The new Tulum Airport began operations with domestic flights on December 1st of this past year.
Now, it is preparing to begin welcoming international flights in the coming months, with flights from several U.S. cities already announced.
As the dates draw closer you’re probably wondering about airport transportation and what it will cost.
Transportation providers already operating at the airport have called attention to the high prices for service, so let’s take a look at what you can expect to pay for Tulum Airport transportation once you can fly into the new airport.
The High Rates That Transportation Providers Pay To The Airport
Transportation providers that are already providing services to travelers arriving at Tulum Airport are reporting excessively high rates.
According to the Mexican Association of Tourist Carriers of Quintana Roo’s president, Roberto Rubio, that rate is in the range of 805 to 933 pesos, which is around $47 to $54.
This is what the service providers are charged to operate at the airport.
@jazminfoodjourney First look into the International Airport of Tulum ✈️ A guide to how get to downtown tulum from the Tulum airport #tulumairport #aeromexico #vivaaerobus #AIFCP #aeropuertodetulum #tulummexico #tuluminternationairport #aeropuertotulum #traveltip #tulum #aeropuerto #mexicotravel #riveramaya #vuelo #felipecarrillopuerto ♬ Paint The Town Red (Instrumental) – Doja Cat
How These Rates Affect Travelers
The rates that service providers are charged are passed directly on to the passengers.
The rate doesn’t even include taxes.
Furthermore, service providers need to make money too, so you can expect to pay significantly more than what they pay to the airport for being able to pick up passengers.
@santekagrigley Tulum International Airport has officially opened! #tulumairport #tulummexico #cancun #tulum #travelnews #blacktraveltiktok #traveltiktok #mexico ♬ If You Had My Love – TWOPILOTS & De Hofnar
The Rates In Comparison To Cancun
Anyone who has been to Cancun knows that taxis and private transportation to and from the airport are expensive.
According to Mr. Rubio, though, the airport charges providers a fraction of what they’re being charged in Tulum.
That rate for Cancun transportation providers is less than a couple of dollars.
Considering what passengers are charged in Cancun, you can expect to pay much more in Tulum if the rates are not changed.
@passportpoppin If you have plans to visit Tulum anytime soon, the brand new airport will make your trip there easier than ever before. In the past, we would have to book clients to Cancun and organize transportation. Two hours away to their hotels in Tulum. But no more! We will be able to offer Services straight to the Tulum airport to cut out the long drive! . . . . . . . . #passportpoppin #blacktravelagent #blacktravelagency #travelagency #blacktravelblogger #blacktravelgroup #airporthacks #airportravel #tulumairport #travelbucketlist #blacktravelclub #blacktraveltiktok #blacktraveltiktok ♬ Da Girls (Girls Mix) [feat. Lola Brooke & Lady London] – Ciara & Lola Brooke & Lady London
What Transportation Providers Are Doing About The High Rates
The exorbitant rates that transportation providers are being charged at Tulum Airport has led them to take action.
They recently held a demonstration at the airport that was attended by about 70 people, both transportation providers and business people.
In response to their efforts to have the excessive rates changed, Rubio commented “In case we do not have a favorable response from the airport authorities, we do not see it feasible that they tell customers to fly to Tulum, because the customer is the one who ends up paying those 933 pesos.”
@darronhatch NEW airport in TULUM🏝️🛫 #tulummexico #tulum #mexico🇲🇽 #travel ♬ original sound – Darron Hatch
Location Of The Tulum Airport
Tulum Airport, which is also called the Felipe Carrillo Puerto International Airport, is not actually located in Tulum.
It’s about 25 miles from Tulum.
This means that not only are service providers paying these excessive rates, but they are traveling pretty far to transport arriving tourists to Tulum, too.
@jandjcreate So excited the Tulum airport is now open and we can tour our condo on Monday🌴🌴 #tulum #tulumairport @JD's World ♬ original sound – Jackie
When Travelers Will Be Able To Fly To The Airport From The U.S.
While flights to Tulum Airport are not available from the U.S. yet, a number of airlines have announced their intent to provide flights from several American cities.
American Airlines, JetBlue, Spirit Airlines, Delta Airlines, and United Airlines have all announced that they will fly to the Tulum Airport.
It appears that Delta will be the first to begin operations between the U.S. and Tulum, with an expected launch date of March 28 for a flight between Atlanta and Tulum.
@marinecci New airport in Tulum is definitely nice. I'm excited when they will have direct flights from New York 🤩 #solotraveler #femalesolotraveler #mexico #mexicotravel #tulumairport #airportreview #aeromexico ♬ original sound – Marina
Another Way Travelers Will Be Able To Reach Tulum In 2024
Flying into Tulum is not the only new way to reach the destination in 2024.
The Maya Train was also inaugurated in December, though not all routes are open yet.
The section that runs between Cancun and Tulum isn’t quite complete, but it’s only a matter of time before you’ll be able to ride the train to Tulum too.
Plan Your Next Cancun Vacation:
Traveler Alert: Don’t Forget Travel Insurance For Your Next Trip!
Choose From Thousands of Cancun and Riviera Maya Hotels, Resorts and Hostels with Free Cancellation On Most Properties
↓ Join the community ↓
The Cancun Sun Community FB group has all the latest travel news, conversations and tourism Q&A’s for the Mexican Caribbean
Subscribe to our Latest Posts
Enter your email address to subscribe to The Cancun Sun’s latest breaking news affecting travelers, straight to your inbox.