Isla Mujeres Ferries

Ferries to Isla Mujeres offer a scenic form of travel

Photo credit: © Maximovich Nikolay
 

The only way to travel to Isla Mujeres, spare sailing a private yacht, is to take one of three ferries between Cancun and the island. Not only is this an inexpensive form of travel, but it is a really great way to get into the groove of an island vacation.

Magaña Express Service

Puerto Juarez Dock in Cancun is where most people hop on a ferry headed for Isla Mujeres. Magaña Express offers the ride for 35 pesos, which is give or take $3(USD) depending on the current rate of exchange, and boats leave every half hour beginning daily at 5:10 a.m.

Ultramar

The most recent ferry service to hit the scene is Ultramar, which can be found at Gran Puerto just two blocks down from the Puerto Juarez Dock. Neither service is faster than the other, but Ultramar does offer a more modern setting and allows pets, which Magaña Express does not. The pier itself is outfitted with a McDonalds, and an Oxxo convenience store. Meanwhile, the boats are new high speed catamarans with individual seating and air conditioning.

Ultramar ferries run every half hour from 5:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m., then every hour until midnight, and the first crossing from Isla Mujeres to Cancun is at 5:30 a.m. The trip takes about 20 minutes and costs 80 pesos, or about $6.20(USD) each way. You can also buy a round trip ticket for double the price.

Punta Sam Car Ferry

Although it is not recommended (and not allowed by many rental car agencies in Mexico), if you have a rental vehicle you'd like to bring to Isla Mujeres with you, you can take the Punta Sam Car Ferry out of Punta Sam. A slow moving barge, the trip takes 45 minutes, and because they are generally fully booked it is recommended that passengers arrive one hour in advance of departure time.

Ticket prices are as follows:

TicketPrice
Car 250 pesos
Van/Sports Utility Vehicle 293 pesos
Motorcycle 82 pesos
Passengers 18 pesos

Bellow, you'll find a typical schedule.

RouteSchedule
Punta Sam to Isla Mujeres 7:15 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
2:45 p.m.
5:30 p.m.
8:15 p.m.
Isla Mujeres to Punta Sam 6:00 a.m.
9:30 a.m.
12:45 p.m.
4:15 p.m.
7:15 p.m.

Water Taxi

A slightly less frequent water-crossing happens aboard a water taxi from Playa Linda in the Hotel Zone. Depending on the time of year, there could be up to eight crossing a day for about $15(USD) round trip.

Check the following chart for ferry details.

Ferry Docks
Name Phone Location
Isla Mujeres Car Ferry (998) 877-0065 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Magaña Express Isla Mujeres Terminal -- 1.8 mi. (2.9 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Playa Caribbean Dock -- 2.2 mi. (3.5 km) Northwest of Isla Mujeres
Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock -- Downtown Isla Mujeres
Ferry Routes, Isla Mujeres
Location Served Dock A Dock B Company Frequency
Cancun Isla Mujeres Car Ferry Puerto Juarez Dock Magaña Express many times per day
Cancun Isla Mujeres Car Ferry Punta Sam Car Ferry Punta Sam Car Ferry several times per day
Cancun Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock El Embarcadero Ultramar several times per day
Cancun Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock Playa Tortuga Ferry Dock Ultramar several times per day
Cancun Ultramar Isla Mujeres Dock Puerto Juarez Dock Ultramar several times per day
Cozumel Playa Caribbean Dock Cozumel Ferry Terminal Mexico Waterjets several times per day

A Word of Caution

Be warned of anyone at any ferry piers, but especially in Puerto Juarez Dock, that tells you the ferries have been canceled and offer you a ride aboard a private boat. Although they will legitimately transport you to the island, the service is a scam and much more expensive than ferries at between 200 and 450 pesos or $15 to $35(USD). These boats are small and not equipped to properly handle the rough waters – plus they take 50 minutes, which is more than double the time of a ride on official ferries.

With four different options for crossing to Isla Mujeres, there is very little wait time involved in traveling to the island. Combine this with the low prices and you've got a great form of transportation awaiting you when you arrive in Cancun.

 

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