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Efficient, comfortable and reliable, the Mexican bus service, ADO, is a thing of real beauty.
If you’re making the short hop from the airport to your hotel in the Hotel Zone, ADO buses leave the airport every 15 minutes or so between roughly 8am and 12:30am.
The journey to Cancun’s central bus station takes around 25 minutes and costs just £2.50, although you might need to shell out for a taxi to your hotel from there.
If you’re staying further afield in Playa del Carmen, it’s still possible to take an ADO bus directly from Cancun Airport. The one-hour journey will set you back around £6 and buses leave at half-hourly intervals.
If negotiating the public bus system feels like too much of a faff on arrival, hop in a shared shuttle bus to your hotel door.
You’ll find several shuttle buses operating just outside the terminal door and it’s easy to pick up a ticket after you’ve cleared customs, making it a very convenient service.
The trip usually costs around £4, although you might be driven around a dozen hotels before you reach your own door.
Unless you book in advance, you might also have to wait around for a shuttle to arrive. Luckily, there’s a margarita stand right next to the queuing area, so you may as well start as you mean to go on!
Laid-back and road-free, Isla Mujeres is a different world from downtown Cancun. If you need a breather from the buzz of the city, there’s nowhere better.
Stretch out on the sand with a frozen margarita, finish a novel and feel a million miles from home.
Just half an hour from Cancun by ferry, it’s easy to take a day trip over to the island. Ferries leave from three ports across the city, so wherever you’re staying, you’ll only be a short taxi hop from the nearest dock.
On average, a return ticket costs just under £3 and the last Ultramar ferry back to Cancun leaves the island at midnight, giving you an entire day to escape the city.
Discover your rental options on our Cancun car hire page.