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Ferry to Isla Mujeres

Jul 29, 2011 | No Responses

Getting to Isla is easy with different docks to depart from; Puerto Juarez (Magana) and Gran Puerto (Ultramar). If you are bringing a car across you can only use the third dock, Punta Sam. There is also a service from Playa Totugas in the Hotel Zone but the prices tend to be a bit higher.

Schedules are noted below but I would suggest you visit for possible updates.

GRAN PUERTOAvenida Jose Lopez Portillo, SM84
Ultramar ferries run out of this location, and are the newest and first dock you hit coming in from Cancun and the Hotel Zone. Here they have an Oxxo, coffee shop, McDonalds and Subway sandwhich (which they don’t have at the other docks). The ferries are air-conditioned with comfortable seating, clean bathrooms and run slightly faster. Ferries depart from Gran Puerto every half hour from 5:00am-9:30pm and then every hour from 10:30-12:30pm. From Isla it is every half hour from 5:30am-9:00pm and then every hour from 10pm-12pm. The cost is 140pesos one way.

Boats leave from Juarez every ½ hour, from 6am to 11pm and from Isla 5:30am to 10pm. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth for 35 pesos and the trip takes approximately 20 minutes, depending on the size of the boat. Here you have your basic ferry with bench seating and no amenities. The dock is about ½ mile north of Gran Puerto and getting there is easy from Cancun. Take the R-15 bus from the terminal or a 10-15 minute cab ride (fares vary).

This is the only location where you can bring a car, bike and any other transportation vehicle. The costs include fare for one and each additional person is 14 pesos. Travel time is slightly longer, 45 minutes, and wait times to get on could take quite awhile due to less frequent scheduling so come early.
Departures from Punta Sam: 8am, 11am, 2:45am, 5:30pm and 8:15pm
Departures from Isla: 6:30am, 9:30am, 12:45pm, 4:15pm and 7:15pm

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