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How to take a ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Updated: Nov 12, 2022

Isla Mujeres is an important tourist draw, off the coast of Cancun, and it would be a shame to avoid visiting. Whether you plan to spend a few days there or are making a day trip from Cancun, you have to figure out how to get there.

I would suggest taking the ferry to Isla Mujeres. Isla Mujeres is my favorite island in Mexico, and the best way to get there is by ferry. To get to Isla Mujeres from Cancun, you will need to drive 10 minutes to Puerto Juarez and catch the Ultramar ferry. The ferry operated by Ultramar will get you to Isla Mujeres in about half an hour. It is a high-speed ferry, free WiFi, and good air conditioning. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

I highly recommend purchasing your ferry tickets in advance from the Isla Mujeres Ferry. The cost at this time is $12

USD per person per way and departures are available every hour from 11 AM to 9 PM and are scheduled for you here.

How to get to the Puerto Juarez terminal from Downtown Cancun

The ferry terminal in Puerto Juarez is a quick 10 minutes drive from downtown Cancun which is 3.5 kilometers (2.1 miles) away.

To get to Puerto Juarez from Cancun:

  • Grab a taxi - Taxis from downtown Cancun to Puerto Juarez should cost 90 - 160 MXN. Make sure you set a price with the driver before getting into the taxi.

  • Take the public bus - Get on the public bus line R1 from downtown Cancun. Ask the bus driver, “Puerto Juarez?” to make sure you get on a bus that goes to Puerto Juarez. Tickets cost less than $1 USD.

Taking the Isla Mujeres ferry from the Cancun Hotel Zone

If you want, you can take a ferry to Isla Mujeres from Playa Tortugas, Playa Caracol, or El Embarcadero, which is just as good as the first recommendation but more expensive and not as available.

If you’re traveling with a friend or partner, it would be cheaper to take a taxi to Puerto Juarez and then take the ferry from there. The taxi will take less than 20 minutes.

If you are on a budget, you can take the public bus which is cheap and will get you to Puerto Juarez. Look for line R1 or R2.


Hopefully, you find the information you have been looking for, and I hope this article was useful.

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