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How to get to Tulum

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Tulum is a beautiful magical town in the state of Quintana Roo and is located 130 km from the city of Cancun and 118 km from Cancun International Airport. This means that it will take you approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to get to Tulum from Cancun.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Although this also depends on the type of transportation you choose and from where you choose it. Likewise, the means of transportation you choose to use can drop you off at the door of your hotel in Tulum or in the center of Tulum.

Do you want to know how to get to Tulum? Then keep reading because we will explain it in detail right now. So go get your coffee, make yourself comfortable and choose the transportation option that best suits you and your needs.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Why from Cancun? Well, if you travel by plane to the Riviera Maya you are absolutely sure that your first stop will be Cancun International Airport.

If you decide to go directly to Tulum because you want to visit it or because your hotel is located here, your starting point of your trip to Tulum will be Cancun airport.

Of course, this is not always the case, since if you decided to spend a few days in Cancun first and your next destination is Tulum, you would have to take a shuttle from downtown Cancun.

In the first option, yes or yes you will have to leave from Cancun, since you are located in the city’s airport and in the second option you really don’t. Why? Because you could go to Playa del Carmen first, spend a few days and from there go to Tulum. But we will talk about that later.

So, how to get to Tulum from Cancun airport or from Cancun downtown? You can do it through our private transportation service to Tulum, private cab, ADO bus, Colectivo (public transportation) or even renting a car.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Private transportation

Our private transportation or cab service is the best option to go to the city of Tulum from Cancun airport or from downtown Cancun and the price of the transfer varies from $1800.00 MXN to $4900.00 MXN.

What does the price depend on? The price of the transfer depends on the type of service you choose, which can be the standard service, the deluxe service or the service for groups. The rate will also depend on the total number of passengers traveling with you and whether it will be a single service or a round trip.

You can book this service online and choose where you want them to pick you up: Cancun airport, downtown or at your hotel in Cancun. You can also choose where in Tulum to go and unlike other means of transportation: We drop you off at the door of the place. What are you waiting for to book?


The ADO or ADO bus is a very well known shared transportation line in Mexico. This service as you just said: It is shared and also, it usually makes “small stops along the way”.

The advantage is that it is economical and can be taken at the Cancun airport or in downtown Cancun. If it is at the Cancun airport, you just have to look for the ADO module and buy your ticket. After that, wait about 1 hour or 30 minutes to board the bus that will take you to downtown Tulum.

If you are in downtown Cancun, you have to go to the ADO terminal and do the same process, that is: Buy your ticket to board the bus and get to downtown Tulum.

As you can see, whether you are in downtown Cancun or at the Cancun airport, your destination will be downtown Tulum and from here you have to take a cab, Uber or public transportation to your hotel.

Renting a car

Are you an adventurer? Then from Cancun airport or from Cancun downtown, you can rent a car to go to Tulum. Remember that the road is not really dangerous at all. Just consider that the expenses may be more due to the price of gas and the cost per day of the unit.

However, its advantage is that you can drive at your own pace all the way to Tulum and even make stops or visit other destinations such as Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras and Akumal.


The best option to go to Tulum from Cancun is our private transportation and cab service. Of course, there are other options as you can see. However, we are sure that the last thing you want is to complicate your life. So choose wisely the option that suits you best.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

Cheaper than at the airport!