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How to get from Cancun to Holbox, Mexico?

Holbox is a paradise island with crystal blue water and incredible seafood. Check out our guide for the best options to travel from Cancun to Holbox.

Holbox is a car-free paradise island in the Mexican state Quintana Roo. It offers crystal clear water for diving and snorkeling, mangrove forests, delicious seafood, and welcoming locals.

If you travel to Holbox during June, July, August, or September, you will experience the bioluminescence phenomenon.

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Check our guide for the best options to travel from Cancun to Holbox.

How far is Cancun to Holbox?

The distance from Cancun to Holbox is 82,6 miles or 133 kilometers.

Transportation Options from Cancun to Holbox

The following table outlines all transportation options from Cancun to Holbox:

MethodTravel timePrice
Bus + Ferry from Cancun to Holbox4 hours
Shared Shuttle + Ferry from Cancun to Holbox3 hoursUSD 44
Private Transfer + Ferry from Cancun to Holbox3 hours
Taxi + Ferry from Cancun to Holbox3 hours
Flight from Cancun to Holbox30 minutesUSD 470
Rental Car + Ferry3 hours

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available Mexico transportation options from Cancun to Holbox. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

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Getting to Isla Holbox from Cancun

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1. ADO Bus from Cancun to Holbox + Ferry

Journey Duration: 4 hours

The most economical option is to take an ADO bus from Cancun downtown to Chiquila. The journey takes around 3 hours and 10 minutes.

In Chiquila, you can board the ferry to Isla Holbox. The journey with the ferry will take another around 15 minutes.

Tip: Buy your ferry ticket online in advance to ensure availability at your preferred time and avoid long queues at the ticket counter. On GuateGo, you can buy your ferry ticket from Chiquila to Isla Holbox for just 15 USD.

How To Get From Cancun To Holbox, Mexico

2. Our recommendation: Shared Van Shuttle + Ferry

Journey Duration: 3 hours

We recommend you take a shared shuttle van from your hotel in Cancun to Chiquila. In Chiquila, you can board the ferry to Isla Holbox.

GuateGo offers combined tickets, so you don’t have to worry about getting to Chiquila in time for the next ferry. You can choose between three departure times in Merida: 12:00 PM, 02:30 PM, and 06:30 PM.

The price for the combined ticket is 44 USD.

How To Get From Cancun To Holbox?
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3. Private Transfer from Cancun to Holbox + Ferry

Journey Duration: 3 hours

If you prefer more comfort and flexibility, a private transfer to Chiquila might be your best option.

Click here to purchase your ferry ticket from Chiquila to Isla Holbox!

GuateGo

On GuateGo, you can check all available transportation options from Cancun to Holbox. It is a reliable and easy-to-use platform to compare prices & schedules and make a booking online.

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4. Cancun to Holbox Flight

Journey Duration: 30 minutes

Flights Holbox offers private flights from Cancun to Isla Holbox. As there is only a tiny airport on the island, only small planes can land there.

While this is the fastest and most spectacular travel option, it is also the most expensive. Prices start at around 470 USD one way.

How To Get From Cancun To Holbox, Mexico

5. Driving with Rental Car + Ferry

Journey Duration: 3 hours

You can also travel from Cancun to Chiquila by rental car. The distance from Cancun to Chiquila is 82,6 miles (about 133 kilometers), and the journey takes about two hours, depending on the traffic.

Once you arrive in Chiquila, you can leave your car at one of the many secure parking lots. Parking fees start at $6/day (120.25 Mexican pesos).

How To Get From Cancun To Holbox, Mexico

6. Uber or Taxi + Ferry

Journey Duration: 3 hours

If you spontaneously decide to travel to Isla Holbox, you can also take a taxi or Uber from Cancun to Chiquila.

Best day tours in Holbox, Mexico

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The following widget shows some of the best tours in Holbox, Mexico.

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