Cancún and Mérida are amazing Mexican destinations only 303 Kilometers apart from each other. Two places that offer completely different vacation experiences, so close one to the other, that we highly recommend you to visit them in the same trip.
Cancún has an amazing Caribbean coastline not compared to any other in México, full of luxury hotels, and Mérida is a big colonial city combined with Mayan traditions where the warmth of the locals will make you live a real Mexican culture experience.
So if you are currently in Cancún or you are going to stop there on your way to Mérida this article will show you the best way to save some money on your trip to Merida.
THE BEST WAY TO GET FROM CANCÚN TO MÉRIDA IS BY LAND
Mérida has an International airport but most of the flights that come from around the world land at Cancún and Mexico City because of their bigger connections. Flying from Cancún to Mérida is definitely not worth it due to the amount of time, the plane’s low quality, and the overpriced tickets.
The best way to get to Mérida from Cancún is either driving the 292 km highway or taking an ADO Bus, a large and safe Mexican bus company with many terminals around the country. In this article, we are gonna tell you how to travel to Mérida by bus.
HOW TO GET FROM CANCÚN TO MÉRIDA BY BUS
To be fair, the ADO buses offer good quality service, enough place for your suitcase, and they are almost always on time. But the most important thing, they are cheap!
Buses from Cancun to Merida departs daily at almost every hour. There are different types of ADO buses: the regular ADO line and the ADO Platino, the luxury line. Both lines take a 4 hours non-stop trip to Merida. A good advice is to bring water and a small snack in case you get hungry.
THE CHEAPEST WAY BY BUS
The normal ADO bus is pretty standard, comfy, and cheap. The ticket is around 500 MXN (25 USD) and it departs almost every hour from Cancún from any bus terminal.
The trip takes no longer than 4 hours. If you’re taking the bus from Cancun airport you will make a few stops at the city terminals before hitting the road, this would add around 30 to 45 minutes to the bus ride.
We recommend this option if you have a tight budget and you don’t mind crowded places as the bus is always packed.
A GOOD OPTION IN CASE YOU NEED A GOOD REST
If you just landed in Cancun after a very long flight and you don’t have any plans of staying there, we highly recommend you to take the ADO Platino bus from the airport to Mérida. The ticket is about 850 MXN (43 USD) and the quality of the bus is worth the extra price.
The trip is also 4 hours but you’ll get a chance to have a good sleep or watch a movie on the way. The Platino Bus has a coffee station onboard but the most important thing: plugs to charge your phone and WiFi connection.
The only inconvenience is that the bus line doesn’t depart every hour, there are just a few daily trips and not from every Cancún bus terminal. But you will surely find the bus that fits your time schedule.
WHICH TERMINAL SHOULD I GO?
When buying a bus ticket either online or at the desk, you will see that Mérida has different ADO terminals. Most of them are located in the northern area of the city but they are mainly for locals going home after their trip. We highly suggest you choose the CAME bus terminal (Centro histórico de Mérida) which is located downtown Mérida.
Once you arrive there, you’ll be surrounded by restaurants, coffee shops and bars where you can boost up your energy. You can walk around downtown and chill in one of the many parks around the city, visit museums and historic buildings and take pictures here and there.
ARE YOU COMING TO MÉRIDA? STAY WITH US
Barrio Vivo is a new hostel project created by travelers like you. We are located downtown just a few blocks away from CAME bus station and right in front of one of the prettiest parks of the city: La Ermita. Here you will find a very good vibe and great exploring tips to experience Merida like a local.
If you’re about to visit Mérida let us know so we can keep a spot for you. Can’t wait to see you around here amigo!
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