Want to know how to get from Bacalar to Palenque? In this post, we’ll share a summary of how to get to Palenque and go into more detail to help you decide which transport provider to book with and where to buy your tickets.
What to expect when visiting Palenque
Palenque is a top destination in Mexico for archaeology and Mayan history lovers. There’s really not much to see in Palenque town, but its jungles are another story. Palenque’s real attraction lies in the archaeological ruins hidden within the rainforest, just 20 minutes outside of town.
The whole complex has an Indiana Jones feel to it. Its structures are impressive, but they are unfortunately not as well-preserved as Chichen Itza. Still, some people actually prefer the ruins in Palenque because you’re able to climb on them, literally taking the experience to whole new heights.
1 way to get from Bacalar to Palenque
The bus is the only suitable way for travellers to cross the distance of 486 km (302 miles) from Bacalar to Palenque. The journey takes around 9h10m and costs start from 900 MXN ($51.00).
The buses from Bacalar to Palenque are operated by AU. A sub-group of Mexico’s most popular bus operator ADO, AU offers comfortable buses that include air-conditioning, a toilet and reclining seats.
The bus trip from Bacalar to Palenque takes around 9 hours. That already includes short stops at Chetumal, Escarcega and Emiliano Zapata towns to pick up and drop off passengers. The bus isn’t allowed to make any other unannounced stops along the way.
The first bus of the day is also the last bus so if you miss this or find out at the bus station that tickets are already sold out, there is no more next trip on that day. This is why we highly recommend that you buy your tickets online beforehand. You can get cheap bus tickets via BookAway.
Bacalar to Palenque buses depart from Bacalar’s ADO Bus Station. This terminal is on the town’s main road, several blocks away from the beach area.
Depending on where your hotel is located, you can walk or take a short taxi ride. Keep in mind that taxis in Bacalar are not metered. Agree on a rate before getting in! Taxi fares range from 60 MXN ($3.30) to 130 MXN ($7.00).
In Palenque, buses make their final stop at the central bus terminal, from where the main square is just a 10-minute walk away.
If you’re staying outside of town or just prefer not to walk around with all your luggage, you can get a taxi with rates starting from 60 MXN ($3.30).
If you’re looking to treat yourself, Chan Kah Resort is one of the best places to do that in Palenque. You can give yourself the gift of relaxation without the expensive price tag. Plus, you can speed up the relaxation process with a delightful massage at the onsite spa facilities, or by enjoying a drink at their bar.
Possibly the best part, as you splash around in the lagoon-style pools, you’ll be able to hear the monkeys cry in the jungle trees all around you. Alternatively, you can enjoy the jungle symphony whilst enjoying dinner in one of the two restaurants.
The central courtyard of the hotel truly feels like a magical oasis, with its palm trees and thriving greenery. And you’ll find not only a swimming pool, but also a hot tub. You won’t ever want to leave, and don’t have to, with their on-site restaurant that serves both delicious international and local dishes.
Located a short walk from the bus station, you won’t need to be dragging your luggage all around town. It’s location also makes your visit to Palenque ruins easy and convenient.
When you think of Palenque, the ruins surrounded by jungle immediately come to mind. Staying at Cabanas Bambutan is the perfect way to experience Palenque, surrounded by nothing but nature and wildlife.
Their bamboo-style buildings help you to feel connected to nature, whilst still providing ultimate comfort and a good nights sleep. Enjoy a drink at their onsite bar or chill out in the lush gardens.
Frequently Asked Questions about Bacalar to Palenque
What is the distance from Bacalar to Palenque?
The distance from Bacalar to Palenque is 486 km (302 miles).
What is the fastest way to get from Bacalar to Palenque?
The fastest way to get from Bacalar to Palenque is by bus and takes 9h10m.
What is the cheapest way to get from Bacalar to Palenque?
The cheapest way to get from Bacalar to Palenque is by bus with ticket costs starting from 900 MXN ($51.00).
Rounding it up
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