How To Get From Cancun Airport to Tulum, Mexico

Getting from the Cancun Airport to Tulum is pretty straightforward and way easier than you might think. There are hotel shuttles, private drivers, rental cars, and buses.  We have been to Cancun and Tulum more times than I can count and have taken every mode of transportation from the airport. Getting in and out the airport is super easy and there is something for everyone’s budget and travel style. Here are all your options for getting to Tulum from the Cancun airport:

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Private Driver

The easiest and fastest way to Tulum and getting your vacation started is a private driver. There will be tons of drivers at the airport that will be willing to take you to your hotel. We, however, think it’s best and cheaper to arrange this online at home in advance. The last thing you want to do is haggle over prices and fight with drivers at the start of a Mexican vacation. If you’re traveling as a group this is the best option, click here to book online. Prices are roughly $250 round trip.

Cancun Airport Shuttle

Shared airport shuttles are another great option, most shuttles carry 1-12 passengers. We have been on many shuttles where we happen to be the only guests from the Cancun airport but we’ve also been on full shuttles too. You could wait to book this at the airport or book online in advance. It’s $42 one-way or $84 round-trip. Because there is no incentive to book roundtrip I would book oneway first and then if everything is great just book the way back online when in Mexico. Check prices here.

Bus from Cancun Airport to Tulum – ADO Bus

If you aren’t in a hurry and want to save some money then the ADO bus from Cancun airport to Tulum is your best bet. On our first trip to Tulum when looking at how to get from Cancun Airport to Tulum we thought our only option was an expensive taxi or airport shuttle. Thankfully we were wrong and found a much cheaper option.

The best option is to take the ADO bus direct from the airport straight to the center of Tulum. Check for current times at www.ado.com.mx, the website is in Spanish, but even if you don’t know the language you can figure it out for the most part. There are generally 3 trips in the afternoon from the airport to Tulum. Buses depart from the airport at 12:05am, 11:05am, 12:25pm, 3:15pm, 7:45pm (confirm times before you travel, these are subject to change). If you land in the morning or after these times there are other options with buses that go to Playa Del Carmen and then on to Tulum. The ADO ticket agent will give you all options.

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How to find the ADO bus at Cancun Airport

  • After clearing customs and immigration there will be an ADO booth where you can buy a ticket, if you ask anyone for the ADO bus they’ll point you in the right direction.
  • With your bus ticket in hand, walk past all the taxi drivers and tour operators trying to get you on their overpriced rides and towards the buses.
  • You can either purchase your bus ticket inside OR right outside by the buses. Sometimes the inside ticket booth will have a sign saying “no agent available” or something. That just means go outside to purchase your ticket.
  • The buses stop and pick up passengers at all terminals.
  • Cost 242 pesos or you can pay in USD, but you will get a better deal if you pay in pesos.

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Renting a car to get from Cancun to Tulum, and beyond

This is our preferred way of exploring the Yucatan and one of the cheapest. For some reason, car rentals are crazy cheap in Cancun. We just rented a full-size car for $1 a day on Orbitz.com. The car rental place will tell you that you have to take their daily insurance of roughly $15  per day but you can deny it and they will put a hold on your credit card. If you have good travel credit cards you may have car rental coverage, we do on our Chase Sapphire Reserve. Read our complete renting a car in Cancun guide to answer all your questions. It is seriously easy and safe!

This is by far the best way to get from the Cancun Airport to Tulum and as a bonus you’ll have a car so you see all the great things in the Riviera Maya without expensive and boring tours. There are tons of things to do in the Yucatan, cenotes to explore, and beaches to swim in you’ll want a car. Make sure to check out some of the best restaurants in Playa del Carmen too, our favorite is El Fogon.

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We hoped we helped you decide what is the best way to get to Tulum from the Cancun airport. No matter which way you choose to get there you’ll still end up in paradise. 

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6 thoughts on “How To Get From Cancun Airport to Tulum, Mexico”

  1. I have looked at Orbitz and Expedia, and the prices of a minivan rental for 7 days is around $500. While that’s not unreasonable in the States, it’s drastically higher than I expected. Am I doing something wrong? Our travel dates are 12/28/18 – 1/3/19.

    • I think the two issues are your travel dates are during peak season and the holidays and you are looking at renting a van. The prices we have always paid have been for an economy/compact/midsize car. I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong it’s just the weak, the type of car, and it’s just over a month away during the busiest week of the year. We hope you find a car that fits your travel needs.

  2. I am happy to be there this year. It’s exciting me more when I read Polt like yours. Some days before I have contacted transportation guide Oscar Cancun Shuttle Service and collect some good information about Mexico.

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