Things You Should Know About the Cancun Airport

All airports around the world are very different each from other and that’s because the’re not created as equal. Whether you are visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya, you for sure are going to fly into Cancun International Airport. Here are some things you should know that will help you have a smooth experience.


The airport has three terminals.

The Cancun airport used to be pretty small, but it now has three terminals. Terminal 1 is for charters, private flights and national flights, Terminal 2 is mostly for domestic flights and the shiny new Terminal 3 is for international flights.


Terminal 2 Cancun Airport map


Terminal 3 Cancun Airport Map

There are many ways to get to your resort.

Did you know that street taxis can take you to the airport but they can’t pick people up at the airport? However, if you haven’t made arrangements prior to your arrival you can hire a private taxi, a shared van, or you can take the ADO bus (which leaves from Terminal 2 so you will have to take the free shuttle if you flew into Terminal 3) to downtown Cancun or Playa del Carmen. or there´s another option, in case you want to travel comfortable or are you arriving with a large group I suggest to rent a private shuttle before your arrival.

(We provide private shuttles to any resort in Cancún and the Riviera Maya, just click here for more info!)

Cancun International Airport


Just go to the exit!

At your arrival, there will be a lot of people trying to sell you a lot of tours or excursions, don’t listen to them, because you’re gonna loose a lot of time talking to them and in case you’ve booked a private shuttle your driver is going to spend a lot of time and money just waiting.


There are rules about what you can bring into Mexico.

In general you are allowed to bring whatever you need for your vacation Mexico. The items customs are generally the most strict about (besides illegal items obviously) are electronics, especially laptops, iPads, etc. Don’t bring more than one of each. If you need more specific information you can find it on the official Mexican Customs webpage.

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Meeting points

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To read more about meeting points check this post ;D


Don’t lose your Tourist Visa.

When you pass though immigration (these are the people who check your passport, customs are the people that check your luggage and make you push the green/red light) you will be given an FM-T or tourist visa. Do not lose it as you will need it to leave Mexico. If you do happen to misplace it you will have to pay a fine when you leave.

Tourist Visa Mexico


How long will it take to get to your hotel?

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Well that depends, if you are staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone, it could take as little as 25 minutes or as much as one hour depending on where your hotel is located. The same goes for hotels located in the Riviera Maya it deppends where they are located.

for more information about distance beetween hotels here!

Knowing this also helps to calculate how early you need to leave your hotel at your departure and don’t loose your flight.

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