Traveling by Bus in the Yucatan
If you are looking for adventure, beauty and discovery, the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico is home to it all. The area provides some of the most scenic land and seascapes you will ever gaze upon–starting north around Cancun and stretching south to the quiet little beach town of Mahahual or the beautiful blue waters of Bacalar.
You may wonder, what is the best way to get around within Mexico? There are a number of options of course: renting a car, taking a taxi, or using other forms of public transportation. One option though, and a rather good one, is traveling by bus.
The buses within Mexico are very nice; bordering on luxurious. The primary bus line is ADO, which runs throughout the Riviera Maya. Buses depart generally every 30 minutes out of Cancun International Airport to any destination city you might be interested in visiting [i.e. Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Chetumal, and so on]. It’s a nice, stress-free way to get you to tourist sites such as Tulum, Chichen Itza, and Coba as well.
One of the best reasons to travel by bus is that the prices are really reasonable, especially considering how nice and comfortable the buses are. In comparison to a taxi, that means massive savings for you.
There is rarely ever a risk of a bus being sold out and not having any seats available, so the easiest recommended way to get tickets is directly from the bus station [or terminal if you are in a smaller town like Puerto Morelos].
Traveling by bus is a cheap, cozy, and comfy way of getting around. It is also much safer than some other forms of transportation. Many taxi drivers and ‘colectivo’ drivers [basically a taxi bus or van] are very aggressive and can leave you gripping your seat throughout the ride. The bus lines, however, provide experienced, trained drivers who are not in a rush. So you can rest and relax as you move from one beautiful location to the next!