Want to know how to get from Bacalar to Tulum? In this post, we’ll share a summary of the two ways to get there and compare each option on duration, costs and level of comfort. For each option, we 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 Tulum
Cancun might be the most famous destination on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, but many people actually prefer to spend their time in the Riviera Maya in Tulum. Lying by the Caribbean coast, Tulum is becoming an ever-more popular beach destination in the Riviera Maya. It used to be overshadowed by bigger cities nearby like Playa del Carmen and Cancun. But as more people want to escape the bustle of these places, many are now heading to Tulum for a more laidback, bohemian vibe.
The town of Tulum was named after its stunning Mayan ruins perched on top of a cliff, overlooking the ocean below. But as beautiful as these ruins are, for us the best thing to do in Tulum is to go cenote-hopping! Some of the most beautiful cenotes in Mexico can be found here.
2 ways to get from Bacalar to Tulum
There are two ways to travel the distance of 215 km (134 miles) from Bacalar to Tulum: by bus (2 hours 50 minutes) and taxi (2 hours). The journey takes between 2h - 2h 50m and the quickest way is by taxi. The lowest priced tickets start from 380 MXN ($22) for the bus.
There are 3 bus companies operating on the route from Bacalar to Tulum: AU (Autobuses Unidos), ADO TLLD and ADO. 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 have air conditioning, toilet and reclining seats.
The bus trip takes 2 hours 50 minutes. Ticket prices start from 380 MXN ($22).
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 buy 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.
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 56 MXN ($3.30) when coming from the lagoon’s beach.
There are a number of accommodation options within walking distance from the bus terminal. But if you’re staying around the beach area, then it’s best to take a taxi.
Same as the taxis in Bacalar, the taxis in Tulum are not metered. You need to agree on a price before stepping in. The average rate from the bus terminal to the beach area is 150 MXN ($8.80).
Bacalar to Tulum by Taxi
Duration: 2 hours
Starts from: 6,700 MXN ($390)
Duration: 2 hours
Cost: 6,700 MXN ($390)
Are you travelling in 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 taxi ride from Bacalar to Tulum takes around 2 hours and can be quite pricey with rates from 6,700 MXN ($390). Because Bacalar taxis are not metered, it’s important to take note of the average price to avoid being ripped off by taxi drivers.
Standard Car 3 PAX
Price per person with full capacity: 2,220 MXN ($130)
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’s answering a question, or helping you to organise a tour in Tulum.
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 in after you’ve enjoyed your complimentary breakfast. And at the end of the day, the modern and spacious rooms are the perfect place to retire to at the end of the day.
The creative murals that you’ll find throughout the entire hotel, give La Palmita a vibrant and artistic feel. Wherever you look, you’ll feel inspired.
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.
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