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As one of North America’s largest tourist airports, it’s sure to be hectic when you arrive. As of 2022, Cancun International Airport has achieved a new record for his over 20 million international tourists.
The airport is also the most popular gateway to Mexico for US and Canadian travelers. We recently reported that nearly 60% of all international arrivals at Cancun airport this year were from the United States.
However, with so many activities going on every day, it is inevitable that we will encounter some obstacles. If you plan to visit the Mexican Caribbean soon, here are some professional tips for travelers arriving at Cancun International Airport.
All about Cancun International Airport
Let’s start with the basics. Arrive at Cancun International Airport and you’ll be at the tip of the Mayan Riviera, giving you easy access to major destinations on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Playa del Carmen is less than an hour’s drive and Tulum is 1.5 hours away. Of course, smaller coastal destinations such as Merida, Valladolid, Bacalar and Akumal are accessible by public or private ground transportation from Cancun Airport.
According to the Airports Council International, Cancun Airport has been ranked 10th in the world by international passenger traffic in 2021, up from 28th in 2020 and 61st in 2019.
So you should be ready when you arrive. This means that you should know the basics of airports and how to get to your destination.
cancun airport terminal
Most major airlines arriving from the US and Canada arrive at Terminal 3 or Terminal 4.
Terminals 1 and 2 at Cancun Airport serve mainly domestic flights. In a little more detail, it looks like this:
- Terminal 1: Viva Aerobus
- Terminal 2: Aeromexico, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, Sunwing, Volaris.
- Terminal 3: American Airlines, Air Canada, Delta, JetBlue, Spirit, United, Frontier, WestJet.
- Terminal 4: Southwest, Frontier, Air Transat, WestJet.
You can see the full list on the Cancun Airport website.
Checklist upon arrival at Cancun International Airport
You filled out immigration forms on the plane, right? Once you land, of course, there are a few barriers you must cross before you can venture out and enter paradise.
First, you have to go through immigration. New digital kiosks installed at airports just this year have reduced wait times for travelers. However, during the busy holiday season, travelers’ wait times at immigration are usually longer throughout the day.
After customs clearance is complete, proceed to baggage claim to collect your checked baggage. If your baggage has arrived safely, you can proceed to customs.
Customs at Cancun Airport has a red light/green light system that turns red or green at the push of a button. Green means it can pass, red means it will be inspected by customs officers. load. In these cases, it’s a good idea to prepare in advance and pack your belongings so that they can be easily put back together if you need to sort them out.
Once through customs, there are many distractions such as kiosks and things for sale until you exit the airport. Here are some things travelers should keep in mind.
- Exchange counter: Airports are one of the worst places to exchange money. If you want to exchange your money for Mexican pesos, know that you can get cheaper rates in town.
- timeshare seller: On your way to the exit, you’ll notice people in official uniforms selling timeshares or attending timeshare presentations. Many fellow travelers advise passing by these guys and not engaging with them. Some might say it’s really your means of transportation, Please know that all pre-booked transportation will be waiting outside the airport only. There are videos and articles out there that say it’s not a good idea to sign up for a timeshare presentation at the Cancun airport. Learn more about.
- Pre-arranged and on-arrival transportation: If you have pre-booked transportation from Cancun Airport to your hotel, your driver should be waiting outside the terminal near the front. The area is full of drivers waiting for pickups, metered taxis, ADO buses, etc.
How to get to the hotel from Cancun airport
A pre-booked car or minivan can get you to Cancun for about $50 round trip. If you’re looking for public transportation, the ADO coach bus runs all day and takes you to downtown Cancun, Playa del He Carmen and Tulum. ADO tickets can be purchased from the official kiosks to the right as you exit the terminal.
If you are staying in the Cancun Hotel Zone, it is recommended that you take a taxi directly or pre-booked transportation as the bus will take you to downtown Cancun, which is far from the Hotel Zone.
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