Bus - Local, Cancún
The Great Parnassusò Hotel is located at the distance about 4km from the downtown part of which is known as "El Centro". I used to walk there but preferred to come back by bus.
There is a public transit bus system, servicing the hotel zone. It seemed extremely cheap for me.
You can watch my 3 min 29 sec Video Cancun Walk along the Hotel's Area out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
You can watch my photo of Cancun on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 21° 4' 27.22" N 86° 46' 27.36" W or on my Google Earth Panoramio Hotel Area.
Take a bus to get around Cancun. They are fairly convenient as everything in Cancun the Hotel Zone is all along the main road. Also, it is so much cheaper than a taxi. They have recently raised their price to 8.50 pesos per person but that is only 1 peso more than the fare was before. The buses can get crowded at night if you are planning to go to the night club areas, so be prepared for the crowd, but even on a crowded bus, people are really friendly. You will mostly be taking the bus with people who work in the hotel zone (so locals) and a few tourists. And if you are on the bus for a while, you will get to know some very nice people.
There is a public bus and it was safe and cheap. But I do not know how late it runs. There are several (or was) websites with a bus schedule.
here is one site.
Cancun is just one long strip of hotels and restaurants. The main street is Kulkulcan. Taxis are expensive. Save your money and take the bus. (If you stay in the hotel zone, you'll need the extra money to pay the exhorbitant food and drink prices.) Buses run every minute or two and cost just 60 cents. Route 1 and Route 2 buses traverse from the end of the hotel zone to the center of town. You can get on or off the buses wherever there is a blue parada sign. It's easy, cheap and convenient.
The easiest (and cheapest!) way to go Downtown from the Zona Hotelera is to take a bus. They are quite frequent, clean and very cheap (45 pesos). You also get to see a bit of the local life: workers going to and from worker, house wives going to the market etc.
Small groups of musicians will often ride along, playinmg for a few coins. The usually consist of one or two guitars and a singer, and the songs are very Mexican.
Travelling by bus is the cheapest and most convenient option. The R-1 bus which zooms around the Hotel Zone will take you to the shopping areas, beaches and bars and clubs. You don't have to worry about trailing home alone after a night out on the town either because these buses operate well into the early hours of the morning.
Don't forget to keep 'change' handy for the bus driver and "yell" when you want to get off because he'll carry on driving until you say so!
The least expensive way to travel around Cancun (from the Hotel strip) is by bus. What would be about a $10 or $15 dollar trip (one way) in a taxi, will cost you 65 pesos (or about .65 cents). Granted, it will take twice the time, but as long as you have a seat and a little extra time to spare, it is s good way to go.
I took the bus from the end of the strip (near the Grand Oasis hotel) to the Market in downtown Cancun. The trip took about 45 minutes. It was very hot (July is sweltering), but I had a seat, and that made the trip easier to handle. A combination of locals and tourists are on the bus and you can take any bus to get to the downtown area. To get back, you will need to find out which bus goes by your hotel. In my case, R2 was the bus I needed.
The public bus is the easiest and cheapist way to get around Cancun. I belive it was .50 when we were there in 2003. There are bus stops at shopping malls and in front of many hotels. Be sure to check the route, which is shown on the windshield. Some buses go downtown and others will take you to ferry departure areas. It's a fun experience also. Musicians will board the bus and sing/play guitar/drum etc. for tips. Taxis are also cheap and plentiful. However, be aware the bus fare is for one way. If you decide to ride for the fun of it, you will end up in the locals village and need to pay again to go back to your hotel.
Best all round bus system. 65 cents, let the driver know where you want to get let off and he will motion to you. stay near the front but do not look at his driving unless you have a strong stomach or race cars for a living. In all the times I have been there I have never seen a bus accident.
Ask your holiday rep in resort about the local buses, they are really cheap & you only pay one price its less than $1.00 (It was when i was there in 1999 it may be a little more now)
Whether you go to the next stop or whether you stay on for an hour or more its a set price. Real good value for money & not too crowded & a bonus about these buses are that if you miss a bus dont worry, the next one will be there before you even get chance to think! They run every couple of minutes.
These buses are great for dropping you off to the main centre of Cancun where you can see the nightlife & also have a great day out shopping. We went out to Cancun Shopping Mall. It is fantastic and also air conditioned. A great day out for those who love to shop til they drop!
1. The buses are a nice alternative to more costly cabs and they run regularly along the main road in the Hotel Zone.
2. There are bus stop signs, but that doesn't mean a bus will stop. They stop when they see people, so be sure you['re standing when you're ready to take a bus.
3. The driver may honk at you as a way of asking if you're waiting for the bus. Wave and look eager, and the bus will pick you up.
4. Have pesos, not dollars.
5. As of April 2007, a ride was 6 pesos -- every time you board.
6. Exiting takes some assertiveness. There are sometimes call buttons on the overhead bar, but I also recommend standing up and looking ready to get off when you're near your stop.
When in Cancun, do yourself a favor and take the public busses. WHAT A BLAST!!! They are easy to find, cheap, fast and the locals give you some good entartainment at times. But, one thing, HANG ON, the drivers are a little loco.
Not sure which bus to take, just ask, the drivers will give you the exact place to catch the right bus.
We took the bus everywhere (except one night when I had too much to drink!) They are very cheap ($.60 U.S.) and so convenient. You can tell the driver when you get on where you'd like to stop, or just get up right before your stop and he'll know to slow down. This was a great way to get around and also to meet different people. It's SO much cheaper than a taxi, which is like $6 or $8 to go anywhere.
The R-1 that goes down Tulum Ave / Hotel Zone is cheap and quick. It's only about 7 Pesos, and you can find bus stops all along that route. Sometimes when you're walking along the Hotel Zone, just wave it down and it'll stop, but usually it doesn't when you're Downtown. There are literally one bus after the other, so if one comes along that looks packed, it's safe to wait about five minutes for another, more empty one to come by. The R-1 does get packed in the late afternoon/early evening as locals are getting off work and heading home and around that time, it does get trafficky getting into downtown so do expect to be on the bus for about 30 minutes at that time, when usually it would take 15 minutes without traffic.
We found this a very quick, cheap, convenient mode of transportation especially for the morning/early afternoon when it's not crowded at all.
Cancun is a pretty big place. If you are staying in downtown, then you will need public transport to get to the beach. If you are staying in the Hotel Zone, then you will need public transport to get into town.
I occasionally used to walk from downtown to the northern end of the Hotel Zone (a walk of 8km), but to get to my favoured beach, Playa Delfines (18 km from downtown), I had to rely on the bus.
The bus service is excellent. Buses R1, R2 and, so I was told, R15 all run frequently between downtown and the Hotel Zone 24 hours a day.
You will never have to wait more than 5 minutes for a bus to turn up. Buses can be caught from numerous points along Avenida Tulum in downtown and from many stops along the 23km long Hotel Zone.
The fare is a flat rate 6.5 Pesos (correct at March 2006), regardless of the length of your journey. It doesn't matter if you are going from downtown to the northern end of the Hotel Zone or the southern end 23km further on, the price is still the same.
Fares are paid to the driver upon boarding the bus and I believe that bus fares can only be paid for in Pesos. I once witnessed an argument between a bus driver and an American tourist who was trying to pay in US Dollars. The driver was telling the passenger that he was trying to cheat him, and the tourist was protesting that he had more than enough to cover his fare, but only in US Dollars. So, if you're going to be catching buses in Cancun, I'd advise you to carry some small change in Pesos.
Also note that taxis charge a hefty surcharge for crossing the bridge between mainland Cancun and the Hotel Zone. The bus is therefore an economical choice and I never once needed to use a taxi.