Getting from Cancun to Tulum

Tulum is one of the earliest resorts on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Mexico and is a lovely option for a day trip from Cancun . There are actually three Tulums in the area and each is referred to …as Tulum. Confused? Let us explain.

Tulum Pueblo or “El Pubelo” as it is referred to by the locals is where the stores, restaurants , bus stations, hostels and small hotels are found. The area exists only to cater for those who visit the Tulum Ruins. Still, it’s a great destination for shopping and trying the local foods.

Tulum Playa is located along the coast line and comprises the fancier and ecological hotels and spa. It also has good restaurants and night clubs, but it’s also possible to find affordable places to stay.

Tulum Ruinas is the archeological site and there’s a mile long road leading from the highway. Some restaurants, hotels, a bus station and a parking lot dot the road to the ruins.

The closest airport to Tulum is Cancun International Airport (CUN) , which is also one of the main entry points into Mexico and is served by a variety of airlines from all over the world.

Quick summary

The only way to get from Cancun to Tulum is by road. You can either rent a car directly at the airport or wait until you get to town. The cheapest option is the bus.

Buses from Cancun to Tulum

Buses from Cancun downtown run regularly to Tulum. ADO Bus offers up to seven connections daily from Cancun downtown. Buses depart from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.. and the single fare is 94.00 peso (about US$7). The travel time is about 2h 20 min.

If you want to get to the ruins , get off at the first Tulum stop, at the intersection with the road which leads to the ruins.

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Driving from Cancun to Tulum

You can rent a car in Cancun and drive the 133 km to Tulum. It should take about 1h 40 min and it’s a nice drive along the coastline.

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