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How to get to Cancun

Cancún is located on the northeast coast of the Yucatán Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo in southeast Mexico. The resort city sits on the Caribbean Sea just north of the Riviera Maya.

Cancun lies on a skinny 24km (15mi) long island in the shape of the number ‘7’, and is attached to the mainland by two bridges and separated from it by the Nichupté lagoon.

The most convenient route to Cancun is by air to Cancún International Airport (CUN), located about 20km (12mi) from the hotel zone, around 25 minutes by shuttle bus or taxi.

South of Cancun lies the Riviera Maya, home to some of the hippest beaches on the coast, including Playa del Carmen and Tulum Beach, which nestles beneath an ancient Mayan fortress.


Flight times to Cancun

The following are the most convenient and quickest routes to Cancún International Airport (CUN), Cancun.

Within Mexico: Aeromexico, Interjet, Viva Aerobus and Volaris offer the most convenient daily flights to Cancun.

Mexico City to Cancun is 2 hrs 5 min, direct flight


From United States: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, United Airlines and Southwest Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Cancun.

Atlanta to Cancun is 2 hrs 26 min, direct flight
Chicago to Cancun is 3 hrs 25 min, direct flight
Dallas-Fort Worth to Cancun is 2 hrs 35 min, direct flight
Houston to Cancun is 2 hrs 9 min, direct flight
New York to Cancun is 3 hrs 57 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Cancun is 4 hrs 42 min, direct flight
San Francisco to Cancun is 5 hrs 23 min, direct flight
Seattle to Cancun is 5 hrs 44 min, direct flight

Boston to Cancun is 4 hrs 19 min, connecting flightˆ


From Canada: Air Canada, Air Transat, WestJet and Sunwing Airlines offer the most convenient daily flights to Cancun.

Toronto to Cancun is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Montreal to Cancun is 4 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Vancouver to Cancun is 5 hrs 40 min, direct flight


From United Kingdom: British Airways and Thomson Airways offer the most convenient daily direct flights to Cancun.

London to Cancun is 10 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Manchester to Cancun is 10 hrs 10 min, direct flight


From France: Air France and XL Airways France offer the most convenient direct flights to Cancun.

Paris to Cancun is 10 hr 45 min, direct flight


From Germany: United Airlines, Lufthansa and Condor Flugdienst offer the most convenient flights to Cancun.

Frankfurt to Cancun is 11 hrs 20 min, direct flight
Munich to Cancun is 12 hrs 25 min, direct flight

Berlin to Cancun is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Dusseldorf to Cancun is 12 hrs 45 min, connecting flightˆ
Hamburg to Cancun is 13 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ


From Australia: Qantas, Virgin Australia, American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cancun.

Adelaide to Cancun is 21 hrs 50 min, connecting flightˆ
Brisbane to Cancun is 18 hrs 30 min, connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cancun is 19 hrs, connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cancun is 20 hrs 27 min, connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cancun is 24 hrs 20 min, connecting flightˆ


From New Zealand: Air New Zealand, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cancun.

Auckland to Cancun is 18 hrs 17 min, connecting flightˆ


From Singapore: Singapore Airlines and United Airlines offer the most convenient scheduled flights to Cancun.

Singapore to Cancun is 21 hrs 40 min, connecting flightˆ

(ˆincludes transfer time.)


Flying in

Cancún International Airport (CUN), located about 20km (12mi) from the hotel zone, around 25 minutes by shuttle bus or taxi.

Hotels can provide transport for guests by prior arrangement. Official pre-paid taxis are available for booking just after the arrivals hall.


Entry requirements

A passport valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay, a return/onward ticket and proof of sufficient funds. A visa is not required for a stay of up to 180 days.


Getting around

Apart from walking, taxis are plentiful and charge per hotel zone – taxi rates are usually posted outside hotels. Hire cars and scooters are easily rented.

The Playa Express bus offers shuttle services every 30 minutes along the coast as far as Tulum, stopping at big towns and points of interest along the way. Several boats ply the route from Cancun to nearby Isla Mujeres.


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Latest update: How to get to Cancun: 28 December, 2019


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