It couldn’t be more easier to get from Cancun to Tulum and in this guide, I have included all the information you need to make your transfer from Cancun Airport to Tulum as simple and easy as possible.
Whether you’re on a budget and don’t mind taking the long route on the shuttle bus or money isn’t an issue and you prefer door to door service in a private car, this Cancun to Tulum guide covers it all.
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CANCUN TO TULUM OVERVIEW
The distance between Cancun to Tulum is 120 km (74 miles) and it’s approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes drive.
See below for a quick overview of transportation from Cancun to Tulum:
- Private Driver
- Shuttle Bus
- Rent A Car
- ADO Bus
It sounds fancier then it is and probably one of the quickest ways to get from Cancun Airport To Tulum, but transport with a private driver is going to be one of the more expensive options to take.
Whether it be a taxi from Cancun to Tulum, a private driver company or simply an Uber, this mode of transport will be your best option if you’re looking for a quick, problem-free transfer from Cancun to Tulum.
For a taxi or Uber from Cancun to Tulum, you’re looking at around $50 USD. This may vary depending on traffic, what company you book with and what time of day you travel.
Baring in mind, a private car is not always going to be the cheapest way to travel. My advice would be to haggle and even try and sort out a fixed price as the taximeter will always be more.
A concierge or private car hire for 3 to 4 people will cost you about $115 USD, whilst if you’re traveling in a larger group, you can hire a limousine for $330 USD.
Cancun to Tulum Shuttle Bus
When deciding on how to get from Cancun to Tulum, another option to consider is the shuttle bus that runs from Cancun Airport to Tulum. This is the perfect option if you’re a budget traveler looking to save a bit of money on transportation.
The Cancun to Tulum shuttle bus will wait until it’s fully loaded with passengers before leaving the airport and it will make several stops along the way before reaching Tulum.
The Cancun to Tulum shuttle bus will fit between 1 to 12 people and as standard will cost you around $32 USD per person for a one-way trip.
If you’re feeling a little more generous with your money, you can take the deluxe shuttle bus which is a little nicer in style and it comes equipped with airconditioning.
This more luxury Cancun to Tulum shuttle will cost you around $42 USD per person for a one-way trip.
Rent A Car – How to Get From Cancun To Tulum
Another great option when searching for how to get from Cancun to Tulum is to hire a car from Cancun Airport. If you’re up for it and feeling confident with driving in a foreign country, this is a great way of making your way from Cancun to Tulum.
Renting a car is also a great option if you’re traveling with a group of friends as splitting the cost between you all could actually make this a more affordable option.
Yucatan Peninsula is said to be the safest place to drive in Mexico when it comes to getting behind the wheel yourself, so it’s definitely an option to consider.
I always use Rentalcars.com to search and book car rentals in Mexico as they generally offer the best rates.
The average cost of car rentals in Cancun is approximately $25 USD per day, depending on the season.
Beware there are several things to look out for when renting a car in Mexico. The first is tourist scams as there can be a lot around the airport and a lot of people looking to take advantage of travelers making their way around the country.
The other thing is to keep your rental agreement and ID on you at all times in the car. This avoids any confusion or hold-ups if you happen to get pulled over. Avoid speeding to avoid getting pulled over.
Note: They drive on the right-hand side in Mexico and you may also find parking a problem once you reach Tulum.
But if you’re willing to overlook all of that, stick within the speed restrictions and you’re comfortable with driving in a foreign country, then go for it and hire a car to get from Cancun to Tulum!
Bus from Cancun To Tulum
The ADO Bus is another great option for your transportation from Cancun to Tulum with buses running daily from 10:45 am to 9:35 pm.
It’s safe to say that the ADO Bus Cancun to Tulum is a really affordable way to get from A to B.
ADO Buses depart from T2, T3, & T4 of Cancun Airport, taking your directly to Tulum.
The cost of the Cancun bus to Tulum is around $14 USD per person, though bear in mind the ADO Bus won’t take you directly to your hotel and instead, take you to the Tulum Bus Station.
However, this option is definitely one of the cheapest ways to travel from Cancun Airport to Tulum.
SUMMARY ON CANCUN AIRPORT TO TULUM
See, I told you it was a relatively easy transfer and a very simple task to get from Cancun to Tulum.
Traveling between two major cities like Cancun and Tulum can be daunting but fear not, there are plenty of options and I hope this travel guide has helped you plan your trip and put your mind to rest in the process.
THINGS TO DO IN TULUM
Once you have arrived safely from Cancun to Tulum, I have you covered with a complete travel guide of things to do in Tulum, how to get around, the best places to eat and much more!
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WHERE TO STAY IN TULUM
Luxury: The Beach Tulum
Receive the celebrity treatment at The Beach Tulum with this adult-only, beachfront resort in South Tulum. With an outdoor pool, a beach club, an onsite restaurant and even a spa. This really is the height of luxury and one of the best things to do in Tulum in itself. Each luxurious, beach-front room has stylish, minimalist décor, air-conditioning, free wifi and a seating area. These deluxe rooms come with large comfortable beds, private entrances, ensuite bathrooms and right on the shoreline in the South Beach area, surrounded by shops, cafes and restaurants. This Tulum resort is highly popular with couples. With the smaller, more intimate rooms this makes for the perfect couples getaway.
Mid Range: Playa Esperanza Hotel
This is eco-sensitive hotel and resort boasts unique cabins made from natural materials and is located right on the shoreline on Tulum’s North Beach. With 15 different styles of rooms to choose from, natural interiors, large comfortable beds and private bathrooms. Enjoy the free wifi, beach bar and ocean views. This is great for a group of friends traveling together or couples. Choose between a room with 2 single beds or one with a double bed. Book directly through the hotel and get every 3rd night free!
Budget: Che Tulum Hostel & Bar
One of the most top-rated hostels in Tulum! With an outdoor pool, a lively bar and a large green area to hang out. Free wifi available throughout and even lockers to keep your belongings safe. Each bedroom has been modeled to offer natural lighting and features private bathrooms, air-con, new beds and mattresses. With a huge range of rooms on offer, pick from one of the many dorm rooms or private rooms. This budget hostel in Tulum is great for travelers used to that hostel life.
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BEST TULUM TOURS
Another option for accommodation in Tulum is to stay at an Airbnb, which generally has some great deals in Tulum.
LONELY PLANET – MEXICO
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WHAT TO PACK FOR MEXICO
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 years worth of content.
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