Credit

Courtesy of arthur gonoretzky/Getty Images

Getting Around Cancun

The best way to get around Cancún is the bus, which stops frequently along Boulevard Kukulcán and within the downtown area. One-way fares are a steal at 12 Mexican pesos (or around 60 cents), making a ride in a Cancún taxi seem exorbitant. However, you should splurge for a cab to get to and from the Cancún International Airport (CUN), located less than 15 miles from the Hotel Zone and 10 miles from downtown. In fact, you can book your taxi online and save by making advance reservations. There are car rental kiosks in the airport but driving yourself isn't recommended – the area's narrow roads and speedy traffic patterns can be intimidating.

Bus

Cancún has an excellent bus system that motors through the Hotel Zone on Boulevard Kukulcán as well as Avenida Tulum in the downtown area. Travelers often rely on routes R1 and R2, and they can flag down drivers along the strip; once inside the bus, you'll find the stop-request button located above the handrails. Cancún buses charge a flat rate of 12 pesos (roughly 60 cents) per ride. (Be sure to have Mexican currency on hand.) There are also regional buses ADO that take tourists to and from Chichén Itzá and nearby tourist towns like Tulum and Playa del Carmen. These buses leave from the downtown area at the intersection of Avenida Tulum and Uxmal. 

Taxi

Taxis aren't all that expensive, unless you compare it to the cost of taking the bus, but keep in mind that fares within the Hotel Zone are higher than those in other parts of Cancun. You should be able to see taxi rates posted at your hotel, but you should also be sure to negotiate the price with the driver before entering the cab. Uber also operates in Cancun. 

Car

You can drive in Cancún, but we wouldn't advise it. Speeding and tailgating are common, and the police have been known to pull over tourists at a high frequency. If having a car is your preference, you can rent one at the airport. Keep in mind, you'll also be asked to purchase a Collision Damage Waiver, which adds a daily fee onto your rental rate.

On Foot

You'll have no trouble walking to the beach from your hotel (nearly all lodging in Cancún is located on the water). Walking is also an option along some parts of Boulevard Kukulcán, particularly if you're situated around the northern part of the strip (or the curve in Cancún's "7" shape). But most of the area is too spread out to explore on foot.

Ferry

You should visit Isla Mujeres at least one day of your trip. To do so, you can hop a ferry from three piers in the Hotel Zone of Cancún, El Embarcadero, Playa Tortugas and Playa Caracol. Routes between Cancun and Isla Mujeres run every half hour. Times vary by departure point, but generally, service is provided from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fares from the Hotel Zone to the island cost $19 round-trip for adults and $14 round-trip for children. Check the website for more information about departure times and locations and to book tickets. 

Explore More of Cancun

Recommended

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019

The 16 Best Seattle Tours

Explore the Emerald City's natural beauty and urban offerings with these guided excursions.

Lyn MettlerJune 12, 2019

The 24 Best London Tours

Whether it's your first time in London or you're a repeat visitor, you'll experience a side of the city you've never seen with these tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJune 6, 2019

The 21 Best Paris Tours

Enhance your visit to the City of Love with one of these top tours.

Claire LawtonJune 5, 2019

The 20 Best New York City Tours

These guided tours help make the most of your time in the Big Apple.

John RodwanJune 4, 2019

The 24 Best Rome Tours

Enjoy the efficiency of an organized tour led by experts who bring Rome's history to life.

Kyle McCarthyMay 31, 2019

The 8 Best Savannah Ghost Tours

Prove you're not afraid of the dark by taking one of these terrifying tours.

Gwen PratesiMay 31, 2019