So you want to go from Tulum to Valladolid? Great choice! Valladolid is my favorite town in Mexico. You can visit as part of a day trip from Tulum, but I highly recommend staying overnight to check out the many things to do in Valladolid Mexico.
Now let’s talk about how to get to Valladolid from Tulum. You have four options, all with their pros and cons. Let’s break them down:
Use the above links to jump around this article, or reference this handy chart for quick info:
|Private Transfer||90 mins||$100 /vehicle||Book here|
|ADO Bus||~2 hrs||$13 /person||Check times|
|Rental Car||90 mins||$20+ /day||Book here|
|Collectivo||4+ hrs||$8 /person||Click here|
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⚠ IMPORTANT TIP FOR USA TRAVELERS TO MEXICO IN 2021 ⚠
Covid tests are now mandatory to fly back to the USA. Even vaccinated travelers can test positive, and if you do you’ll put into expensive mandated quarantine instead of flying home (just read the horror stories in this USA Today article). My top Mexico travel tip is to always make a backup plan for quarantine and consider travel insurance. While not legally required yet, I feel like I’d be tempting fate without it during a pandemic. Plus, it’s actually pretty cheap! World Nomads is my personal go-to during covid times. But do your own research and stay safe out there!
Option 1: Renting a Car & Drive to Valladolid
This is my top suggestion if you can swing it. Driving in Mexico isn’t as scary as you might think – and the road from Tulum to Valladolid is a well-paved straight 1.5 hour shot through the jungle. Having a car will give you the flexibility to explore the many cenotes and lesser-visited sites around Valladolid.
Length: 90 minutes
How to Rent: There are lots of rental car agencie in Tulum town, but some have been know to scame tourists. That’s why I always recommend using Discover Cars to search multiple agencies not only for the best prices, but also to filter based on reviews of each agency.
Option 2: Take the ADO Bus from Tulum to Valladolid
If you’re planning to stay overnight in Valladolid (and you really should!), the ADO bus is a great option to get between your hotel in Tulum and Valladolid.
The downside of taking the bus from Tulum is that you will still need to sort your way to Chichen Itza or Ek Balam. It’s not hard (check out our Valladolid guide for deets), but it is something to consider.
- Times: Varies. Confirm times on the ADO bus website.
- How Long: ADO claims 90 minutes, but I’ve never done this ride in fewer than 2 hours.
- Cost: ~100-200 MXN ($5-10 USD) based on demand.
- Where to Buy Tickets: You’ll need to go in person to the Tulum ADO station (see on Google Maps) because ADO’s very annoying website won’t accept USA credit cards. Alternatively, you can pre-book your trip online via BusBud.
- Arriving in Valladolid: The Valladolid bus station is located just one block off the main square (see on Google Maps). Most of my recommended Valladolid hotels are within an easy walk.
Oh, and FYI – there is plenty of space for your luggage on the ADO buses (they check it below the bus).
Option 3: Taxi to Valladolid
Don’t want to drive between Tulum and Valladolid, but also not eager to put up with the hassle of a bus ride on your vacation?
I totally get it, but you better be prepared to pay up for a taxi to take you from Tulum to Valladolid. You’ll need to find a driver in Tulum town and haggle. Even then, a taxi to Valladolid is likely to cost in the range of 2,000 pesos ($100 USD).
Unless you’re in a group, it might be more cost effective to check out our next option instead …
Option 4: Tours from Tulum to Valladolid
Just heading to Valladolid for a day trip? The easiest way to make the trip is via a tour. Here are some of our favorites:
Best Tour: Full-day combo tour of the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum – With hundreds of five star reviews, this “World Wonder Discovery” tour takes in a dizzying amount of sites in one day – including the town of Valladolid, Chichen Itza, a cenote, and more.
Budget Tour: Tulum to Valladolid, Chichen Itza, Cenote Tour – If you want to see it all and you only have a day, this highly rated tour from Tulum would be our top choice.
Want a different tour? Check out the entire article we did rounding up the best Chichen Itza Tours from Tulum.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do you get from Tulum to Coba?
The Coba Mayan ruins are located halfway between Tulum and Valladolid. You can get to Coba from Tulum via ADO bus, taxi, tour, or by driving yourself.
How far is Valladolid from Tulum?
102 km. The drive to Valladolid from Tulum is a single straight shot.
Which is better for a day trip – Chichen Itza or Ek Balam?
Chichen Itza is more popular, but the Mayan ruins at Ek Balam are equally beautiful and there are far fewer crowds.
I hope this guide to how to get from Tulum to Valladolid has been helpful! If you’re headed elsewhere in the Yucatan peninsula, be sure to check out our epic travel guides:
- How to Go from Cancun to Tulum
- How to Go from Cancun to Valladolid
- Travel Tips for Mexico
- Playa del Carmen Travel Guide
Safe travels from Tulum to Valladolid!