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How to get to the centre Cancún Hotel Zone
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.
- Road Trip
Better than expected
Well... I must confess that when we saw the bus that would take us to Xcaret, I hesitated - it seemed a prehistoric vehicle, and I was afraid that we could end collecting pieces along the road.
No way! It was a good bus, comfortable, with air-conditioned, and the trip was safe and quick. No need to use the car|
- Budget Travel
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.
1st or 2nd Class Buses
If you are somewhere in the Yucatan, I recommend taking a bus to Cancun instead of driving or flying. 1st and 2nd class buses are an easy way to travel. The buses are always airconditioned. On 1st class buses they have a bathroom and they show movies. 2nd class buses do not have a bathroom, so if you are far from Cancun, you probably want to pay more for the 1st class bus.
Cancun Airport by Bus
There is no Direct ADO Bus from Chetumal to Cancun Airport. You will need to get to the ADO Terminal in either Playa del Carmen or Cancun, and then catch the Bus to Terminal 2 in the airport.
If your flight leaves from one of the other Terminals (1 or 3) there's a FREE Shuttle that runs approx every 30 minutes between the terminals.
Check out www.ticketbus.com.mx and remember that the prices are in Mexican Pesos not USD.
- Road Trip
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- Family Travel
Busses further out
To catch a bus to Puerto Juarez to go to Isla Mujeres. take the R-3 it says on the front Puerto Juarez. Usually a red bus.
Bus Station Central
Take the R-1 from the hotel zone 65 pesos/.65 cents, tell the driver bus station. Try to stay in the front so he can call to you. go across the street. Nice clean bus station with immaculate bathrooms ( according to my wife, which is high praise ). 3 pesos plus 1 peso tip, a dime. Go to the leader board and find your destination on the Adobus.
Puerto Morelos is 19 peseos/$3.04 round trip, get round trip ticket.
Playa del Carmen $7.00 RT
These de luxe or pullman buses are equivalent to Greyhound with reserved seats and baggage check. They also have toilets and TV although the TV's sometimes are not used or the TV show is in Spanish. Bring your own TP.
he may blink his lights to ask if you want to be picked up. Raise your hand like your hailing a cab.
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Wonderful Public Transport
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.
Cheapest transportation from airport to hotel zone
You can get from the airport to your hotel in the Hotel Zone for $4.20. Inside the airport terminals look for the ADO (bus company) booths. AT an ADO booth, you can purchase a bus ticket to take you from the airport to the downtown bus terminal for $3.50. Upon arrival at the bus terminal have someone direct you to the nearest curb where you can jump on the R1 bus to the hotel zone. The bus fare is 6.5 pesos (approximately 70 cents).
IF YOU GIVE THE BUS DRIVER PAPER MONEY, MAKE SURE YOU COUNT YOUR CHANGE. IF THE BUS DRIVER SEES YOU WITH LUGGAGE HE MAY TRY TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT YOU MIGHT NOT BE AWARE OF THE BUS FARE OR FAMILIAR WITH THEIR CURRENCY. It happened to me. I handed the bus driver a 50 peso bill and he gave me back two tickets (13 pesos) with a 20 peso bill underneath. He should have given me back 37 pesos.
Assuming you are unfamiliar with the Cancun Hotel Zone, tell the driver the name of the hotel you want to be dropped off at and he will drop you off at the closest bus stop. It's a good idea to know what KM (kilometer) on Blvd Kukulcan the hotel is located. You can follow the KM markers on the side of the road so you will know when you are approaching your destination.
Additional tip: If you haven't exchanged any currency for pesos at an ATM at the airport, I suggest you do so at an ATM at the bus terminal or at the currency exchange across the street from the bus terminal so you will have pesos for the R1 bus. The advantage of the currency exchange is that you can change travelers checks there without commission. The rate at both the ATM and the currency exchange was 10.65 pesos per dollar as of Jan 18, 2008 which wasn't bad (the highest exchange rate I saw all week was at Walmart: 10.90 pesos per dollar.)
- Budget Travel
A slice of local flavor
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.
R-1 Bus service.
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!
Bus to downtown Cancun
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.
- Budget Travel
- Family Travel
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.
- Family Travel
- School Holidays
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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.
~ Local Buses ~
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!
Public buses in the Hotel Zone of Cancun
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.
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