I arrived to Cancun with an airplane from Mexico City and then continued by bus to Merida.
Cancun can be done walking, but if you have to go from the beach end, where all the mayor hotels, shoppingmalls and nightclubs are, to the old downtown, it may be worth going by one of the local busses which anyway are increadible cheap.
I hired a bike which was a lot of fun too:), and know there's a great possibility to hire almost every thing with wheels on!
The bus by far is the best way to get around this town. The cabs are too expensive and you meet more people taking the bus. It's cheap and it's gets you to where you have to go in no time as they drive like mad!
US Airways packages have been the best priced that I've found in the last couple of trips. Use travel website engines to search for vacations, but always compare US Air prices with other packages.
WALK! Usually, you can find almost everything you'd need by just walking around. If you do have a distant site to visit, within the tourist section, take the local buses. They run often and are very cheap. Most of the drivers speak some English, so you can mention a site and they'll usually let you know. Also, get local maps. Landmarks are easy to spot when travelling on the buses to let you know you're close to your destination.
We flew in directly from Madrid, coming from Portugal. We flew with AirPlus and everything was really nice. Very good service and comfortable plane. No problems at checkin/arrival.
Once you're in the Tulum/Cancun area and if you don't want to rent a car, there are some very comfortable 'buses' which pass in the 'highway' that connects Tulum to Cancun (nº 307 for what I recall).
They stop right in front of our hotel (Bahia Principe Tulum) so we used them quite often to get to Playa Del Carmen, mostly.
I was quite surprised to see that these 'buses' (more like taxis) were some very comfortable and modern vans with A/C and automatic gears :)
They are used a lot by local workers also. The price was quite cheap (like 15 or 20 pesos...just under 2 dollars)
Make sure you ask the price before you enter the van, because there are some ripoff attempts ;) If it's way over the price I mentioned, then bargain (!!!) with them ;o)
I traveled into Cancun via airplane via Mexicana de Aviancion. Best way to arrive I think!
Riding the *camion* ( the city bus ) was the way I traveled. It was inexpensive and quick. Cancun consist of the 'zona hotelera' a long strip of hotels and resorts in which the camion goes up and down all day and night.
Have to say that I felt save traveling this method even in the wee hours of the morning there is plenty of security.
There is an excellent bus service between Cancun and Playa del Carmen. Buses depart every 10 minutes, are comfortable and air-conditioned. The trip from Cancun to Playa del Carmen takes 50 minutes to 1 hour depending on traffic. The cost of the ticket is Pesos $32 (as of July 2002) one way.
To get to the bus station in Cancun, take any R-1 buses on Blvd. Kukulcan and tell the driver to stop at the 'terminal de autobuses' on Avenida Tulum (in downtown Cancun). The bus station in Playa del Carmen is conveniently located one block away from the main square, and only 2 blocks from the ferry docks. You can buy ferry tickets in the bus station in Playa del Carmen.
The last bus from Playa del Carmen leaves around midnight. If you miss it, there are always taxis available.
Going from Cancun through theYucatan Peninsula to Chichen Itza or Xel-ha, one may take a bus. I suppose you might also be able to rent a motorcycle or moped, but I don't know how safe or feasible that is. Here is a bus schedule from Cancun to many locations.
In this area there are airports at Cancun, Merida and Cozumel but I suppose that most of us will fly to Cancun.
The bus service between cities is really good, and cheap too. And confortable. But remember to take a shawl or a jumper for the longer trips because they are very proud of their air conditioning and it can get nippy in there...
For Uxmal and the Puuc ruins, the Puuc Route leaves Merida at 8 am. It takes you to the ruins and leaves you some time to explore each site before picking you up to take you to the next site, and back to Merida at around 3 pm. It costs 100 pesos and if you do this on Sunday you don't pay to visit any the ruins so it is well worth it.
Cancun has a great public transit system, there are buses that run the length of the main street where all the major hotels are located to downtown (where you'll find shopping, clubs, etc.). The fare is very inexpensive and the buses run regularly.
If you're in a jam and need to get somewhere fast, a taxi will do but they can get expensive (as taxis seem to do all over the world!).
The Cancun buses are clean, modern, and cheap (only 5 pesos...less than 50 cents). There are only two main bus routes that run between downtown and the length of the hotel zone (R1 and R2). During certain times the buses may be packed and a taxi can be used for about $5-$11 USD. For those who prefer to rent a car, we saw an add on the bus by Royal for $16 USD per day including insurance. Other alternatives include buggy, moped, or motercycle rental.
The bus is the easiest way to get around in Cancun, and very cheap too! You can get them at any point along the road, and at most hotels.
Everyone takes a bus everywhere. It is the cheapest and you are pretty safe riding them.
Bus or walking.