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Private car transfer
from Merida to Cancun

  • Door-to-door in 4 h 20 min
  • From ... per seat
  • Professional driver
  • Sanitized vehicles
Risk-free

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Trip Information

Pick-up

Your driver will meet you at your address in Merida.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage

Trip

You’ll travel in comfort for 4 h 20 min.

  • Optional sight-seeing
  • Clean, comfortable car
  • Professional driver
  • Bottled water
  • Child seats
  • Prepared for handicapped
  • Smoke-free
  • Pet friendly

Drop-off

Your driver will drop you off at your address in Cancun.

  • Door-to-door service
  • Help with your luggage
In total
  • 342 km
  • 4 h 20 min

Visit these sights on the way

Overview: Car trip from Merida to Cancun

In Mexico, you can’t go too far without stumbling upon an ancient archeological wonder. A car trip from Merida to Cancun is the perfect opportunity to see these testaments to the Mayan Empire’s might before reaching beach paradise.

When you ride with Daytrip, your English-speaking driver will pick you up in Merida, take care of your luggage, and whisk you away to Cancun. The ride will take place mostly on Highway 180D and goes right through the lush forests of the Yucatan.

Along the way, you can talk about local culture and stop at some of the best, most enriching sites the Yucatan has to offer. This way, you can get all the freedom and flexibility of a rental car without worrying about returning the car or finding parking. From legendary cenotes to the iconic Chichen Itza, you'll find the drive from Merida to Cancun is the perfect opportunity to explore the Yucatan area.

One of the best stops is Izamal, an over 2,000-year-old town best known for its bright yellow buildings. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was an ancient Mayan city before being overtaken by the Spanish during the colonization period. The bright yellow color is attributed to a 1993 visit by the Catholic Pope John Paul II, as they wanted to honor the Vatican’s colors for his visit. It is also home to the third-largest pyramid in Mexico, the Kinich Kakmo Pyramid.

And, of course, you can't pass up Chichen Itza. A little further south of Izamal, it has another important Mayan astrological site, El Castillo. This famous site has structures such as the Temple of the Warriors and the Great Ballcourt, which are of Mayan cultural and religious significance. The pyramids are placed in important positions in the solar and lunar calendar and are crowded almost every day of the year, so visit as early in the day as possible.

After you've seen all the sites you wanted to visit along the way, your driver will deliver you right to your accommodation in Cancun and unload your luggage, so your relaxing beach holiday begins as soon as you step out of the car.

About Cancun

Cancun, located on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, has evolved from a sparsely populated area into a renowned tourist destination. The region was inhabited by the Mayans from approximately 2000 BCE until the Spanish conquest in the 16th century.

Known for their expertise in astronomy, architecture, and trade, the Mayans left behind impressive cities and temples across the Yucatan Peninsula, including renowned sites such as Chichen Itza and Ek Balam. However, the arrival of the Spanish brought disease and violence, leading to a decline in the Mayan population and leaving the region relatively remote and depopulated for centuries.

Cancun's transformation began in the 1960s when the Mexican government started ambitious plans to develop a world-class resort destination. With its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, Cancun was poised to become a tropical paradise. After significant investment in infrastructure, Cancun saw rapid growth and development. It now attracts millions of visitors all year round.

Today, Cancun is a bustling metropolis offering modern amenities and a vibrant atmosphere. It is the life of the party among the Yucatan Peninsula cities. Its lively nightlife, diverse culinary scene, and a plethora of outdoor recreational activities cater to travelers seeking adventure, relaxation, and cultural immersion. Despite its modernization, Cancun remains deeply connected to its Mayan heritage. You can explore archaeological sites and savor authentic Mayan cuisine. Additionally, nature reserves showcase the area's biodiversity a short distance from the busy city streets.

From Merida to Cancun: Travel tips

Smooth sailing isn’t just for all the ocean activities you’ll do in Cancun! Make sure your vacation is set up for success by following these travel tips for your trip from Merida to Cancun.

Plan ahead for fun (and transportation)

Some spontaneity is healthy for a good vacation, but don’t leave everything to chance! Many of Cancun’s excursions and activities sell out days or weeks ahead in the dry season. Don’t arrive in Cancun just to learn the jet skis, snorkels, and private tours are booked already!

The same goes for your transportation. Closer towns like Tulum and Playa may have more options to get to Cancun, but Merida is further away and options are fewer. If you will be flying out of the Cancun Airport (CUN), find a trustworthy shuttle or private driver that can take you right to your terminal, such as Daytrip.

Pack your cabin bag wisely

Essentials such as sunscreen, a hat, some pesos, and a water bottle should be close at hand for your trip. Don’t be that person who is late because you were digging around in the trunk for your camera!

How to get from Merida to Cancun

The journey from Merida to Cancun will take you across the north of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. It will take you approximately 4.5 hours without stopping and you’ll cover a distance of around 200 miles (320 kilometers). If you're trying to figure out how to make the trip, public options are available, but it is recommended to go with a private transportation service for the best experience.

From Mérida to Cancun with a private driver from Daytrip

Traveling with a private driver through Mexico is flexible, safe, and convenient. Daytrip has strict service standards, so you're guaranteed a safe and comfortable experience in a modern vehicle. Enjoy the convenience of door-to-door service, with the option to add children’s car seats, handicapped accessibility, and space for all your luggage.

Your driver speaks both English and Spanish and knows the local roads and driving customs. Personalize every aspect of your travel experience, from the pickup time to sightseeing stops at beautiful cenotes and the remains of the great Mayan Empire.

From Merida to Cancun via bus

The cheapest way to get from Merida to Cancun is by bus. There are multiple daily departures from Merida's bus terminal to Cancun, and some buses will even take you straight to the Cancun Airport (CUN). A one-way bus ticket typically costs between $20 to $30 USD and the journey can take between 6 and 10 hours. The trip is all on modern and frequently-traveled highways, however, it does take a long time. For this route, book a private car from a trusted transportation service like Daytrip for the best and safest experience.

From Merida to Cancun via the Maya Train

The Maya Train project aims to build a train infrastructure network between major cities and tourism hotspots. However, it is unreliable and expensive. Tickets for the train cost almost the same as a private driver, so even after the operational issues are worked out, definitely opt for a private driver if you're traveling in a group.

Things to do when you get to Cancun

Cancun’s resort-style layout means you will have tons of options for activities and excursions right at your fingertips. The most important thing to remember is that for a lot of these activities, you will need to book ahead of time, especially during the peak travel season. Don’t let your trip from Merida to Cancun be dampened by finding out all the best activities are sold out!

Dive into the underwater world in Cancun

The ocean might cover 70% of the world’s surface, but very little of it has been explored or mapped. The sea around Cancun holds natural wonders, such as the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the world's second-largest coral reef system. It stretches 620 miles along the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. It is labeled as a critically endangered ecosystem by experts and is home to manatees and other endangered species.

With a guide, you can snorkel and dive to see reefs teeming with over 65 species of stony coral and 500 fish species. If you are visiting in July or August, you may even see Whale Sharks, which migrate to the Great Mayan Reef during the summer. Despite their intimidating name, they are not a threat to humans. For many visitors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event and sheds light on the mysteries of the ocean.

Experience Cancun's nightlife

Cancun’s warm, tropical climate makes for the perfect place to keep the party going after dark. Grab a drink at one of the Hotel Zone’s discos, nightclubs, and bars where you can dance the night away with live music and DJ performances. Just keep your belongings secure in crowded areas, and be mindful of your surroundings for a safe night.

Unwind and rejuvenate in Cancun

Sometimes, the best plan on vacation is no plan! Once you’ve done it all in Cancun you’ll want to relax. Treat yourself to a rejuvenating massage, a pedicure, and a good book by the pool while you surrender to the serenity of this tropical oasis. For an added layer of tranquility, challenge yourself to a digital detox and put the phone away for the day.

When is the best time to visit Cancun

Cancun is a popular travel destination all year round thanks to its warm, tropical climate. Like most tropical destinations, Cancun has two seasons: dry and rainy. The best time to visit depends entirely on your preferences and budget.

Cancun’s dry season

Dry season is from November through April and is the most popular time to visit Cancun. You can expect abundant sunshine, balmy temperatures, and very little rain. You can also expect higher prices and more people. If you need endless sunny days and the most activity options at any cost, this is the time to visit.

Cancun’s rainy season

If you’d like quieter coastlines and milder climates, consider a visit during the shoulder seasons of May to June or September to October. While still warm and popular the rainy season does have periods of heavy rain. Outdoor excursions may be canceled due to weather conditions, but if you want to surf, swells are larger in the winter.

Questions & Answers about Traveling from Merida to Cancun

Yes, there are direct buses from Merida to Cancun Airport (CUN) daily. However, they take between 6 and 10 hours. For a better use of your time and to avoid missing your flight, we recommend using Daytrip's private car service. You can leave according to your own schedule and you’ll be at the airport in a mere 4.5 hours.
You can expect an average taxi fare from Mérida to Cancún to range from approximately $150 to $250 USD (2500 - 4100 MXN). Only use reputable taxi services and make sure the price is agreed on before your trip begins. Daytrip's private car service is a little more expensive, but you get the peace of mind of having a vetted, English-speaking driver, better service, and upfront pricing.
The bus ride from Merida to Cancun can take between 6 and 10 hours. There are multiple departures per day from many different companies. If you'd like to get to Cancun faster, hire a private car, especially if you are trying to catch a flight out of Cancun Airport (CUN).
Driving from Mérida to Cancun is relatively straightforward, as both cities are connected by well-maintained highways and not very far apart. However, for newcomers to Mexico, driving may be intimidating. Hire a local driver who knows the roads and the driving customs so you can sit back and enjoy your trip.
A flight from Merida to Cancun takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes. However, there are few direct commercial options available. Most flights will require a transfer in another city. Instead of flying, consider ground transportation instead for a better experience in less time.

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  • Local knowledge about the route from Merida to Cancun
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  • English speaking*

    All Daytrip drivers speak English* as well as their native language (and sometimes additional languages too!). They'll be happy to discuss local history and culture with you, as well as answer any questions you may have. And because they speak the language, they're able to provide you with a unique opportunity to connect with local culture. *Drivers for Lite service aren't required to speak English but must meet all other standards.

  • Safety first!

    We screen all our drivers for criminal and traffic records, and personally interview each one. We also inspect their cars for safety, comfort, and reliability. All cars must be less than ten years old, in excellent operating condition, and insured as required by local law. And because our drivers are locals, they're familiar with the rules and customs of the road.

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  • Cancellations: 100% refund up to 24 hours before the trip!
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Good to know

Children

If you’re traveling with children, make sure to let us know in the booking so we can get the appropriate child seats ready!

Pets

Pets are allowed (and loved)! We just need to know beforehand. You can tell us about them in the next phase of the booking.

Tips

Gratuity isn’t included or required, but if you really enjoyed your trip, you can show your driver your appreciation with an optional tip (10% is sufficient).

Luggage

  • Big luggage
  • 29x21x11 inches
  • 74x53x28 cm
  • Small luggage
  • 22x14x9 inches
  • 56x36x23 cm

Each passenger is allowed to have one checked bag and one carry on. If you’re traveling with more bags or oversized luggage, you can adjust this while booking.

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Pay by credit card online, or in cash directly to your driver!

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