Wondering about transportation from Cancun to Valladolid, Mexico? Check all the transportation options in this post and decide how to travel from Cancun to Valladolid, or viceversa Valladolid-Cancun.
There are quite a few reasons why you might be looking how to get to Valladolid. Maybe you want to visit the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, which is located less than one hour away. Or maybe you’re going to the pink lakes of Las Coloradas, or to check out the beautiful cenotes around Valladolid such as Cenote Zaci and Cenote Xkeken.
Or again, maybe you just want to check out Valladolid in itself, which is quite charming and much less touristy than other destinations in Yucatan. In my opinion, everyone should include it in their Yucatan road trip itinerary.
You see, there are quite a few things to do in and around Valladolid. In fact, I wrote a few articles about this area on my blog, you can check them out for planning your trip.
- Top 7 Things to do in Valladolid (and around!)
- 11 Incredible Cenotes in Valladolid You Can’t Miss
- The Ultimate Guide to Chichen Itza
If you are traveling from Cancun to Valladolid, you can do so via a number of transportation options. Valladolid is approximately two hours away from Cancun. The two cities are separated by a distance of 157 km (98 miles), with Cancun located in the east and Valladolid right in the middle of Yucatan state.
READ ALSO: The Ultimate Guide to Cancun, Mexico
Here below you’ll find the best ways to travel to Valladolid from Cancun or viceversa Valladolid Cancun.
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Book a Private Transfer from Cancun to Valladolid
Taking a private shuttle from Cancun to Valladolid is certainly the most convenient, although more expensive, option to get to your destination.
A regular private transfer to Valladolid for up to 9 people will cost you $205 one way from Cancun to Valladolid, and $399 if you decide to book round trip. The cost is the same if you’re 2 or 9 people, which makes it a particularly great deal if you’re with the family or a small group.
Bilingual staff will be welcoming you to the airport, so you won’t have any trouble finding your car. All vehicles are insured, new and air conditioned. ➤ BOOK IT HERE
You also have the option to book a luxury transfer in a Suburban type of vehicle.
The cost of the private luxury transfer is $305 one way or $555 for a round-trip, and the vehicle can be shared by up to 6 people. ➤ BOOK IT HERE
You can get a quote for a transfer in the search box down here.
Otherwise, you could potentially try and take a taxi from Cancun airport to Valladolid, but I don’t recommend this option. You’d have to haggle quite a bit to get a fair price and scams aren’t uncommon, so it’s much safer to book a transfer in advance.
Take the ADO Bus from Cancun To Valladolid
Taking the bus from Cancun to Valladolid is a great option. Buses in Mexico are reasonably priced and I swear, are a ton more comfortable and cleaner than buses in USA or Europe.
I always recommend choosing an ADO bus. ADO is Mexico’s leading bus company, and the standard ADO buses already offer a pretty good service. On top of the regular ADO buses (which are called Primera Class, or First Class), you can also find ADO Conecta and ADO Platino buses (which are more luxurious and come with additional amenities, but don’t seem to be available for this route).
The ticket prices for ADO buses to Valladolid from Cancun start at 159 MXN (7 USD at the time of writing) and go up to 264 MXN (11 USD). The average bus trip duration is 2 hours 15 minutes.
The main bus terminal in Cancun is in ADO Downtown Cancun Terminal. It’s located close to Mercado 23. This is the exact address: Pino Lote 1 y 2, Supermanzana 23, 77500 Cancún.
You can check the official website for the ADO bus schedule from Cancun to Valladolid and viceversa, but it might be complicated if you don’t speak Spanish, as the website doesn’t have an english version (I have no idea why, since there are so many tourists who use their buses!). Also, you won’t be able to book online on the ADO website unless you have a Mexican debit or credit card. Quite a pain!
But then, how can you book your ticket? You’ve got two options:
• in person at any ADO station or office
• on the third party site ClickBus. I’ve used this site to book buses in Mexico multiple times with zero issues, and the prices for the Cancun-Valladolid bus are pretty much the same than on the official website.
Let’s see in detail what are your options for a Cancun to Valladolid bus ride.
➤ Regular ADO / Class: Primera, also called First Class
Regular ADO buses from Cancun to Valladolid have many departures scheduled throughout the day. The first bus departs at 2 AM and the last one around 6 PM. The schedule changes on different days, but expect to find one bus departing every 2-3 hours (in some moments of the day every hour) in the morning and afternoon.
➤ ADO Conecta
ADO Conecta are buses that usually link airports to airports, or airport to cities. Try and book a regular ADO bus for the Cancun Valladolid route instead of the ADO Conecta because, depending on the number of passengers who booked the trip, the ADO Conecta could be a shuttle van rather than a bus, which is a lot less comfortable.
➤ Bus From Cancun Airport to Valladolid
Unfortunately at this time a direct ADO bus from Cancun airport to Valladolid isn’t available, and no other company services this route. I know, it’d make things a lot easier for some of you! But don’t stress, you can still take the bus, just you’ll need to change bus in Cancun city terminal.
There are ADO buses departing Cancun International Airport to Cancun Downtown ADO Terminal approximately every 30 minutes.
If you’re booking your ticket at the ADO office in the airport, tell the employee that you’re going to Valladolid so you can get a full ticket without having to queue again in the Cancun terminal.
If instead it’s time for you to go back from Valladolid to Cancun Airport (sigh), I suggest booking your bus ticket at least one day in advance to make sure there is room. Leave with plenty of time as you’ll have to transfer at the Cancun terminal. If your flight is in the morning, I suggest you spend the last night in Cancun.
Rent a Car in Cancun
In Cancun you’ll find tons of car rental companies from whom you can rent a car for driving to Valladolid, Yucatan. Car rentals are available both in the city and at Cancun airport. This is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to go on a Yucatan road trip, as you’ll have so much more freedom to explore the region at your own pace. Plus, a direct bus from Cancun airport to Valladolid doesn’t exist at this time, so renting a car would definitely save you time and hassle.
You can drive from Cancun to Valladolid in just 2 hours for a total distance of 157 km. It’s pretty straightforward, as you have to drive down the Mexico Highway 180D till you reach Valladolid. This is a very modern and well-maintained road, but note that it’s a toll road. Here it’s a map with driving instructions.
The average rental cost per day in Cancun is anywhere from 10 to 25 dollars a day for an average car (four-door sedan), to 40 dollars for an SUV.
Whenever I rent a car, I generally use Rentalcars.com to compare the prices from all the major rental cars companies.
Check out here below rates and availability for rental cars from Cancun:
This also works if you need to rent the car for the way back Valladolid Cancun. There are a few rental companies in Valladolid, and I suggest comparing prices online in the widget above, or directly here.
⚠️ If you choose to rent a car, though, you’ll need to be on the lookout for potential tourist scams. I don’t want to scare you off, I do think that renting a car in Yucatan is a great option, but tourist scams exist and are frequent in Yucatan, so you’ll have to be extra careful.
➤ Some car rental companies in Mexico will tell you that you’re required to purchase insurance at all costs, but they’re lying. If you already have insurance through your credit card or other provider, you won’t need to purchase another. If they insist they can’t let you rent a car without their insurance, it’s time to leave and look for another company.
➤ Take plenty of pictures of the rental car before you use it and after you return the car, especially of scratches and other defects, so they won’t be able to charge you later one for damages that you didn’t do. There are plenty of stories of companies that want to charge exorbitant fees for tiny scratches, so be careful. Also, return the car with plenty of time before your flight/bus, as they usually try to scam people who are pressed for time and can’t spend too much time arguing.
Take a Tour to Valladolid & Chichen Itza
If you just want to visit Valladolid and Chichen Itza on a day trip, the easiest way is to join a tour, so you won’t have to worry about transportation at all. It is possible to do it on your own of course, but if you prefer a tour, these below are the best options (I’ve analyzed tens of tours and these stood out!).
➤ With over 1200 good reviews, the Chichén Itzá, Ik Kil Cenote & Valladolid All-Inclusive Tour is the top-rated Chichen Itza + Valladolid tour on Get Your Guide. This tour leaves from Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, and Tulum.
This Chichen Itza full-day tour includes pick-up from your hotel , all entrance fees, and a buffet meal. After visiting the ruins of Chichen Itza, you’ll go for a swim to Cenote Ik Kil. The tour ends with a short visit to the colonial city of Valladolid, which is absolutely worth a visit. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
➤ If you’re just interested in visiting Valladolid and swim in a beautiful cenote, then this other tour that doesn’t cover Chichen Itza is for you. On this tour you’ll get to tour Valladolid, learn about Mayan culture in a local village, swim at X-Cajum cenote, and visit the super instagrammable, all yellow town of Izamal. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
➤ Finally, if you do decide to take the bus or rent a car, check out the free tour of Valladolid. It’s absolutely free (although a tip is expected) but you do need to book it in advance. ➥ BOOK IT HERE
How To Get from Cancun to Valladolid – Frequently Asked Questions
How far is Cancun from Valladolid?
The distance from Cancun to Valladolid is 157 kilometres (98 miles). Driving from Cancun to Valladolid takes about 2 hours with no stops.
How far is Valladolid from Cancun Airport?
161 kms (100 miles). It takes about 2 hours to travel from Valladolid to Cancun airport or viceversa.
Where is the ADO bus station in Valladolid?
The ADO Terminal in Valladolid is located right in the city center of Valladolid, at the corner between road 180 and calle 44.
Can you fly to Valladolid? What’s the closest airport to Valladolid?
No, there isn’t an airport in Valladolid. The closest international airport to Valladolid is the Cancun airport, to which many airlines fly. You can also check out flights to Merida in Yucatan, but most likely it’ll be cheaper to fly to Cancun.
Can you rent a car in Valladolid, Mexico?
Sure you can, and it’s a great option for getting from Valladolid to Cancun. There are multiple car rental companies that operate in Valladolid. You can also compare prices online here.
I think this is all you need! Hopefully this info is useful for you to get from Cancun to Valladolid. For any questions, please let me know in the comments below. I have written plenty of other articles about Yucatan and Mexico, make sure to check them out!