How to Go from Cancun to Valladolid

Cancun to Valladolid: How to Go by Bus or Driving (+Mistakes to Avoid)

Are you looking to go from Cancun to Valladolid, Mexico?

Well, you’re in the right place!

I’m a travel blogger and destination expert for Valladolid.

And in this post, I’ll quickly run down the three basic options you have for getting from Cancun to Valladolid: drive, take a bus, or take a tour. I’ll run through specific step-by-step instructions for each option.

But first, if you’re going to Valladolid from Cancun, be sure to watch this short video I made on my last trip there (it even features a cameo from the city’s Mayor!):

Important Update on Coronavirus: Mexico continues to see a surge in cases, even as many travel media outlets fail to report fully on Mexico’s coronavirus safety situation. Be sure to fully educate yourself on the latest information and risks involved before booking any travel.

How to Go From Cancun to Valladolid

Option 1: Drive from Cancun to Valladolid

I know, I know: driving in Mexico seems scary right?

Well, actually it’s not that bad.

The road from Cancun to Valladolid is a straight shot along 180 D, which is a modern and wide road that’s probably not that different from driving in your home country.

The drive from Cancun to Valladolid is a little under 2 hours and is pretty easy:

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But before you set off for Valladolid, here are two tips you need to know:

Pro Tip #1: be sure to avoid the common Mexico car rental scam where you are shown a super-low price online only to show up and find you have to pay lots of “mandatory” fees and insurance. That’s why I suggest renting through Discover Car Hire, a trusted site that searches most of the reputable operators in Mexico.

Pro Tip #2: be sure that you have travel insurance for Mexico that covers a car rental, because your insurance from home probably does not. I personally use World Nomads for my insurance here. You can click here to get a quote for insurance from them or use this site to compare hundreds of companies.

STAYING OVERNIGHT IN VALLADOLID? Check out our list of the Best Hotels in Valladolid Mexico (I even visited them all to find the best ones for you!)

Option 2: Take the ADO Bus from Cancun to Valladolid

The Mexican bus company ADO runs high-quality buses from Cancun to Valladolid multiple times per day.

From 8 am until 6 pm, there is a bus to Valladolid roughly every hour, with more sporadic service during the late hours. You can check the exact schedule on the ADO website here.

The journey lasts a little over 2 hours and tickets start at 190 pesos ($9) if bought in advance.

Note that most American credit cards will NOT work for purchases online on the ADO site (don’t get me started on that … sigh!).

Instead, you’ll need to purchase at the ADO station itself (where, weirdly, those same credit cards are accepted).

STAYING OVERNIGHT IN VALLADOLID? Check out our list of the Best Hotels in Valladolid Mexico (I even visited them all to find the best ones for you!)

That stinks because sometimes the buses book up, but the good news is that usually you’ll just have to wait an hour for the next bus in that worst-case-scenario. If leaving on a specific bus is important to you, I suggest going to the station a few days in advance to buy your tickets, or buying at the ADO stands outside baggage claim at Cancun airport.

The ADO station in Cancun is located on the southwest corner of the giant rotunda intersection of Av Uxmal and 307. Or any taxi driver will know where to take you if you just say “Ah-de-oh.”

Here’s a Google map to the Cancun ADO station:

Looking to get from Cancun Airport to Valladolid?

Unfortunately, there is no direct Cancun Airport to Valladolid bus (as of the time of this writing). Instead, you’ll need to take an ADO bus or taxi into Cancun town and then switch to take the bus.

Alternatively, if you’re in a rush to get from Cancun Airport to Valladolid, you could rent a car at the airport (remember: use Discover Car Hire to avoid scams).

Option 3: Take a Tour from Cancun to Valladolid

Valladolid Cancun Cenote
Cenote Suytun – One of many awesome things in Valladolid

Sometimes you just want someone else to take care of all the details right?

Well, in that case, consider taking a tour from Cancun to Valladolid. You’ll get to see and do some of the best activities around Cancun on the way to boot!

Most tour companies will pick you up at your hotel in Cancun, drive you to Valladolid, and take care of all the details so that you don’t have to worry about how to get from Cancun to Valladolid on your own.

In case you are interested in nerding out on details, we wrote a mega guide to the best Chichen Itza tours from Cancun, but here are our three top picks in case you are short on time:

  • Day Tour from Cancun to Valladolid (Plus Cenote) – If you’re really looking to focus your trip to Valladolid on exploring this magical town (beyond just the main square), then this tour is for you! You’ll dive deep into this awesome and under-touristed town.
  • Cancun to Valladolid, Chichen Itza, and Temezacal – This tour will take in Chichen Itza, the most popular tourist site in Mexico and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, the town of Valladolid, and will include a bonus visit to a Temezacal – a traditional sweat lodge!
  • Cancun to Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Ek Balam, and a Cenote – This jam-packed tour not only takes you from Cancun to Valladolid and Chichen Itza, but it also covers the must less touristed Mayan site of Ek Balam and will take you swimming in a cenote!

Where to Stay in Valladolid, Mexico

Valladolid is an incredible town – it’s one of my favorite places in the Yucatan peninsula even after six months traveling here – and it really deserves more than a day trip from Cancun. So, if you have the time, opt to stay a night in town.

Here are some of the best places to stay in Valladolid depending on your budget:

Or, instead of shelling out for a hotel, why not rent an entire apartment through Airbnb and have access to a full kitchen, more space, etc.? 

And if it’s your first time using Airbnb, you can get $40 off your first booking with this link

For a complete list of great places to stay in Valladolid, check out our Valladolid Hotel Guide – which I created after visiting a TON of hotels in the city to find the best ones for you.


That’s it for this guide for how to get from Cancun to Valladolid!

But, before you go, be sure to check out my totally free and amazingly-detailed monster Ultimate Guide to Valladolid, Mexico.

It’s filled with insider tips about what to eat, where to drink (including a free drink for Travel Lemming readers at one of my favorite bars!), what to do, and more!

And if you’re traveling Mexico, be sure to also read these helpful articles:

Enjoy Valladolid!

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3 thoughts on “Cancun to Valladolid: How to Go by Bus or Driving (+Mistakes to Avoid)”

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    I’m planning a family trip, approx 10-20 people. I’m wondering if there’s a reputable company for hire for private transportation from Cancun to Valladolid and then from there to Merida and lastly returning to Cancun. Recommendations are appreciated.

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    Hi, great information. Do you know if there is a clinic, pharmacy that gives Covid tests for travel? It’s my first trip. Thanks.

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