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How to get to Cancun

Located on the tip of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Cancun receives direct flights from London and several cities in the United States, including New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Dallas/Ft. Worth. AeroMéxico and Mexicana fly daily from Mexico City to Cancun.

Getting to Cancun

The megaresort of Cancun is a skinny 24km island in the shape of the number ‘7’ attached to the mainland by two bridges and separated from it by the lush Nichupté lagoon.

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

From Australia: The most convenient 1-stop flights are on Qantas to Dallas/Ft. Worth with connecting flights to Cancun on American Airlines; on Qantas to Los Angeles with connecting flights to Cancun on Delta Air Lines; or V Australia to Los Angeles with connecting flights on United to Cancun.

From New Zealand: The most convenient 1-stop flights are on Air New Zealand or Qantas to Los Angeles with connecting flights on United to Cancun.

From the UK: The quickest and most convenient direct flights to Cancun are from London Gatwick on British Airways or Thomas Cook. Flights from London Heathrow take longer and involve a brief layover stop.

From the USA: American Airlines and Jet Blue offer daily direct flight to Cancun from New York. Delta, United and Virgin America fly direct to Cancun from Los Angeles.

Flight time to Cancun, Mexico

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

Brisbane to Cancun is 20 hrs 45 min, with connecting flightˆ
Sydney to Cancun is 19 hrs 46 min, with connecting flightˆ
Melbourne to Cancun is 21 hrs 16 min, with connecting flightˆ
Perth to Cancun is 25 hrs 06 min, with connecting flightˆ

Auckland to Cancun is 20 hrs 56 min, with connecting flightˆ
London to Cancun is 10 hrs 15 min, direct flight
New York to Cancun is 3 hrs 50 min, direct flight
Los Angeles to Cancun is 4 hrs 42 min, direct flight
Dallas/Ft. Worth to Cancun is 2 hrs 30 min, direct flight

Flying in

Cancun International Airport is located 17km southwest of the resort town. Hotels provide pre-arranged transport for guests. 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 should be posted outside your hotel. 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: 18 November, 2018

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