Tulum Transportation

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  • Timeshares and Nearly Free Jeeps

    by julesk Written Apr 17, 2006

    When you arrive in Cancun you have the option to rent a car. Many people do but before you get a chance you may be approached by a friendly and knowledgeable person who speaks English and is trying to be helpful. This should be your first clue there is something wrong. They will offer you reams of advice in good English and then ask if you would like a jeep to tool around in at no charge. All you have to do is listen to a presentation on a nice new hotel at Cancun, free lunch included, no more than an hour and a half. Sounds good? They want a deposit of $40.00. Ah, another clue.

    Here's the scoop. We asked our cabdriver about this and he groaned. He said it was a half-day presentation for a time share but you do get the jeep for free for a few days. The question is, do you really want to spend a long trip to and from Tulum to Cancun and half a day for this bloody jeep? We actually decided to forfeit the $40.00 (read the fine print, you have to attend to get it back!)

    Full disclosure, we did not have the intrepid spirit of the true consumer so we didn't go check it out but the cabdriver was correct as to his other info and appeared to have no axe to grind.

    Final word of advice: When you arrive late at night at any new destination, really think over any clever new ideas you might have or be offered. We wish we did.

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    Rent a Car

    by bdwoot Written Jan 29, 2006

    You can catch cabs around Tulum or hitchhike back and forth from the town to the beach, but you are on vacation and have better things to do than waste time trying to get from here to there.

    Be a mesch, suck it up, and hire a rental car. Unless you are really on a budget, I think it's worth it.

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    travel colectivo

    by call_me_rhia Updated Jan 7, 2006

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    colectivo

    If you are coming to Tulum from any point along the Riviera Maya, do not join an organised tour or waste money in a private taxi. Stand by the edge of the road and wait for a colectivo to stop and pick you up. Colectivos are minivans (11 or 14 seats) that provide transportation along the main road. They can let you down whereever you want. just tll the driver that you are headed for the ruins.

    In 2006 a colectivo from Playa del Carmen to Tulum was 25 pesos.

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    Tulum from Playa del Carmen by car

    by Dabs Updated Dec 19, 2005

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    The classic white VW car rental

    It is a very easy drive on the highway from Playa del Carmen to Tulum but if you are combining Tulum and Xelha there really is no benefit to renting a car as colectivos run all day long so you never have to wait all that long.

    If you do decide to drive, familarize yourself with the rules of the road, a quick read through any guide book should be sufficient and check the car for dents and dings before you drive off and make sure they are marked on your rental contract.

    Chances are if you rent you will get one of these stylish white classic VW bugs made like they used to in the US :-)

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  • RENT A CAR!!!

    by FrontSeatDriver Written Nov 22, 2005

    You should rent a car to get to Tulum. It's the easiest way to get around. Cabs are 3.50 each way if you're going to the beach, but a car allows more freedom. Don't put more than 5 people in your car. You WILL get pulled over by the police.

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    Tulum - Xel Ha or the Ruins of Tulum

    by graz-ie Written Oct 9, 2005

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    If you want to go to Xel Ha or teh ruins of Tulum don´t take a Taxi (or you don´t have to rent a bike in the sun) - you can just go to the main street and wait for those little vans (Kolektivo) and they will bring you to the ruins for 10 pesos and to Xel Ha for 15 pesos and the thing is that you always pay 30 pesos to get from the beach hotel area to downtown by taxi...
    they usually start at the bus station but they´ll pick you up everywhere if they still have space - and there are a lot of them driving around.
    And also the way back in the afternoon (from Xel Ha) was no problem.

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    Vans from Playa del Carmen to Tulum

    by caribe_utopico Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Ask for the "combis" (vans) terminal in Playa del Carmen. These take you to the ruins for $2.50, you just have to tell the driver to drop you off at the ruins, most of them speak english since many tourists take these vans which are by the way very confortable. They leave every five to ten minutes, and make a few stops on the way, but nothing to be stressed about.

    On the way back since you will probably be tired you can take a taxi from Las Cabañas to the main road and take the van back to Playa del Carmen, which is by the way a best place to stay rather than Cancun.

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    New Downtown Bus Terminal

    by Kaspian Updated Mar 28, 2005

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    Tulum - Bus Terminal (2005)

    Check out this great new bus terminal in downtown Tulum! This is used to be just a street alley where you would hop on the busses going northbound. It's on the west side of the street almost directly across from the old bus station. Now you can buy your tickets on either side of the highway and the person working the counter will tell you which side you should be on to catch your bus. This new station is still kind of small, so watch your bus doesn't sneak in behind another one and leave without you noticing.
    If you're only going to/from the ruins, ignore this tip--this station is further south than the one at the ruins access road which you'll use.

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    This is the 1 Km tranportation to Tulum Ruinas .

    by Waalewiener Written Feb 16, 2005

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    Tractor pulled train

    The picture shows it pretty good ,this is optional ,overprized ,you pay the same here for a short 1 km ride in this tractor pulled train as you paid for the busride from Playa del Carmen to the Tulum Ruinas.

    $ 2 US dollar for a one way 1 km ride .
    save your money and walk (is good for you hehe) ,unless you can't of course.
    Just kidding it is money well spend ,just two bucks.

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    This is the ADO Bus 1st class Transportation.

    by Waalewiener Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    ADO busses

    In this picture you see the ADO busses in Cancun's ADO busstation .
    To get here from your Hotel just take an R 1 Bus it will be written in BIG on the windshield
    of the Bus .
    Now the frequentcy of this bus to Tulum is not that great so they advised us to take a bus to Playa del Carmen ,and this what we did
    I believe a bus to Playa del Carmen leave every half hour .It cost $3.20 one way per person to Playa del Carmen,pretty good price for an about one hour bustrip.

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    And this is a picture of the Mayab 2 th class Bus.

    by Waalewiener Updated Feb 16, 2005

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    Mayab Bus at Tulum Bus station

    Ok we took a bus like this one from the
    Playa del Carmen busstation ,located on 5 th Avenue and Juarez.
    Here it can get a little confusing .
    When you go to buy your ticket I believe there were 4 ticket wickets (hehe that sounds wicket eh).
    So we did not know that there is a fist class
    (ADO) and a second class (Mayab ) bus service .So Lori buys the tickets to Tulum ,$ 2
    dollar one way per person ,good deal .
    So we go to the bus we see and get in with our tickets and later find out that we have second class tickets and we are in a fist class bus (bus driver's fault he never looked at our tickets ,he knew but did not pay attention.Ok we then just tranfered to our second class bus ,NO problemo easy does it.and after an hour drive we were dropped of on the Higway but we could see the Tulum entrance and we were there .Higway 307

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    THE TULUM TRAIN

    by LoriPori Written Feb 10, 2005

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    The Tulum Train

    The first thing you see when you arrive at the Tulum Ruins is a square, where they sell souvenirs and Mexican handicrafts. It is also the place where you can hop on the TULUM TRAIN. It is a small tractor-pulled train which brings you to the site of the ruins. It is a 1 km walk, which most people were doing, but if it's hot or if you're tired after touring the ruins, you can hop on the train for 20 pesos or $2.00 U.S.

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    GETTING TO TULUM

    by LoriPori Written Feb 6, 2005

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    Mayab Bus

    Hans and I wanted to be adventurous, so we decided to take local buses to TULUM plus most tours included Xel-Ha.
    We left our hotel at 8:00 a.m. and took the R1 downtown Bus. At the Bus Depot we took the "ADO" Bus to Playa Del Carmen, as we were advised that the buses to Tulum were more regular from there.
    ADO -- 1st class -- fare 32 pesos or $3.20 U.S. per person..
    That stretch, Cancun to Playa del Carmen took about an hour and the bus brings you to the bus station (5th avenue & Juarez).
    Then we took the MAYAB Bus to Tulum.
    MAYAB -- 2nd class -- fare 20 pesos or $2.00 U.S. per person.
    Make sure you get on the right bus, it's confusing at first. Ask the driver.
    The bus lets you off at the "ZONA ARQUEOLOGICA DE TULUM". At first I thought he was dropping us off in the middle of nowhere, but if you cross the highway, you will see a little bus station and some restaurants which is the access road to the Ruins. You will come to a square where they sell souvenirs and is also a pick-up point for the little train. The ruins are at least a 1 k.m. walk from this point, so you may want to take that little train for 20 pesos or $2.00 U.S.
    The cost of entry for the ruins is 38 pesos or $3.80 U.S.
    For the return to Cancun, we walked back to the little bus station. The 2:00 p.m. ADO bus was there, but it was full, so we missed it. NOTE: The ADO Bus to Cancun runs every hour, on the hour so check out the departure times ahead of time, learn by our mistake.
    Fortunately the MAYAB Bus pulled up (2:15 p.m.) and we got on that one. Fare to Cancun was 48 pesos or $4.80 $U.S. The bus first stops in Playa Del Carmen for about 15 minutes. We went on to Cancun and arrived downtown at 5:00 p.m. ( so about a 2 1/2 hour bus ride.)

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    Public Bus to Tulum

    by Kaspian Updated Nov 22, 2004

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    Tulum - Ruins Access Road (2002)

    You can get the bus to Tulum from Cancun, the Cancun airport, or from Playa Del Carmen.
    After Playa Del Carmen, the bus only makes one real stop before Tulum, at the side of the highway in Akumal.
    The bus fare is very cheap, only about $5, but the buses can be very full and you could have to stand the entire trip. They leave and arrive in Tulum about every 30 - 60 minutes depending on the time of day (more in the morning and afternoon).
    The first stop in Tulum will let you off at the access road to the Ruins. The second stop will let you off downtown. If you're going directly to a cabana beach accommodation, you should find out before which stop is closer to your destination.
    This photo is of the bus stop of the access road to the ruins, the tourists are walking away from the bus towards the ruins. The ruins are about a 1 km walk in from the bus stop. Since this photo was taken, they've built a large bus shelter to the front and left of the picture.

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    Local Bus or Collectivo to Tulum

    by LucyRupert Updated Oct 5, 2004

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    Playa del Carmen

    Getting to or from Tulum - I suggest taking a collectivo. We took one from Tulum to Playa del Carmen and it cost about $3. You can go all the way to Cancun if you like.

    The only downside is that the collectiivo (van w/ about 12 seats) will siit around until they are full. If they are not full by the time they leave (no set timeschedule) then you will stop every fe minutes to pick up riders along the way. Squeeze in as an empty seat costs money!

    In Tulum you can pick up the Collective in front of the bus station.

    From Playa del Carmen we took a bus into Cancun and thought that it was not bad at all! Not overcrowded and a nice motorcoach.

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