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How do I get from Tulum to Chichen Itza

As a new wonder of the world, Chichen Itza is a must-see for every traveler in the Riviera Maya. It is one of the most popular and visited archaeological sites in Mexico.

 On the other hand, Tulum is a city located on the Caribbean coast of the state of Quintana Roo, well known for its well-preserved ruins of an ancient Mayan port, undoubtedly, a place not to be missed. 

Both places are worth visiting, and it is possible to combine when you plan a trip to the region. 

You might think it is somewhat complicated to get to Chichen Itza from Tulum since both are in different states or may look too far from each other.

Getting there is easier than you think either by public or private transport. In this article, we will show you that it is not as difficult as you think.

Travel by Car

If you travel by car from Tulum to Chichen Itza, on the way you can enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes this place has to offer, and you can go at your own pace. 

In Tulum, there are several agencies where you can rent a car by kilometers, an hour, or even by the day you choose, and car rental is an easy process. 

It’s fast, it’s simple, and you can get a great deal on the car you want. From luxury to economy, you are sure to find the perfect vehicle to suit your needs.

To get from Tulum to Chichen Itza by car, you can take the Gulf Coast/Valladolid – Merida/Mexico highway, which will take approximately 2 hours depending on traffic and the stops you make along the way. 

Generally, the highways in these areas are safe and well signposted for a better driving experience.

Travel by Bus

If you want to travel in comfort and without the worry of driving from Tulum to Chichen Itza, this is for you.

Traveling by bus from Tulum to Chichen Itza is an excellent option. It’s the cheapest and most genuine way to get to know Mexico, it’s also easy, and it’s a fun way to meet other adventure-seeking travelers. It is also generally safe to travel by bus as the journey is direct.

To get to Chichen Itza, you can take a bus from the ADO terminal in Tulum. The fare per person is between 180 and 250 Mexican pesos. It takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to get from one place to another, a little longer than by car. Still, I assure you it will be worth it as you will be able to get closer to the Mexican culture.

Tours and Excursions

Booking a tour could be the most convenient way to visit Chichen Itza from Tulum.

Learn about the Mayan history and access other services or visits to nearby sites, such as a Cenote Visit and Valladolid. This can be a good option if you just want to worry about having fun.

In the surroundings of Tulum, many travel agencies offer tours and guided excursions.

Prices vary depending on the agency and the services included in the package you hire, generally including the transfer to Chichen Itza, a specialized guide to explain a little about these Mayan ruins.

We offer one of the best options of tours from Tulum to Chichen Itzá you can book a tour with us.

To Consider

For you to enjoy your visit to Chichen Itza, as well as the journey from Tulum, we have some recommendations that you could take into account to improve your experience:

  1. Visiting hours at Chichen Itza every day are 08:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  2. The entrance fee is 80 Mexican pesos + 417 Mexican pesos charged by the state for foreigners (if you are Mexican, the additional price is only 130 Mexican pesos).
  3. It is recommended to arrive early to explore the ruins in a better way as it is a very visited area by both national and foreign tourists.
  4. There is an application called Maps.me. In this application, you can explore each of the locations of the archaeological zone without internet from your phone. It shows all the regions of the ruins and points out what each one has. Download it first to be able to access it.
  5. The place is beautiful, so we recommend taking as many photos as you can to take a unique souvenir of these famous ruins in the Riviera Maya.


Undoubtedly, Chichen Itza is a place worth visiting because of the level of culture and importance it has for Mexico and being a world-renowned ruin. 

Getting here can be easy and, above all, safe from Tulum if you follow the recommendations, either by car or bus or even on a tour that you have paid to enjoy.

This experience can be unforgettable no matter which way you choose to get there. The important thing is that you enjoy it and want to come back, so it is recommended that you plan your trip to be more organized and enjoy it much more.

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