How to get to Holbox Island

How to get to Holbox Island

Holbox Island is a magical place that you must know in your visit to Cancun and in this article we will tell you how to get to Holbox Island.

But before we start we invite you to read our article about how to go to Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres and Puerto Juarez from Cancun.

How to get to Holbox Island

A little bit about Holbox

Holbox is a magical island located in the northwest of the city of Cancun and you have to make a tour by land, to reach the port of Chiquila, from where you take a sea or air transport to reach the island.

The island is very famous for its “virgin beach” charm, it does not have large buildings, it is very picturesque and its waters are calm and of low depth.

In fact, these characteristics are what make Holbox one of the best places to get away from the noise, stress and pollution.

And as if all this wasn’t enough, Holbox is a Pet friendly Island, so you can come on vacation with your pet and enjoy this charming place in the Caribbean Mexico.

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How far is Holbox Island from Cancun?

Isla Holbox is 61 kilometers away from the city of Cancun and a trip of approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. This time depends on the type of transportation you choose to get to Isla Holbox from Cancun.

How far is Holbox Island from Cancun

How to get to Isla Holbox

Before I show you the ways to get to Holbox, it is necessary to explain that it is Chiquila, so let’s get to it.

Chiquila is a small town that is part of Quintana Roo and is very popular for being the maritime and air terminal to cross to Holbox Island.

Well Holbox is an island, like Isla Mujeres at a distance of 6 kilometers from the port of Chiquila and in order to get there, it is necessary to take a maritime transport by ferry or by air (plane or helicopter)

How to get to Isla Holbox from Cancun

The distance between Holbox and Cancun is 61 kilometers and to travel this road there are 4 ways available that we will describe below.

Private Transportation

The best way to get to Holbox from Cancun is by private transportation. Take into account that there are 61 kilometers to travel and this service will allow you to rest comfortably throughout the journey.

Particularly this type of transportation will take you to the port of Chiquila, where it will help you buy tickets to the ferry and you can cross to Holbox and it is ideal if you are looking to spend only one day on the island.

How to get to Holbox Island


The ADO is a much cheaper option to go from Cancun to Holbox and comfortably cover the route, however this one has “limited time to go”, that means that if you miss the bus, you will have to wait one hour for the next one to leave.

Of course, because the ferry doesn’t operate at night, if you don’t arrive on time for the last bus back, you’ll have to wait for the next day.

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Generally the cab service is not very requested to make this type of trip, because it is usually very expensive. However, if time is important to you, this is the best option.

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Car Rental

If you are looking for the opportunity to drive the 61 kilometers between Cancun and Holbox, with all the freedom possible, renting a car may be the ideal option for you.

It should be noted that near the port of Chiquila, there are many public parking lots where you can leave your car and they take good care of it for about 5 to 10 USD per day.

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How to get to Holbox Island from Playa del Carmen

The distance between Holbox and Playa del Carmen is 103 kilometers, which is much more than Cancun.

How to get to Holbox Island from Playa del Carmen

This is because Playa del Carmen is in “the opposite direction” to Holbox, so it is a journey of approximately 2 hours and the same options we have to go from Cancun to Holbox, are the masses we have to go from Playa del Carmen.

That is: To get to Holbox from Playa del Carmen, we can use the private transfer service, ADO bus, cab or car rental.

But no matter where you leave from, you will always get to Chiquila Primero.

What is the best option to go to Holbox?

If what you are looking for is not to have complications in your trip to visit Holbox, the best option is to reserve a private transport to the Island, because the logistics covers all the unforeseen that can leave and make your visit to the island a pleasant one.

How to get to Holbox Island


How to get to hobox and the distance between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, is something we have already answered in this post. So we can only say: Enjoy your vacation at Holbox



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