Tourists are ecstatic that they no longer have to take a two-hour car journey from Cancun Airport to reach the trendy destination of Tulum.
That is because it now has its own airport, Felipe Carrillo Puerto, which was recently inaugurated at the beginning of the month.
Taxi Price Warning
Tourists are not ecstatic, however, about the excessively high transportation costs once they land at the airport, which actually went viral on the internet this week.
With prices ranging between 1,496 pesos to get to the center of Tulum (where most boutique hotels and resorts are situated), and as high as 11,842 pesos if you want to go further to reach somewhere like Chetumal, it is certainly not cheap.
These prices are from the company Shuttle Express, which publicly announced its tariff at the beginning of last week, and was met with uproar from tourists who felt confused about their high pricing.
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Let’s take a closer look…
From Tulum Airport to the Akumal area is 1,875 pesos. (about $108)
From Tulum Airport to Puerto Aventuras is 2,420 pesos. (about $140)
From Tulum Airport to Playa del Carmen is 4,448 pesos. (about $260)
From Tulum Airport to Puerto Morelos is 5,808 pesos. (about $340)
From Tulum Airport to Cancun is 8,228 pesos. (about $475)
Now, of course, if you want to reach somewhere like Cancun, then flying into Tulum International might not be the smartest idea, as it has its own very popular airport instead.
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However, Tulum Airport has been created as a brilliant alternative for tourists who may wish to begin their vacation somewhere a little different from the go-to option of Cancun, while still wanting the chance to visit and experience all that there is to offer in the Yucatan Peninsula.
With shuttle bus and taxi prices as high as they are above, many could be deterred.
The prices for these shuttle buses work by the capacity of seats for each vehicle, meaning if 5 or 6 people take a 12-seater van, tourists will be expected to pay the full quota regardless.
Customers will either be made to fork out the cash or they will have to wait around for other people looking to go to the same location until it is full (not something you want to be doing after a flight).
This is just one company’s price list, however, and several companies, such as ADO, offer slightly cheaper rates.
Most tourists feel as though they are still being taken advantage of, seeing as they are the first to experience Tulum International Airport in all its glory, with transportation companies abusing the fact that there is no other way for people to travel to their accommodation…yet.
New Maya Train Stop
The new Maya Train has just begun operations this month, with the final section of the project connecting Cancun and Tulum due to be open by February 29th next year.
A hugely exciting time for the Yucatan Peninsula, which awaits to be discovered like never before, the final section of the Maya Train is sure to become an extremely popular route with tourists.
Tulum International Airport will be fully integrated into the route and will have its own Mayan Train station on site, bringing more transportation options for visitors to get to the center of Tulum and beyond.
Brought about to give both tourists and locals alike an affordable way to journey through the incredible region, Maya Train prices are already considerably cheaper than the Shuttle Bus prices mentioned above.
Furthermore, by the time international flights begin at Tulum Airport, the Maya Train stop should be well-established and fully operational for its guests.
With speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour, tourists will be able to get to their desired destinations faster than ever, and for a fraction of the price; that sounds like a sweet deal.
Another plus side to this billion-dollar infrastructure project is that it gives tourists the freedom to pick a destination as their base, and then allows them to travel far beyond that place, either for a day or even longer.
Lack of transportation services has long plagued the Mexican Caribbean, but with the new Maya Train on its way, that is all about to change!
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