Tulum Transportation

Planning your transportation for Tulum in advance can make the adventure a smooth one

Home to a strip of public beach, shops and restaurants, and Mayan ruins, Tulum is a great destination for those looking to experience the essence of the Mexican Caribbean without all the noise and frills you'll find to be typical of Cancun. To make the most of a getaway at this destination, you should spend a little time in advance of your trip getting to know what lays in store for you with regards to transportation.

Getting There

Flying, sailing, and cruising are the three main ways to get to Tulum from an international location. Unfortunately, none of these options allow you to land directly in town, and you'll need to arrange further transportation to get to your accommodations.

Getting Around

Depending on where you are staying, it is completely feasible to consider biking or even walking around town as you make an effort to explore the beaches, ruins and attractions, shops, and restaurants. Others will want a ride that has four wheels, taxis are your best option and rental cars are available as well. Buses are only available to provide transportation from Tulum to other nearby cities.

Air Travel

The international airport nearest Tulum is one of the best in the region: the Cancun International Airport (CUN). Over 14 million people travel through this airport each year, and the facilities are well kept and very capable of handling all of the traffic. All of the major airlines in the United States and Canada offer flights on a regular basis, thanks to the fact that Cancun is such a popular tourist destination. You can find the best route for you by viewing our charts that list all of the airlines that travel to Cancun and where they travel from. Click here.


Although you cannot sail directly to Tulum because it is surrounded entirely by land, it is near enough the coast that international pleasure sailors can dock in coastal towns and travel to this mecca of tourism best known for its Mayan attractions.  Learn how you can travel to Tulum by boat when you click here


With each year the popularity of Caribbean cruises grows, and the Mexican Caribbean has always been one of the top destinations. Although Cancun is not home to a cruise port, it is frequented by cruisers hoping to catch a glimpse of the local ruins, and often cruise ships will arrange shore excursions to this destination. If you're hoping for an excursion in Cancun, plan for cruise that stops in either Cozumel or Playa Del Carmen.

Rental Cars

Renting a car is not always recommended for tourists in Cancun thanks to the poor road conditions, and rumors of police asking for bribes. There are pros and cons to any decision you make about your travel, and the right choice for someone else may be the wrong choice for you. If you do decide to rent, you can do so both in Cancun if you arrive through the airport, or when you arrive in town. You'll spend anywhere from $20 to $150(USD) not including taxes, fees, and added insurance, and you'll find that each rental agency has different rules and restrictions. Everything you need to know about renting a car in Cancun is available to read here.


When it comes to getting around Cancun, taxis pretty much rule the road. You'll find them transporting passengers between hotels and beaches for the most part, but they certainly can be used for other purposes like taking a tour of the surrounding area for as low as 150 pesos for several hours. This comes out to be somewhere between $10 and $12(USD), plus a tip. Find out more about taxis here.


ADO buses provide transportation from the airport in Cancun to Playa Del Carmen, where passengers can switch to the bus to Cancun. The buses leave approximately every hour and take from one to two hours to get to Tulum for $15(USD) in total per person. The trip takes place aboard a luxury bus with comfortable seating, air conditioning, and sometimes they even show a movie for the ride.

Now that you have reviewed each form of transportation available to tourists in and around Cancun, you are better prepared to begin making planning, making decisions, and booking this portion of your travel arrangements. Make sure everyone you're traveling with is on board and that you have set aside the appropriate budget and you should be good to go.


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