If you are thinking about moving to Cancun to live and work, you might find this article about getting around the city useful both while finding a job as well as in your first weeks living in Cancun.
Cancun’s Taxis and Bus Services
In Cancun, there are plenty of safe ways to get around. Buses and taxis are safe anytime of the day or night, but always use common sense. In every country, one should try to avoid traveling alone, look out for pick-pocketers, and always stay aware of where you are. At night, if you must use any public transportation, then take down the taxi’s registration number and send it to a friend or you can take a picture of the bus that you are taking and the route that you are on.
There is no shortage of taxis in Cancun, Mexico. You will see a taxi just about every few minutes. In Cancun, the taxis are not metered, so before you get into the taxi you should negotiate the fare. The taxi fares can vary in price, especially in the hotel zone, and in the hotel zone it can be quite expensive, so before you get into any taxi make sure you know the price of the fare first.
One way to negotiate is to ask a local resident on how much they would generally pay for the taxi from their job and that location. Also, sometimes you may find that taxis allow other passengers to ride with you on your fare, so if you don’t like this, then you should make sure you let the driver know ahead of time or negotiate a lower fare.
Public buses are affordable at any time, day or night, especially if you are going to or from the hotel zone. The price is generally around $1.00 USD for one trip. The public buses are comfortable and many of the public buses have Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and there are many buses in Cancun. Public buses are a great way to go from pubs, bars, and clubs, due to the price and they serve the hotel zone R1 and R1.
ADO buses is a first class bus that passengers can ride on from the Cancun Airport to Cancun, Tulum, and Playa del Carmen. The ADO buses are comfortable, have air conditioning, and many of them show a movie during the ride. Passengers can purchase tickets for any travel for the same day.
The Mayab buses are a second class bus that stop at many stops, which include Puerto Morelos. Passengers can purchase tickets a day in advance to travel on the Mayab buses.
The Playa Express is another bus travel in Cancun that cost less than the ADO bus. The Playa Express bus is a great choice for passengers heading to Playa del Carmen, because the bus runs every twenty minutes and not a lot of suitcases.
White Vans known as “Colectivos”
White vans are known as Colectivos in Cancun. Sometimes they have advertizing on them and are therefore not white. The Colectivos run from Cancun then travels to Playa del Carmen. The Colectivos are very cheap to travel on, which is great for those who are on a tight budget, but they are a very uncomfortable way to travel. Passengers can grab a Colectivo to Puerto Juarez for the same price of a ferry to Isla Mujeres.