You can travel from Cancun to Bacalar by ADO bus, shared shuttle, private transfer, or rental car. Check out our guide with all the important information.
Bacalar is a small town in Mexico that’s known for its clear, blue lagoon.
It is situated on the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, on the shores of Laguna de Bacalar.
We highly recommend joining a boat trip around the lagoon to see the area’s natural beauty.
During this Bacalar boat tour you can swim in a turquoise lagoon and see amazing Cenotes. The tour also includes a stop at the famous Pirate Canal as well as drinks and snacks.
Check out our guide for all the important information on traveling from Cancun to Bacalar.
Distance from Cancun to Bacalar
The distance from Cancun to Bacalar is about 346 kilometers or 215 miles by car.
It takes around four hours to travel by car from Cancun to Bacalar.
Transportation Options from Cancun to Bacalar
The following table outlines all transportation options from Cancun to Bacalar:
Getting to Bacalar from Cancun
1. ADO Bus from Cancun to Bacalar
Travel time: 5 hours 50 minutes
The ADO bus is a great way to get from Cancun to Bacalar if you travel on a budget. Ticket prices start at USD 41 per person, and the ride is comfortable and safe.
The ADO bus station in Cancun is located in the center, near the intersection of Avenida Tulum and Calle Uxmal. The station is easy to find, and there is plenty of parking.
The following map shows the exact location of the ADO bus station in downtown Cancun:
The ADO bus from Cancun to Bacalar is a great option for travelers who want to explore the beautiful town of Bacalar without spending a lot of money.
2. Shared Shuttle from Cancun to Bacalar
Travel time: around 5 hours
If you’re looking for an affordable and convenient way to get from Cancun to Bacalar, consider taking a shared shuttle.
Shared shuttles are a great option for travelers on a budget, and they’re also ideal if you’re short on time.
The journey with a shared shuttle from Cancun to Bacalar takes about five hours.
3. Private Transfer from Cancun to Bacalar
Travel time: around 4 hours
A private transfer is a great way of traveling if you want a door-to-door service without worrying about getting to your destination.
Wayak, a Mexican company with more than 13 years of experience, offers daily private transfers from Cancun airport or your hotel in downtown Cancun to Bacalar.
Depending on the traffic, it takes around four hours to get with a private transfer to Bacalar.
- 1 to 4 passengers: USD 354
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4. Driving with Rental Car from Cancun to Bacalar
Travel time: around 4 hours
The drive from Cancun to Bacalar takes about four hours and is relatively easy. To avoid heavy traffic it is better to leave early in the morning.
From Cancun you’ll need to take the highway that goes to Chetumal. This highway is well-maintained and has plenty of gas stations along the way.
Best day tours in Bacalar
Bacalar is home to stunning blue waters, lush greenery, and friendly locals. GetYourGuide offers several different Bacalar day tours that will let you experience all that this town has to offer.
One of our most popular tours is the Lagoon Tour, which takes you on a boat ride through the lagoon to see the incredible shades of blue that Bacalar is famous for. You’ll also get to stop at a nearby cenote for a swim and lunch at a local restaurant.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is the cheapest option to get from Cancun to Bacalar?
Taking the ADO bus is the cheapest option to get from Cancun to Bacalar. Ticket prices start at USD 41.
What is the fastest way to get from Cancun to Bacalar?
The fastest way to get from Cancun to Bacalar is by private transfer or rental car. The drive takes around fours hours, depending on the traffic.