Tijuana to Cancun

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How to get from Tijuana to Cancun

Cancun is a vibrant beach city overlooking the Caribbean Sea. With its crystal blue sea and snow-white sand, the city can be too touristy for some visitors. But its location on Mexico’s east coast makes it the perfect jumping-off point to other destinations like Chichen Itza, Isla Mujeres and Holbox.

Depending on what you’re looking for, Cancun can just be a short stopover or a holiday destination by itself. You’ll find most tourists in the Hotel Zone, which is full to the brim with all-inclusive resorts, restaurants and lively bars.

Our advice is to question what you want to get from your visit to Mexico. If it’s a relaxing holiday surrounded by luxury and comfort then Cancun is perfect. If you’re looking for an authentic Mexican experience, it’s better to go somewhere else.

New to Cancun? Our compact Cancun guide shows you the best areas to stay, restaurants you don’t want to miss and many more tips for your visit to Cancun!

Flights from Tijuana to Cancun

Transport ModeDurationCostsAvailability
Direct Flight 5 hours2,010 MXN ($100)Check Flights
Indirect Flight7 hours1,420 MXN ($72)Check Flights

The only way to cover the 4,440 km (2,758 miles) from Tijuana to Cancun is by flight. Travel time is 5 hours for direct flights and about 7 hours for indirect flights (both including airport transfers). Combined rates start from 2,010 MXN ($100) and 1,420 MXN ($72), respectively.

Since you are going from one side of the country to the other, there are no direct buses or any land transport from Tijuana to Cancun. And if there were, it would take around three days to complete the journey. We’re guessing that not many people would want to sit on a bus for that long!

Flying directly from Tijuana to Cancun is definitely faster, but also often more expensive than those making a layover in Mexico City or Guadalajara. An indirect flight, on the other hand, may be a few hours slower, but about $30 cheaper. If you want to get the cheapest flight possible, buy your airline tickets weeks in advance.

TIP: If you decide to travel by plane, please consider including a carbon compensation fee to help reduce your impact on the environment.

Itinerary from Tijuana to Cancun


  • Tijuana
  • 15 minutes
  • Tijuana Airport
  • 5 – 7 hours
  • Cancun Airport
  • 30 minutes
  • Cancun City Centre

Tijuana to Cancun by Flight

Duration: 5 – 7 hours
Cost: 1,420 MXN ($72)
Duration: 5 – 7 hours
Cost: 1,420 MXN ($72)

Tijuana to Cancun flights are plenty, and you shouldn’t have a hard time getting into one any time of the day. But before you choose which one to take, it’s important to take note of two factors: time and budget.

If you prefer a quick trip, then prepare to spend at least 1,800 MXN ($92) on airline tickets for a 4.5-hour direct flight. But if you don’t mind taking it a bit slow, then you can save a lot of money with a 6-hour indirect flight with fares from 1,210 MXN ($62).

Step 1: City centre to Tijuana Airport

Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 110 MXN ($5.50)
Duration: 15 minutes
Cost: 110 MXN ($5.50)

Flights from Tijuana to Cancun depart from Tijuana Airport, located north of the city, next to the border with the United States.

To get to Tijuana Airport, you can get a taxi for around 160 MXN ($8) or hail a cheaper Uber for about 110 MXN ($5.50). It takes around 15 minutes to get to the airport from the city centre.

Step 2: Tijuana to Cancun by Direct Flight

Duration: 4hrs 15m
Cost: 1,800 MXN ($92)
Duration: 4hrs 15m
Cost: 1,800 MXN ($92)

Direct flights from Tijuana to Cancun are definitely faster but quite expensive. Flight time is around 4 hours 15 minutes and rates for plane tickets start from 1,800 MXN ($92).

Three airlines fly direct from Tijuana to Cancun: Viva Aerobus, Volaris and Hahn Air. Even the earliest flight departs late in the evening, so you will arrive in Cancun early morning the next day.

To find the best flight deals, check out Skyscanner weeks in advance.

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Indirect flights are cheaper

Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 1,210 MXN ($62)
Duration: 6 hours
Cost: 1,210 MXN ($62)

If you’re looking to save money, flights with a layover in either Mexico City or Guadalajara are your best option. Airfares for these indirect flights start from 1,210 MXN ($62) and the journey takes around 6 hours.

There are three airlines offering indirect flights from Tijuana to Cancun: VivaAerobus, Volaris and AeroMexico. These are available all day long so the earliest flight departs as “early” as past midnight.

To find the cheapest flights, it is best to book at least several weeks in advance. Last-minute flight deals may be too expensive, even for indirect flights from Tijuana to Cancun.

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Step 3: Cancun Airport to the City Centre

Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 98 MXN ($5)
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: 98 MXN ($5)

When you arrive at Cancun International Airport, there are two main areas where most visitors will stay, downtown Cancun or the Hotel Zone by the beach.

To get to any of them, you can use the bus, shared minivan or a private shuttle. All three options have an average duration of 30 minutes.

Buses from Cancun Airport to the city’s main bus terminal depart several times a day from 08:20 to 23:10 (roughly every 40 minutes). A ticket costs 98 MXN ($5) and you can book one online via ClickBus.

Shared minivans drop you off at your accommodation. Rates start from 158 MXN ($8), more budget-friendly than a taxi since you are sharing the ride with other travellers. They depart every hour, 24 hours a day, from Cancun Airport. You can book the minivans on BookAway.

Private transfers are provided by several companies that offer different vehicle options. You can compare some of these companies and book online through BookAway. Rates start at 500 MXN ($25.50).

For more detailed info, you can visit our page on Cancun Airport to the City Centre.

Cancun to Tijuana guide

Are you travelling this route round trip? If yes, you can also check out our guide from Cancun to Tijuana.


Our favourite places to stay in Cancun

Sina Suites - Treating Yourself

Resorts in Cancun can cost you a bomb! Sina Suites gives you that resort-style feel without the high prices. Ever wanted your own private marina in a hotel? Now you probably do, and Sina Suites has one. It also has a large swimming pool set amongst gardens that overlook the lagoon.

You can enjoy a continental breakfast and delicious Mexican food in their poolside restaurant and bar that sits underneath a traditional thatched hut! You’ll also get more than just a room, most suites also offer a kitchenette and balcony.

  • Views overlooking Cancun lagoon
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Bar and restaurant
  • Great location

Double rooms start from $80 per night

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Viento Suites - Mid Range

Viento Suites is somewhat of an escape from the busy and hectic cancun. Once you’re inside the walls of the hotel, chilling in the garden beside the swimming pool, you’ll forget about the outside world.

The location couldn’t be more perfect. It’s situated within Downtown Cancun but also very close to the Hotel Zone and beaches. The rooms look like those from a high-class hotel, but without the extortionate prices.

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ facilities
  • Great location
  • Clean and spacious rooms

Double rooms between $40-$80 per night

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Yellow Capsule Hotel - Budget Friendly

Looking for a unique sleeping experience? The Yellow Capsule Hotel will definitely give you that. Instead of traditional rooms, you’ll get to sleep in a pod. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the future when you clamber into your bright and spacious pod.

The capsules are clean and include everything you need for a comfy stay, a mirror, outlets, a safe and storage space. When you’re done hangin around in your pod, you can chill at the hotel's terrace and enjoy their free breakfast.

  • Cool capsule sleeping experience
  • Friendly and helpful staff
  • Great location

Double rooms between $15-$40 per night

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Estancia Tulbayab 36 - Budget Friendly

If you prefer a homely feel compared to hotels then definitely stay at Estancia. The owners will instantly make you feel welcome and are always there to offer advice.

The homestay offers a very convenient location, close to the local markets and not too far from the ADO bus station. The rooms are clean and spacious, plus a steal for their price. If you fancy doing some cooking whilst in Cancun, you can make use of the communal kitchen.

  • Great location
  • Clean and spacious rooms
  • Helpful and friendly hosts
  • You’ll feel like home

Double rooms between $15-$40 per night

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