How to get to Tulum

How to get to Tulum

If you are coming on vacation to the Riviera Maya and you are staying in a hotel, apartment or AirBNB in Tulum, you must be wondering how to get to Tulum? And of course, this question is especially for people who come to the Caribbean Mexico by plane, why? Well, because even though there is an airport in the city of Chetumal, 80% of the flights in the state of Quintana Roo arrive first to Cancun.

So, how to get to Tulum from Cancun Airport? Well, keep reading because here we will tell you how to do it and not die trying.

How to get to Tulum

How to get to Tulum

There are several ways to get to Tulum from Cancun city, from private transportation services to public transportation services. However, you have to consider that each of them has its advantages and disadvantages.

Each means of transportation will depend a lot on the type of traveler you are, so let’s know the options we have, from the best to the worst option.

Private Transportation

If you are a traveler who really wants to enjoy your vacation in Tulum without mishaps and without going through bad moments, no matter how minimal they may be, our private transfer service to Tulum is the ideal one for you.

Our service is totally private, equipped to take up to 9 people or groups of up to 16 people to Tulum and besides having ample space and luggage storage, it also has WIFI and are vehicles driven by certified drivers.

It is worth mentioning that here you no longer have to worry about schedules, since our drivers will be at the airport waiting for your flight to take you to the door of your accommodation in Tulum.

Private Transportation to tulum


The ADO shared transportation line may be the transportation service you need if you are looking to save a few pesos on your Caribbean Mexico vacation.

The ADO airport terminal has modules, where you can compare your ticket for the bus to Tulum, but you will have to wait for the bus departure time, so be patient.

Its advantage is to be less expensive than the private service, its disadvantage is to be a shared means of transportation, which has departure times and also, as such would not leave you at your hotel, it would leave you at the ADO terminal in Tulum, where you have to take a cab to your hotel or walk if it is not far.

ado to tulum

Collective Transportation

Collective transportation, better known as “Las Vans”, is a public transportation service that costs up to 45.00 MXN per passenger. As such, it is not located at the airport, but rather you have to go out to the main avenue and wait in the terminal to take it.

It is worth mentioning that since it is the cheapest means of transportation available, it is very popular among locals, so you may have to wait several hours for one that has room for its passengers, since these vehicles leave from downtown Cancun and during the trip to the main avenue of the airport they are usually full.

It should be noted that the odyssey does not end here, since the first van will leave you on the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen, from where you have to take another unit with a drop off to Tulum.

In conclusion there are 2 vans that you take; each one has a cost of 45.00 MXN. They are not very comfortable, no trunk, but they do have air conditioning.

Collective Transportation to tulum


The cab from Cancun to Tulum is the worst way to get from Cancun to Tulum. First of all, there are very good cabs, but they are private companies and fall under the concept of private transportation. However, the “green” colored cabs that circulate in the city and at the airport usually charge up to 4,500.00 MXN for the transfer to Tulum.

They are not equipped with air conditioning, comfortable seats, are not large, do not have trunks and in the worst case the trip can be interrupted by various technical failures of the units.

We want to clarify that we are not underestimating the units, as they are very good to take as transportation to move within the city, but we do not recommend it for a long distance transfer like the one from Cancun to Tulum.

Cab to tulum


Now that you know which ones are the main transportation services that exist between Cancun to Tulum and which is the best way, the cheapest and the worst way, we remind you again: The best way to go to Tulum from Cancun is with our private transfer service and you can book it by clicking here.

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