Are you staying at a hotel in Tulum? Tulum is a city in the Riviera Maya that has captivated hundreds of travelers for its peculiar life and nomadic and jungle aspect, but at the same time, a place that does not leave out the luxuries, elegance and architecture of its hotels, restaurants and various areas that are part of the region.

How to get to Tulum

An architecture that already makes you get lost in the streets to walk through every corner, while the breeze of the Caribbean Sea accompanies you. Undoubtedly, Tulum is an excellent place to vacation and if you still don’t know how to get to Tulum from Cancun or Playa del Carmen, don’t worry and keep reading because now we will tell you.

Is there Uber in Tulum?

No, so far the city of Tulum does not have Uber service. But there are other types of transportation services such as colectivos and cabs, which allow you to move from one place to another within the city.

Are there Taxis in Tulum?

Yes, as such the city of Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum do have cab services. In fact, it is very common for visitors to hire private cabs in Tulum to get around the city, the archaeological zone or nearby places such as Coba.

How to get around Tulum?

As such the city of Tulum is not as large as many believe and is composed of the Tulum Pueblo and Tulum hotel zone. Although, cab services, buses and having a private car help a lot to move from one place to another in Tulum, because it is a very quiet place, many people prefer to rent a bike and ride around the city.

Does Tulum have an airport?

No, for now the city of Tulum does not have an airport. However, it has been speculated that by the year 2030 the city could have a small airport to receive flights from various destinations in Mexico and the world.

How far is it from Cancun to Tulum?

The distance between Tulum and the city of Cancun is 130 km and the average transfer time is 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours.

What is the distance from Cancun airport to Tulum?

The distance between Cancun International Airport and the city of Tulum is 118 km and the average transfer time can reach 1 hour and 30 minutes.

What is the distance from Playa del Carmen to Tulum?

The distance between the city of Playa del Carmen and Tulum is 64 km and the approximate transfer time is 1 hour.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun?

In order to get to Tulum from Cancun city or from Cancun airport, you have the following means of transportation: Private Transfer, Buses and ADO. It is worth mentioning that there are other means to get to Tulum and they are practically guided tours, which include the transfer to Tulum and the visit to its main tourist areas, such as its archaeological zone and Coba.

Private Transportation

Since the city of Tulum is located far from downtown Cancun and Cancun’s international airport, the best option to get to your hotel in a comfortable, safe and fun way, is the private transportation service.

With this service, it doesn’t matter if they will pick you up somewhere in the city or wait for your flight to arrive at the airport. The vehicle will be ready and available for you, to travel in a unit with ample space and capacity to carry up to 9 people, with their suitcases.

Enjoy the view and do not suffer the ravages of heat, because the units have air conditioning and WIFI. Generally, most of the transfer companies have the same rates and we will present them below.

Private Services Private Services Private Services
1-3 Passengers 4-6 Passengers 7-8 Passengers
Single Round trip Single Round trip Single Round trip
100 USD 175 USD 110 USD 200 USD 115 USD 220 USD

If you want to know which are the most recommended transfer agencies, click here.


If you want to save money on your trip to the city of Tulum from Cancun and you are somewhere in the center of the city, the colectivos service is ideal for you.

First of all, it is necessary to mention that these services are not available from the Cancun airport and therefore, you would have to get to the city center. Once downtown, you have to go to the ADO terminal.

In front of the ADO terminal, there is a shared transportation line (Shuttle), which has a cost of 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN and is based in Playa del Carmen.

Once you arrive in Playa del Carmen, just 100 meters away you can find the base of the colectivos «transport service to Tulum» and get on one of them. The cost is similar to the previous one and its destination is downtown Tulum.


Another alternative that is also not available at the Cancun airport, but is available from downtown Cancun, is the ADO shuttle service. If you are at the Cancun airport, you have to get to downtown Cancun first.

In the city center it is very easy to find the ADO terminal and at the terminal, buy your ticket for the bus to Tulum.

How to get to Tulum from Playa del Carmen?

Are you in Playa del Carmen? To get to Tulum from Playa del Carmen you have the services of Taxis, colectivos and ADO.


Cabs are a very popular service in Playa del Carmen and are an excellent ally in case you are looking for a fast way to get to Tulum.  As such, they are Tsuru type vehicles with a maximum capacity of 4 passengers and little luggage.

They do not have air conditioning (at least not all of them) and the costs can be as low as 2 thousand MXN per trip.


Very close to the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen, you can find the base of the shuttle service to Tulum. This is a shared transfer service (Shuttle) that you can take for only 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN.

This type of service has as its end point, arriving at the center of Tulum. It is worth mentioning that in case you want to go to Xcaret, Xplor, Xel Ha or any other place between Playa del Carmen and Tulum, this transportation option is the most preferred by travelers.


The ADO is another alternative service to get to Tulum from Playa del Carmen and can be taken on Fifth Avenue.


As we have been able to notice, the city of Tulum is a little far from Cancun or the airport, but without a doubt it is a place that you have to know and that nowadays has become a great tourist competitor of Playa del Carmen or Cancun.

Its beaches are very beautiful, its archaeological zone is dazzling, its hotels are surreal and without a doubt, the jungle, nomadic, beach life, balanced with the glamorous life will enchant you.