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How do I get to Chichen Itza from Cancun?

If you are planning your following holidays to Cancun and you want to visit Chichen Itza, but you don’t know how to get there, here we tell you how to do it. 

There is a lot of transportation accessibility in Cancun from one place to another thanks to its touristic importance, so getting to Chichen Itza will not be a problem. You can hire tours, rent a car, or even venture into public transportation. 

In this article, we will give you details about the different options you can consider getting to Chichen Itza from Cancun and some recommendations so that your visit is filled with the best experiences. 

Tours from Cancun to Chichen Itza

Booking a tour can be one of the most practical and efficient ways of traveling from Cancun to Chichen Itza. The best options are usually day tours. Your hotel can help you in organizing your tour. You should look for the tour that appeals to you the most. Some tours offer full-day packages which have planned activities to allow you to get a well-rounded experience. Activities provided by such full-day tours are a stop-off in the colonial town of Valladolid. Also on offer is a cool swim in a nearby cenote. Lunch and round-trip hotel transfers are all provided, so you should consider that when you take the price into consideration.

By car to Chichen Itza from Cancun

Driving is quite easy. It is relatively straight all the way and is quite a flat road all the way. It could be considered the most direct way to get to Chichen Itza from Cancun. You shouldn’t worry about safety as it is a heavily populated tourist area, so it is protected and safe. 

The drive is about two hours, so a four-hour round trip. Don’t worry about getting bored while driving because there are various places to stop and take in the sights, making driving an exciting way to get to Chichen Itza from Cancun. You can stop at whatever appeals to you instead of the tour, which will only bring you to what has been scheduled. If you wish to visit a particular cenote that perhaps a tour will not visit, a car could be your solution.

But I think I must mention that the main advantage of driving to the Archeological zone from Cancun is that you are the boss. You make your own schedule, leave when you want, and return when you want. The convenience of a tour can be very appealing. Still, they are usually not very time efficient and can drag on, especially when many people are on tour.

Bus to Chichen Itza from Cancun

Traveling by bus is quite affordable and can be a more comfortable experience. The ADO bus leaves at 8:45am and leave Chichen Itza for the return at 4:30pm. This can be a significant disadvantage for those who don’t want to stay at the historical site for five hours. The bus itself takes three hours roughly. Of course, it has the other downside: you won’t get to stop off while on the route. However, suppose you are just looking for an affordable mode of transportation and intend on sticking around the historical site for a while. In that case, this is an excellent option for you.

By Plane From Cancun to Chichen Itza

Not the cheapest option and probably the least common option used for people who travel magnificent place. It takes roughly less than an hour. The big appeal for people to choose this option is the exclusivity of it. Obviously, it will be such an unforgettable experience compared to the other options available as modes of transport from Cancun to Chichen Itza. It doesn’t compare it with its unique appeal, which has stunning views. You choose whether to go private or to go on a shared flight.

By Bus from Cancun to Chichen Itza

Getting from Cancun to Chichen Itza is easier than you can imagine, buses are taken from the terminal in downtown Cancun, it should be in the morning approximately between 8, and 9 am to make a journey time estimated at about 2 or 3 hours depending on the time of year and the traffic on the road. 

The price varies according to the bus line you take. It can range from $150 to $200 Mexican pesos.

The way to get to Chichen Itza from Cancun can be via the Cancun-Kantunil/Mexico highway. Generally, this is the most used route to get from one place to another, so if you want to free yourself from the pressure of driving and want to be transported from land, the best option is to travel by bus with the best comforts offered by each transport line.


When choosing an option to visit Chichen Itza from Cancun, you should consider some recommendations that we will give you below to better enjoy your trip:

  1. Plan your visit to Chichen Itza in advance.
  2. Check your schedule to avoid setbacks.
  3. Admission to the historic site is roughly USD 24 – 25 (497 Mexican pesos)
  4. Always have your identification documents on hand for security purposes.
  5. Research the emergency numbers in the area
  6. Check on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website which areas of the country to avoid to take precautions.
  7. If you are going to book a tour, make sure that the company you book with is safe.
  8. If you are going by car, make sure your tires are in perfect condition, and your documents are up to standard.
  9. Use maps or GPS.


Getting to Chichen Itza from Cancun is not complicated by any route you choose. You just have to follow our recommendations to enjoy peace of mind and safety when traveling from one place to another.

Chichen Itza is one of the best places to be filled with culture and, above all experience, we assure you that you will want to return to this legendary city.

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