Taxis are one of the most used forms of transportation to get to and from Cancun Airport and the Hotel Zone, but they aren’t necessarily always the best option.
In addition to the ongoing battle with Uber, prices are also known to be quite high.
In fact, high taxi prices in Cancun have even led tourists to walk to the airport recently.
Cancun’s High Taxi Rates
Taxi service in Cancun from the airport to the Hotel Zone can be shockingly expensive, costing tourists as much as $65 or more each way.
The journey between the airport and the popular Hotel Zone is only about 11 miles.
This high price for such a short ride has led some tourists to walk to the airport instead, or at least walk to get closer to the airport before getting picked up by a transportation provider.
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Lack of Regulation For Taxi Services
Although this is steadily changing, much of the reason for the high taxi rates in Cancun is the lack of any real regulation.
Not all taxi vehicles have meters in them either, so drivers essentially can set the rates themselves, whether they’re supposed to or not, without anyone knowing. Starting in 2024, all Cancun taxis will have to have a meter after the passing of a new law.
The limited regulations also mean that trips are not monitored, so if a complaint is made, there’s no record of the trip to look back on.
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How To Avoid Being Overcharged
If you do decide to take a taxi from Cancun Airport to your hotel and/or back, there are a few steps you can take to avoid being overcharged.
Number one is making sure that you’re taking a legitimate taxi by checking for a registration number on the vehicle and a badge on the windshield.
Additionally, it’s important to confirm the rate for your ride before getting into the vehicle so that there’s no confusion upon arrival at your destination.
Cancun Taxi Drivers
Overcharging is not the only issue to deal with when taking a taxi in Cancun.
The drivers themselves have been known to harass tourists, so much so that a large group of them were required to attend training earlier this year because of it.
In recent months, many drivers have also been sanctioned for attacking Uber drivers, blocking traffic from getting to the airport, and forcing tourists out of Uber vehicles.
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Fake Cancun Taxis
Another thing to consider when trying to decide whether or not to take a taxi in Cancun is the growing number of fake taxis operating, particularly at the airport.
Not only are you even more likely to be overcharged by a fake taxi driver, but your safety is more at risk as well.
Although rare, it’s not unheard of for tourists to be robbed by a “fake” taxi driver or worse.
Other Transportation Options In Cancun
There are a number of transportation options if you choose to avoid taking a taxi.
Public transportation in the form of buses, airport shuttles, Uber, and private transportation are all options, some of which are much more affordable.
Each has its own positives and negatives; for example, Uber is cheap but is unable to pick up at the airport and some hotels. However, there is new legislation being explored that could change this soon.
Shuttles and buses are inexpensive too, but may not be as comfortable, and private transportation is the most convenient and comfortable, but pricey.
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Booking Your Cancun Transportation In Advance
One major advantage of booking private transportation is that you can book in advance and have your driver waiting at the airport when you arrive.
This has two additional benefits:
- You can avoid the infamous shark tank at Cancun Airport, which is an area filled with timeshare salespeople, often posing as transportation providers.
- You’ll know exactly what you’re paying for your transportation ahead of time.
These benefits will give you peace of mind as you arrive in Cancun to begin your dream vacation.
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