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How to get to Great Parnassus Hotel
The airport is located around 20 km (12 mi) from the hotel zone, approximately a 20 minute trip by car.
From Cancún Airport: take the main exit road and follow the signs to the Hotel Zone.
This road becomes Kulkulcan Boulevard.
Proceed straight until kilometer marker 17.
Turn left and then right into the Golf course.
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Cancun Arriving & Departing
When departing the Cancun airport the first thing to remember is not to stop for anyone until you are outside where the vans and cabs are awaiting travelers to take you to your hotel. As soon as you are on your way past customs there will be people asking you where you are staying. They will say they have been waiting for you and will then escort you to a desk where you will then get your first taste of Cancun's timeshare hawkers. Ignore these people. This includes the seemingly official "Tourist Information" booths that are ripoff artists operating under the guise of the airport's legitimate facade. If you have pre-arranged transportation, they will have signs with your names on them, if not, still walk out of the airport where cabs are waiting instead of trying to find transportation from booths inside the airport (con-artists).
When in Cancun use the bus system. It is safe, very cheap, runs all the time and almost everywhere. It will not take you to the airport though. You will need to get a taxi or set up other arrangements with a private company such as Get Dita, Travelway Transfers or others.
There are several well known companies that offer Airport-Hotel-Airport transfers. like:
And another option of course, is paying the transportation from the airport to your resort destination is to have it included in your package stay. As mentioned before, do NOT stop for anyone until your find your resort company desk which is always located OUTSIDE the airport terminal. Not only will you find time-share hawkers, but you will find people willing to "help" you or may even represent themselves as a member of your resort company. They will literally grab your luggage from you, walk you the 15 feet and hold it until you pay them.
When boarding your transportation, they may or may not wait for additional passengers. If you are staying further from Cancun (perhaps in the Riveria Maya section or Playa del Carmen), realize that the driver will stop at every resort in Cancun first. If you don't want to delay the start of your vacation, you may offer to tip the driver extra if he leaves when you are ready.
This type of transportation gauntlet manoeuvering is only upon arrival - your departure from your hotel will be a breeze.
Also, plan ahead of time your activities in Cancun, if you use any of the above companies websites you will save good money and time when purchasing your Cancun excursions.
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Transfers in Cancun and Mayan Riviera
E mail AGI Tours and they will take care of the transfers and the trip to Chitchen Itza. They are very reliable...Just google AGI Tours Cancun. We have used them for over 10 years and their service is excellent.
If you dont like a bus
Ofcourse there are people that dont like to be taken to the hotel in a bus with all the other sweety people. They like to take their own car with a chaufeur....called a TAXI.
If you are one of them make sure you make a prize before you start driving.....
If you like to know about renting a car, going by taxi and more....see the website below.
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Airport Transportation - Don't use Cancun Express
Cancun Express are unreliable and can not be trusted!
We paid Cancun Express for a round trip from Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen and back. The trip from Cancun was OK. However, there was nobody waiting for us at Playa del Carmen as arranged and paid for in advance. As a result we had to take a taxi which cost us an additional $45.
We have made numerous attempts to contact Cancun-Express but they were all ignored! Their website Cancun-Express.com only allows you to book a shuttle bus, car or van by using Paypal. Paypal has been useless at helping to resolve this so it looks like we are out of $45.
Furthermore, we found that taxis cost the same or less so do yourself a favor and use taxis or another carrier for your transportation needs!
Private tours by Carlos Flores Rodriquez from the US 011-52-1-998-860-5523. Hire Carlos for private tours around Cancun. Great driver, speaks English, great rates, knowledgeable about the area, He took us to Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. Since you leave earlier than tour buses and you get there faster you have a lot more time at the ruins. We also stopped for lunch at a very good restaurant in Valladolid and shopped alittle before heading to Ek Balam. You pay him ( negotiable) $200.00 plus his lunch, plus $17.00 for toll road, ruins fee $5.50, tour guide $ 45.00 and tip.
It came out to about $350.00 for 4 people. $90.00 each. I liked it better than the rush of the bus tour. The Ek Balam site is special, you can climb this pyramid and the big tour buses don.t go there.
VISA/MASTER/AMEX welcome in Cancun's Taxis
I've recently found out that many taxis in Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and many others are accepting credit/debit card payments from all Visa, MasterCard and AMEX cards. Be sure to locate the little green and white cars and tell the driver you want to use this payment option. Definitively, this is great for safety because you don't have to even carry your cash on you!
Taxi to Airport
Some guidebooks say that a ride to the airport from downtown Cancun costs about USD 40 but I did not find this to be true. Mytwo friends and I were able to get to the airport for a total of USD 15 (150 pesos) so this works out to be a better option than the ADO airport shuttle from the first class bus station which leaves every hour and costs about USD 3.5 per person.
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I found very little need to use a taxi in Cancún - walking or a bus generally got me where I wanted to go.
A few tips, however.
The taxis do not have meters - bargain the price before getting in. If you ask how much when you get to your destination, you are probably going to pay too much.
Some hotels have taxis waiting right in front. They usually have a fixed price to go to the airport or downtown. If you take one of those, once again you will probably pay too much. Walk down to Kulkutan Road (the main road in the Zona Hotelera) and hail a car.
Taxi fares and Tips included.
We only used a taxi one time. Fare was $10 USD for about a 10 miles trip. Not cheap but we split the fare with another couple. Keep in mind that in the Cancun area the tip is included in the fare for taxis.
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About Coco Bongo Taxis
Never EVER take taxis on the Coco Bongo side of the street. Those cabs are much more expensive and quite abusive with tourists. (I saw how they were charging 40 dollars form there to the bus station)
INSTEAD go ACROSS THE STREET, those taxis have normal fares and are nicer people.
The group across the street and the coco bongo side are TWO completely different cabs in TWO different zones, so have this in mind, ok?
Have fun in Cancun!
Taxis Rarely Have Change
This was agitating for us, but often we'd be getting out of a taxi only to be told that the driver doesn't have change. If we were lucky to be somewhere with other taxi drivers around, he'll try to get change, but it does get frustrating when we have to start going into restaurants or the hotel to break the bill. So as much as possible, keep extra 20s in Pesos. The cost of taxis are usually 40 Pesos around Downtown or 100 to 120 Pesos to get to the Hotel Zone or 60 to 80 Pesos up and down the Hotel Zone.
After this happened, we just kept asking before getting the cab (and haggling, they sometimes do end up dropping the price if you haggle about it, especially for the cost between Downtown and Hotel Zone or to the airport) if he has change. If not, you can usually find another taxi just steps away. They are really all over the place wherever you are. We definitely didn't want to get stuck having to tell the driver to keep the change or asking for someone to break the bill.
FROM the Airport to Cancun and back....
As you may see in this picture, the Cancun airport is located a few miles south from the town (and the hotel zone) itself. Once you get there, you have 2 options to go to Cancun depending on where you'll be staying:
1) If you need to go to the hotel zone, you will have to take a taxi. They are very expensive, so the best you can do is ride a van which holds 7-8 people and will stop in several hotels (depending on where those people are going). The van is still expensive, but they shouldn't charge you more than $75 mexican pesos (7 USD) per person. THEY WILL TRY to charge you more, but then you should decline the offer and they will lower the price. They will still expect a "tip" after they drop you at the hotel, but you're not compelled in any way to give them any more money.
2) The second method is only in case you'll be staying at a hotel in downtown, which is highly improbable because there are no fancy hotels there, only hostels or modest hotels. This method might be more convenient when leaving from Cancun to the airport. There are buses (which say AIRPORT) that run along the main avenue in downtown Cancun (Tulum Ave). You can ride the bus across the street from the Government Palace, right in front of the CHEDRAUI or the COMERCIAL MEXICANA supermarkets. They will only charge you 4-5 USD per person (approx. $46-50 pesos) and the bus stop is only a few meters away from the main entrance of the airport (both the departure and arrival lounges). You can ride the same bus from the Airport to Cancun, but it will drop you in downtown and then you will have to take another bus that leaves you at the hotel zone, and that's somewhat tiring and uncomfortable when you're carrying all your luggage after a long flight, and the whole ride might take you over an hour. In this case the price difference between taking a van at the airport and riding the bus isn't that big, so the van is much more worthwhile and advisable.
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Shuttle from the airport
It is really helpful to have a shuttle pre-booked before you get to the airport in Cancun. One of the craziest things I have ever seen is coming out of the Cancun Airport, we were baraged by about 100 different people offering us shuttles to our moon palace. At first I almost took one of their offers not even realizing that we had one already booked. David's dad quickly stopped me, and we moved on to our actual shuttle. One last tip for you, is to make sure you tip the driver $1 per piece of luggage that he loads onto the shuttle.
Cost of Taxis
Be sure to ask the cab driver before you get into the car how much the fare will be to your destination. Most fares within the city of Cancun (excluding the airport) range from 40 to 60 pesos ($4-6). You should never pay 100 pesos or more for a ride within the city itself! Some drivers may try and take advantage of your situation late at night after the bars close--especially if they think you've had a few too many.
Some drivers may also try to convince men that they'll take them to the strip club outside of town for $50. That's insane... but I guess there's a sucker born every minute.
However, if your driver was courteous and drove safely, you should leave him a tip. 10 pesos is sufficient.
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