Tulum, Mexico does not have a local airport, so visitors will need to fly into either Cancun Airport or Cozumel. If you’re flying into Cozumel, after landing you’ll need to grab a taxi to the ferry terminal to take the ferry to Playa del Carmen. From there, you’ll need to either walk to the ADO bus station to take the bus to Tulum or take a Taxi.
If you are flying into Cancun, there are three popular ways to get from Cancun Airport to Tulum:
- ADO public bus
- Taxi or Private transfer service
- Renting a car
ADO Public Bus
There is no direct bus between Cancun and Tulum. You will have to take a bus to Playa del Carmen(1 hour), followed by another bus to Tulum Town (50 minutes). This should cost you around 228 Pesos ($10 US Dollars).
Taxi or Private Transfer
The one-way price is roughly $75 – $100, and the price for a round trip ranges from USD$135-$200.
Rent a Car
Renting a car is a super popular option. Having your own vehicle allows you more freedom to plan a variety of day trips from Tulum, including exploring cenotes and getting to and from the Tulum Ruins. Note that during the popular season, the rental car agencies will fill up fast – so try and book a car ahead of time. Rentals can come super cheap depending on the type of vehicle you’re looking for. We were able to snag one for $10/day from Alamo.
Driving in Mexico is pretty similar to driving in the US, so American drivers shouldn’t have many problems. The drive into Tulum is a straight shot down the highway — you can’t miss it.