Cancún International Airport
Cancún is one of the main tourist destinations in Mexico and the international airport is therefore one of the largest airports in the country. The airport processes over 12 million passengers a year. Cancún Airport has three terminals. Terminal 1 is mainly used for charter flights to and from North America; most other international flights are being dealt with via Terminal 3. There are shuttle busses between the terminals.
IATA airport code: CUN
ICAO airport code: MMUN
There's no train connection with Cancún Airport.
Car and bus
The airport is situated 22 kilometers southwest of Cancún. The airport is easily accessible by rental car. From Cancún you follow the freeway (Carretera) heading for Chetumal. The exit to the airport is clearly indicated after 22 kilometers.
There are regular direct bus services to the central bus stations in Cancún (travel time 35 minutes) and Playa del Carmen (travel time over one hour). You can reserve a seat on this bus online.
There are several bus services with destinations in and around Cancún, including the Riviera Maya. These buses only leave when they are full and they make many stops at various hotels, which can make traveling time long. You can buy bus tickets at a kiosk near the baggage claim area.
Car rental Cancún Airport
You can rent cars in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 3. Four car rental companies are present at Cancún Airport: Budget, Dollar, Hertz and Thrifty. You can also book a rental car in advance using the service provided by EasyTerra; they compare the rates of several providers in a single quote.
Outside the Arrivals Hall there's a ticket kiosk where you can book and pay a taxi (so you don't pay the driver). There are set rates. Although officially prohibited, you will be approached in the terminal by people wanting you as a client in their taxi. Cancún Airport offers the possibility to book an official taxi via the airport website.
There's a large parking lot near the airport entrance. You pay 24 pesos an hour, with a maximum of 150 pesos per day. Although this parking lot is guarded, we advise against leaving your car here at night.
Near the airport lies the hotel Courtyard by Marriott Cancun (Tel. +52(0)998 287 2200). Other hotels nearby the airport include Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort (Tel. +52(0)998 881 6000), Iberostar Cancun (Tel. +52(0)998 881 8000) and the exclusive The Ritz Carlton Hotel (Tel. +52(0)998 881 0808). For more hotels and to book online, you can go to Booking.com. They offer a large range of hotels at competitive internet rates.
Shops and restaurants
Cancún Airport has a reasonable range of restaurants, cafés, (snack) bars and coffee shops (including a Starbucks) in Terminals 2 and 3. Apart from a duty-free shop there are mainly souvenir shops at Cancún Airport.
There are lockers at Cancún Airport to store your baggage; costs: 80 pesos per 24 hours. You can inquire about lost objects with the airport police (Tel.: +52(0)998 848 7200).
For inquiries about Cancún Airport, flight schedules and airport services you can turn to information desks near the entrances of Terminals 2 and 3. You can also approach airport employees walking around in the terminals.
There are two VIP lounges at Cancún Airport, one in Terminal 1 and one in Terminal 3. Apart from offering facilities like faxing, copying and internet access, both lounges rent out small meeting spaces. More information via +52(0)998 848 0335. Extensive business facilities are offered by the hotel Courtyard by Marriott and the resorts in the airport vicinity (see Hotels).
Cancún Airport has good accessibility for the disabled. There are wheelchair ramps and adapted elevators and toilets.
There are banks, exchange offices and ATM's in Terminals 2 and 3. There's also a beauty and massage parlor. The First Aid station can be found in the Arrivals Hall of Terminal 2.