Tulum Getting Around Guide
Tulum is a wonderful destination to explore and has many great places to see and enjoy, from delicious dining out, to exotic caribbean coastline, cenotes, Maya villages and more. Here are some important tips regarding transport in and around Tulum.
Within Tulum itself, you will see many people riding bicycles. The route from Tulum Center to the hotel zone along the coast is an easy and enjoyable one. For the more adventurous a day trip into the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve could be an interesting and challenging option. Local drivers are not respectful of cyclists so pedal safely!
Scooters are also a very popular way of moving in and around Tulum. Many hire companies are located around town and are also present in some of the hotels. Again be very careful as local drivers are not respectful of those using scooters.
Car rental is an option if you are planning to explore the coastline or inland outside of the city of Tulum. Cars are not really necessary if you plan to stay within the city limits. All major car rental companies have offices in the bigger hotels and rental offices are dotted all over town and are easy to find. Be sure to include the necessary insurances when renting as you do not want to be stuck with huge bills in case of an accident. Also always lock up and make sure that you do not leave any valuables in the car.
The town of Tulum has grown at an incredible rate over the last few years and urban planners have not done a perfect job. Parking is scarce. Look out for signs that offer “Parking” or “Estacionamiento”. Be careful not to park in public roads as local traffic police will be quick to remove your licence plate and replace it with a parking ticket.
Taxi’s are easy to use and are plentiful, with taxi services available in all major hotels and taxi service booths dotted around the town. Service is usually good as is the quality of the vehicle. Taxi drivers however are notorious for overcharging so be sure to always ask for prices before you get into the vehicle and always request a printed rate list (rates are fixed by geographical zone) against which you can check the rate being charged. Use your seatbelt and if you feel that the driver is racing just say “despacio por favor” (“slow, please”).
The “colectivos” are mini-vans that run up and down the federal highway from Cancun to Tulum. These cost a fraction of the price of the ADO buses, but seating is not reserved and is not that comfortable, and they do not operate according to time schedules. You can wave them down or head to the “colectivo terminal”. This form of transport is popular amongst the locals so for those of you who are explorers, this is it!
ADO bus service
ADO is a privately run bus service that covers the entire southern part of Mexico. There are different service levels available ranging from standard all the way through to premium. All are large buses with air conditioning, comfortable seating and one reserved seat per passenger. Buses run according to time schedules and are usually punctual. ADO bus stations is located between the streets of Alfa Norte and Jupiter Norte on the main highway that runs through the center of Tulum. Bus routes run through all the major cities on the Yucatan Peninsula and can be consulted on their Website (unfortunately Spanish only!).
Traffic police are uniformed in white and patrol the town of Tulum and surrounding highways. State police are uniformed in blue and patrol the highways and outlying areas. Be sure to follow all traffic rules as you would if driving a vehicle at home. Do not think that you will be able to bribe traffic officers in order to get away with traffic violations. Although Mexico is renowned for its corrupt police force we do not recommend bribery as this not only maintains the unhealthy status quo but can also land you in a lot of legal trouble. Use your common sense and do not break any laws.
Tulum Tours and Activities
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