The nearest airport with regular international flights is Cancun. From here you can either rent a car (best to organise before you arrive at the airport), or you can take a taxi, private transfer or public transport.
If you’re flying into Cancun and then taking the bus to El Cuyo, please click here for full information.
Please note –
- Driving to El Cuyo in the day is scenic. However, driving at night in Mexico is not easy. Street lights are rare and road markings and reflectors on smaller roads are old and worn. If you can, please avoid driving to El Cuyo in the dark!
- Watch out for the speed bumps. If you’re lucky, there might be a handpainted ‘tope’ sign made by the locals…
- Gas Stations are usually open 24 hours a day. Please note, most gas stations outside big resorts do not take international cards and therefore you need cash.
- Have cash for toll roads as sometimes card machines don’t work!
- Police checkpoints are stationed at the entrance/exit of reasonably sized towns. Checkpoints have speed bumps and you must slow down to pass through. Stop if requested. Ideally have photocopies of your documents rather than originals to hand over if asked for them.
- Lastly, GPS and cell signals are weak in rural areas so your phone has to work overtime when using online maps. We recommend downloading the directions and bringing a car charger.
For routes from: Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum, Valladolid and Merida click here
By public transport:
Please note –
- El Cuyo is not quick to get to by public transport, so if you’re travelling by bus, we recommend you stay a day or 2 to make it worth it!
- You usually can’t book bus tickets in advance, just pay when you arrive at the bus station or when you get on. (ADO online is the exception)
- ADO, Oriente, Mayab and Noreste are the four main bus companies that cover longer distances. However, some independent companies cover the more touristy destinations and smaller colectivo shuttle buses/taxis cover shorter distances. Not all buses have AC, and some are more comfortable than others – so please note that your journey might be an interesting (and hot) experience.
- Plan an early start on your travel day. If you miss a bus, you’ll hopefully still be able to get to El Cuyo on the same day.
- PLEASE REMEMBER – El Cuyo is in Yucatan and is one hour behind Cancun in winter daylight saving time (but has the same time in summer). Winter daylight saving – 28th October 2018 to April 7th 2019.
For detailed public transport information from: Colonia Yucatan, Tizimin, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Valladolid click here (Information Last Updated 23/10/2018)
By private transfer or tour:
For information on private transfers and taxi services, please click here