Cancun rent a car, taxi and getting around

Getting Around

You already know that Cancun is one of the world's most popular tourist attractions, home to long stretches of sandy beach and many great attractions. But the question is - how do you get to these spots?

Cancun consists of two distinct areas – Zona Hotelera (Hotel Zone) and El Centro (downtown area). The Zona Hotelera is the main tourist strip by the beachfront, lined with luxury resorts, bars, restaurants, shops, etc. Meanwhile, El Centro is just a few miles from the Hotel Zone area and where you can experience a more authentic Mexican life.

Luckily, there are various ways you can get around Cancun and explore at your own pace, depending on your plans for the day. Here are some tips to help you get around Cancun and visit different beaches and attractions.

Taxi and Ride Sharing Apps

The most popular and convenient way to get around Cancun is to hail a cab or a ride-sharing app. Local cabs in Cancun can take you anywhere you wish to go in the city and some areas outside Cancun. Ride-sharing apps like Uber are available in Cancun, so you can also use that to book a taxi or private car.

But the downside of taking local taxis in Cancun is that it can be expensive, and negotiating with the driver can sometimes be challenging due to the language barrier. And like any tourist destination in the world, some taxis in Cancun tend to overcharge foreign tourists. If you need to take a cab, ask your hotel to book and negotiate the price on your behalf.

Always go for licensed cabs. The drivers will display their permits in highly visible areas, so it's easy to spot which taxis are licensed. Double-check if the plate number matches what's on their permit. Ask the front desk in your hotel to schedule pickups. Take your driver's information and make arrangements for your return trip.

Fares coming from the airport to the Hotel Zone area should cost you around $40 to $50, while rides between the Hotel Zone and downtown area costs around $10 to $15 each way. Taxis in the downtown area cost around 1.50 per ride. Always pay in Mexican pesos because they won’t give you a chance if you pay in U.S. dollars.

Taking the Bus and Going for a Drive

  • Buses

Taking the public bus is the cheapest way to get around Cancun. The buses are comfortable enough to ride, especially since most public buses have recently renewed their fleet.

Most of the shuttles and public buses around the Hotel Zone and Downtown area follow two main routes passing through the city's many hotels, shopping malls, restaurants, plazas, beaches, and some popular tourist attractions. Many of these buses are air-conditioned, and others even have a Wi-Fi connection. The ride should cost around $1 and is considered safe.

Taking the bus is a great way to move around Cancun, especially from the Hotel Zone to another area in the city. The bus stops are directly in front of the Le Blanc Spa, Sun Palace, and Beach Palace.

·      Car Rental

If you want to move around conveniently and at your own pace, rent a car to drive around Cancun. Having a rental car will also allow you to visit places outside the city, such as Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, and Cozumel, although you still need to take the ferry to some of these islands.

Most of the roads and highways in Cancun are well maintained, and parking is not an issue in most places. Just make sure to apply some common sense to ensure your safety and always follow the local laws on driving, and you will be okay.

Bikes, Scooters, and Other Options

·      Bikes

Visitors who love to bike might want to consider renting a bike to get around Cancun. But be warned - not many places have bike lanes, so you have to exercise utmost precaution, especially on main roads and highways. You will find many bike rental services all over Cancun, and some offer delivery and pick-up service at your hotel or resort for your convenience. It should cost you around $10 to $15 per day, and they will provide you with a helmet if you do not have one.

Biking around the busy Hotel Zone area can be tricky. It is often chaotic and a challenge for most bike users. However, the streets are laid out in a simple grid that should not cause any real problems if you are at least familiar with using GPS. The best time to go biking in Cancun is on a day trip to Cozumel since the roads in this area are well-suited for biking. In fact, Cozumel is host to the Ironman triathlon race.

·      Scooters

A much better option for a bike is a scooter, and you will find many reputable scooter rental services all over Cancun. Before you rent one, map out the areas you plan on visiting and research the driving conditions of these areas. Find out the heavy traffic hours, public works, and other things that could affect your driving schedule. Driving a scooter around Cancun is generally safe, especially in the Hotel Zone area. But it may not be the case elsewhere. So, do your research, especially if you plan on driving long distances.

·      Other Options

Aside from those mentioned above, there are many other alternatives for getting around Cancun, including passenger vans, private car services, shuttle from your resort, and even golf cart rentals. In Isla Mujeres, for instance, you will find numerous golf carts on the streets, which tourists use to travel to and from their hotels.

It does not matter if you are the type of traveller who likes to be driven around or prefers to explore the local way- getting around Cancun should be easy. It's a popular tourist destination with well-built tourism infrastructures, so navigating around should not be that much of a challenge.

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