Getting to this paradise in the Caribbean is easier than you think. Although it is a small town that is far from the big cities like Cancun or Playa del Carmen, it is still a perfect place to arrive, stay, eat and enjoy its beaches. At any time, you will find events to have fun with your family, your partner or friends.
If you’re looking for a destination with a laid-back vibe, lush natural landscapes and a great selection of restaurants and bars to enjoy at any time of the day, this breezy corner of the sea is for you.
Tulum is approximately 1.5 hours south of Cancun on a straight highway. It’s an easy drive if you rent a car anywhere on the Riviera and get directly to Tulum. Otherwise, you can get there by bus (ADO), private transportation or public transportation service.
Please note that there is no airport in Tulum, so to get there, you will have to fly to one of the nearest airports.
Rent a motorcycle
One of the advantages of having several mobility options in this city is that you can also rent a motorcycle.
To rent a motorcycle, you must have a valid motorcycle driver’s license. If you are not an experienced driver, this option may not be for you. With the streets riddled with holes, no signs and other drivers who pay little attention to traffic signals, it will be a particular challenge.
If you are coming from elsewhere in the Riviera Maya and want to get to Tulum, this is a great option. Buses are safe, fast and comfortable alternatives to travel. The ADO bus network is very well established in the southeast of Mexico and is frequently used by locals and tourists to get around the Yucatan Peninsula.
In Tulum, the bus station is in the center of town; you can buy tickets directly there.
Bicycles can be rented if your accommodations do not include this amenity.
This city is made for bicycle tourism! You will find that it is a very popular mode of transportation, both for locals and tourists. If you are staying in Tulum, you can get to the different hotels and restaurants by walking or renting a bike.
There are many different companies that rent bikes by the hour, by the day, by the week or for as long as you need – rental bikes are simple, comfortable and great exercise! Don’t forget to ask if your hotel has bikes, many hotels include bike rentals as an amenity when you stay there.
Obviously, don’t forget to protect yourself from the sun, as biking is directly exposed and could severely damage your skin, and don’t forget to stay hydrated, it’s for your health!
Without a doubt, Tulum is a picturesque town. Regardless of the area you are in, there will be things to see on foot. Whether it’s ice cream, handicrafts or a refreshing drink in a relaxed bar, walking in Tulum is always good.
Always protect yourself from the sun while walking, because although the sun’s rays are not always as direct, they can still damage your skin.
Walking after 5-6 pm when the sun has gone down is a very pleasant experience and a new way to experience Tulum.
Private Transportation in Tulum
The private transportation from Cancun to Tulum, is one of the best options, as you can travel comfortably to any destination, as well as the transportation from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen.
The vans are totally private and will take you without delays to the destination of your choice. It is very useful to reach areas where there is no other type of transportation.
Uber and other apps
At the moment, apps like Uber and similar are not available in Tulum. However, with recent government reforms, it is possible that these technologies will soon arrive in the Mexican Caribbean.
There are many ways to get to Tulum and enjoy all it has to offer at any time of the day. No matter what your mode of transportation, don’t forget to have fun in the bars and restaurants. If you are a little more adventurous, there are several options to camp under the stars or go adventuring in the archaeological zones or the ancient and mysterious cenotes.