Wondering about transportation from Cancun to Isla Mujeres? I got you! Check all the transportation options in this post and decide how to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun.
Isla Mujeres is a beautiful island located off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and it would be a shame leaving the area without exploring it. Whether you’re visiting for a day trip from Cancun or you’re planning to spend a few days there, you’ll have to first figure out how to get there.
Learn about your options so you can decide what’s the best way for getting to Isla Mujeres from Cancun Airport, downtown Cancun or the Cancun Hotel Zone. Here you’ll find the ferry schedule from Cancun to Isla Mujeres + prices, and alternative options to the ferry.
Take the Ferry to Isla Mujeres From Cancun
Taking the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres is by far the most popular option. You’ll simply have to head to Puerto Juarez, located a 10 minute drive from Downtown Cancun, and take the Ultramar ferry to Isla Mujeres from there.
➤ The Puerto Juarez ferry by Ultramar is a high-speed ferry, and the ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres takes around 30 minutes. The ferries to Isla Mujeres from Cancun operated by Ultramar re well maintained and have a good safety record; they feature air-conditioning and wifi connection, and food and drinks can be purchased aboard.
I highly recommend buying your tickets for the Isla Mujeres ferry in advance, especially in the high season. The price at the time of writing costs around 10 USD per person per way, and there are departures every hour from 11 AM to 9 PM. Check here the Cancun to Isla Mujeres ferry schedule.
Another company, Naveganto, serves the same route from Puerto Juarez, but Ultramar is the most known company. I personally had a good experience with Ultramar ferries, so I recommend them.
The Puerto Juarez ferry terminal is a modern terminal – here you’ll find bathrooms, an OXXO store, and a cafe which serves food and drinks.
HOW TO GET TO PUERTO JUAREZ FERRY TERMINAL FROM DOWNTOWN CANCUN
Puerto Juarez ferry terminal is just 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) from downtown Cancun, an easy 10-minute drive.
To get to Puerto Juarez from downtown Cancun, you can either:
➤ Take a taxi – the taxi ride from downtown Cancun to Puerto Juarez should cost around 100 MXN. Make sure to set a price before getting in the taxi.
➤ Take the public bus line R1 from downtown Cancun. Ask the driver “Puerto Juarez?” to make sure it goes there, as not all of them go there. The ticket costs less than 1 USD.
⚠️ Staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone instead? Check out the next section.
Take the Isla Mujeres Ferry from Cancun Hotel Zone
If you’re staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone, you can also take a ferry to Isla Mujeres from Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol or El Embarcadero. These ferries are as good as the one I recommended above, but they are less frequent and quite a bit more expensive.
If you’re at least 2 people traveling together, you will save money by taking a taxi to Puerto Juarez and taking the ferry from there. The taxi ride will take less than 20 minutes.
If you’re really budget friendly, you can also take the public bus which is perfectly fine from the Cancun Hotel Zone to Puerto Juarez. Look for line R1 or R2.
Book a Private Catamaran from Cancun to Isla Mujeres
Not liking the idea of a ferry ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres? Well, there’s an alternative, but it’s not for everyone.
Some private companies like AGI offer door-to-door service from Cancun airport to your hotel in Isla Mujeres. If you opt for a luxury transfer, you’ll most likely travel on a yacht. This is the most luxurious option, but definitely also the most expensive one.
Beware of traveling on small boats though, as the ride might be longer and rougher than the ferry one – definitely not recommended if you get seasick. I honestly recommend sticking to the ferry – the service is good and safe. In any case, if you decide to book a private boat from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, make sure the tour operator has a proper insurance, the skipper is certified, and there is safety equipment on board. Always better to ask a few more questions and be safe.
Some luxury hotels on Isla Mujeres such as Isla Mujeres Palace Resort All Inclusive and Zoetry Villa Rolandi also offer their own private boat to Isla Mujeres, and it’s sometimes included in the hotel rate.
Day Tours from Cancun to Isla Mujeres
Many people only have time for a day trip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Is that you? Then maybe taking the ferry isn’t the best option.
Joining a Cancun to Isla Mujeres day trip will save you time and often money as well, when you take into consideration the cost of ferry + taxi to the port in Cancun, and transportation on the island plus activities. Tour to Isla Mujeres tend to be pretty affordable – unless you choose some private tour on a fancy yacht…
Of course, some people prefer to travel on their own, but if you don’t mind joining an organized tour, this is a sure way to enjoy your day without any hassle or stress.
This very affordable tour is the #1 tour on GetYourGuide, the tour company I trust and use on my travels. This catamaran trip to Isla Mujeres includes snorkeling at a coral reef park, spending time at one of the best beaches on the island, open bar and transfer from your hotel.
For something even more special, check out this catamaran tour to Isla Mujeres + Isla Contoy. On this tour you’ll get to snorkel on the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, visit Isla Mujeres, and explore the protected reserve of Isla Contoy National Park – you’ll discover what “paradise on Earth” really means.
How To Get from Cancun Airport to Isla Mujeres
Arriving by plane and wondering how to get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun Airport? These are the transportation options available for your transfer to Puerto Juarez, from which you’ll take the ferry to Isla Mujeres as described above.
➤ Pre-book a shared shuttle from Cancun Airport to Puerto Juarez – there are 36 departures a day at the time of writing and the ticket costs around 13 USD.
➤ Take the ADO bus from Cancun Airport to Downtown Cancun, and then a colectivo (shared shuttle) to Puerto Juarez. This is the most affordable option for getting from Cancun Airport to Isla Mujeres. It takes around 25 minutes and the ride costs 6 USD at the time of writing. Multiple departures all day long.
➤ Pre-book a private transfer from Cancun Airport to Puerto Juarez – the car transport up to 4 people and costs around 35 USD (definitely a convenient choice if you’re more than 2).
Take your Car to Isla Mujeres
Good news and bad news. Do you want to take your car to Isla Mujeres? You can.Is it wise though? Probably not. Isla Mujeres is a pretty small island, and parking can be a problem. You can avoid yourself the hassle and rent a golf cart to get around, I’ll assure you it will be more fun!
However, if for any reason you still want to bring your own car to the island, you can do that by taking the car ferry to Isla Mujeres (Ultracarga operated by Ultramar) from Punta Sam ferry terminal. The terminal is located a few kilometers north of Puerto Juarez (10 minutes drive).
Depending on the day, there are 2 to 4 departures per day scheduled at the time of writing. Fares change based on the type of vehicle you’re driving – you can check the schedules and prices here.
Isla Mujeres: A Short Guide
How To Get Around Isla Mujeres
You might be wondering how to get around Isla Mujeres once you’re there, but worry not. You’ve got a couple of options.
➤ Take a taxi – This is the best option to get from the ferry port to your hotel, or for one off transportation during your stay. Once you get to Isla Mujeres, you’ll find a taxi station right outside the ferry port.
➤ Rent a golf cart – Golf carts seems to be everyone’s favorite mode of transportation around the island, and you can easily rent one in town. However, renting a golf cart can be fairly expensive (50-60 USD per day). You probably will spend a good amount of time just relaxing at the beach, so I recommend renting one just for those days where you want to go exploring. If you just need to go from point A to point B and return, you’ll be better off taking a taxi.
➤ Private hotel transfer – if you prefer to have a transfer pre-organized, ask your hotel for a private car service; most hotels will organize this for you.
Best Things to Do on Isla Mujeres
I won’t keep this section long as you probably don’t need me to convince you to visit Isla Mujeres – you’re already looking how to get there! There are plenty of guides to the best things to do in Isla Mujeres, and I’ll probably even write one myself at some point. If you need a little reminder though, these are the top things to do on the island:
➤ Hit the beach and that crystal-clear water. Playa Norte, on the north side of the island, is one of the most famous beaches on the island. If you’re looking for something a bit wilder, check out the beaches around Punta Sur on the south side of the island, where you’ll find a more rugged coastline.
➤ Swim with whale sharks in a responsible way. Isla Mujeres is one of few places in the world where you can swim with these good giants. I haven’t personally tried it, but it must be an incredible experience, Make sure you choose an ethical tour operator that cares about the well-being of the animals.
➤ Dive at MUSA, an underwater museum and sculpture park. Here you’ll find over 500 statues and sculptures, all underwater! You can also enjoy this unique attraction by snorkeling if diving isn’t your thing.
Where to Stay in Isla Mujeres, Mexico
There are plenty of options for all budgets when it comes to accommodation on Isla Mujeres (and yes, I do recommend spending here at least a couple of days!). These are my favorite hotels on Isla Mujeres:
LUXURY RESORT: Zoetry Villa Rolandi – This all-inclusive, luxury resort is a beautiful hotel with great service and facilities. The all-inclusive treatment also comes with a complimentary transfer from Cancun.
AFFORDABLE LUXURY HOTEL: Izla Beach Front Hotel – New hotel with modern rooms and a beautiful private beach and pool. Some rooms come with private plunge pools with a view.
UNIQUE PLACE TO STAY: The Seashell House ( Casa Caracol) – This is one of the most famous design properties in all of Mexico! This house designed like a seashell comes with a private pool and everything you need for a truly unique stay.
ON A BUDGET: Nomads Hostel & Beachclub – This boutique hostel features both dorms and very nice private rooms. Minimal design and private pool, located directly on the beach.
FAQ: How To Get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres
There’s an airport on Isla Mujeres, but there are currently no passenger flights to Isla Mujeres. The closest airport is Cancun International Airport.
The Ultramar ferry from Puerto Juarez (Cancun) to Isla Mujeres costs around 10 USD at the time of writing.
The best option for getting to Isla Mujeres from Playa del Carmen is heading to Cancun and taking a ferry Cancun-Isla Mujeres from Puerto Juarez ferry terminal. There are a few options for getting from Playa del Carmen to Cancun. The most affordable ones are taking the ADO bus or a colectivo (shared shuttle) to downtown Cancun – the ferry port to Isla Mujeres is a short taxi ride from there. If comfort is the priority, you can look into booking a private transfer from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Juarez.
The distance from Cancun to Isla Mujeres is 13 kilometers (8 miles). The ferry to Isla Mujeres from cancun takes approximately 30 minutes.
These are the tours Cancun – Isla Mujeres that I recommend:
• Isla Mujeres: Catamaran with Lunch, Open Bar, & Snorkel
• Isla Contoy and Isla Mujeres: Paradise Islands Combo Tour
This is it! Hopefully this info is useful for you to get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. On this blog you’ll find tons of other content about Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum so make sure to check out my most popular articles to plan your trip in the region.