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4 Best Ways to get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres, Mexico

You can get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres by ferry + ADO bus, private transfer, rental car, or taxi.

The cheapest option to travel from Tulum to Isla Mujeres is by ADO bus + ferry, which costs USD 31. The journey takes a bit over 4 hours, and you must book both tickets separately.

The most popular option is the ADO bus + ferry since it provides convenience and affordability.

The fastest way to travel to Isla Mujeres from Tulum is by private transfer or rental car + ferry, which takes about 3 hours.

During my many jaunts across Mexico, I’ve gathered much knowledge on its transportation intricacies.

In this guide, I’m excited to share tips and insights that will help make your Mexican travels efficient and unforgettable!

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

Transportation Options from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

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

MethodTimePrice
Tulum to Isla Mujeres ADO Bus + Ferry4 hrs$31
Tulum to Isla Mujeres Private Transport + Ferry3 hrs
Rental Car + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 hrs
Taxi + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres3 hrs

How far is Tulum from Isla Mujeres?

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

This journey lasts between 3 to 4 hours, depending on your transport.

Getting to Isla Mujeres from Tulum

1. ADO Bus + 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 daily.

The trip to Cancun, where the ferry to Isla Mujeres is located, takes about 2.5 hours.

Tickets for the ADO bus cost only USD 17.

Tulum to Cancun ADO Bus Schedule:

The table below displays the ADO bus timetable for trips from Tulum to Cancun, detailing departure times, journey lengths, and fares.

DEPETADURPX
11:20am01:45pm2h 25m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
01:00pm03:30pm2h 30m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
02:20pm04:45pm2h 25m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
04:30pm07:10pm2h 40m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
05:35pm08:10pm2h 35m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
05:35pm10:00pm2h 25m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313
10:22pm12:45am2h 23m$17Book Now 3 E1661788865313

However, the ferry ticket is not included in their prices, so you must book a separate ticket for the ferry ride.

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

Ultramar Ferry Schedule

The following table shows the Ultramar Ferry Schedule from Puerto Juarez Pier in Cancun to Ultramar Pier in Isla Mujeres.

Departure TimeArrival TimeDurationPrice per Person
10:45am11:15am30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
01:15pm01:45pm30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
02:30pm03:00pm30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
3:00pm3:30pm30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
05:00pm05:30pm30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
6:30pm7:00pm30 min$14Book Now 3 E1661788865313
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2. 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.

Prices for a private transfer from Tulum to Cancun:

  • 1 to 7 passengers: USD 114
  • 8 to 10 passengers: USD 129
  • 11 to 16 passengers: USD 229

There is a boat departure every half hour from 05:00 AM to 11:30 PM. It costs USD 17 for a roundtrip from Cancun to Isla Mujeres by ferry, and the crossing takes about 25 minutes.

If you plan to take a private driver, check the ferry schedules.

Book your ferry tickets in advance and have a relaxing trip to Isla Mujeres.

To learn more about the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, check out our detailed guide on How to get from Cancun to Isla Mujeres.

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4. Driving with a Rental Car + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

Journey Duration: 3 hours

If you travel to Isla Mujeres via rental car, you will enjoy the flexibility of independent travel. Stop for lunch and visit places of interest 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 we recommend leaving it at the port and exploring the island with a golf cart.

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

5. Taxi + Ferry from Tulum to Isla Mujeres

Journey Duration: 3 hours

Another option is to take a taxi to the port of Cancun. You need to bargain the price before your departure.

Always remember, you should know how much your trip will cost and find out if you are getting ripped off.

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

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Best day tours in Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Tulum To Isla Mujeres

Get Your Guide helps you find the best tours wherever you are heading. It’s usually the first website I check when I plan a trip to a new place.

Here, you can find some of the best tours in Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

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 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.

Where can I park my car to take the Isla Mujeres Ferry?

If you are riding any of the Cancun ferries to Isla Mujeres and leaving your vehicle behind in Cancun, you can use the parking garage at the Ultramar Gran Puerto Terminal. There is also free parking at the Punta Sam ferry dock.

What is the cheapest way to get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres?

The cheapest option to travel from Tulum to Isla Mujeres is by ADO bus + ferry, which costs USD 31.

What is the fastest way to get from Tulum to Isla Mujeres?

The fastest way to travel to Isla Mujeres from Tulum is by private transfer or rental car + ferry, which takes about 3 hours.

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