Tip: The bus is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get to Tulum from the Cancun airport!

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Getting to Tulum from Cancun Airport

If you’ve arrived on this page then you’re probably wondering how to get to Tulum, Mexico from Cancun Airport. Located just 87 miles south of Cancun, Tulum has become a tourist hotspot over the past few years. The closest airport to Tulum, Mexico is the Cancun International Airport, approximately 1.5 hours away.

You have a number of options to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport: bus, private car service, or taxi. As far as Tulum transportation goes, it is relatively easy to get to Tulum. This post will break down each of those transportation options for you.

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Closest airport to Tulum, Mexico: Cancun Airport
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How to Get to Tulum from Cancun Airport: by bus, plane, and car

How To Get To Tulum from Cancun Airport By Bus

You’re probably wondering how to get to Tulum. As I mentioned above, the closest airport to Tulum Mexico is the Cancun airport, although that will be changing soon as Tulum’s own airport is set to open. 

If you’re traveling to Tulum on a budget, by far the cheapest way to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport is by bus. The most common bus service provider is ADO buses, with tickets starting around $25 USD per person. There are buses that operate directly between Cancun Airport and Tulum, as well as some that connect through Playa del Carmen. If possible, the direct bus is always preferable. The direct shuttle bus departs every 1-2 hours — check out the full schedule here. The ADO bus station is located in Tulum town, so if you are staying on Tulum beach you will need to take a short taxi ride once you arrive.

Another great option is to join a shared shuttle. I’ve used the shared shuttles with Daytrip and they are fantastic.

Getting to Tulum, Mexico by bus
Getting to Tulum, Mexico by bus

How to Get to Tulum By Taxi

If you’re looking for a faster option, a taxi is always a safe bet. Taxis from the airport will drop you off directly at your Tulum hotel. Once you exit the terminal you will see plenty of signs for the taxi drivers. The 1.5 hour ride should cost approximately 2200 MXN ($125 USD). Make sure to negotiate the price and get a receipt before starting your ride. This will be cash-only, so you can visit an ATM inside the terminal if you need to take out cash. Plus, you’ll need some cash once you arrive to check out all of Tulum’s best restaurants.

By Private Car Service

If the idea of haggling for a taxi stresses you out, I recommend booking a private transfer car with either eTransfers or Daytrip. Both of these companies is reliable and reasonably priced — with rides from the airport to Tulum city center costing approximately $125 USD, similar to that of a taxi. The driver will be waiting in the terminal for your arrival. You can also use a car rental service if you’d feel more comfortable driving yourself. I personally have never driven in the area.

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