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How to Get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres (Ferry & Info)

Going to Isla Mujeres? Oh, lucky you! This is a beautiful island located off the coast of Cancun, Mexico, and if you’re in the area already it would be a shame to leave without spending at least one day on the island.

But whether you’re visiting for a day trip from Cancun, or even better you’re planning to spend a few days there, you’ll have to first figure out how to get there.

In this article, we’ve laid out your options so you can decide what’s the best way to get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, whether you’re going from the airport, downtown Cancun, or the Cancun Hotel Zone. All the information you need is here, including the Isla Mujeres ferry times from Cancun and the price, but also alternative options to the ferry.


The closest airport to Isla Mujeres is Cancun International Airport (CUN Airport), located 22 miles from the island.

From Cancun Downtown, where the ferry terminal is located, it’s only a 30-minute ferry ride to reach Isla Mujeres.


Take the Ferry to Isla Mujeres From Cancun

Ultramar yellow and blue catamaran docked in 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 Cancun Downtown, and take the Ultramar ferry to Isla Mujeres from there.

Length: 30 minutes
Price: 14 USD per person (one way)
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

▶️ The Puerto Juarez ferry by Ultramar is a high-speed ferry, and the ride to the island takes around 30 minutes. The ferries to Isla Mujeres from Cancun operated by Ultramar are well maintained and have a good safety record. They feature air-conditioning and wifi connection, and food and drinks can be purchased aboard.

I’ve taken this ferry and it was fine, no complaints whatsoever. Sometimes I get seasick so I was worried about that, but the trip was short and I didn’t have any issue with that.

If you’re traveling during high season, though, I highly recommend buying your tickets for the Isla Mujeres ferry in advance. The ferry costs around 14 USD per person per way (27 USD round trip), and there are departures every hour from 5.30 AM to 11.00 PM ➥ BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

Check the Ultramar ferry schedule to Isla Mujeres below (and from Isla Mujeres to Cancun):

Schedule of the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres

Please keep in mind that while we try and update this article frequently, the timings can change, which is why I always recommend double checking before showing up at the dock.

Another company, Naveganto, serves the same route from Puerto Juarez, but Ultramar is the most known company. I 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, an ATM, and a cafe that 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 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. 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. Bring cash.

If you’re staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone, then it’s more convenient to take the ferry from there – check out the next section.

Take the Isla Mujeres Ferry from Cancun Hotel Zone [RECOMMENDED]

Xcaret Xailing black and white catamaran docked in Cancun.

You can also take the ferry from Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol, or El Embarcadero to Isla Mujeres. This is the most convenient options for those staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone.

Length: 20 to 30 minutes
Price: 13 USD per person (one way)
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

The ferry service operated by Grupo Xcaret (owner of all the parks like Xcaret, Xplor, etc), called Xcaret Xailing, takes you from the Cancun Hotel Zone to Isla Mujeres on a modern and very comfortable catamaran.

You can make the journey in the air-conditioned cabin or outdoors, make use of the complimentary wifi, and secure your bags at the luggage storage.

The ticket also includes access to the Scenic Tower, which I thought was a very cool experience. You can get a 360 view over the Cancun Hotel Zone and the Nichupte Lagoon, and get fantastic photos from 260 feet above the ground.

I took this the last time I went to Isla Mujeres and it was excellent, much better than Ultramar. The service was exceptional and it was a lot less crowded. Also, the ferry departs from Embarcadero Isla Mujeres by Xcaret, which is closer to most resorts.

El Embarcadero ferry terminal in Cancun Hotel zone where passengers can take the ferry to Isla Mujeres.

Below you’ll find the Cancun – Isla Mujeres ferry schedule:

The open ticket lets you board at any time, so you don’t have to choose your timing when you buy the ticket. Secure your seat, and show up when you feel like heading to the island! You can buy single or round trip tickets. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Pros and Cons of the Ferry

✔️ Taking the ferry is the best way to get to Isla Mujeres, whether you’re leaving from Cancun Downtown or the Hotel Zone. It’s fast and a very affordable option.

✔️ The ferries are air-conditioned and in great shape, offering a comfortable and pleasant ride to Isla Mujeres.

✔️ There are ferries running between Isla Mujeres and Cancun very frequently throughout the day so you can travel at any time.

✘ It might not be the most convenient option if you’re heading to Isla Mujeres just for the day. Not only do you need to get to the port in Cancun, but then take a taxi from the ferry terminal to the island’s downtown, which adds to the cost and time of the visit. You might be better off with a tour in this case.


Bright blue water with a catamaran in the distance in Isla Mujeres.

Many people only have time for a day trip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. Is that you? Then taking the ferry is not your only option.

Length: 5 to 10 hours
Price: 50 – 139 USD
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

Joining an organized Isla Mujeres day tour 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.

Tours 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.

▶️ The Isla Mujeres Luxury Catamaran Sailing plus Lunch & Open Bar is our top pick when it comes to tours to Isla Mujeres. You’ll sail toward the island, enjoying fabulous snorkel stops along the way. Then explore Isla Mujeres either with a guide or on your own, and relax on the beach before returning.

This luxury Isla Mujeres tour from Cancun includes lunch and an open bar onboard. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Catamaran Tour to Isla Mujeres with Snorkel, Open Bar and Hotel Transfers will have you dancing on deck with upbeat music, and enjoying drinks from the open bar. Go snorkeling along the coral reef, and make the most of your free time to explore Isla Mujeres. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ This Catamaran Trip to Isla Mujeres with Open Bar & Optional Lunch is the cheapest good option I could find. The most basic tour does NOT include lunch or transfers (unless you opt to add them!), so I would only choose this if I were on a budget.

It offers snorkeling stops on your way to Isla Mujeres, and free time to enjoy the island. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Pros and Cons of the Tours

✔️ Everything, from roundtrip transfers to activities and equipment is included. The trip is planned for you to such an extent that all you have to do is show up and enjoy.

✔️ If you’re only planning a day trip to the island, this is the best option for comfort, ease of travel, and overall cost.

✘ It’s more expensive than making the trip on your own, and downright not a good option if you plan on staying in Isla Mujeres for a few days.


Not liking the idea of a ferry ride from Cancun to the island? Well, there’s an alternative, but it’s not for everyone.

Length: 2 to 7 hours
Price: 560 – 1,143 USD
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

However, if it fits into your budget, it definitely beats taking the ferry or going on a group tour!

▶️ This Private Isla Mujeres Catamaran Tour from Cancun can be customized to last half or a full day. You’ll set sail to Isla Mujeres on your very own vessel, stopping at coral reefs to snorkel and sipping drinks from the open bar. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ The Private 46FT Yacht Rental in Cancun Bay accommodates up to 15 people and includes snorkel stops, music on deck, soft beverages, and free time in Isla Mujeres beach. Depending on how many hours you rent the yacht for, the itinerary may vary. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

If you decide to book a private boat from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, make sure the tour operator has proper insurance, the skipper is certified, and there is safety equipment on board. Always better to ask a few more questions and be safe.

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.

And if you’re going for multiple days, 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.

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 from Isla Mujeres back to Cancun; sometimes it’s even included in the hotel rate.

Pros and Cons of the Private Catamaran

✔️ It’s an exclusive experience for you and your group. You’ll call the shots, enjoy stops for snorkeling if you feel like it, and spend as much time in Isla Mujeres as you want before going back.

✘ It’s much more expensive than the other options, and not a good transfer method if you just want to get to Isla Mujeres rather than enjoy a sailing trip.


Arriving by plane and wondering how do you 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 Cancun ferry to Isla Mujeres as described above.

Private Transfer from Cancun Airport to Puerto Juarez

Length: approx. 30 minutes
Price: 65 USD
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

▶️ Pre-book private transportation from Cancun Airport to Puerto Juarez ferry terminal – the car transports up to 8 people for 65 USD (definitely a convenient choice even if you’re 3 people). I think it’s the best transportation from the airport to the ferry terminal.

I’ve traveled with this company many times and happily recommend it because it offers a top-notch service. Every single time. Air conditioning, cold drinks offered to the passengers, and English-speaking drivers.

Woman smiling sitting inside a white and yellow van branded Cancun Airport Transportation.

You can save money by booking your airport transfer from Isla Mujeres to Cancun on the way back at the same time. The price for up to 8 passengers is $125. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

Book your private transfer in the search box below:

Read what the reviews say:

“Victor was a a very kind and knowledgeable driver who went out of the way to ensure we had an enjoyable and safe ride from the airport while vacationing.’

Sam Watts – Read more reviews

Pros and Cons of the Private Transfer

✔️ With the private transfer, a bilingual driver will wait for you at the arrival area, and drop you off directly at the port.

✔️ Your vehicle will be ready whenever you are, regardless of flight delays, as they’ll be tracking your flight’s status.

✔️ The private transfer is much more comfortable and it’s only for you and your party.

✘ It’s considerably more expensive than taking the ADO bus, especially if you’re traveling on your own.

 Bus + Colectivo from Cancun Airport to Puerto Juarez

Length: 30-40 minutes
Price: 8.50 USD + colectivo
Where to book it: BOOK IT HERE

An alternative is taking the ADO bus from Cancun Airport to Downtown Cancun, and then a colectivo (shared shuttle) to Puerto Juarez.

This is the most affordable transportation to get from the airport to Isla Mujeres. It takes around 25 minutes and the ride costs 8.50 USD at the time of writing. Multiple departures all day long.

Another option is to take a taxi from ADO Bus Station, located in Calle Pino (SM23, MZ56), to Puerto Juarez. If you get the taxi at the bus station, the ride will cost you around 150 Pesos.

You could get a cheaper ride (around 80 Pesos) by flagging a taxi on the street, although the first alternative is more convenient if you’re carrying luggage.

Note: The private transfer takes you to Puerto Juarez, and the ADO bus to Cancun Downtown. From there you’ll still have to take the ferry. The ferry trip is not included in these options. You can buy online your ferry tickets to Isla Mujeres.

Pros and Cons of the ADO Bus

✔️ It’s the most affordable option and it’s perfect for those traveling solo or on a tight budget.

The bus will drop you off in Cancun Downtown rather than at the ferry terminal, so you’ll then need to take a taxi or collective to the port.

You need to work around the ADO bus schedule and plan the time you take the ferry accordingly. You’ll also be sharing the ride with other people, and if you’re a group of 7, taking the bus costs the same as the more comfortable private transfer.


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 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.


Woman standing in front of a colorful Isla Mujeres sign.

How To Get Around Isla Mujeres

You’ve got there, but now you might be wondering how to get around Isla Mujeres. Worry not, you’ve got a couple of options.

▶️ Take a taxi – This is the best option to get from the Isla Mujeres ferry terminal 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 seem to be everyone’s favorite Isla Mujeres transportation method, and you can easily rent one in town. However, renting a golf cart can be fairly expensive (60-80 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 when you want to go exploring. If you just need to go from point A to point B and return, you’ll probably 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 at 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 who cares about the well-being of the animals.

➤ This Whale Shark Adventure in Isla Mujeres offers a great opportunity to swim with the magnificent creatures. You’ll be provided with snorkeling gear, and enjoy a memorable and safe encounter. You might also get to spot dolphins and rays! Lunch and bottled water are included. ➥ BOOK IT HERE

▶️ 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.

➤ The Isla Mujeres Snorkeling Tour Adventure will take you to the underwater museum. You’ll snorkel – gear provided – among the striking sculptures, and also visit two other snorkeling spots that include the coral reef. Cap off the tour with a tasty seafood lunch. BOOK IT HERE

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 – Newish hotel with modern rooms and a beautiful private beach and pool. Some rooms come with private plunge pools with a view.

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.

  • Stefania Guglielmi

    Stefania Guglielmi is the founder of Every Steph. Originally from Bologna, Italy, she's been traveling full-time since 2016 and has visited over 50 countries across 6 continents. She believes sustainable travel and luxury travel can go hand in hand and has been advocating for responsible tourism since 2014. Stefania's advice and travel experiences have been featured in important publications such as Business Insider, Refinery29, and Yahoo Money.