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How to get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Just across the Bahia de Mujeres (Bay of Women) from Cancun, there is one of the cleanest and most beautiful islands in all of the Caribbean, Isla Mujeres. To witness all its beauty, check out our guide on what are the best ways to get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres, Mexico!

Isla Mujeres is the perfect place to spend a relaxing vacation. With its crystal clear blue waters and air that is cooler than the mainland, Isla Mujeres is a vacation haven. 

It is a great place for the whole family to relax, or divers, artists, photographers, and others to explore the many wonders of this Caribbean island, home of natural white sand beaches where you can snorkel with tropical fish at a coral reef just offshore.

Our recommendation?

Full-Day Sailing Trip with Lunch and Open Bar! On your sailing trip to Isla Mujeres, you will snorkel with sea turtles and get up close with schools of colorful fish. Explore the island and do some shopping. Enjoy drinks and lunch at a beach club facility on Isla Mujeres.

So what are you waiting for?

Check our guide for the best options to travel from Tulum to Isla Mujeres.

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How far is Tulum from Isla Mujeres?

The distance between Tulum and Isla Mujeres is 148 kilometers or 92 miles via Chetumal-Cancun. 

The duration of this journey is between 3 to 4 hours, depending on your transport.

Transportation Options from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

The following table outlines all transportation options from Tulum to Isla Mujeres:

MethodTravel timePrice
Shared Shuttle + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 to 4 hours
ADO Bus + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres4 hoursUSD 34
Private Transport + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 hours
Rental Car + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 hours
Taxi + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 hours
Ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres30 minutesfrom USD 9

Getting to Isla Mujeres from Tulum

1. Shared Shuttle + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

Journey Duration: 3 – 4 hours

You can save money by sharing a ride with others arriving at the same time as you to the Isla Mujeres Ferry. You can take a van from Tulum to the port, where you can take the ferry. 

With only 92 miles between Tulum and Isla Mujeres, you have the option of choosing a convenient route to make your trip pleasant and convenient.

A shuttle ticket costs slightly more than a regular bus ticket, but the comfort you will receive more than makes up for the extra cost.

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Tulum To Isla Mujeres

2. ADO Coach Bus + Ultramar Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

Journey Duration: 3 – 4 hours

A coach bus is your best bet if you’re trying to travel economically. The solution is provided by ADO, which also operates public transportation on a daily basis. Included in their prices is a ferry ticket, which you have to take in order to reach this Island.

There are seven fares, taking off at different times of the day, so choose what’s best for you!

ADO Coach Bus Schedule

  • 08:46 AM to 12:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 11:20 AM to 03:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 12:00 PM to 03:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 01:00 PM to 04:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 02:20 PM to 06:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 04:30 PM to 08:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

  • 05:20 PM to 09:30 PM: Coach Bus + Ferry, pick up at ADO Tulum Av. Tulum, between Calle Jupiter and Calle Alfa, and drop off at Isla Mujeres terminal Máritima APIQROO, av. Rueda Medina Isla Mujeres

Total price: USD 34

How To Get From Tulum To Isla Mujeres, Mexico
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3. Private Transfer from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

Journey Duration: 3 hours

With a reliable private transfer, you can relax, sit back, and enjoy a comfortable and safe trip to Isla Mujeres. Organize a trip for a bargain price with a group of friends. When traveling to the port, it is best to choose a ride that is flexible in terms of time, safe, and enjoyable.

There is a boat departure every half hour from 05:00 AM to 11:30 PM. It costs USD 17 for a roundtrip to get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry, and the crossing takes about 25 minutes. If you plan on taking a private driver, be sure to check the ferry schedules.

Have a relaxing trip to Isla Mujeres by booking your ferry tickets in advance.

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4. Driving with Rental Car

Journey Duration: 3 hours

If you are traveling to Isla Mujeres via rental car, you will enjoy the flexibility that comes with independent travel. Stop for lunch and visit places of interest along the way without worrying about luggage limitations.

Board on a ferry at Cancun port. Ultramar ferries run daily from Cancun to Isla Mujeres. You can take the car with you, but our recommendation is to leave it at the port and explore the island with a golf cart provided there.

There are some great options for Tulum car rentals that you can book online. Check them out now!

5. Taxi

Journey Duration: 3 hours

Another option is to take a taxi to get to the port of Cancun. You need to bargain the price before your departure. Always remember, you should know how much your trip is going to cost and find out if you are getting ripped off or not.

Get to the port of Cancun and book your ticket for the ferry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Isla Mujeres have an airport?

There is no airport in Isla Mujeres. The closest airport is the Cancun International airport which is 36.1 kilometers or 22 miles away from Isla Mujeres.

Does Mexico have Uber?

Uber is a transportation option in Mexico, but unfortunately not in this region. 
The fact is that Uber, although often cheaper and certainly more convenient, is not available in Tulum.

Is there a public bus from Tulum to Isla Mujeres?

Unfortunately, no. Isla Mujeres and Tulum are not connected directly. To get to Isla Mujeres, you must first take the bus from Tulum to Cancun, then walk to Cancun Terminal, board a bus to Playa Tortugas, walk to Playa Tortugas, and then take the ferry to Isla Mujeres.