The palace resort buses are really nice, and are very spacious. They are very helpful because they take you to specific locations in Hotel Zone and elsewhere. The only problem with the Resort bus is that is only goes to a certain number of locations, and it runs on time intervals of 4 hours. So for example if you board at 9am then your pickup time is 1pm. They actually give you a ticket and you must meet back where you were dropped off at that particular time. We used this bus to go to La Isla Mall, and it dropped us off at the Beach Palace. This was the most luxurious transportation vehicle of all the ones we used in Cancun.
The normal buses running through Cancun are quite run down, and kind of have an odor to them. They are quite cheap though, and will get you anywhere you can imagine in the main part of hotel zone, or the port of Cancun. If you don't have a ride and need a cheap and quick way to get around I would recommend this. However, if you have any other alternative you would be best to use it. We had to use this to get to a resort where our normal tour bus was going to pick us up. Overall not a bad experience but one that I wouldn't have cried had I not experienced it
Buses go from hotel zone to downtown and vice versa they are very cheap. They drive fast and the ride is bumpy, you will notice the mexican musicans that ride the buses and perform for tips, definitaly something to see
The cheapest way to get around Cancun (both in the hotel zone and downtown) is to take the local bus. It's also a great way to get some exposure to the local people and culture. The fare one way is 6.5 pesos (less than one US dollar). Bus stops are clearly marked throughout the hotel zone and downtown. The concierge at your hotel will be happy to tell you which bus to take to get where you want to go. From the hotel zone to get to Av. Tulum downtown take the R1. To get to Wal Mart and Market 28 downtown take R2.
Buses cost $6.5 pesos (NO American coins) per person / 1 way. You get a ticket, but, it is for their control. There are 4 buses R-1, R-2, R-15 & R 27. If you are traveling within the hotel zone then it really does not matter what bus you take (Wet'n Wild is the exception. It is in the hotel zone but only half the buses go there so ask before you get on). R-2 & R-15 go to Wal-mart & Mercado 28. R-1 you ask! Well, it now goes almost everywhere. You have to read the front right window of the bus as it lists where it ends up. R-1's will go to Puerto Juarez, Wal-mart, Plaza 2000, Mercado 23, the bus station & places I have never been. The R 27 turns left on Tulum Ave & goes to Plaza Las Americas (the local's mall).
Bus Tips a) Last man standing does not win anything. It means you will be flying soon. If you are the last person to pay the driver then before you can think about where you want to sit he will be going 78 miles per hour. b) Telling the bus driver where to get off is a good start but not always will it work. Most do not speak English well enough to understand you. Have an idea of where you are going before you get on. Look for landmarks. c) They will not stop to let you off unless you ask them to. Don't assume they stop at all the stops. d) To flag a bus down you need to wave one of your body parts. e) Cheapest tour in Cancun so enjoy it. f) Get on in the front and off from the back door whenever possible. g) Don't bring drinks on the bus as they will most likely end up on someone else. h) When getting off NO ONE moves for you so if the bus is packed, put your head down and push.i) 'The 'Official'way to alert the driver you want off is to press the Red Button on the handrail by the back door.
There are plenty of great places around Cancun, and you should check them out if you have the chance. A quick and cheap way is to take the bus. The busstation is located downtown, and from here you can take the bus to many different places.
There are buses running every 15 minutes to Playa del Carmen, and it's only an hour away. This is a much smaller and quieter place than Cancun. From there you can take the ferry out to Cozumel, a small island famous for the snorkelling and diving. An hour more on the bus takes you to Tulum and the beautiful ruins there. There are also plenty of other places that you can explore in the area.
The hotel zone is a long and narrow reef stretching over an area more than 20 km, and the zone itself is located about 10 km from the downtown. The best way to get around is to take the bus. They run all the time and are very cheap. In the front it is written were it's heading, and if you're not quite sure where to get out you can ask the busdriver to tell when you arrive at that place. Most of the time the driver don't say the name of the stops.
There are many different routes running around in the city. The route going from downtown to the hotel zone is called R-1, and it's clearly marked on the front window.
If you can afford it use a taxie a few times since the buses are so cheap they are making it hard on the Taxie Drivers. Our taxie driver was actually crying about his plight and we could not really tell if he was honest of just trying to get a better fare. We negotiated a certain fare and that is what we paid so his antics did not work on us.
I suspect that the truth is in there somewhere so if you can ... thrown some business their way
Buses on the main Cancun road, which is the main road that runs straight through the resort and is about 15km long. On this road you will find everything you need and the full length of it is serviced by buses. You should not have to wait any longer than about 2-3 mins for a bus and it is one set price wherever you are going. Beware though, sometimes the buses can get very full and be a bit of a crush, but you get used to it. There are plenty of stops but if you stick your hand out they will usually stop.
The buses run 24 hours and are the best way to get around Cancun.
the bus is the easiest, fastest and cheapest way around cancun particularly along the hotel zone.
if you're not sure abt your stop, ask the driver before getting on. they usually announce stops so you dont have to worry abt missing yours. most passengers are tourists and locals working within the hotel zone. all you have to know is which side to wait on. ask your hotel before leaving.
bus fare within the hotel zone is 6.50 (pesos) or approx .65 cents. not bad!
oh and dont forget to hold on tight!!!
The bus system in Cancun is wonderful! The Hotel Zone busses stop in front of each hotel. For about 60 pesos, the bus will take you for miles in each direction. It is extremely convenient, runs every few minutes, and is available all night long. They driver will make change, but it's always easier if you have the proper amount needed. They will then give you a paper receipt. Much cheaper than taxi's! Take the bus bar hopping or shopping - everyone does it!
The bus system in Cancun is fairly easy to follow and use, but I do have one warning - HOLD ON! The bus will take off as soon as everyone is on board whether you have taken your seat or grabbed on to a hand rail yet.
Also, pay attention to the express buses vs regular buses. The express will not stop at every stop even if you ask them to and you are the only one on the bus. We were shocked when we accidentally got on one of these buses and the driver just kept going after we asked him (in Spanish even!) to stop across the street from our hotel. It was like 3:00am, we were the only ones on the bus and he refused. My advice: skip the express buses unless you know exactly where they are scheduled to stop.
The best deal around Cancun is the bus system. For a mere 6 pesos, you can jump on one of the public buses and it will drop you just about anywhere you want to go. There are several different routes, and they are designated by the numbers on the buses. R1 and R2 buses run up and down the hotel zone, with R1 heading toward Puerto Juarez (in case you want to head over to Isla Mujeres) and R2 heading downtown (in case you need to go to Wal Mart). There are over 100 bus stops from the south end of the route (Westin Regina Resort). Need a bus? Just wave your hand and they dive for the curb. Jump on, give the driver your money, then HANG ON, as they usually start driving away from the curb as soon as the last person gets on. And let the driver know your destination, as a lot of them will call it out when they reach it. It's always a good idea, too, to have a general idea of where you are going just in case the driver forgets about you and no one else is getting off where you want to. R2D2? No, it's R1 and R2!
Getting around Cancun is very easy. Buses stop frequently and run late into the night. But hold onto your hat, because they are crazy drivers!! Be prepared for fast stops and quick take offs. It's 6 pesos to ride the bus. About 60 cents american dollar. The drivers we had though not overly friendly, were helpful in pointing out where we needed to be. We had even been told that the drivers would not take us to the port authority, but the driver we had did take us.
For those of you who don't know yet, Cancun basically consists of two parts: Downtown Cancun and the Hotelstrip. Downtown Cancun is really a backpackers place, whereas the strip is filled with large and luxurious 4 and 5 star hotels.
The hotelstrip is a piece of land (+/-15km) in the form of the number 7 with both ends connected to the mainland. Inside the 7 is a big lagoon, whereas downtown Cancun is located on the mainland at the upper end of the 7. Bear in mind that most hotels on the strip are on the seaside an not the lagoonside. Halfway the strip there is also several modern shoppingcentres with shops, restaurants, etc.
The easiest way to get around Cancun is to go by bus. Buses are constantly driving up and down from downtown Cancun to the very end of the hotelstrip, with stops along the entire strip. Simply buy a ticket (fixed price, no matter how far you have to go) when entering the bus.