Getting from Cancun to Merida [Chichen Itza]
Chichen Itza is the most studied Mayan archeological site, but there is still a lot of mystery surrounding it. There are many legends and contradictory theories linked to this wonderful city.
Chichen Itza is located midway between Cancun and Merida, the largest city in the Yucatan Peninsula. Should you have enough time on your hands, then you can consider traveling from Cancun to Merida , spend a night here, and then visit Chichen Itza the second day. However, this is possible only if you rent a car as there is no bus service between Merida and Chichen Itza.
But most of those who visit Cancun, choose to go Chichen Itza on a day trip. If you don’t go as part of tour group, you’ll definitely be rushing things, especially if you choose to travel by bus.
Buses from Cancun to Merida [Chichen Itza]
ADO Bus offers direct buses between Cancun and Chichen Itza. They depart at 9 a.m. from downtown Cancun and the travel time is 3 hours. Single fare is 184 pesos (about US$13). On the way back, the bus leaves Chichen Itza at 4:30 p.m.
Should you want to go all the day to Merida, take the bus which leaves Cancun at 10:30 a.m. The travel time is 4 hours and the single fare is also 184 pesos (about US$13). On the way back, catch the bus from Merida at 3:50 p.m. and the single fare is 246.65 pesos (about US$17.60).
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Driving from Cancun to Merida [Chichen Itza]
There are about 200 km between Cancun and Chichen Itza so you can easily rent a car and drive the distance in about 2 ½ h.
Should you want to go all the way to Merida, the drive distance is about 307 km and can be covered in about 4 hours.