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Public Transportation in Cancun

Learning how to get around using public transportation in Cancun is an important step in adjusting to life in Cancun. In this article, we cover the local public transportation options.

Cancun is a bustling city known for its beautiful beaches, vibrant nightlife, and rich cultural heritage. It is also a city with a well-developed public transportation system that includes buses, taxis, and ferries. The bus system, run by Autocar, is the most widely used form of public transportation in Cancun. Taxis are also a popular choice, especially for tourists, and are operated by various companies. For those looking to explore the surrounding islands, there are ferries operated by Ultramar. With such a diverse range of public transportation options, it is entirely possible for an expat living in Cancun to comfortably live without a car.


The bus system in Cancun is extensive and efficient, making it a popular choice for both locals and tourists. Autocar operates a fleet of modern, air-conditioned buses that run 24/7, ensuring that you can get where you need to go at any time of day or night. The buses are safe and reliable, with regular routes that cover the entire city and its surrounding areas. A single ride costs around 12 pesos, making it an affordable option for daily commuting. The buses are also equipped with free Wi-Fi, allowing passengers to stay connected during their journey.


Taxis in Cancun are plentiful and easy to hail, making them a convenient choice for those who prefer a more direct mode of transportation. The taxis are operated by various companies, each with their own set of rates. It’s important to negotiate the fare before getting in to avoid any surprises at the end of your ride. While taxis are generally safe, it’s always a good idea to use a reputable company and avoid unlicensed taxis. For women traveling alone or at night, it’s recommended to use a taxi service that offers a ‘ladies only’ option, which ensures that the driver is a woman.


For those looking to explore the surrounding islands, the ferry service operated by Ultramar is a great option. The ferries are modern and comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating options. They operate regular routes to Isla Mujeres and Cozumel, with additional services to other destinations during the high season. The ferry ride offers stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and is a great way to experience the natural beauty of the region. Prices vary depending on the destination, but a round-trip ticket to Isla Mujeres costs around 300 pesos.

In conclusion, the public transportation system in Cancun is diverse, efficient, and affordable, making it entirely possible for an expat to live comfortably without a car. Whether you prefer the convenience of a taxi, the affordability of a bus, or the scenic beauty of a ferry ride, Cancun has a transportation option to suit your needs.

Joshua WoodJoshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.

Some of Joshua's articles include Pros and Cons of Living in Portugal, 10 Best Places to Live in Ireland and Pros and Cons of Living in Uruguay. Connect with Joshua on LinkedIn.

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