlantic this chart is relevant.

Cancun International Airport European Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
London, United Kingdom LGW British Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Virgin Airlines

Flying to Holbox from the Caribbean

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

Check the following table for a complete list of air service from regional airports. Even if there aren't any flights directly from your favorite airport, connecting through a regional airport could be a great option.

Cancun International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Belize BZE Maya Island Air
Cozumel, Mexico CZM MAYAir

Next Stop, Holbox

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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