New ADO Bus to From Cancun to Mahahual and Update on all Mahahual Bus and Shuttle Info

Update January 30 2016

ADO has again added another bus into Mahahual, as well as a new wrinkle in the airport trip, making another update needed. Now, there is a bus from the Cancun central station at 6:45 AM, 3:30 PM and 10:15 PM. It stops in Playa Del Carmen and has departure times from there an hour later, and Tulum another hour later. Those buses arrive in Mahahual at about 11:30 AM, 8:00 PM and 3:00 AM respectively. All the buses arrive in the downtown and stop next to the taxi portal on Calle Sierra. Buses leave from that same spot each day and return to Cancun at 7:00 AM, 10:15 AM and 5:00 PM. A new twist has been added to this return route though, so pay attention!

You still can’t bus direct from the airport to Mahahual. You must go to Playa Del Carmen and catch the southbound bus from Cancun. However, on the return from Mahahual, if you want the driver to drop you at the airport, buy a ticket to Cancun and then tell the driver to drop you at the airport and he will do that as they pass by. This is one of those common sense things that someone finally realized … if the bus drives right by the airport entrance/exit, why not add 10 minutes to the route and service the airport as well. Just remember to buy your ticket to Cancun and not Playa Del Carmen. Thanks ADO!!

They are still using the small sprinter buses, so buy your tickets early when you can, because they sometimes fill. Because of that, it is always best to have a “plan B”, so knowing about the second class buses that also work out of the Cancun and PDC depots is a good thing as well, so again, pay attention! You might thank me later.

Mayab buses, the primary second class bus company in the area, leave about every hour and travel up and down highway 307, the main travel artery that goes from the north to south of the state. These buses have A/C and are comfortable, but make stops at any roadside bus stop, so they take longer than the more direct ADO 1st class buses. You can hop on one of these that is going south at any time and buy a ticket to Lemones, the last town before Mahahual on the main highway. From there, there are always taxis waiting that can take you the last half hour drive to Mahahual and the cost for that is $360 MX, about $30 US for a vehicle upto 4 people. For a detailed blog on this trip, check my blog on that subject here.

Caribe, another ADO company, now does three buses each day too, to Chetumal from downtowm Mahahual. Fernando tells me that ADO is planning another once a day bus from Merida at some point still too. This will be a welcome addition as well, as we have been directing people from the US and Canada to fly into that city to see a different and unique slice of Mexico. There you have it. Sooooo easy to get here now, so no more excuses. Hurry too, we’re keepin’ your drinks cold!

See you soon.

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8 Responses to New ADO Bus to From Cancun to Mahahual and Update on all Mahahual Bus and Shuttle Info

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  2. Jean says:

    Hi Steve, Any news on the Merida to Mahahual bus?

    • Hi Jean,
      Good to hear from you! Still no bus to Merida. I’ve been trying to find out if that was still in the plans and of course get no straight answer. My best guess right now is if they do add that, it will be in the late fall, the beginning of high season. They keep saying they are doing a run to Chetumal too, but again, no straight answer on that. If you decide to come into Merida, there are still ways to bus to Mahahual from there, so let me know. Some ways take a little more time and some are a bit more adventurous, catching a small mini-bus for the last leg for example, but it can still be done.

      • Jean says:

        Thanks Steve. We will be traveling from Merida to Mahahual on Monday, Dec. 14th. We are good with Colectivo van travel and the Mayab bus we were on was fine. The Taxi we got in Lemones last December, however, was too adventurous–no shocks, something under the hood releasing eye-watering buning plastic fumes. (The Mahahual taxies we have used have all been great.) I’ll check in closer to travel time if I may. TIA. Jean

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  4. Elisa says:


    Thanks for the useful tips!

    I’ll be in Mahahual at the end of my trip and need to get back to the airport from there on the 23rd of March. I should be st the airport at about 1:00pm, what would you suggest to do in terms of transportation?

    Thank you


    • The direct to the airport ADO bus has been a little shaky in the past. Sometimes the driver will go into the airport, sometimes not??? ADO says they have it fixed and drivers on the way to Cancun, will drop you in the airport now if you 1) buy a ticket to Cancun, and 2) tell the driver before you want to be dropped off and at what terminal. I had a friend do it the other day and he did confirm they droped him in the airport. They did drop him in the wrong terminal, but he was fine. The early bus leaves Mahahual at 7:00 AM and gets to the airport at about 1:00 PM. It gets to Playa usually around 11:30 and it takes an hour to get you to the terminal. You should be able to do that, but give yourself some time. Its Mexico! I just do the bus the day before and enjoy Playa Del Carmen for an evening and then you’ll have lots of time to shuttle from there in the morning. Shuttles go to the airport every hour, all day.

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