Isla Mujeres to Cancun

Getting to Isla Mujeres is easy. If you’re coming from Playa del Carmen you’ll need to take the bus to Cancun. Go to either of the ADO stations and take the bus to Cancun downtown NOT the airport.

ADO Terminal Turistica Playa Del Carmen
AddressCalle Quinta Avenida LTE 2,
Centro, 77710 Playa del Carmen, Q.R.

Playa del Carmen Alterna
AddressCentro, 77710
Playa del Carmen, QROO

Cancun to Isla Mujeres 

Once you’re in Cancun you’ll to take a taxi to Ultramar, there are two Ultramar terminals Puerto Juárez and Hotel Zone, we’d recommend going to Puerto Juárez – it’s closer to the busy station and taxis are expensive in Cancun. It should cost your roughly $200 pesos, although I’m sure if you walk a block or two away from the bus station the prices will drop. 

We picked up a ticket once we arrived at the ferry terminal but if you are travelling during high season and want to ensure your seat you can also book online.

One you’re on the ferry it’s a quick 20 minute trip across to Isla Mujeres.

Getting Around on Isla Mujeres 

Everything in download Isla is super close so if you’re staying in the central downtown area you shouldn’t need a taxi.

As you get off you’ll be bombarded with people trying to rent golf carts to you and if you plan on exploring more of the island we’d suggest you to pick one up.

We used GoMar II which was a block or two back from the main strip, $1200 pesos for 24 hours and had no trouble whatsoever.

As I said, everything downtown is really close and the island is small so 24 hours should be enough time to explore. A second loop takes roughly an hour to an hour and a half. We drove round twice – once to get a feel for where everything was and visited the Turtle sanctuary and Punta Sur (the lighthouse) and on the second go round went to Garrafon, more on that below. 


Zahn is a travel junkie born and raised on the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand. Zahn spent two years in South Korea where she met Addison in 2018. She has visited 17 countries and is on a mission to literally work her way around the rest.

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