Holbox island in Cancun

Getting to Holbox Island from Cancun

Located off the north coast of the Yucatan, Holbox Island is one of the best treasures of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. There are many ways of getting to Holbox Island from Cancun.

Getting to Holbox Island from Cancun

Getting to Holbox Island from Cancun

Holbox is 60.9 km north-west of Cancun. As an island, the only way of getting to Holbox Island from Cancun is by ferry from the mainland. To catch the ferry to Holbox, you need to head to a small fishing village called Chiquila. This is the only location operating a ferry service to Holbox and is a 2-3 hour drive from Cancun.

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Holbox Island Cancun

Driving to Holbox Island

To drive from Cancun to Chiquila, head towards Valladolid via the 180 during 55km, passing Leona Vicario.  When you reach Valladolid Nuevo, take the right deviation (just after the speedbump at 262km) and then follow the road until you reach the QROO5, turn right onto the QROO5 following the signs to Holbox/Chiquila along this road which boasts verdant leaves both sides. Once you arrive at Chiquila, there are numerous parking lots where it is possible to leave your car for a few pesos (roughly $100 pesos).

Holbox Island By Bus from Cancun Airport

Another way getting to Holbox Island from Cancun it to catch the bus. From Terminals 2 and 3, take the ADO bus that runs to downtown Cancun every thirty minutes between 8.20am and 12.30am (00.30). The journey takes around 25 minutes and costs $66 pesos.

Buses to Chiquila leave from the downtown Cancun ADO bus station three times daily. The Mayab buses leave at 7.50am and 9.40am and the Oriente bus leaves at 12.50pm. The trip takes 3 hours and 15 minutes with stops along the way. The journey costs $118 pesos.

Holbox Island By Bus from Cancun City

The most popular option, especially if you are on a bit of a budget is to take the bus from Cancun to Holbox via Chiquila. You can take a nice air-conditioned bus from downtown ADO station, leaving three times daily. The Mayab buses leave at 7.50am and 9.40am and the Oriente bus leaves at 12.50pm. The cost is from $250 pesos (if you book in advance) and it will take just over 3 hours.

Returning to Cancun from Isla Holbox

Going back to Cancun from Chiquila with the Oriente bus operates once daily at 7.45am and the Mayab bus operates 2 services in 1.45pm and 2.10pm. be aware that during high season, the buses will be packed!

Ferry to Isla Holbox

Ferry to Holbox island is located in Chiquila, about 1 hour and 48 mintues from Cancun airport. The boat runs daily from 6:00 am to 9:30 pm every half an hour. Ferry from Chiquila to Holbox costs around $ 7 dollars and crossing to the island takes 20 minutes.

There are two ferry companies operating between Chiquila and Holbox and they offer exactly the same service, and cost the same price. The only difference really is that one runs on the hour, and the other on the half hour, meaning you’ll never wait long for the next boat. The ferry companies are 9 hermanos and Holbox Express, costs $200 pesos (for both companies) and runs daily at from 5am to 21:30 every half an hour. During high season there can be an additional 22:30 ferry.

Holbox transfer service

Book a full door-to-door transfer to and from Holbox and don’t worry about driving yourself. You will get on-time to catch the ferry t get there and when you return. We especially recommand to book a return transportation over Chrismas and New year or over public holiday weekend. Relax, sit back and enjoy a safe and comfortable transfer to Chiquila Ferry in reliable shuttle vans, the “no-worries” way getting to Holbox Island from Cancun.

We hope that this information helps you to have a hassle free experience getting to Holbox Island from Cancun!

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