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Travel Time To Cancun Airport Reduced To Around 45 Minutes 

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There have been significant delays in travel times since work began on Colosio Boulevard a couple of months ago, but now officials are saying that the travel time to Cancun Airport from the Hotel Zone has been reduced to around 45 minutes.  This is a welcome change from when the project first started and it was taking up to two hours to reach the airport.  At that time they were suggesting tourists leave as much as 5 hours before flight departure time. 

Now with the major reduction in travel times, tourists can leave a little bit later and make it in time to go through the process of checking in.  International tourists are advised to still leave earlier than domestic travelers due to having to go through immigration.  But everyone can breathe a little easier knowing that the delays won’t be quite so bad. 

The work being done to Colosio Boulevard is an upgrade that will modernize the road and help reduce traffic in the future.  About eight miles of the busy road is the focus of the project, which is expected to last for about a year.  Colosio Boulevard is the main road leading to Cancun International Airport. 

Alternate routes have been introduced but many drivers haven’t been using them, as they are not yet used to the changes.  Furthermore, one road that was being used as an alternate route is now also under renovation.  That road, Rogelio Castorena Street, will be closed from 8 am – 11 am, Monday – Friday for the foreseeable future until repairs are completed. 

The paving of about a mile section of Colosio Boulevard, with another mile already being completed, is only one factor causing traffic delays in Cancun.  The start of the school year in the city and the traffic stemming from that is also affecting the commute for both locals as well as tourists.  Still, the travel time is much better than it was a couple of months ago and all likelihood will continue to improve over the next few months. 

The Colosio Boulevard project is one of a number of infrastructure projects being conducted in Cancun.  There is also a five-mile bridge being built that will connect the Cancun Hotel Zone to the center of the city.  Both projects will help reduce travel times and allow easier access once completed.   

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Officials are highly recommending that drivers use the alternate routes that are not yet being worked on until the Colosio Boulevard project is complete.  This will help to reduce congestion and travel times even more over the upcoming months while the project is still underway.  Those alternate routes include: 

  • Alamos  
  • Sierra Madre 
  • Nazaret 
  • Colegios 
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Tourists should still expect some delays and plan to leave earlier than usual for the airport just to be safe.  But rather than leaving 5 hours early to be able to get to the airport and check-in, tourists traveling from the Hotel Zone to Cancun International Airport can safely leave about 4 hours early, as not only has the trip time been reduced but the immigration process takes less time now as well.  Although the infrastructure project is currently causing some frustration for both the residents of Cancun and for those visiting the city when the project has completed the trip to the airport from the Hotel Zone will be both easier and faster, and that is something everybody can, and will, appreciate.  

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Larry Graham

Sunday 4th of September 2022

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