Getting to Cancun is easier than many people think.

First, hop on a plane and head to Cancun International Airport (CUN). All major airlines from the United States and Canada fly into Cancun. There are also many airlines from Europe and South America that fly directly to Cancun shuttle service.

Getting to Cancun

Once you arrive in Cancun …. Transportation Cancun…

Shuttle Service

Taking a shuttle service to Cancun is by far the easiest and most painless option. They will pick you up as you leave the airport gate, help you with your luggage, and take you straight to where you live in Cancun.S-I-M-P-L-E. They will even stop at the grocery store along the way and wait for you if you want to pick up a few things on your way into town. The shuttle company I would recommend is Cancun Airport Transportation. People have been very happy with their service.

It’s really nice to take the shuttle to Cancun because once you’re in the area, you really don’t need to drive. Renting a bike and exploring that way and occasionally taking a cab is the best way to see the place anyway!


There is also the option of taking a bus to Cancun. the ADO is the main bus company on the Mayan Riviera and connects all towns with large, comfortable/air conditioned long distance buses. Although there is no direct service from Cancun Airport to Cancun, you can transfer at Playa del Carmen. The bus to Playa Del Carmen picks up right next to the Margaritaville kiosk after leaving the airport’s Terminal 3 and runs every 30 minutes. Once you get to Playa Del Carmen, you’ll have to take another bus to Cancun.

The ADO bus is the cheapest option, but…. It takes the most time. You should take into account an extra 30 min-hours if using the bus. Since you have to wait for the bus to arrive and then stop at each terminal to pick up other passengers, it’s a bit slow to get you on your way.

Rent a car

Transportation to Cancun

Miko and I are waiting for a rental car. (I don’t recommend traveling with all that luggage! This was actually the day we moved to Cancun :).

Renting a car is your third option and may be a little more complicated because of all the insurance coverage provided. Some are mandatory, some are not, but often implied as such. Here, I’ll give you some basic information in the process, but you can get a line by line breakdown of all the insurance coverage works in tourist Cancun, your guide to heaven.

The best and least stressful way to rent a car in Mexico is to do all the planning and research before you get there. Go with a rental company that you are familiar with. Check into what insurance coverage may or may not be covered through your credit card company, I recommend printing out the information so you have it handy should need to appear or cross reference as you are checking out the car.

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