Most frequent questions and answers
Tulum does not have its own private airport. The closest Tulum airport is the Cancún International Airport (CUN), which is located about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from Tulum.
The government has plans to create a New Tulum International airport that will serve around 4 million passengers every year. However, Tulum International airport is still just a project on paper and there are no updates on the government’s plan for a start date for the construction of the new international airport any time soon. The plan is for Tulum International Airport to serve both commercial flights and also function as a military airbase.
There are no Covid-19 travel restrictions in place for Mexico for now. It is important to stay informed about the situation and to follow the guidance of the local authorities and the World Health Organization (WHO) when planning travel.
There are several ways to get to Tulum, depending on your location and preferred mode of transportation.
These are some of the most convenient and common transportation options you have to get to Tulum:
By air: Flying is by far the best transportation option. The closest Tulum airport is the Cancún International Airport (CUN). From the airport, you can take a taxi, shuttle, or bus to get to Tulum. The journey takes about 1.5 to 2 hours by car, depending on traffic.
By bus: There are several bus companies that operate regular services to Tulum from Mexico City and other big cities around the country. The journey takes about 10 to 12 hours from Mexico City.
By car: If you are driving from another city in Mexico just follow the federal highway that runs along the coast.
By ferry: If you are coming from the Cozumel Island, you can take a ferry from Playa del Carmen to the mainland and then a txi or bus to Tulum. The ferry ride takes about 45 minutes and there are several companies that operate regular services.
Tulum has a wide range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences. Some options include:
- Hotels and Vacation Rentals: There are many hotels and vacation rentals available in Tulum, including apartments, villas, and houses, ranging from luxury high-end resorts to budget-friendly options.
- Campgrounds: Tulum is home to several campgrounds that offer tent and also RV sites. They are a very good option for travelers who want to be close to nature, enjoy outdoor activities, and have an immersive experience.
- Hostels: There are several hostels in Tulum in the Pueblo. They are budget-friendly accommodations in shared dorms or private rooms.
It is always a good idea to book accommodation in advance, especially during peak season when the demand is higher.
In general, you can expect to pay between $50 and $100 USD (1,000 to 2,100 MXN pesos) for a one-way taxi ride from Cancun Airport to Tulum (small discount sometimes for a round trip). The cost of a taxi from Cancun to Tulum will depend on a variety of factors, including the distance traveled, the type of vehicle or taxi, and any additional services requested. You can also arrange for a private transfer or car rental if you prefer. Keep in mind that prices for private transfers and taxis can vary and it is always ALWAYS a good idea to confirm the cost of a taxi before beginning your journey.
It is difficult to compare the safety of two specific destinations without more context. Both Cancun and Tulum are popular tourist destinations in Mexico and have their own unique characteristics and ambiance. It is always important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to ensure your personal safety when traveling to any destination. That being said, it is always a good idea to research the specific area you will be visiting and to exercise caution when traveling to any location so you can stay safe.