Bacalar to Tulum

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How to get from Bacalar to Tulum?

For those looking to continue their journey along the Riviera Maya in the Yucatan Peninsula, your next stop should undoubtedly be in Tulum. Aside from the picturesque beaches, Tulum is home to the third most visited archaeological ruins in Mexico. What makes them so spectacular is their backdrop, overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea below. The Tulum Ruins is really a sight to see!

On top of that, Tulum boasts a laidback vibe that, compared to its neighbours like Cancun and Playa del Carmen, truly offers you a place to lay back. There’s also plenty of restaurants to hop between and taste Tulum’s delicious traditional cuisine.

New to Tulum? Check out this compact Tulum guide to show you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Tulum!

2 ways to get from Bacalar to Tulum

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Bus3 hours310 MXN ($15)Check Bus Tickets
Taxi2.5 hours3,500 MXN ($170)Read article for more info

The most cost-efficient way to travel the 215km (133 miles) from Bacalar to Tulum is a 3-hour bus ride that costs around 310 MXN ($15). The only alternative is a 2.5-hour taxi that costs about 3,500 MXN ($170).

We recommend taking the bus from Bacalar to Tulum as it offers a good combination of budget and convenience. Bus companies ADO and AU offer several direct bus trips every day. You can get a comfortable 3-hour ride with ticket prices at around 310 MXN ($15).

Taxis are also available from Bacalar to Tulum. But although taxis offer great convenience, this comes at a much higher price. A 4-seater ride costs around 3,500 MXN ($170). Still, a taxi is something you can consider if you’re travelling with a group or huge luggage.

Another alternative that has become popular with travellers is renting your own car in Bacalar. You can get a rental car with rates from 320 MXN ($15.50) a day. Renting a car gives you the freedom to stop at any of the beaches or towns along the way, leave whenever you want and indulge in a bit of car karaoke. Something to note though is that you have to return the car to Bacalar unless you’re willing to pay an extra $100 if you leave it in Tulum.

Itinerary from Bacalar to Tulum

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Bacalar to Tulum by Bus


Duration: 3 hours
Cost: From 310 MXN ($15)

There are two bus companies operating on the route from Bacalar to Tulum: ADO and AU. You will get a comfortable ride with both companies, but we’re leaning more towards ADO Bus for first-class service.

If you prefer cheap bus tickets though, then AU is not a bad choice.

All Bacalar to Tulum buses feature air conditioning, toilet and reclining seats.

The bus trip takes a little less than 3 hours. Ticket prices range from 270 MXN ($13) to 310 MXN ($15).

Bus schedule from Bacalar to Tulum

Bus OperatorSchedulesDurationCosts
ADO Bus8x a day from
07:50 – 19:20
2 hours 50 minutes310 MXN ($15)
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AU Bus1x a day
04:15-07:05
2 hours 50 minutes270 MXN ($13)
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It’s best to book online beforehand for guaranteed seats and also to be able to check the latest bus schedules. We recommend doing so with BookAway, which offers excellent customer service.

Do you prefer to buy your tickets onsite? They’re also available for purchase at the bus station, but there’s a risk of tickets being sold out for your desired time. If that happens, then you’ll have to wait a bit for the next trip.

Bus departure in Bacalar

Buses to Tulum depart from Bacalar’s main bus terminal, which you can easily find on the town’s main road. If your hotel is too far from the bus station to walk, then the best option is to take a taxi.

Taxis in Bacalar are not metered, so make sure to agree on the rate before stepping in. Rates start from 60 MXN ($2.90) when coming from the lagoon’s beach.

Bus arrival in Tulum

In Tulum, your bus trip will conclude at the main bus terminal in the town centre.

There are a number of accommodation options within walking distance from the bus terminal, but if you’re staying around the beach area, it’s best to take a taxi.

Also in Tulum, taxis are not metered. Make sure to agree on the price before stepping in! An average rate from the bus terminal to the beach area is 150 MXN ($7).

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Bacalar to Tulum by Taxi


Duration: 2.5 hours
Cost: From 3,500 MXN ($170)

Are you travelling with a group? Especially if you’re with young kids or elders, it might be more convenient to take a taxi from Bacalar to Tulum. That’s if you have the budget for it.

The 2.5-hour taxi ride from Bacalar to Tulum can be quite pricey with rates from 3,500 MXN ($170). As Bacalar taxis are not metered, it’s important to take note of the average price so as not to be ripped off by taxi drivers.

  Hotel

Our favourite places to stay in Tulum


Turquoise Petit Hotel Tulum - Treating yourself

Put on your complimentary bathrobe and enjoy the tranquility of this hotel. Every aspect of the hotel is so beautifully and intricately designed that you can’t help but be relaxed here. The decor is truly stunning with splashes of turquoise all around you.

There’s not one, but two pools to take a refreshing dip after you enjoyed your complimentary breakfast. The vibrant rooms are the perfect place to retire to at the end of the day.

  • 2 outdoor swimming pools
  • Beautifully decorated
  • Attentive and friendly staff

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Hotel Casa Santiago Tulum - Mid Range

There are too many great things to mention about Casa Santiago. It’s an eco-sustainable hotel with a refreshing pool and sun-loungers, perfect for relaxing around. An added bonus, all rooms offer balconies with pool views.

The star of the show though? The staff! They’re always there to help you out. Whether it be answering a question or helping you to organise a tour in Tulum.

  • Outdoor pool and sun terrace
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Eco-friendly
  • Natural toiletries made in the region

Double rooms between $40-$80 per night

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La Palmita Budget Boutique Hotel - Mid Range

The creative murals that you’ll find throughout the entire hotel, give La Palmita a vibrant and artistic feel.

The beds are massive and incredibly comfortable, offering a great night's sleep after a busy day in Tulum. You can also chill on your own private balcony or the big roof terrace. Plonk yourself in one of the many hammocks and enjoy the sunset.

  • Bike rental available
  • Rooftop with hammocks and yoga mats
  • Excellent location
  • Huge beds

Double rooms between $40-$80 per night

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Tubo Tulum - Budget Friendly

Looking for something a bit different? Tubo Tulum makes sleeping an experience on its own. You can opt to sleep in a tent or in one of their large concrete tubes that house a comfy double bed.

The eco-friendly concept of the hostel, alongside their tropical garden, makes you feel like you’re chilling in the middle of the jungle. A very memorable stay for a very reasonable price.

  • Great location
  • Communal kitchen
  • Original and eco-friendly hotel

Private tents start from $19 per night, including breakfast

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