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Public Transport and How to Get Around
One of the best ways to get around Cancun is with the local bus. The city has an excellent and extensive system and services run from the Hotel Zone through to Avenida Tulum. If you want to get on board, you can flag down the bus, and all trips cost a flat rate of 12 pesos. If you’re booking cheap flights to Cancun and you want to go on a few day trips as well, you can use the regional buses to get to destinations like Playa del Carmen and Tulum.
If you’re travelling to Cancun with a lot of bags, it’s easier to grab a taxi at Cancun International Airport (CUN) once your flights to Cancun arrive. The fares are relatively affordable, and you’ll find the drivers waiting outside of the arrivals hall. You can also use ride-sharing service Uber to get around.
With an extensive public transportation system, you don’t need to hire a car in Cancun. However, if you prefer having your own set of wheels you can organise your ride through Webjet when booking your return flights to Cancun, or you can choose a car at Cancun International Airport (CUN). Keep in mind that you’ll also need to pay for a Collision Damage Waiver.
You can use the city’s ferry system to go on a day trip to Mujeres. The boat runs every 30 minutes from 9am to 9pm every day. Once you’ve confirmed your flights to Cancun, you can book your tickets for the ferry online.
The Best Time to Visit With Cheap Flights to Cancun
The best time to visit Cancun is between December and April. The weather is perfect for long days at the beach and the city’s many outdoor activities. The only downside is that its high season for Cancun. To save money, it’s a good idea to book your return flights to Cancun well in advance, as well as your accommodation.
If you want to avoid the crowds, plan your trip around late March and early April when the spring breakers arrive. September to November is the least popular time to visit Cancun. The region experiences hurricanes and receives most of its annual rainfall over these months. However, if you want to take a chance on the weather conditions, you may be able to find cheap flights to Cancun, and many of the resorts slash their rates to make up for the seasonal lull.
If you’d rather avoid the storms, book your flights to Cancun between May and August. The weather is more humid over these months, and prices for hotels and airfare to Cancun are more affordable for budget travellers.
Tips for First-Time Travellers to Cancun
You need US dollars and Mexican Pesos
One of the things that most travellers who book flights to Cancun don’t know is that the city accepts both Pesos and US dollars as payment. It’s best to withdraw cash from an ATM once you arrive. You’ll want to avoid exchanging money at Cancun International Airport (CUN) and hotels as there is a service charge.
There is a tipping culture in Cancun
If you’re staying at one of the resorts in Cancun, you need to budget for tipping the hotel staff. Leave a couple of dollars for the cleaning staff and tip waiters at restaurants around 10% of your total bill.
You don’t need to buy water
For most travellers buying flights to Cancun, you won’t need to buy water. Most of the hotels are all-inclusive, so you’ll have an endless supply of water and other beverages in your room.
Cancun is a strip on the Yucatan Peninsula. Keep in mind when booking your flights to Cancun that it’s a relatively small area to explore and where you stay will determine what kind of holiday you’ll have in the city.
The Hotel Zone
The heart of Cancun is situated on Boulevard Kukulcan in the Hotel Zone. It’s where you’ll find a large collection of hotels, luxury resorts and the city’s top attractions.
If you’re looking for cheaper hotels and you want to be away from the spring break crowds, book accommodation in Downtown Cancun. It has a more authentic Mexican vibe, and you’ll only be a short bus ride away from Kukulcan. It’s an excellent option for budget travellers who have also purchased cheap flights to Cancun.
For a relaxed Cancun experience, hop on the ferry and stay on Isla Mujeres. It’s perfect for travellers booking tickets to Cancun that want more privacy and would prefer to be far away from the party scene of the city.