Is 1 Day Round Trip to Isla Mujeres By Bus from Puerto Aventuras Possible?

Recently someone posted a question on Tripadvisor asking if it is convenient to go to Isla Mujeres by bus from Puerto Aventuras for a day trip? What will be the journey time and also if it is important to return before it gets dark?

In reply to this, here’s what some travelers had to say:

A same day round trip from Puerto Aventuras (Check Puerto Aventuras listings) to Isla Mujeres by bus is doable for sure, but could get slightly tiring. Get on the bus that stops over in Puerto Aventuras and then takes you to Playa del Carmen or Cancun, but with frequent stops all along the way. Journey time will be approximately 2 hours. Once at the Cancun bus terminal, a taxi will be your quickest way to the ferry. Depending one what activities you would like to do in Isla, it should not be a problem getting to Isla and back before sundown.

If your budget allows (USD 150 for round trip), taking a taxi will be the easiest and fastest way to the ferry terminal.

Reverse these steps for your return journey from the ferry. We suggest you begin your trip at dawn and catch the first bus to Cancun.

Private Transfer or Shuttle On Your Akumal Vacation?


Many visitors to Akumal have questions regarding reaching their Hotel in Akumal from the Airport and back to the Airport at the end of their vacations.

A poster asked the question on this subject on Tripadvisor forum. He wanted to have an opinion on his decision to opt for private transfer from the airport to his Akumal hotel and using the coach included in his ticket.

Many experienced travellers chimed in with their valuable suggestions. Majority of the opinion was that though there is nothing wrong with the plan there are certain hardships and compromises involved with taking a shuttle on your way back to the airport from the Akumal Resort.

If your hotel is far away from the airport then you may have to leave early to catch the shuttle. One poster recounted her experience in which she opted for private transfer. The coach left 90 minutes before she did and still reached after her. So she enjoyed an empty check-in desk. The shuttle will make multiple stops to collect people from other resorts on route. Once you reach the airport many people will de-board the bus and there will be rush at the check-in desk.

Another poster also mentioned that those taking coach had to miss their breakfast. The overall view was that tour operator buses are very hectic and not for those with a family and kids. Private transfers are much more comfortable, hassle free and time saving option.

This photo of Canada Transfers – Private Tours is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Best way to reach Akumal from Cancun airport

How far is Akumal from Cancun airport?

Akumal is a small beach-front tourist resort community located around 100 km south of Cancun. Many visitors ditch the happening environment of Cancun to settle for the tranquility of Akumal. Since the nearest airport happens to be Cancun, visitors have to travel via road to reach their destination.

Best way to reach Akumal from Cancun airport

Best way to reach Akumal from Cancun airport

How to reach Akumal from Cancun Airport?

Visitors are often confused regarding the mode of transportation to opt for. It is mostly choice between a taxi and bus. Fellow travelers suggest that since it a long journey one should go with taxi. Options like USA Transfers are known for their services. They are available either on shared or private basis. The free transportation offered mostly takes longer time as they cover many stops. Also buses have stops on the way which delays in reaching the desired destination. Therefore for a timely and comfortable ride private mode of transportation is always suggested.

How long does it take to reach Akumal from Cancun Airport?

It takes about an hour and half (1.5 hr) to reach Akumal from the Cancun Airport.