Getting Around

 

Catch a Bus 

 

Before you select a resort, make sure to take a trip out to the location. Sometimes things look different in pictures than they do in person. Also, face-to-face communication makes it much easier to explain exactly what you’re looking for rather than having a phone or email conversations. 

 

Catch a Bus

There are plenty of options for getting around the most popular areas of Cancun (both the Hotel Zone and Downtown). If you've got a budget to stick to, bus transportation is your best option. Bus stops are located up and down Blvd Kukulcan and can take you just about anywhere you need to go in Cancun.  In the Hotel Zone, these bus fares usually run between USD $0.50-$1.00 per person per ride.

 

Cancun by Car and Taxi

Taxis are another popular transport option, although they’re not regulated and cabbies frequently overcharge. If you choose to take a taxi, negotiate the price before getting in the car. Most hotels have taxis on standby, and are easy to hail throughout the Hotel Zone.

If you want to hit the open road, take multiple day trips, and venture out beyond the beaten path, you may choose to rent a car.  Just remember, parking is very limited in the Hotel Zone, and not all hotels offer parking as a free amenity.

 

Shuttles at your Service

Our recommendation? For any pre-planned travel around Cancun and the Riviera Maya, shuttles are a great way to go.  Also called "transfers," these small-to-large vans are one of the most popular ways travelers get around in Cancun. And if you plan your activities and tours beforehand, you'll get the option of adding shuttle service to your total at a discounted price.

 

Floating on a Ferry

If you choose to visit any of the area's islands, you'll take a ferry from a port town. The most well-known of these islands include Isla Mujeres, Isla Contoy, Cozumel, and Isla Holbox.  Each island is fairly close to the mainland, so most ferries only last from 30 minutes to an hour and run throughout the day. Keep in mind, transfer companies will often include ferry passage with shuttle fare  (based on your final destination), so if you book a transfer beforehand, you'll only need to book one trip. The transfer company will take care of the rest.

 

Uber and Lyft

Uber, Lyft, and other non-taxi ride booking services do not currently operate in Cancun or throughout Quintana Roo. Plans to lift restrictions on the these services are in the works, but legislature has not yet passed to legalize them.

 

Walk on the Wild Side

Walking and cycling are great ways to get around, especially in pedestrian-friendly areas like the north end of the ***Hotel Zone and ***Playa del Carmen.  By the way, if you love to take long walks on the beach, Cancun’s beaches are public and stretch for miles on the east side of the Hotel Zone.