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.
While not the cheapest way to get around Cancun, taxis are easy and plentiful. Just look for the green and white cars zigzagging up and down the strip. If you decide a taxi is the mode of transportation for you make sure you decide on a fare for your ride BEFORE getting in the cab. The taxis are unregulated and un-metered. If you don't discuss the cost prior to your trip you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. I heard horror stories of tourists being charged $100 US for a trip that was less than 1 km because they didn't settle on the fare first. Don't get gouged! Once you've decided on the fare sit back and your on your way. Also, not all of the drivers speak English, so this may be a good way for you to brush up on your Spanish!
Whenever we needed to get anywhere in Cancun, we took one of the numerous little green taxi's wherever we needed to go. I remember them being very inexpensive, about $2 american to get to our friends hotel, or to the center of town. ( Keep in mind this was in the early 90's before the spring breakers were headed here, prices have most likely gone up)
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.
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.
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.
Ladies NEVER EVER take a taxi in cancun by yourself. You never know what could happen to you. I heard some horror stories and remember you are not covered by american laws there. Please for your own safety!!
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.
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.
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!
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!
If you take the bus from Cancun to Tulum, take a taxi to your hotel from the Tulum bus station in the center of town. It costs $3.00USD and is the quickest way to find your hotel.
Walking or asking for a ride from someone in your hotel saves you $3.00-5.00 each time. There is always bound to be someone who is going into town at the hotel you are staying at. Take taxis only when it is absolutely necessary like at night time or when you are going to visit a ruin site farther into the jungle.
Taxi fares are fixed ,so do ask a price before you get in.The normal fee is about $11 pesos.There are also plenty of rent a car places along the hotel zone.You can also get a ferry-taxi along the coast to another beach along the hotel zone for a small fee.
the bus is a great way to get from here to there with the least amt. of money possible. The only cheaper thing would be walking. Of course, if you take the bus, It will take a bit longer b/c of the frequent stops. Taxis are great and get you wherever quick ( the city isnt that big) but it will cost ya a bit more....especially if you take many a day.
During our 5 day stay in Cancun during September 2006, we found that there really was no need to rent a car.
The taxi's are plentiful and very low cost. There are also buses that run the direct line between the hotel and shopping zones.
If you would like take excursions to Tulum, Xcaret, or Xel-Ha; tours can be arranged through your hotel.