Cancun is a tourist destination for people looking to get away and relax, but it is also a place with locals getting to and from jobs, errands, and daily activities. Taxis are an important part of the transportation system in Cancun, but it can be a little daunting if you’re a tourist, especially, if you don’t speak Spanish.
Taxis are all over Cancun and can easily be hailed. They are harder to track down during rush hour times in the morning and evening, though.
Cancun Taxi Prices
Taxi prices are dependent on zones, which are set by the local taxi union. Prices vary drastically between zones. The Hotel Zone is the most expensive because it is where the tourists are centered. Locals, on average, pay half of what tourists pay. Tourists in expensive hotels will pay more than tourists staying in budget hotels. Even with tourist pricing, taxis are cheaper in Cancun than in the United States. In the Hotel Zone, taxis cost between 60 and 90 pesos, which is between three and four dollars. A taxi ride from the airport to almost any destination is about 280 pesos or just under $15. Taxis can be rented by the hour or by the day if you want to tour the city or surrounding area. The rate is 250 pesos an hour or 3,500 pesos for a day. Rates are posted outside of hotels, and all taxi drivers are required to carry rate cards with them, which are usually in Spanish. Many drivers will accept payment in US dollars, but the exchange rate will be to their benefit not yours. It is always best to carry pesos if you want to get the best deal on your taxi ride.
English Speaking Taxis in Cancun
Most drivers only speak Spanish, so if you know some or have a chance to brush up, it can be very helpful. Before getting in a taxi, always ask for a price to your destination. ““¿Cuánto cuesta?” is a helpful phrase. Settle on a price with the driver before leaving because you could be gauged if you look like a tourist and don’t ask first. If you want to avoid the hassle, you can use an app, like QuieroTaxi or MyTaxi. They may cost a little more, but that might be worth the convenience if Spanish isn’t your forte.
Taxis aren’t the same in Cancun as elsewhere, although don’t be surprised if some taxi drivers pull over and let other people ride along. You’ll still pay the same as before and so will the other people riding along. Over all the taxis are safe, but they are old. Make sure you’re comfortable with the driver and the look of the car before hopping in. Taxi robbings are not common but not uncommon. If it happens to you, comply. Cancun is safer than other places, but thefts are often accompanied by weapons, so it is best to err on the side of caution. Don’t sit in the front seat. And always make note of the taxi number. Cancun is a great place to vacation. Knowing how to maneuver the taxi system is a great way to feel comfortable getting around the city.