Traveling to Puerto Morelos by Airplane

The nearest airport to Puerto Morelos is in Cancun

The nature of Puerto Morelos, which is laid back, quiet, and even bohemian, does not lend itself to the presence of a large international airport. Tourists who are planning on getting away in this town will have to make plans to fly into the airport in Cancun then drive.

Cancun International Airport

It takes about 25 minutes to get to the airport nearest Puerto Morelos. This airport also happens to be considered one of the best in the region: Cancun International Airport (CUN). Known locally as Aeropuerto Internacional Cancún, this airport sees the most international traffic of any airport in Mexico and over 14 million passengers are served annually. Although you will encounter a very busy airport when you arrive, this is actually good news. Because of the high volume of people who want to fly to his airport every day, every large air carrier from both the United States and Canada offer regular flights here. This means you shouldn't have to search very hard to find a flight that suites your needs and your budget.

The airport itself is as massive as you might expect with two international terminals, one domestic terminal, and 68 gates. Inside the visitor area are five sit-down restaurants, a collection of quick service restaurants in a food court, specialty and duty free shops, a pharmacy, a business lounge, several VIP lounges, facilities for the disabled, a bank, and a number of international rental car agencies.


For most people, getting through customs in Cancun is not difficult, especially if you do what you can to aid in keeping the process streamlined. On the plane you'll receive a customs form to fill out and present at customs when you arrive. If you're from Canada you will also need to show your birth certificate and one other form of identification, while everyone else will need a passport and sometimes a visa. Then, you will be asked to press a button. The button will turn a light either green or red, which indicated whether or not further inspection is needed. If your light turns red in this random system, your luggage will be inspected and you may be asked to explain a few things. It is imperative that you keep a signed prescription for every medication you bring with you, or else this process will get time consuming.

If you're traveling from the states this chart may be helpful. Not all of the flight combinations you will see listed on line make a lot of sense so it can be useful to see which airlines provide direct service 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 table displays which airlines schedule direct flights out of Canadian cities.

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're going to fly from across the Atlantic the following list is the one you need.

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 Puerto Morelos from the Caribbean

Check the following table for a complete list of air service from regional airports. If there aren't any flights from an airport near you, taking a connecting flight from another airport in the Caribbean might be a very good solution.

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

Next Stop, Puerto Morelos

Rather than renting a car and driving yourself to Puerto Morelos, there are two main ways to get to the town. The first is to hire a private transfer for about $55(USD) with one of the transfer agencies approved by the airport. Regular taxis are not permitted at the airport. ADO Buses are a popular form of transport as well. They travel along coastal highway 307 every hour starting at 10:30 a.m. from the airport.

Despite the fact that there is no airport in Puerto Morelos, getting too this town is not a big hassle. Simply fly to nearby Cancun International Airport, then choose your preferred mode of ground transportation and you'll be relaxing on the beach in no time.


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