Xplor is a theme and adventure park that is part of the Xcaret group family and in fact, it is only 100 meters away from the park itself. Therefore, if you have read our article on how to get to Xcaret, this article or rather, the process of getting to this amazing park in the Riviera Maya is almost the same.

How to get to Xplor

But don’t worry and keep reading because right now we will tell you everything you need to know about this park full of adrenaline, excitement and adventure both day and night.

Distance from Cancun to Xplor

The distance between the city of Cancun and Xplor theme park is 74.6 km and the travel time is from 1 hour and 10 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Distance from Playa del Carmen to Xplor

The distance from downtown Playa del Carmen to Xplor park is 8.6 km and the approximate time to get there is 10 minutes to 15 minutes. It really depends on the traffic at the time.

Distance from Tulum to Xplor

The distance from the city of Tulum to Xplor theme park is 56.4 km and the approximate time to get there is 50 minutes to 1 hour.

How to get to Xplor from Cancun

Xplor theme park opens at 8:30 am and closes at 11:30 am, however this is because it has two different types of packages, Xplor and Xplor Fuego. The difference between the first one is that you can stay during the day and until the afternoon and the second one is a night experience. So whichever one you buy, we will tell you your transfer options from Cancun.

Private Transfer

The private transfer service is an option to get to Xplor from Cancun, especially if you are a group of 5 to 9 people. This type of service is provided in a large and spacious unit.

Being a private service, the vehicle will go for you to the hotel and of course, considering that you are going to Xplor, it will help you choose the best time to leave Cancun and arrive either during the day or in the afternoon to enter Xplor Fuego. At the same time, remember that you can hire a round trip transfer and that way, you won’t have to worry about how to get back to your hotel.

Playa Express

Playa Express is a shared shuttle service and can be found in front of the ADO terminal.  It is an excellent option if you are looking to save money, but you have to know that as such the bus will leave you very close to the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen. Once there, you can take a cab or another colectivo to get close to the entrance of Xplor Park.


The cab is a service similar to the private transfer, but instead of being a large unit with capacity for up to 9 people, it is limited to a small unit with capacity for 4 people. It should be noted that it can be more expensive than private transportation. However, it is a good option if you want to get to Xplor park as quickly as possible.

It is worth mentioning that if you choose the Xplor fire experience, it can be a little complicated to «take a cab» back and even more expensive than during the day.


ADO offers a direct transfer service to Xplor. They are just not «open schedules». This means that it has specific departure and return times. These schedules can change according to the company’s policies and the price is around 200.00 MXN to 300.00 MXN per person.


Generally, if you decide to buy a tour to Xplor, the transfer is included in the package. So this way you don’t have to worry about anything but enjoying the park during the day or at night.

How to get to Xplor from Playa del Carmen

If you are in Playa del Carmen, getting to Xplor theme park is even easier and it doesn’t matter if it’s Xplor by day or Xplor by night. Let’s get to know it.


From anywhere in Playa del Carmen you can take a cab and it will take you to the entrance of Xplor. It would cost about 300.00 MXN one way and of course, you can ask for the driver’s number to dial him and he will pick you up, which would cost another 300.00 MXN.

Bus to Tulum

From Fifth Avenue you can find the base of the bus service to Tulum, which is similar to Playa Express. The difference is that this one has Tulum as its destination, but you can ask the driver to drop you off at Xplor. The cost of this service is only 55.00 MXN per person.

But it is necessary to clarify that as such it is not a private service and when you say to return, you will have to wait for him to pass by the federal highway and stop to take you back to his base in Playa del Carmen.

This gets a little complicated, just a little when it is the Xplor Fuego package, because the high departure time can make the vans not pass, pass very full and not make the stop and even charge you a little more expensive, as if it were a «night rate».


You can hire a tour to Xplor, which is actually a little cheaper to hire in Cancun than in Cancun and as such, the service will include in your package the transfer from your hotel to the park and from the park to your hotel and this applies to both packages, i.e.: Day or night.

How to get to Xplor from Tulum

Tulum is not close to Xplor, however from here you can also get to this incredible park and since it does not go directly to the «beach town», the transfer time is much shorter than from Cancun. Right now, we will know our options.

Tulum Bus

The Tulum shuttle service is a service that you can take from downtown Tulum at a cost of 55.00 MXN. Its destination as such is Playa del Carmen, but you can ask to be dropped off near Xplor.

The advantage of this service is that as such it does not «enter the city», which shortens the time due to less traffic on the federal highway.


From Tulum you can buy a day tour to Xplor or Xplor Fuego, which includes a private transfer.

Xplor VS Xplor Fire

Xplor VS Xplor Fire

Really live the excitement of Xplor by day and Xplor by night will be an experience that you will never forget in your vacations and this is because during the day it is an exciting adrenaline trip, between the skies, the rivers and the land. At night we can enjoy almost the same, with the difference that what accompanies us is the starry sky, the moonlight and a set of torches that makes us enter a surreal, epic and exciting terrain.

If you choose Xplor during the day, you will have a much easier way to get to and from your hotel, and at the same time you will be able to appreciate beautiful landscapes without missing anything. If you choose Xplor Fuego, the transfer to get there will not be a problem, but getting back will be a bit more complicated.

You have to consider that if you have some kind of sight problem, you might miss some of the night scenery. At the same time, some areas of the park are closed at night for security reasons.

So go by day or go by night? The decision is yours and yours alone, but believe us that no matter what, you will have an amazing time. See you soon in other posts.