Xcaret Location and Directions

Xcaret is 43 miles south of Cancun. If you prefer not to be constrained by the itinerary of an organized tour, or you simply enjoy the experience of doing things by yourself then it is not that difficult to make your own way to Xcaret.

If you're hiring a car then once on highway 307 which can be approached from either end of the Cancun Hotel Zone (but is easier from the direction away from downtown) then it's just one straight road.

You'll pass by Puerto Morelos and Playa Del Carmen before reaching Xcaret. Xcaret is just a few minutes drive south of Playa del Carmen.

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. Highway 307 is nicknamed the 'highway of death', and it's for good reason.

Entrance Tickets

Save money by buying your Xcaret entrance ticket in advance

If you prefer to travel by bus then the bus station in downtown Cancun provides frequent daily buses to Xcaret, the bus ride takes approximately 1 hour and costs around $5 per person.

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 Xcaret, 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 Xcaret stop with your bags and possessions.

He wont drop you right by the entrance gate, he'll stop on the main highway so there will be a short walk involved.

Xcaret Butterflies

However, there is a little train that will take you right to the Xcaret entrance.

On the way back make sure you have some mosquito repellent with you if it's after dark.

Also be very careful of the road and keep your eyes peeled for the bus as they are not easy to pick out when all you can see are headlights!

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