What is the best way to get around Cancun?
Cancun public transport
The Cancun Hotel Zone is 22 kilometres long and attractions and hotels addresses all make reference to the KM along the strip to mark their location. The well-known nightlife of the party zone is located around 9KM so if your hotel is located at 16KM you would be 7KMs to the south of the party zone. While many attractions may be within walking distance there is a good bus service that operates up and down the hotel zone.
Buses are the cheapest way to get around Cancun and you can get from the Hotel Zone to almost anywhere for only 8.5 pesos (Mexican coins only, approx. 35 pence ). There is also the Bus One (a white bus) which is the only bus with a/c travelling in the Hotel Zone. This costs 11 pesos. (Mexican coins only, approx. 45 pence ).
R1 – R2 – R15 – R27 all travel within the Hotel Zone although only half of them go as far as Wet n’ Wild – you need to ask the driver.
R2 – R15 go to Walmart and the Market 28 in Downtown Cancun.
R1 takes you to Puerto Juarez where you can catch the ferry to Isla Mujeres.
R27 take you to Plaza Las Americas.
If you want to get a bus to another town or city then you can go to the bus station on Avenida Tulum and get buses to Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Merida, Chetumal and just about anywhere you would like to go in Mexico.
You can get a taxi anywhere in Cancun. The only restriction is that they are not allowed to collect from the airport. The airport has its own taxi system. Taxi fares are set by how many zones you travel through. It is best to agree the rate before you start your journey and you can find the rates at the front desk of most hotels. Remember that taxis from outside your hotel or restaurant are more expensive than one you hail in the street.
Ferries to Isla Mujeres
The ferry to Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez leaves every 30 minutes between 6am and 8pm. The fast service takes 15 minutes and costs 3.50usd and the slower one takes 45 minutes and costs 1.8usd.There is a ferry service from Playa Tortugas in the Hotel Zone. It leaves every hour between 9am and 2pm and takes 30 minutes. The last ferry leaves Isla Mujeres at 9pm. This costs 15usd for a return ticket.There is also a car ferry leaving from Punta Sam which costs 13usd for the car plus 2usd per passenger. These leave five times daily starting at 8am and the last one leaves Isla Mujeres at 7.15pm.
Car hire is also easily available with pre bookable rates in the UK starting from around £40 for 3 days.