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Bus from cancun question #376315
05/10/10 08:18 PM
05/10/10 08:18 PM
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ohio, soon to be san pedro
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Hey guys. My 2 week stay in the states is over. Heading back to the island via cancun this time. I land in cancun around noon. Anyone have experience doing the bus to chetemul and boat from there? As always I'm sure I can figure it out. Just wanted to know if i should get a hotel in cancun or what. And where I could find times etc.

Thanks guys


Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: A C] #376317
05/10/10 08:36 PM
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The bus trip is about 5.5 hours so you can't make it to Chetumal in time for the water taxi on the same day.

This is how I do the trip from Cancun airport to Belize…

From Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen, there is an approximately hourly ADO Riviera airport shuttle bus (check the ticketbus site for departure times and fares). Tickets are sold at a counter in the airport just after exiting customs, or from the ticket seller where the bus is parked. To get to the bus, go out of the airport terminal, turn right and keep going to the other end of the terminal. The bus trip is about 1 hour and costs MX$106 (as at February 2010).

The airport shuttle bus arrives in Playa del Carmen at the bus terminal at the corner of Quinta Avenida and Avenida Juarez (5th Avenue and Juarez Avenue). Stay a night in Playa.

The next day, get a taxi (MX$15 to $20) or walk to the other bus terminal (Terminal Alterna) at Avenida 20 and Calle 12, where the bus departs to Chetumal. Here’s a link to a map of Playa del Carmen showing the location of the two bus terminals:

From Playa del Carmen, ADO express buses to Chetumal depart at 0025, 0150, 0620, 0920, 1050, 1150, 1320, 1435, 1515, 1635, 1835, 1935, 2120 & 2358 (and there are a few ADO GL and OCC buses for a bit more money). The trip takes about 4.5 hours and costs MX$226 for Primera Class (as at December 2009). Check the ticketbus site for up to date schedules and fares.

The bus arrives at the ADO bus terminal in Chetumal. Get a taxi to the water taxi.

Another option for getting from Cancun airport to Chetumal is to get a bus or taxi from the airport to the bus terminal in Cancun city. From there, get an express bus to Chetumal. Cancun airport is located south of Cancun and north of Playa del Carmen, so this means first travelling north to Cancun, then getting a bus back south, but it avoids the bus terminal change in Playa.

You could stay in Cancun (there are some low budget but good hotels near the bus terminal), or you could get to Chetumal on the same day and stay a night there.

Schedules & fares can change anytime; check for updates at:

Note 1: MX$ is Mexican pesos. On the Mexican bus websites, just the dollar sign is used to represent pesos.

Note 2: The ADO express buses have very good air-conditioning; dress warmly.

Note 3: If you get an error message when you click the link for Ticketbus, try this:
1. Look at the address bar; the URL is
2. Use the backspace to delete the last bit (/ticketbus/inicio.jsp), so that only is displayed,
3. Hit ENTER and you should get the site.

More information & links here:

Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: MisterB266] #376353
05/11/10 08:31 AM
05/11/10 08:31 AM
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FYI Current rate:
$100 Mexican pesos equals $7.97 US Dollars

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Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: scubawalk] #376354
05/11/10 08:33 AM
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Sha Offline
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How much would a Hotel room in Playa del Camrne cost?
(sorry for hijacking the thread but we intend to do the same thing soon)

Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: Sha] #376364
05/11/10 09:19 AM
05/11/10 09:19 AM
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MisterB266 Offline
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What's your budget?

There is a cheap hostel/posada close to the bus terminal. I think you will find more information on the Lonely Planet forum. I've never investigated that one.

There are a few cheap hotels (200 to 300 pesos) if you walk along the avenue going away from the beach.

When you come out of the bus terminal, turn left and walk along the main street. There are several hotels in the US$50 to $100 range. Here's one I looked at, but didn't stay in:

Some of the hotels on the main street are hard to see because there's just an small entrance on the street, and the hotel is behind the stores.

If you come in low season, it might pay to negotiate.

Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: MisterB266] #376385
05/11/10 12:31 PM
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ohio, soon to be san pedro
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anyone stayed in Puerto Morelos? A friend suggested it. Quant cheap not built up, etc.


Re: Bus from cancun question [Re: A C] #376608
05/12/10 10:11 AM
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In Playa, on Juarez, between 5th & 10th (about 1/2 block from the downtown bus station) is a little hotel called Hotel Lily, 350 pesos for the night for a room with 2 beds, super clean, ceiling fan. More expensive rooms available with AC and TV.

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