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Cost & Time: Tulum vs. Cancun Airport to Akumal Travel

When planning your journey to Akumal, considering your trip’s starting point can significantly impact your budget and travel time. Let’s delve into the differences between arriving at Tulum Airport and Cancun Airport, focusing on cost and duration for car rentals, private shuttles, and driving times.

Car Rental Costs

  • Tulum Airport: Renting a medium-sized car for a week costs approximately $665 US, including tax and insurance.
  • Cancun Airport: The same rental from Cancun comes at a lower price of $495 US, including tax and insurance.

Private Shuttle Service (Roundtrip for up to 14 passengers)

Tulum to Akumal: A private shuttle service pricing for large groups starts from $280 US roundtrip*

  • 1 – 2 passengers $110 US one way
  • 3 – 6 passengers $130 US one way
  • 7 – 14 passengers $140 US one way

Cancun to Akumal: From Cancun, the cost decreases to $270 US roundtrip.

  • 1 – 2 passengers $100 US one way
  • 3 – 8 passengers $120 US one way
  • 9 – 14 passengers $140 US one way

*As this is a new service, prices are still stabilizing and constantly changing.

Driving Time

  • Tulum Airport to Akumal: The drive is about 1 hour and 8 minutes during low traffic hours with no stops.
  • Cancun Airport to Akumal: A slightly longer drive, taking approximately 1 hour and 14 minutes.

Additional Information

These prices were quoted for travel in February 2024 and are subject to change. Driving times are based on tests conducted by on a weekday morning, supplemented by Google Maps directions.

For those planning their travel, these comparisons highlight the cost and time benefits of flying into Cancun Airport over Tulum when heading to Akumal. Cancun Airport offers a more economical option for both car rentals and private shuttles and presents a relatively similar driving time to Akumal.

Please contact Akumal MX at for more detailed information and travel assistance.

This post was updated to inform about price stability and breakdown per number of passengers.

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