Getting to Holbox by bus

A fisherman in his fishingboat at dawn in Holbox's Laguna Conil

ADO (that’s the biggest bus company in Mexico) has a number of services running from around the Riviera Maya and the Yucatan to Chiquilá. There are daily services from such cities as Playa del Carmen, Cancun, Merida, Valladolid, and Tulum heading to Holbox. There are also some slower buses – Oriente, Noreste, Mayab – which can make more stops on the way. You can find more details on the bus timetables to Holbox with prices here.

*Please be aware that many of these services have been interrupted or cancelled at the moment due to the situation with Covid 19. It is essential you check these before relying on the bus services – they are changing daily.

FAQs

Are there buses from Cancun to Chiquila/Holbox?

Yes, there are a number of bus services from Cancun to Chiquila/Holbox with the following bus companies: ADO, Mayab, Oriente. Many of these have been affected by COVID. Please check before travelling.

How long does the bus take from Cancun to Chiquila/Holbox?

The bus from Cancun to Chiquila/Holbox takes between 2 hours 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on which service you take. The ADO buses are generally faster.

Are there buses from Merida to Chiquila/Holbox?

Yes, there are ADO and Noreste buses from Merida to Chiquila/Holbox. Some are overnight. Many of these services have been affected by COVID. Please check before travelling.

How long does the bus take from Merida to Chiquila/Holbox?

The bus from Merida to Chiquila/Holbox takes between 4 to 5 hours depending on the service.

Are there buses from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila/Holbox?

Yes, there are a number of ADO bus services from Playa del Carmen to Holbox/Chiquila. Many of these have also been affected by Covid 19, so please check before travelling.

How long does the bus from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila/Holbox take?

The bus from Playa del Carmen to Chiquila takes around 2 hours 15 minutes.

Where do I catch the buses to Chiquila/Holbox from in Cancun?

Most of the bus services leave from the ADO bus station in the centre of Cancun.

Are there any direct buses from Cancun Airport to Chiquila/Holbox?

There are currently no direct bus services from Cancun Airport to Chiquila/Holbox.

Where do I catch the bus to Chiquila/Holbox from in Playa del Carmen?

There are two ADO bus stations in Playa del Carmen, but most services leave from the Tourist Bus Station on 5th avenue close to the ferry port to Cozumel.

Where do I catch the bus from in Chiquila?

There is a small bus station a 5-minute walk from the ferry port.

For ferry information, click here.
For flights to Holbox, click here.
For private transfers, click here.
For shared airport shuttles, click here.