Cancun Airport Transportation

Cancun Airport Facts

The Cancun international airport is considered the second most important airport in Mexico. It is located on the northeast of the Yucatan Peninsula serving an average of more than eighteen million passengers per year. The airport is situated at around 12 miles from the hotel zone, 16 miles from Cancun downtown. From this airport you can reach the famous Mayan Riviera (Puerto Morelos, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Aventuras, Akumal, Tulum) and Isla Mujeres.
  Cancun Airport Facts  
There are three terminal buildings at the Cancun airport. The terminal 1 is for charter lines, private flights and some domestic low cost airlines, terminals 2 & 3 are some for charters and commercial flights. The terminal 3 has an area of 42,000 square meters, 84 check-in counters, 11 boarding bridges, 42 immigration counters, 6 security filters, 6 custom filters and an impressive and sophisticated security equipment that uses CT scanners, the only one of its kind in Mexico.

  Cancun Airport Facilities & Tips  
Transportation: For your own safety use official ground transportation services only, there are two transportation options at the airport, public shuttle service and private service, while in the public service you have to share the trip with other passengers the private service is the most comfortable way to get to your hotel faster. Nowadays with the internet it is really easy to pre-book a transportation service with local companies, prefer the ones that accept credit cards online, modern travelers around the world prefer to reserve and pay online, in that way they don't have to bring large amounts of cash to pay for that service. If you wish to check the transportation options of an official transportation line see the Cancun airport Transportation option.

Money and communications: There is one bank in terminal two (Banco Santander), ATM's are located throughout the terminal buildings and there is bureaux of change in all terminal buildings.
Eating and drinking: The airport has a variety of fast-food outlets and restaurants in all terminals.
There are a several gift shops at the airport. Duty-free and convenience stores are available in Terminals 2 & 3.
Luggage: Porters are available in all terminals and are willing to help with your luggage for a tip.

Airport hotel: There is no hotel at the airport, a couple miles from the airport there is a hotel for overnight, that is the Marriott Courtyard. Another option is in downtown Cancun where you can find all type of hotels from 5 stars to economic guest houses.

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  • Passengers traveling on domestic flights should check in at the corresponding airline desk at least one hour and a half before their flight leaves
  • Passengers traveling on international flights should check in at the corresponding airline desk at least two hours before their flight leaves
  • The maximum weight that each passenger is allowed to carry on international flights is 32 kg. (70 lb.), and on domestic flights it is 25 kg. (55 lb.).
  • Do not carry large amounts of money in cash. Carry only what you need for the shopping you intend to do. Do not carry or wear valuable items that might draw attention to you
  • Do not leave your baggage and belongings unattended.
  • Attach identification labels to your baggage in clearly visible places, to avoid confusion with other similar-looking bags.
  • When check in at the airline front desk have handy your immigration documents to enter or leave Mexico
  • There is a “Departure Tax ” of about $18.00 US per person but this tax is usually included in your airline ticket and you don't need to pay it again. If your are not sure please contact your airline before you leave to Cancun and ask them if the Mexican Departure Tax is already included.
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  Additional Information  
There are 3 terminals at the Cancun airport, how can I find which is the terminal where I will arrive and depart?
Go to the Airlines Listing.
Do you want to see tips for exchanging your money when coming to Cancun?
See Money Exchange Tips.
Need to know about visa or passport to enter Mexico? See Passports & Visas page.
See passports & Visas page
Check the status of your flight from and to the Cancun Airport.
See flight arrivals and departures page.
Do you need to contact an airline by phone?
Go to the Cancun airlines directory.
If you wish to find the location of your hotel in a map enter to the hotels locator.
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