Isla Mujeres to Cancun

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2 ways to get from Isla Mujeres to Cancun

Taking a ferry from Isla Mujeres to CancunDuration: 30m
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There are 2 operators that run from Isla Mujeres to Cancun, with 7 departures per day. If you decide to take a ferry, you can take the High Speed and Standard options.

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Taking a bus-ferry from Isla Mujeres to CancunDuration: 1h 30m
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There are 2 operators that run from Isla Mujeres to Cancun, with 13 departures per day. If you decide to take a bus-ferry, you can take the Shuttle, Standard, and SUV options.

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About the ride from Isla Mujeres to Cancun

After days spent on the calm Isla Mujeres, it’s time for something different. Cancun is well-known as the ultimate Mexican party destination, and it lives up to its fame.

When traveling the 13 kilometer (8 mile) distance between Isla Mujeres and Cancun, you have one option: Hopping on a High Speed Ferry that will take you to the exciting Cancun in less than 30 minutes

The ferries leave from the same departure point on the island, but they arrive in 4 different locations around Cancun. Before you book your ticket, check all arrival points to see which one suits you the best. The first morning ferry departs from the island at 5:30 am, and the last ferry ride departs at 11:30 pm. During the day, the ferry departs every 30 minutes.

The best time to visit Cancun and Isla Mujeres is between December and April. At this time of the year, the weather is good and almost all days are sunny with little to no rainfall. As you can assume, this is also the time when this part of Mexico is crowded.

If you want to avoid the crowds but still have nice weather, you can consider visiting between September and December. However, this time of the year is known as the hurricane season. Even though storms are rare in Cancun, there’s still a possibility of them happening and you should be aware of this before planning your trip.


What to see when traveling from Isla Mujeres to Cancun

During your ride between Isla Mujeres, the ferry will be gliding through the waters of the Caribbean Sea. The upper part of the boat is open, where you can sit back and enjoy the magnificent views.

Cancun is considered the party capital of Mexico, and some even refer to it as the Mexican Las Vegas. The nickname speaks for itself, and you can assume that the nightlife in Cancun is amazing. The resort town is separated into two different areas, the Ciudad Cancun (Downtown area), and the Hotel Zone on the Cancun island.

If you’re looking for bars, restaurants, wild nightlife, and beaches, you’ll find them at the 15-mile hotel zone strip. However, if you want to get a taste of the local life and culture, head to the Ciudad Cancun where you’ll find tasty street food, and small local shops.

When visiting Cancun, the one activity you shouldn’t miss out on is snorkeling. When it comes to underwater treasures, Cancun raises the bar to another level with an Underwater Museum (MUSA). The museum consists of more than 500 sculptures that are surrounded by sea wildlife, tropical fish, and coral reefs.

The Yucatan Peninsula where Cancun is located is well-known for its natural pools formed in limestone caves, called cenotes. You can book a tour, and go swimming, snorkeling, or diving in some of the nearby cenotes. Some of the most popular ones are Cenote La Noria, Verde Lucero, Cenote Mojarras, and Cenote Selvatica.

One of the most significant historical sites around Cancun is, of course, Chichen Itza. The ancient Mayan city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it’s only 3 hours away from Cancun.

During your stay here, you can explore some of the many beaches in the hotel zone, and some of the most popular ones are Playa Delfines, Playa Tortugas, Playa Forum, and so on. When it comes to watersports, you can try pretty much anything here. Some of the popular activities include scuba diving, kayaking, paddleboarding, sailing, and deep-sea fishing.

How to get from  Isla Mujeres to Cancun

Taking a ferry

Hopping on a ferry from Isla Mujeres to Cancun is the only way to get from one place to another. The ferries depart from one spot on the island, but they arrive in 4 different places in Cancun. Also, there are ferry rides scheduled every 30 minutes. You’ll have a variety of departure times and arrival locations to choose from.

Even though it takes less than 30 minutes to arrive in Cancun, it doesn’t mean you won’t get great amenities. All ferries are equipped with A/C, toilets on board, WiFi, and TVs. If you get hungry, you can purchase some snacks and drink in a ferry bar. There are both indoor and outdoor seats available.

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Bookaway's customers prefer High Speed ferry by Ultramar

High Speed ferry by Ultramarwhich usually takes 30m

FERRYUltramar | Jetway

BUS-FERRYBDExperience Mexico | Jumbo Tours Mexico

2 Km (Air)

Standard ferry by Jetway starting at US$9

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