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Top 5 Tips For Hassle Free Cancun Transportation

by Carla Fiorito on March 1, 2011

Cancun is walkable

When vacationing in Cancun, I don’t like to spend all my time at the beach. I like to explore the hotel zone and take day trips to other areas in the Yucatan Peninsula.

There are a lot of ways to get around in Cancun – here are some hassle free transportation tips I wish I had known on my first trip to Cancun:

1. Book Your Airport Transportation Ahead of Time

When commuting from the airport to your hotel, try to book transportation before your arrival or with a shuttle service at the airport. The airport has its own taxis that it regulates and these are the only taxis allowed to pick you up at the airport – meaning it’s rather expensive. Book ahead with a shuttle service and you can avoid this.

When you book with these shuttle services, it is possible to prepay transportation round-trip, which also saves you money.

2. Don’t Rent A Car

When in Cancun, it is not necessary to rent a car. If you would like to take day trips to Playa Del Carmen, or other areas close by, there are plenty of bus services that the concierge at your hotel can suggest.

If you do rent a car, you should have a GPS handy and budget money for gas. Remember that the price you see at a gas station is per liter.

3. Take the Bus

To get around the Cancun hotel zone, it is extremely easy to take the bus. The fare is about 7.5 Mexican Pesos and the bus runs 24 hours. The Cancun hotel zone is shaped like a 7 so the bus system is very simple.

4. Always Have the Address Handy

If you do choose to take a taxi or a shuttle somewhere, don’t assume that the driver knows the location by memory. Write down the address of any location you are going to. Always take a business card from the hotel and keep it in your wallet just in case.

If you are staying in the Hotel Zone – it’s always a good idea to know your location on Kukulcan Blvd.

5. Don’t Underestimate the Power of Walking

The Cancun hotel zone is a long and narrow strip of land – there really are only two directions to walk in! It is difficult to get lost, especially around all of the major hotels.

Walking is fun and free. You  may even run into small pubs or bars that you wouldn’t have seen if you took a bus.

What transportation advice would you have for a first time Cancun traveler?

Carla is currently an intern at All About Mexico. She is studying Hotel & Restaurant Management at University of Houston. She loves writing, traveling, and tourism.
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  • Grant

    We are traveling to Cancun next weekend for a week. We are staying at the Royal Islander. I have a few questions and would love your advice:
    1. Any suggestions for must visit restaurants or bars, etc.?
    2. Should we rent a car? Is the insurance costly?
    3. Is there a Walmart or Costco near by?
    4. Is there a tourist/departure fee and if so what is the cost?

    Thanks, first timer to Cancun.

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