How to get to Holbox from Cancun airport

Are you ready to start enjoying your dream vacation, did you choose the island of Holbox as your destination? All that is perfect but I feel you are forgetting something, what is it? Ha, we remember!  Our transfer to the island.

Don’t worry because we’ve got you covered and we’ll tell you right now what the best options are for you to get to Holbox Island from the Cancun airport.

How to get to Holbox from Cancun airport

How to get to Holbox from Cancun airport

Holbox Island is nowhere near Cancun, let alone the Riviera Maya. In fact, the island is not part of the Riviera Maya and is located northwest of Cancun.

All along its route, the only thing you will find are small villages and for this reason, there is no public transportation service. In short, to get to Holbox you will have to take private transportation, shared transportation or a tour. Now let’s learn more about these 3 transfer options to Holbox from Cancun airport.

Private transfer from the airport to Holbox

Our first option to get to Holbox Island from Cancun airport, is to book online a private transportation service. This service when booked online already includes all available expenses and in fact, it is the only way that takes the fastest road to the island.

So, you can arrive in approximately one hour and 30 minutes to the port of Chiquila and from there take the ferry to cross to Holbox Island.

Remember that since it is a private service, you do not have to wait to board. Just once you arrive at the airport, outside the terminal our team will be waiting for you to take you to Holbox.

What are you waiting for to book? Check our Holbox transfer rates right now.

ADO from the airport to Holbox

We will be very honest: There is no direct ADO route from Cancun airport to Holbox Island. That’s why, if you choose this option, you will first have to take the ADO bus to downtown Cancun and from downtown Cancun, buy your ticket to take the bus of the same line but with Holbox Island as destination.

Everything ok? But the detail is that ADO only has about 6 different schedules to get to this beautiful destination. So it can take from 4 hours to a day to board the bus.

It is worth mentioning that there are other transfer lines to Holbox, but just like the ADO: It has specific departure times.

ADO del Aeropuerto a Holbox

Holbox Tour

If you want to visit the island for only one day, it is best to take a tour. For obvious reasons this is not available at the Cancun airport, but you can check the departure times from Cancun and see if they “line up” with your schedule or hire it for the next day.

Being a tour, it has a specific departure time, includes transportation, food and even the ferry ticket.


If you want to see Holbox Island in one day, then the Holbox tour is the perfect one, if you want to save all the hassle of schedules then take the private transfer service and if you are looking to save money, then take the ADO bus. That would be all folks. See you soon in another post.


What to do in Holbox

Holbox is one of the islands that is part of the magical experience of the Mexican Caribbean and although it is not located near the Riviera Maya or Cancun, as its sisters: Isla Mujeres and Cozumel.

What to do in Holbox

So if you are thinking about visiting this island but still can’t decide, because “it’s far from the city”, I have very good news for you. Today BF Travel will tell you about the top 10 things to do in Holbox and we are very sure that once you read it, you will definitely decide to finally come and enjoy this paradise on Earth.

What to do in Holbox

The island of Holbox has a lot to offer to everyone who visits it and although it is an island to enjoy, get away from the noise, pollution and even technology, getting there is a bit complicated.

But don’t worry, because you can read our post about how to get to Holbox or hire a transfer service to Holbox and stop worrying about how to get there and just enjoy. And then: we start with our list.

Holbox Tour

This tour starts in Playa del Carmen along with 15 other people, you will enjoy a private boat trip to navigate the wonders of this natural reserve; you will also be able to contemplate the bird sanctuary and swim in an amazing pool.

This tour includes a professional guide and exquisite food in front of the sea, fish or chicken in different styles, with rice and salad.

This activity lasts approximately 10 hours and costs 2,290 MXN per person.

Holbox Tour

Holbox Island Mangroves

In this tour you will be able to do several activities, such as a kayak ride. This site has a great variety of birds, its environment is natural and pleasant for those who love the outdoors.

Be one of the few people to visit this magical place and enjoy such an emblematic and important ecosystem for the planet. The activity has a guide who speaks different languages; you will get hydrating drinks, fruit and entrance to Yum Balam Reserve.

A fun adventure for an affordable price of 950 MXN per person; so you will have something very entertaining and economical to do in Holbox for approximately 3 hours.

Bioluminescence in Holbox

To experience this light show is something unique and special; therefore, we highly recommend the night tour, which will leave you with unforgettable memories. The best way to experience this act of lights is in a team and surrounded by prepared people.

This activity can be appreciated on the beaches south of the island; if you go on a tour, this activity lasts approximately 3 hours and costs 600 MXN per person.

Bioluminescence in Holbox

3 Islands Tour

Get to know the surroundings of Holbox while you ride on a boat, you will take a short but relaxing tour with a professional guide. He will explain you every detail of the beautiful vacation spot.

It is worth mentioning that you will have the opportunity to swim in the rejuvenating waters of Yalahau and admire the multicolored landscape of Isla Pasión. This tour lasts 3 hours and costs 3,900 MXN for a group of 6 people, includes an expert guide, binoculars and entrance to Yalahau Lagoon.

Whale shark in Holbox

This activity takes place with a group of people in Holbox Island, where you will be able to snorkel and enjoy the wildlife. In this underwater adventure you will see manta rays, dolphins and sea turtles in their natural habitat; therefore, it is a perfect adventure for nature lovers.

All this lasts about 7 hours and costs 3,980 MXN per person; the money covers the boat trip with GPS, a cold water container, snorkeling equipment, a certified guide, breakfast and lunch, soft drinks and sodas.

Whale shark in Holbox

Magic Tour from Cancun to Holbox Island

This is an exciting adventure; you will visit beautiful islands with magnificent surroundings for any visitor. It is perfect if you are looking for something private and away from the crowds; relax in a hammock while sipping a refreshing drink on this small but beautiful island.

You can also snorkel in the reefs and shallow waters. This activity is ideal if you are looking for things to do in Holbox in a full day and costs 2,380 MXN per person.

Mayan full moon ceremony

Have you ever wondered what to do in Holbox at night? Attend the Mayan full moon ceremony, a unique cultural activity. This ceremony is led by a spiritual guide with Mayan origins and a shaman; you will be told interesting legends and stories about the place, which makes your stay very special and magical.

At the end of the activity, you will feel a sense of healing and renewal; all this has a cost of 1,280 MXN per person and lasts 2 hours. You can go with a group of up to 14 people.

Take Kitesurfing Lessons

In Holbox, they offer kitesurfing lessons; guaranteeing you a fast and safe learning. A great activity if you are looking for adventure and a good dose of adrenaline. You will be able to glide on the water and fly at a fairly fast speed; you will have adequate equipment and the staff will teach you perfectly how to use it. In this way, you will learn this sport correctly and you will be able to navigate fluently.

The activity has a duration of 3 hours and they recommend taking the complete certified course; all this at an affordable price of 5,300 MXN per adult.

Attend a professional photo shoot

Visit several visually interesting places in Holbox with a professional photographer; who will take many high-end photos for you to remember your best vacations.

Plus, you’ll have perfect photos to share on your social networks, so your loved ones can see that you’re having a great time. The session lasts approximately 1 hour and will take place on a beach, to start with; then, you will be able to choose where else in the area you want to have your pictures taken. The price is 2,760 MXN; it is essential to do this to remember your stay on the island.

Horseback riding

This tour takes place on the beach of Holbox to get to know the island better. You will just have to relax and let these magnificent animals show you the beautiful view of the island.

The ride lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and costs 2,120 MXN per person; you can do this before ending your stay in this amazing place.

Horseback riding


Undoubtedly, Holbox is an ideal place for everyone: from photographers who want to capture the beauty of the region, the flora and fauna, to people looking to enjoy a day at the beach full of tranquility and let’s not forget, travelers with their pets. Holbox is for everyone and you have to be here.

How to get to Holbox

Is your lodging in Holbox or are you planning to visit and get to know this little piece of heaven in the Riviera Maya? Well, keep reading because now we will tell you how to get to Holbox from Cancun.

How to get to Holbox

Holbox Island

Holbox is a small virgin island located 60 kilometers northwest of the city of Cancun and is a totally beachy place where you do not expect to see large hotels up to 20 stories high.

Here the accommodations and resorts can be from 1 floor to 3 floors at the most, but in spite of that there are stays that will make you fall in love with its natural, jungle, nomadic and beach architecture.

Besides, if you are looking for a place far from the pollution and the classic life of cities like Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum, Holbox becomes this option. The island has no nightclubs, no roads where cars pass by and even more; don’t expect to find plazas or shopping malls.

Holbox is completely a paradise full of beaches up to 500 meters long where the depth is very low and a totally homey and beach atmosphere, so get ready to know it.

isla holbox preguntas frecuentes

How to get to Holbox

The distance between Holbox Island and the city of Cancun is 60 kilometers and these 60 kilometers can take up to 2 hours. Why so long? Well, the route to get to the island is through several towns that are part of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas.

Due to the fact that the trip goes through 3 towns, you have to slow down a little to pass the speed bumps and residential areas, however something that very few people know and are surprised to discover when they reach the last kilometers of their trip is that Holbox is an island and the last kilometers of the trip is through a sea voyage that lasts approximately 25 to 30 minutes.

How to get to Holbox

What, how? As such all people who want to visit the island either because their hotel is located here, or just passing through, their first stop is the fishing village of Chiquila. From here you have to take a ferry for a 25 minute sea trip to Holbox Island.

Of course, so far we are only talking about the tour from Cancun, but what if it were from Playa del Carmen or Tulum? At this point you have to consider that the time is much longer and the logistics are totally different.

Are you a little lost? Well, keep reading because now we are going to answer all the questions you must be asking yourself. Let’s get to it. Where is Holbox?

Where is Holbox?

Holbox is an island that is part of the municipality of Lázaro Cárdenas, 60 kilometers away from the city of Cancun and 12 kilometers away from the Port of Chiquila. To get there you must first take a road trip to the town of Chiquila from where you can get to the port to take the ferry to Holbox, or you can take a small plane or helicopter.

Where is Holbox

Where is Chiquila located?

Chiquila is a small fishing village located on the coast of the state of Quintana Roo, in the municipality of Lazarara Cardenas.

What is the distance from Cancun to Chiquila?

The distance between Cancun and Chiquila will depend a lot on the type of route you choose, if you go directly through the free highway the distance can be less than 60 kilometers, but if you take the federal highway the distance is 139 km.

What is the distance from Cancun to Chiquila

How to go to Holbox from Chiquila?

Once in Chiquila to go to Holbox is very simple, since its main avenue leads directly to its maritime terminal. In the maritime terminal you will find 2 ferry transportation companies, the first one is called Holbox Express and the second one is called 9 hermanos.

The cost of the ferry transfer from Chiquila to Holbox is 150.00 MXN in both companies and the cost of the return from Holbox to Chiquila by ferry is 150.00 MXN.

The only difference between these two shipping companies, apart from the name, is the departure and return schedule of each one of them and here we present it to you.


Holbox – Chiquilá Chiquilá – Holbox
Salida Servicio Salida Servicio
05:00 9 Hmnos. 06:00 9 Hmnos
06:00 9 Hmnos 07:00 9 Hmnos
06:30 Hxpress 07:30 Hxpress
07:00 9 Hmnos. 08:00 9 Hmnos
07:30 Hxpress. 08:30 Hxpress
08:00 9 Hmnos 09:00 9 Hmnos
08:30 Hxpress 09:30 Hxpress
09:00 9 Hmnos. 10:00 9 Hmnos
09:30 Hxpress. 10:30 Hxpress
10:00 9 Hmnos. 11:00 9 Hmnos
10:30 Hxpress 11:30 Hxpress
11:00 9 Hmnos. 12:00 9 Hmnos.
11:30 Hxpress 12:30 Hxpress
12:00 9 Hmnos. 13:00 9 Hmnos.
12:30 Hxpress 13:30 Hxpress
13:00 9 Hmnos. 14:00 9 Hmnos.
13:30 Hxpress 14:30 Hxpress
14:00 9 Hmnos. 15:00 9 Hmnos.
14:30 Hxpress 15:30 Hxpress
15:00 9 Hmnos. 16:00 9 Hmnos.
15:30 Hxpress 16:30 Hxpress
17:00 9 Hmnos. 18:00 9 Hmnos.
17:30 Hxpress 18:30 Hxpress
18:00 9 Hmnos. 19:00 9 Hmnos.
18:30 Hxpress 19:30 Hxpress
19:00 9 Hmnos. 20:00 9 Hmnos.
19:30 Hxpress 20:30 Hxpress
20:30 Hxpress 21:30 Hxpress

Well, now you know that in order to get to Holbox, no matter where you are in the Riviera Maya, you will have to get to the port of Chiquila first. So right now we are going to know what are our options to get there from Cancun, from Playa del Carmen or from Tulum.

How to go from Cancun to Holbox?

Now that you know that first you have to get to Chiquila to be able to go to Holbox Island, it’s time to answer how to get from Cancun to Holbox. So let’s see your options, their advantages and disadvantages.

Private Transportation

The best way to go to Holbox from Cancun is through our private transfer service. Our service is totally private, with comfortable, safe, clean, air-conditioned and air-conditioned units to make your trip as pleasant as possible.

Also, being a private service you do not have to worry about the strict schedules and costs of other means of private transportation such as cab or public transportation such as ADO.

cancun shuttle to holbox


ADO has a transfer route from Cancun to Chiquila and it is an economical shared transportation service. It should be noted that despite being the most economical means of transportation to Holbox, it only has two departure routes and with very strict schedules.

ado to holbox

Private Car

If you are one of those who like to drive and take your time to visit every place of interest you come across along the way, renting a car and traveling from Cancun to Holbox would be a very good option for you.

Getting to the island by driving is really not very complicated and you can be guided through applications such as Google Maps.

You just have to consider that the car has to stay in one of the private parking lots in Chiquila, which costs 100 pesos a day, since private vehicles are not allowed on the island.

How to get to Holbox from Playa del Carmen

Unlike Cancun, Playa del Carmen is located 103 km from the island of Holbox. Of course this distance is only considering the fastest and shortest route. There are other routes that are usually “economical” or, as they are known, “free road”.

So through the free road the distance can be longer, because first you have to go down from Playa del Carmen to the route of the cenotes in Puerto Morelos and from Puerto Morelos you have to go to the town of Leona Vicario.

So as you can see, the distance from Playa to Holbox is greater but that should not be a limiting factor for you not to know this place and in fact, that is why there are transportation services to Holbox from Playa and now we will know them.

Holbox Collection

Holbox Collection is a private transfer company that operates in Playa del Carmen and Tulum. This line specializes in transfers to Holbox and therefore, you will not have any problem getting to the island if you use this type of service.


The colectivos are semi-private service or as many call it “public transportation”, it really is not, however we are not going to debate about it.

This service is provided in a van type vehicle that has been equipped as a colectivo and which has the capacity to carry up to 16 passengers.

It normally costs approximately 250.00 MXN per person per trip. This means that the round trip round trip would be 500.00 MXN or in USD: 25 dollars.

It is worth mentioning that this vehicle departs from downtown Playa del Carmen and has specific departure times.

Omnibus and ADO

The Omnibus is a shared transportation line and is similar to ADO. This line together with the ADO operates a route from Playa del Carmen to Holbox. So these two options can still be ideal for you and of course, totally economical!

How to get to Holbox from Tulum

Well, from here things get a little more complex, because the distance from Tulum to Holbox is 180 km and unfortunately this distance shortens the transfer options.

Therefore, here we are left only with Holbox Collectión. As we mentioned above: This transportation line is the one that operates from Playa del Carmen and from Tulum.

How to get to Holbox from Tulum


Now that you know a little about Holbox Island, the distance and the ways you have to get there from Cancun, don’t forget that we can offer you a private transfer service to Holbox,