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cancun to tulum transports

So, you are finally planning to travel to Tulum Mexico, how exciting! Is it because our articles convinced you to book the trip? We hope so!

Anyways, if you have just arrived at Cancun International Airport or are new to Cancun, welcome! Our guide will surely be able to help you with your transportation to Tulum. Not to worry, as someone who loves to travel in and out of Tulum from Europe, here is our guide and the best options to get to Tulum!

You have 5 travel options: ADO bus, private shuttle, taxi, Colectivo or a renting car. We will be exploring each transportation and its differences. While also recommending the best way to travel to Tulum from these major Cancun areas: Cancun International Airport, Downtown Cancun and Hotel Zone.

The Best Way To Travel To Tulum From Cancun: Your Transportation options

Firstly, it takes 2 – 3 hours to travel to Tulum with any transportation. So you would want your journey to be as comfortable, safe and hassle-free as possible. Here we will talk about your travel options in detail and weigh the pros and cons.

ADO BUS

Price : max 18 USD / 330 pesos per person

Operating Hours : around 6am for the earliest and 11pm for the latest departure time from Cancun

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ADO bus is a large red bus that travels for long distances. They offer clean and convenient accommodations such as a large storage space for your luggage, legroom, a bathroom, AC and a charging outlet. The price varies depending on the bus station you are departing from, whether you are leaving from Cancun airport or Cancun downtown. You can purchase the ticket on their website or from their ticket booth at the bus station. We recommend you first check the schedule online and book the ticket from the website for fewer hassle. Sometimes there are fewer buses that take you straight to Tulum (if you are coming from the airport), which means a longer waiting time if you have to buy the tickets at the counter. It can happen that you might need to transit first to downtown Cancun and then purchase another ticket to get to Tulum.

How will your travel look like?

First, you need to purchase the ticket either online or from the ticket booth. You will then approach the location of the bus and show your ticket. Sit according to your seating number from the ticket. At last, kick back and enjoy the ride. Important: Be aware of the departure time of the bus and whether or not you will need to transit during your travel.

Pros

Inexpensive, comfortable, convenient and safe

Cons

Few bus schedules to travel directly to Tulum, so it’s better to plan your journey first

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Private Shuttle Bus

Price : around 1000 – 5000 pesos / check the web

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There are plenty of private shuttle service companies to choose, but we will be using Taxi Aeropuerto Cancun as a reference. In fact, they are a popular shuttle company around Cancun and receive many positive reviews from customers for their services. If you visit their website, you can select the type of vehicle you would like to travel with, compare the prices and accommodation to your liking.

Pros

Private, direct, comfortable and convenient

Cons

Can be expensive

COLECTIVO - Public Mini Shuttle Bus

Price : 5 USD / 100 pesos per person

Operating Hours :  Anytime during the day – 11:00 pm (last departure from Tulum)

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Colectivo is the cheapest transportation to travel between cities. It is a white mini shuttle/van that can carry up to 15 people. It is also convenient and gives you less of a hassle. All you need to do is to get in the shuttle, tell the driver where you are stopping and you will pay (in pesos cash) once you reach your stop. Furthermore, the van is clean, the seats are comfortable and the environment is safe (I always have a pleasant experience with Colectivo). The most comfortable seats are the front 2 seats, located at the back of the shuttle. Because they have more legroom and are closer to the door.

How will your travel look like?

You enter the shuttle and you will first stop at a Colectivo terminal in Playa Del Carmen (50 pesos). Then you will move to another shuttle (Playa Del Carmen – Tulum) and continue your journey to Centro Tulum (another 50 pesos).

Pros

economical, convenient and easy process

Cons

Cannot bring big luggages, can get crowded, need to transit at Playa Del Carmen and doesn’t stop at Cancun airport

Renting a Car

Price : Varies on the company, the type of car and the duration of your rent

Location : You can find it along the exit in the Airport at any terminal

If you decide to rent a car from Cancun, there are several things worth mentioning. Firstly, the gas prices in Quintana Roo are around 23 pesos/ 2 USD per liter for the octane 95 (visit for the latest updates). Furthermore, you will need a license to drive and to deposit the car insurance. Lastly, I would recommend getting a SUV or an off-road car if you plan to explore the nature around Tulum, as the dirt roads can get very bumpy.

Pros

Convenient, and possible to travel whenever and wherever you want

Cons

Expensive

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PRIVATE TAXI

Price : around 150 USD / 3000 pesos

Operating Hours : 24/7

Location : By the streets, any airport terminal or you can book it through your hotel

Taking a taxi is the most expensive option on our list. For a one-way trip, they will take you to your desired destination and it will cost you around 3000 pesos / 150 USD. Furthermore, my experience has been positive, judging from their service and accommodation. You can also fit up to 4 people in one car, and It is really comfortable, clean and safe. Try to bargain for the price and make sure to go with a bigger taxi, similar to a Toyota Avanza car model.

Pros

Private, convenient, comfortable and safe

Cons

Expensive

The Best Transportation from these Cancun Areas: Our Recommendations

FROM CANCUN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

ADO bus is the best transportation option to get to Tulum from Cancun airport. It is affordable, convenient and comfortable. It is an amazing transportation option for the two hours of travel and you will never regret choosing it. The thing that takes the cake is how you have the ability to view their bus schedules and allow yourself to make plans. Furthermore, my experience has always been positive. They provide you with the best service and accommodation, just as we mentioned previously. Again as a reminder, check your departure time on your tickets and make sure you book your trip at the correct ADO bus station. 

Alternatively, if you prefer something more private, it is best to book a private shuttle bus service. You should definitely plan ahead of time before you arrive at Cancun airport. Furthermore, they can take you directly to your destination and it is more beneficial if you are traveling with a large group of people.

FROM Downtown Cancun

ADO bus strikes again for the best transportation option to get to Tulum from Downtown Cancun. It is the most affordable, convenient and comfortable transportation you can get. Furthermore, the bus station is easily accessible from anywhere as it is located at the center of Cancun. 

However, if you are located closer to the 307 highway than the ADO Bus station, you can take the Colectivo instead. They are able to make stops for any passengers across the highway, but there is a high chance that the mini shuttle is already full of passengers.

FROM CANCUN HOTEL ZONE

Again we still highly recommend taking the ADO bus to downtown Cancun. You can get to the bus station by taxi or take the bus that goes along the main road of the hotel zone (12 to 70 pesos / 1 to 4 USD). Afterward, you may have to walk to the bus station and be ready for your trip to Tulum!

We hope that our article helped you to compare which is the best transportation to your liking. Leave us a comment if you liked the article, and let us know how your journey to Tulum has been. We would love to hear from you!

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