Chichen Itza Location in the Mayan Peninsula

Chichen Itza location and how to get there

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Chichen Itza is located in Mexico, east of the state of Yucatan, between the cities of Merida (120 km east) and Cancún (200km west).

Chichen Itza location from Merida

From Merida, it’s 120 km and you get there in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Chichen Itza location from Valladolid

From Valladolid, it’s 50 km and you get there in approximately 45 minutes.

Chichen Itza location from Cancun

From Cancun, it’s 200 km and you get there in approximately 3 hours.

Chichen Itza location from Tulum

From Tulum, it’s 150 km and you get there in approximately 2 hours.

How to get to Chichen Itza

You can arrive in a comfortable and safe way, using any means of transportation like tour buses, car rental or public transportation.

Chichen Itza Tours

You can get a complete experience to Chichen Itza with the hiring of a Tour Agency like Xichen by Xcaret that can offer you different packages with everything to turn your trip to Chichen Itza into a unique experience.

The Classic Chichen Itza Tour will provide full transportation either by bus or van from the hotel where you’re staying or from any other pick up point. The tour includes the price of the tickets with a guide included, which will give you a tour through the site with breaks for free time.

The guides are certified and speak English, some of them even speak multiple languages.

Most tours will also visit cenotes and a delicious buffet-style meal in a restaurant of excellent regional quality.

Car Rental to go to Chichen Itza

With this option, you can take the wheel and make the journey with the stops you want and the way you want.

If you decide to rent a vehicle to make the trip to Chichen Itza, you can get an excellent price for the rental of your vehicle from an authorized website like, getting a discount if you set it aside in advance.

Once you get your vehicle, the trip to Chichen Itza will not be complicated, you just have to take the 180 federal highway known also as the Mérida-Puerto Juarez highway. As for the conditions of the road, you should not worry because it is in perfect condition. Along the route you can make stops in many tourist places, such as famous cenotes or tourist spots that offer beautiful crafts, perfect as souvenirs of your visit.

If you’re driving yourself, you can easily use apps like Google Maps or Waze to get there.

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Public Transportation to Chichen Itza

If you want to get to Chichen Itza using public transportation, you can take buses, which are an economical and convenient option to get to your destination regardless of the number of people in the group. Buses are taken from the bus terminals in any city like Cancún or Mérida and should be taken in the morning as early as possible. By choosing this option, you can enjoy your trip in nice and spacious seats with air conditioning.

Public transportation usually stops in a beautiful town called Pisté located 15 kilometers from the ruins of Chichen Itza where you can buy ornaments and crafts to remember your trip and stretch your legs before continuing.

Chichen Itza Location
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