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Tulum, Mexico


The famous Mayan ruins site of Tulum lies on the eastern coast of Mexico's Yucatan peninsular in the region of Quintana Roo.

Tulum is a 2 hour coach journey along the coast south of Cancun and just a 1 hour journey south of Playa del Carmen.

The small town of Tulum, with accommodation, shops, bars, restaurants and a bus terminal, lies about 5km from the ruins.

How to get there?

Tulum is easily reached by road from the other coastal towns on Mexico's Yucatan peninsular. Buses connect Tulum with Playa del Carmen and Cancun (with a few other stops en-route) frequently throughout the day.

I arrived at Tulum ruins on an ADO-operated bus from Cancun (journey time: 2 hours / cost: 67 Pesos), which stopped at the Crocodile park and Xel Ha en-route. I returned to Cancun (via Xel Ha and Playa del Carmen) late in the afternoon on another ADO-operated bus which I caught from the bus terminal in Tulum town. The cost was again 67 Pesos. I was told that the coaches operated by MAYAB cost a little over 40 Pesos each way between Cancun and Tulum, but their coaches are not as modern or comfortable as those of ADO.

Note: At the time of my visit, only the morning buses from Cancun to Tulum (leaving at 9:15am and 10:15am) went directly to the ruins. All the later buses went only to the town of Tulum. From the town it is necessary to take public transport to the ruins which lie about 5km away. Similarly, not all buses returning to Cancun stop at the ruins. You should check in advance which buses visit the ruins, or else you will need to make your way to Tulum town to catch a bus from the bus terminal.

What is there to see and do?

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Anything else?

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  • Last visit to Tulum: Mar 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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