Car Hire at Cancún International Airport
This information is correct as of August 2015.
Do not miss out on the attractions Cancun, Mexico has to offer starting with Chichen Itza, Xel-ha Park, Coba, Xcaret Park, Cancun Underwater Museum, Isla Contoy, and more. Fly into Cancun via Cancun International Airport and drive around through the reliable car rental companies that serve the airport.
Where to hire a car at Cancún International Airport
The major car rental providers that operate in Cancun International Airport include Auto Europe, Avis, Avis, Blueway, Dollar, Economy Rent a Car, Alamo, Advantage, E-Z Rent-A-Car, Thrifty, National, Holiday Autos, Argus Car Hire, Resort Hoppa, Shuttlefare, America Car Rental, and Fox Transfer. When asking for a quote, it does not usually include insurance fees and other costs, so expect to pay more than the quote provided to you. Purchasing an extra insurance in Mexico is advised, as your own insurance from your country will not be valid here. Not to worry about the costs, though, as car rentals in Mexico are usually cheaper than in most countries in the Americas.
What to expect when hiring a car from Cancún International Airport
Cancun International Airport is located in the city of Cancun on the Caribbean Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. It is about 10 kilometres or six miles from the south end of the hotel strip and 16 kilometres or nine miles southwest of downtown Cancun. The drive from the airport to the city centre is via Carr Tulum-Cancún/México 307, S.M. 10, Cancún, and Rodrigo Gómez and Rojo Gómez to Av. Kabáh, after heading northwest from the airport area. Be mindful of the police in the area since they are known to pull tourists quite often, for the smallest reasons especially during spring break.
Gas stations in the area are operated by Estación de Servicio Mericam S.A. de C.V., Servicio Costa Azúl y Turquesa S.A. de C.V., Proveedora los Aluxes, Servicio Zenote, Lorenored S.A. de C.V., Inmobiliaria Claveles S.A. de C.V., and Combustibles del Caribe S.A. de C.V.
Driving around Cancún International Airport
When renting a car in Cancun, make sure that all the lights are working, as it is common here to be pulled off for a light violation. This is particularly common when driving through the highway on from Cancun to Tulum where there are several police checkpoints. When driving within Mexico in general, it is advised to drive only on highways when driving between cities; however, it is best to drive on a highway at night. Furthermore, note that most areas in Mexico have modern ‘Cuota’ toll roads. They are faster than the free ‘Libre’ roads, but tolls in Mexico can be quite expensive.
Getting to your destination
The Yucatan state houses major cities and towns such as Merida, Kanasin, Valladolid, Tizimin, Progreso, and Ticul. Attractions to be seen here include Dzibilchaltún, Reserva de la Biósfera Sian-Ka'an, and Cenote Dos Ojos.
Cancun International Airport to the Yucatan state is around three to four hours depending on the route. At approximately 293 kilometres away, reach the destination via Mexico 180D; Mexico 180D and Carr. Costera del Golfo/Merida; or Mexico 180D and Mexico 176.
When within Quintana Roo, attractions that shouldn’t be missed include Tulum, Isla Contoy, Spiral Island, and Belize Barrier Reef, in addition to many more.
Reaching Quintana Roo from Cancun International Airport will take around four hours to four and a half hours for 322 kilometres. Driving to Quintana Roo is possible via Mexico 307 or Mexico 180D.
Playa del Carmen
Destinations within Playa del Carmen include Playacar, Xcaret, Xplor Adventure Park, and Rio Secreto, to name a few. Playa del Carmen is a small fishing town and is now a known stop after undergoing rapid development over the years.
Playa del Carmen is a short 46-minute or 55.3-kilometre drive away from Cancun International Airport. The main route is via Carr Cancun - Tulum/Mexico 307.