How to get to Xcaret

How to get to Xcaret

Many times, when we think of vacationing in the Riviera Maya, the idea of visiting Xcaret comes to mind. This idea is not bad at all, because Xcaret is one of the main attractions of the Riviera Maya and a place where Mexican art and culture are mixed, combined with the natural landscapes of the Riviera, as well as the flora, fauna, subway rivers, beaches, gastronomy and of course, a night show full of dances, history and culture of Mexico.

How to get to Xcaret

Without a doubt, Xcaret has to be a place you have to go at least once in your life and if you still don’t know how to get there, don’t worry! Our Cancun Shuttle team will tell you right now all the possible ways on how to get to Xcaret.

How to get to Xcaret

First of all: To know how to get to Xcaret, we have to analyze “from where would be our starting point” or in other words: Where are you located? And of course, how many people are you with?

This is the reason why we are going to divide this article and right now we will tell you how to get there from Cancun, from Playa del Carmen and from Tulum.

How to get to Xcaret from Cancun

If you are in the city of Cancun to get to Xcaret from Cancun you and your family have the following options: Private transfer, ADO bus, Playa Express public transportation, cab and the Xcaret tour.

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Private transportation

This is the most ideal option if you are traveling with your whole family and are looking for privacy, comfort and convenience. Our private transportation service has capacity for up to 8 people and if you are traveling with groups of more than 10 people we can also take you to Xcaret and of course, return you to the door of your hotel.


If you are in a hurry to get to Xcaret and you are traveling with 2 or 3 other people you can take a cab service. This service may cost a little more than the private transfer, but it is much faster. You just have to consider that it could not wait for you when you leave, therefore: You would have to find another way to get back to Cancun.

Xcaret Tour

Many tour providers offer the transfer as part of their package to Xcaret, so this could be for you. You just have to consider that it will not be a private transfer: It will be a shared transportation service with other travelers going to Xcaret.

Playa Express

Playa Express is a low-cost shared shuttle service that you can take from downtown Cancun. As such it would not drop you off at Xcaret: It would drop you off very close to the 5th avenue in Playa del Carmen.

But from here, just 2 minutes away you can find the Tulum transportation line, take this line and ask to be dropped off near Xcaret.

The process to return, at this point would be the same: That is, you have to leave Xcaret and take the bus back from Tulum transportation, where you would be dropped off near the fifth avenue and from here take the Playa Express bus to downtown Cancun.


The ADO bus service also offers departures from Cancun to Xcaret, only it is usually “at specific times”. So if you want to take this means of transportation to Xcaret which is very economical, then do not hesitate to do so.

How to get to Xcaret from Playa del Carmen

Are you in Playa del Carmen? Well, now you are much closer to Xcaret and your transfer options are limited to cab service, foreign transportation from Tulum and tour to Xcaret.

How to get to Xcaret


No matter where you are from you can take a cab, remember that the cab has a maximum capacity of 4 passengers, so if you are only a few people you can use the transfer and get to Xcaret.

As a plus, you can tell the driver if he is kind enough to give you his phone number so you can call him and he can pick you up on the way back.

Due to the proximity between Playa del Carmen and Xcaret, cab drivers are much more open to “pick up” passengers from here.

Tulum’s foreign transportation

If you are looking to save a few pesos, you can take the Tulum shuttle service. This service is like playa express that runs along the route Cancun – Playa and Playa Cancun, but with the difference that its route is Playa del Carmen – Tulum, Tulum – Playa del Carmen.

Due to its route, let’s say that it has to pass by Xcaret, but don’t misunderstand: It passes by the entrance and not exactly at the park’s gate.

So you can ask to get off at Xcaret and from there walk about 20 minutes until you reach the park gate.

On the way back, you would only have to get out again where you got off at the entrance and wait for the bus to pass by again on its way back to Playa del Carmen.


Finally, you can also buy a tour to Xcaret from Playa del Carmen, which would include transportation. Although from here it would be much cheaper to include transportation than from Cancun.

How to get to Xcaret from Tulum

If you are in Tulum, your options are limited to the same options as in Playa del Carmen, i.e.: Transportation from Tulum, cab and Tour.

Just consider that the time now would be a little longer and in this case the cab would not wait for you or would pick you up.

Therefore: We highly recommend you to include the transfer in your tour and this way you will have nothing to worry about to get to Xcaret from Tulum and of course return to it.


Obviously it is much easier and cheaper to get to Xcaret from Playa del Carmen than from Cancun or Tulum. However, now you know what your options are from any of those points, do you know any other way to get to Xcaret? We’ll read you in the comments.


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