How to Reach Isla Mujeres by Airplane

It takes an international flight then a ferry to get to Isla Mujeres

Set just off the coast of mainland Mexico, tourists traveling to Isla Mujeres will find that the most direct path to their desired destination will take them to the airport in Cancun. Unfortunately, not even a small air strip exists on the island, so a ferry will get guests the rest of the way.


One of the largest, busiest, and most modern airports in Mexico is Cancun International Airport (CUN), which is also the airport nearest to Isla Mujeres. Visitors will find booking a flight to this airport to be extremely easy thanks to that fact that every major airlines offers regular service to Cancun from most large airports both in the United States and Canada. When a direct flight isn't possible, a connection shouldn't be hard to procure.

The features at this facility include two asphalt runways measuring 11,483 and 9,186 feet long leading to three terminals, 68 gates, VIP lounges, a business lounge, facilities for the disabled, health services, a locker room, a spa and salon, duty free shops, specialty stores, a pharmacy, five dine-in restaurants, a food court, and several branches of local financial institutions. It is easy to see why 14 million people utilize this airport annually.


Traveling to Isla Mujeres from another country means that a trip through customs is necessary. While in the air, you'll receive a form to fill out that you will give to a customs official along with your proper identification. For most people, this means a passport and potentially a visa, but Canadian citizens need only their birth certificate and another photo ID. There,you will present you form and be asked to press a button which will either turn a light green or red. Green light means go, and you can continue on to your vacation. Red light means you'll have to undergo further inspection. It is completely randomized, but there are still some things you can do to prevent your possible inspection go a bit smoother.

Large amounts of luggage raise a red flag for those only visiting for a short time, so make sure you only pack what you know you'll need. Also, prescription medication can be a cause for concern. You can avoid this by bringing a signed prescription for the medication from your doctor.

If you live in the United States the following information may be helpful. Not all of the flights you will see on some booking engines are logical choices so it can be useful to see which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.

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

The following chart shows which airlines have direct flights out of Canada.

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

If you'll be traveling from across the Atlantic this table will be useful.

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 Isla Mujeres from the Caribbean

See the table below for scheduled air service from other airports in the region. Even if there aren't any flights from an airport near you, making a connection through another airport in the Caribbean might prove to be your best option.

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

Next Stop, Isla Mujeres

In order to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun, you will need to take a ferry. There are two ferry terminals located right next to each other: Ultramar and Puerto Juarez Dock. Ultramar offers trips every half hour from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and costs 70 pesos per person, or about $7(USD). The other option at Puerto Juarez, which is just two blocks away from Ultramar, is a ferry service called Magaña Express. These boats offer trips leave once an hour from 8:10 a.m. to 8:10 p.m., and cost about the same. A car barge is also available from Punta Sam.

Although getting to Isla Mujeres takes a few extra steps than if you were to plan to just visit Cancun, the peaceful and beautiful setting makes it worth any extra planning you may have to do.


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