How to get to Tulum

Tulum location and how to get there

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Tulum is located in México, on the state of Quintana Roo, 130km south of the city of Cancún.

How to get there

You can arrive in a comfortable and safe way, using any means of transportation like Tour buses, car rental or public transportation. Tulum is a perfect getaway trip when visiting Cancún because it’s less than 2 hours away and you can also stop in other places like Playa del Carmen, Xcaret, Xplor, Xpu Ha, Xel Ha, and the list goes on.

How to get to Tulum from Cancun

From Cancun, it’s 128 km and you get there in approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes.

How to get to Tulum from Merida

From Merida, it’s 260 km and you get there in approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Tulum Tours

Tours to Tulum
Tours to Tulum

You can get a complete experience to Tulum with the hiring of a Tour Agency that can offer you different packages with everything to turn your trip to Tulum into a unique experience.

The Classic Tulum 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 other places like Xel Ha, Cobá, Playa del Carmen, and even Chichen Itza. Most tours also include delicious buffet style meals in a restaurant of excellent regional quality.

Here are some recommendations of some Tulum Tours in the Mayan Peninsula.

Car Rental

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 Tulum, 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 from Cancún to Tulum is pretty much a straight line, you just have to take the 307 federal highway known also as the Cancún-Chetumal highway. As for the conditions of the road, you should not worry because it is in perfect condition and without toll booths. Along the route you can make stops in many tourist places, such as famous cenotes, turquoise blue beaches, theme parks, the famous town of Playa del Carmen 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.

Visit to find a car and drive to Tulum.

Public Transportation

If you want to get to Tulum 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 your group. Buses are taken from the bus terminals in Cancún 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.

Go to the bus terminal located in Cancún, the ticket will cost you approximately $200 MXN to the Tulum Archaeological Site and takes approximately 2 hours to get there.

It may be a good idea to stop in Playa del Carmen on your way back to eat and dip your toes in its beautiful beaches.

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