Tulum Directions | How to get to Tulum
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Tulum lies 131km away from Cancun. For the more adventurous or cost conscious traveler who prefers not to use an organized tour then it is not that difficult to make your own way to Tulum.
If you're hiring a car then once on highway 307 which can be approached from either end of the Cancun Hotel Zone then it's just one straight road. You'll pass by Puerto Morelos, Playa Del Carmen, Xcaret and Xel Ha before reaching Tulum.
Signposts are very clear and it is hard to miss.
Just be careful on that road, particularly if you are not familiar with Mexican driving customs, it has a very high accident rate.
If you prefer to travel by bus then the bus station in downtown Cancun provides frequent daily buses to Tulum and the bus ride takes approximately 2 hours. The bus stops at several points on the way, and has a 10 minute or so layover in Playa Del Carmen, before recommencing the journey. Buses are clean, air conditioned and often show some awful Mexican TV program on the way!
When you're at Playa Del Carmen make sure you ask the driver to stop at Tulum, he'll probably call out anyway but no harm in reminding him to stop. A good tip is to sit near the front of the bus so that you can hear the driver call the names of the various places and you'll be ready for the Tulum stop
He wont drop you right by the entrance gate, he'll stop on the main highway so there will be a short walk involved. Alternatively, you could catch a taxi from the Tulum main street.
The bus fare is around $5 and entrance price to the ruins is another $5 (there is an extra charge for the use of video equipment).
Since Tulum is on the same bus route as Xcaret, Xel Ha and Playa del Carmen, I would recommend that you combine your Tulum trip with one of the several other attractions nearby.
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