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You’ve booked your next trip to Mexico in Riviera Maya. You can’t wait to get lost in beautiful cenotes, beaches and Mayan ruins (not to talk about Mexican delicious food), but your flight lands in Cancun and you have to reach Tulum. Tulum doesn’t have its own airport, which will soon open in 2023, that’s why you are landing with your flight in Cancun International Airport, which is known for tourism a lot more than this small town overlooking the Caribbean sea.

But hey, don’t despair: we are here to help you! In our article you will find all the transportation option to reach Tulum from Cancun, and in particular the list of the best transfers and private shuttles leaving directly from Cancun airport and driving you right in front of your hotel’s door. Check out which transfer takes less time to reach Tulum, which one has the best reviews and the one offering the best price, and book your shuttle right away!

The best transportation option from Cancun International Airport to Tulum

Once your flight lands in Cancun Airport, you will have plenty of option to reach Tulum. Most of the transfers will take approximately 2 hours, passing through Playa del Carmen, another big city in Riviera Maya, to bring you to your final destination. We recommend you to book your transfer at least a day before if you want to arrive in Tulum at a certain time. It might be that the shuttle or bus you want gets full pretty quickly, so organize yourself on time!

All these option are extremely safe and you will not have any problems. Riviera Maya is a pretty touristic region of Mexico, so you will feel safe most of the time during your travel: nothing to worry about! You will even be able to pay in USD if you haven’t changed your money yet. But let’s go on and discover the best transport option to reach Tulum!

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“There Are Many Resorts On The Way To Tulum”

Ado buses to reach Tulum

Location: ADO bus | Price: around 21 USD | Passengers: as many as the free seats on the bus

Pros of the service

ADO buses are the most famous taxi in Riviera Maya and Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. This company is really safe and they offer a high quality transfer at a convenient price, depending on the hours you travel to Tulum. There is almost a bus per hour and you are very well connected with the whole Riviera Maya. Of course, the bus can’t bring you in front of your hotel, but it’s a really good option if you are traveling on a budget, but you want to have something safe at the same time. So if you ask us, we would definitely recommend this transportation! 

Cons of the service

There are little to no cons about choosing to travel with an ADO bus. Of course it’s not a luxury or something fancy, but it does its job (and even more than decently). Between all the transport services, it’s the one we recommend to our friends, so even if you will take a few more minutes than with the car or the taxi, it’s totally worth it for their prices and the time you will reach your destination: Tulum!

Private taxi driver for a group transfer

Location: in front of Cancun International Airport | Price: around 65 USD | Passengers: from 1 to 8

Pros of the service

Even if taxi driver in Mexico can be pretty tough and they will for sure try to scam you, it is still an option to reach Tulum. You will find them right outside Cancun International Airport and it will be pretty easy to find one that will bring you to Tulum. So yeah, a positive point is that you will not have to book it a day before, but you will be ready to go! Since it will be a private transport, it is definitely a more luxury experience than with the bus. You will even be able to organize some tours with the driver if you are up to it, or ask him to leave you right in front of your hotel. In a nutshell: it’s definitely comfortable, but you will have to deal with some cons… check them out below!

Cons of the service

The biggest disadvantage of this transport service is that the driver, since you are a tourist and most probably not speaking Spanish, will try to scam you asking you for double the price or who knows how much. The ride all in all it’s not even expensive if you share the price with other passengers, but you will have to find first a taxi driver who respects the fare. The trip will definitely be shorter, but be ready to bargain.

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“Typical Riviera Maya Buildings”

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“Shopping Is Always A Good Idea”

The best Cancun Airport to Tulum private and shared shuttle

If you arrived at this point of the article is because you want to travel with a private shuttle to your hotel in Tulum: how to blame you! You will have a professional driver waiting for you right in front of Cancun Airport and will bring you to the hotel you book in Tulum. Between all the transport options, this one is definitely the most luxury one and the one that will permit you to have zero stress starting your trip. Let’s find out the best 3 shuttle rentals in Cancun Airport! 

Kalido Travel

Location: Kalido Travel | Price: 120 USD for the van or 195 USD for the suv | Passengers: 8 per shuttle or more if you book more than one shuttle

About the Company

This Mexican company has incredible reviews on Google Maps! With a rating of 5 stars, you will have a friendly driver that will bring you smoothless to your destination. Their prices are on average of the other transfers at the airport, but their strength is their professionality, the care they put in their job and the way they will think about everything. You will also be able to organize tours with them around Riviera Maya if you are traveling with your family or with a group of friends. If you are searching for luxury, then Kalido offers you a suv transfer at only 195 usd: pretty convenient if you compare it to other companies. 

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“The Car We Rented To Move In Tulum”

Cancun Shuttle and Tours

Location: Cancun Shuttle and Tours | Price: 119 USD for the van | Passengers: 10 per shuttle or more if you book more than one shuttle

About the Company

Cancun Shuttle and Tours is one of the best companies for their value for money. In fact, their shuttle is one of the cheapest. If this is not enough for you, know that in their price you will have a free water bottle or beer at your arrival in Cancun, your driver will speak English and you will have no bad surprises. Their capacity is 10 passengers maximum per van, plus luggages and every vehicle has A/C and are fully insured. Not a bad deal, isn’t it?

Official Cancun Airport Transportation

Location: Official Cancun Airport Transportation | Price: 120 USD for the van or 280 USD for the suv | Passengers: 10 per shuttle or more if you book more than one shuttle

About the Company

The Official Cancun Airport Transportation, or eTransfer, is also a great company to move around Riviera Maya. They organize tours, or private transport to your hotel, whether you book it in Playa del Carmen or Tulum. They are professional and their reviews can confirm that. If you want to sustain a local business, the first two shuttles are definitely the ones you should go for. But if they are fully booked and you still want a decent private transfer, then this company is not bad at all!

Best transportation option in Tulum: Rent a car

You are finally in Tulum and you can’t wait to discover all its beauties, definitely understandable! But if you want to make your trip smoothless, move when you want without following a schedule and get lost in amazing places around Yucatan, we really advise you to rent a car. We rented with standard rental car companies and our experience wasn’t always great: hidden extra prices behind a cheap price, no insurance or even worse, scams. 

That’s why, after our experience, we recommend you to rent a car with Renata of BGH Car Rental. She will provide you a fully equipped Nissan Versa, up to 5 passengers, with high board insurance, without needing a deposit on your credit card, at only 40 USD per day. Wait, if you book it for more than 3 days, the price will decrease at 30 USD. You can contact her at +529841568080 and check for their availability. Definitely the best, safest and cheapest option to discover Tulum. If you have any extra questions and you want to know more about renting a car in Tulum and not get scammed, check out our guide about that!

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“Delicious Cocktail In Tulum”

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“Cancun Is The Perfect Place To Party”

We hope our guide helped you out choosing the best private shuttle transport from Cancun to Tulum! Let us know below how your experience was and if you prefer Cancun or Tulum! 

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