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How to Get There

By plane – Airlines that fly to Cancun from Mexico City include: Aeromexico, Interjet, Volaris; from the USA: AirTran Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, Jetblue, USA 3000, US Airways and from Europe: AirBerlin Air France, British Airways, Air Europa and Aeroflot.

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Cancún International Airport is Mexico’s second busiest airport. It is about 10 km (6 mi) from the hotel strip and 16 km (9 mi) southwest of downtown.

One of Cancun’s best features is its transport links, as most major air carriers in North, Central, and South America, have service to Cancun. There are some extremely cheap charter flight deals available from the UK (from around £100) as well as commercial flight deals from several European carriers.

The hardest part of the journey to Cancun (aside from your initial airport check-in) is getting from the luggage carousel to your transportation. Make sure you know who your transport is and find them on the outside, as that is where they will be. Unless you are looking for a timeshare, free meal or looking to burn hours of travel time and money on your vacation, do NOT stop to chit-chat with anyone about booking tours and such. There is plenty of time for that after you get settled in. After you clear the red or green light baggage inspection, do not give your bags to any locals offering to carry them. They will either demand money to carry them 15 meters or steal your luggage.

There are two companies officially licensed by Cancun Airport to provide the transfer service to the hotels in Cancun or the Riviera Maya. One is Gray Line and the other one is T.T.A. Both have a selling booth right after the Customs Service. Prices are fixed by the airport and are not negotiable. The two companies offer shuttle service and also private transfer. There are other transportation firms that provide service to and from the airport for a reasonable price as well. Beware of touts who will surround you when you come out of customs clearance. If you proceed straight, you will find the official information center where they can help you with the ground transportation options. If you bought an online shuttle service reservation and you don’t find your driver, call customer service yourself; do not trust local people who claim to be airport employees trying to help you (usually airport employees wait for you to come to them, and not the other way round).

There is also a first class bus service from the airport to both the ADO bus station in Cancun and to the one in Playa del Carmen. If you are going to Puerto Morelos, you can arrange being dropped at the appropriate intersection on the way to Playa. Buses coming from Cancun stop at terminals 2 and 3, but tickets are sold only at the stop next to terminal 1. To get to the buses, go outside the main building (terminal 1) and turn right. Head up past the end of that building and find the appropriate bus for you. Taxis from the ADO bus station to the airport cost roughly 300 pesos whereas ADO bus service is 42 pesos. Also if you want to travel directly from Cancun to Cozumel there is an Airline called MayaAir the only commercial line in the Terminal 1 so you can travel directly throug Cancun tu Cozumel.

Be sure to pass the customs before looking for money exchange – for example inside customs zone in Cancun they offer $9.6 MXN to US$1, which is much lower than even greediest street vendors ask.

Beware of leaving Mexico with enough money. The Mexican Government charges a travel tax of around 500 pesos (US$45) to leave the country from the airport. Most major air carriers may already have the travel tax charged to the price of the ticket, though it is highly recommended that travelers check this before leaving to/from Cancun. For example, Thomas Cook is charging 660 pesos, and U.S. dollars are not accepted. — The current collective travel experience (from TripAdvisor) shows that almost all airlines flying from the US have already included this tax in their airfare, so there is no need to pay again when leaving Cancun. It seems that only charter flights from the UK do not include this tax and UK travelers may need to pay upon leaving.

Cancun Airport Transfer – Olympus Tours Transfers to the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Cancun Shuttle Good options for late night travelers who arrive between 12am and 7am.

By car – Driving in Mexico can be an experience.

By bus – Cancun’s bus station is located downtown on the corner of Uxmal Avenue and Tulum Avenue. Destinations served by bus include most destinations up to Mexico City (26 hr).

The bus station is served by a taxi rank in front of the station. Local buses to the hotel zone pass regularly behind the station on the Tulum Avenue.


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