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Local Bus System in Cancun

Jun 21, 2011 | No Responses

The cheapest and most convenient way to get around the city is on a public bus. For 8.50 pesos you can pretty much get anywhere in the city, and if you familiarize yourself with the basic routes you have pretty much mastered the system. Buses will pick you up at designated stops and cross walks, but some might pick up up anywhere on the street, as long as you flag them down. There is also “THE MAP” that lists all the stops from el Centro straight through the Hotel Zone. The drivers are a bit erratic and you might feel as though you’re on a formula 1 race track but have no fear, I have never heard of a bus crash to date but my suggestion to you, hang on tight. Rarely does a driver make a full stop so getting on and off can be a bit tricky so beware.

You pay when you get on and receive a ticket. Drivers do offer change (in pesos) so no need to worry if you don’t have exactly 8.50. The convenience of being on the bus gives you the flexibility to get on and off at any time. Also, the ride can be an adventure in itself. One time I was serenaded by a guitar player the entire ride home. Unfortunately, it wasn’t because he was enamoured by me but because he was looking to make a few extra pesos. Ah well, it was still fun.

There are two different bus companies that run in Cancun but you really wouldn’t know the difference because they all seem to run in the same way. The first is AutoCar, red, and the second is Turican, white and turquoise. Some Turican buses are air conditioned so if you’re coming at the hottest time of the year I would suggest you keep your eyes out for this one.

Each bus is numbered on the windshield in clear large print and popular destinations are noted on the front; Market 28, Tulum etc. There are 2 buses that will bring you El Centro from the Hotel Zone, along Avenida Kukulcan (the only street in the hotel zone so it is easy even for the most inexperienced travelling) and runs throughout the evening.

R-1 will bring you to Avenida Tulum which is in the centre of the city. Here you will find grocery stores, the ADO bus station and a very good outdoor market. You are also close to the famous Parque de las Palapas where you can grab some Mexican ‘fast food’ or take a seat in one of the many restaurants. This route also takes you to Puerto Juarez where you catch the ferry to Isla Mujueres but ask the bus driver because only a few go to this location.

R-2 runs down Coba to the famous Market 28. Here you can buy pretty much anything and feast for next to nothing. The souvenirs and trinkets are much cheaper here than in the hotel zone.

R-27 takes you to Plaza las Americas. A massive outdoor mall that has anything and everything your shopping heart desires.

So there it is in a nutshell, your basic guide to taking the local bus in Cancun. Good Luck!

Author: Janelle Brandon

As our dedicated travel writer, Janelle scours Cancun and the Riviera Maya for all the cool things to do around here. From working and living to getting around, and, of course, the best beaches (she loves her sun and sand). Janelle lets you know how it is. As our Chief Operations Officer she makes sure we are not skipping out on work to laze on the beach (although sometimes she joins us). She's a pleasure to have around and always making us laugh with her crazy stories.

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