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Can I fly to Chichen Itza?

You can't fly directly to Chichen Itza but you can fly to one of the airports in Mexico that are closeby. From there, you must drive or take the bus to Chichen Itza, depending on your preference. This can take between 90–150 minutes, depending on which airport you choose to travel to.

Closest airports to Chichen Itza

There are a few different airports that you can fly into to reach Chichen Itza. The best airport for you will depend on where you're flying from.

Cancún International Airport

Out of the airports that are near to nearby, Cancún International Airport is the furthest away airport from Chichen Itza by distance. However, Cancún International is the best airport to fly into for most people as it offers the most direct international connections, with many worldwide airlines flying regularly to the airport.

Airlines that fly to Cancún International Airport

Aerolineas ArgentinasBuenos Aires
Aeroméxico & Aeromexico ConnectHavana, Mexico City, Monterrey
Air CanadaCalgary
Air Canada RougeMontréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson
Air EuropaMadrid
Air FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Air TransatCalgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Hamilton (Ontario), London (Ontario), Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Québec City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver, Victoria, Winnipeg
Alaska AirlinesSeattle/Tacoma
American AirlinesCharlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Miami, New York–JFK, Philadelphia, Phoenix–Sky Harbor
Avianca Costa RicaSan José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Avianca PeruLima
Azur AirMoscow–Vnukovo
Blue Panorama AirlinesMilan–Malpensa
British AirwaysLondon–Gatwick
Copa AirlinesPanama City–Tocumen
Cubana de AviaciónHavana
Delta Air LinesAtlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St.Paul, New York–JFK, Salt Lake City
Edelweiss AirZürich
Evelop AirlinesMadrid
Frontier AirlinesChicago–O'Hare, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Raleigh/Durham, St. Louis
InterJetBogotá, Guadalajara, Guayaquil, Havana, León/El Bajío, Lima, Los Angeles, Medellin–JMC, Mexico City, Monterrey, Montréal–Trudeau, San Francisco, Toluca/Mexico City, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
jetBlueBoston, Fort Lauderdale, New York–JFK, Orlando
LATAM ChileSantiago de Chile
LATAM PeruLima
LOT Polish AirlinesWarsaw–Chopin
MagniGuadalajara, León/El Bajio, Mexico City, Monterrey
Maya Island AirBelize City
MAYAirChetumal, Cozumel, Mérida,
Southwest AirlinesAtlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago–Midway, Columbus–Glenn, Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Hobby, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Pittsburg, Raleigh/Durham, San Antonio, St.Louis
Spirit AirlinesBaltimore Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston–Intercontinental
Sun Country AirlinesDallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St.Paul
Sunwing AirlinesCalgary, Edmonton, Halifax, Montréal–Trudeau, Ottawa, Regina, Québec City, Saskatoon, Toronto–Pearson, Thunder Bay, Vancouver, Winnipeg
SwoopEdmonton, Hamilton (Ontario), London (Ontario)
Thomas Cook AirlinesBelfast–International, Glasgow, London–Gatwick, Manchester
Tropic AirBelize City
TUIBirmingham, London–Gatwick, Manchester
TUI BelgiumBrussels
TUI NetherlandsAmsterdam
Turkish AirlinesIstanbul
United AirlinesAustin, Chicago O'Hare, Cleveland, Houston–Intercontinental, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, San Antonio, San Francisco, Washington–Dulles
VivaAerobusChihuahua, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, León/El Baijo, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, Reynosa, San José de Costa Rica, Tampico, Tijuana, Toluca/Mexico City, Torreón/Gómez Palacio, Tuxita Gutiérirrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
VolarisAguascalientes, Ciudad Juárez, Guadalajara, Guatemala City, León/El Bajio, Mexico City, Monterrey, Puebla, Querétaro, San Luis Potosí, Tijuana, Tuxtla Guitérrez
Volaris Costa RicaSan José de Costa Rica, San Salvador
Wamos AirMadrid
WestJetCalgary, Toronto–Pearson, Vancouver
XL Airways FranceParis–Charles de Gaulle
Chichen Itza

Getting to Chichen Itza from Cancún

There are two main ways to get to Chichen Itza from Cancún — by car or by bus.

By car

The drive from Cancún to Chichen Itza roughly takes between 120–150 minutes. You will have to factor in the cost of renting a car and paying for fuel, as well as parking costs and toll roads. Parking at Chichen Itza costs $30 MXP, fuel costs approximately $200 MXP each way and tolls cost $300 MXP each way.

By bus

There is one direct bus that travels from Cancún to Chichen Itza each day, provided by ADO (Mexican bus company). The bus departs each morning at 8.45am from Cancún Bus Station (downtown Cancún) and takes around three hours and 15 minutes. The bus can cost between $207–335 MXP, depending on how far in advance you buy your ticket. You can purchase your ticket online at the ADO website for the best rates.

Mérida International Airport

Mérida International Airport is the closest airport to Chichen Itza by both distance and time. It's the best airport to fly into if you're flying from within Mexico or flying from certain destinations in America, such as Miami or Houston or even Canada.

Airlines that fly to Mérida International Airport

  • Aeroméxico & Aeroméxico Connect: Mexico City
  • American Eagle: Miami
  • InterJet: Havana, Mexico City
  • Magni: Mexico City
  • MAYAir: Cancún, Cozumel, Villahermosa
  • TAR: Querétaro, Tampico, Veracruz
  • United Airlines: Houston–Intercontinental
  • VivaAerobus: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Veracruz, Villahermosa
  • Volaris: Chihuahua, Guadalajara, Hermosillo, León/Del Bajío, Mexico City, Monterrey, Oaxaca, Tijuana
  • WestJet: Toronto–Pearson

Getting to Chichen Itza from Mérida

By car

The drive from Mérida to Chichen Itza takes roughly 90 minutes. You do have to factor in all the costs of car rental, fuel, parking and tolls but as it's closer, it'll be slightly less expensive than from Cancún.

By bus

There are three buses that travel to Chichen Itza from Mérida each morning. The bus journey takes around one hour and 45 minutes and costs roughly $150 MXP.

Cozumel International Airport

Cozumel International Airport is the second closest airport to Chichen Itza by distance. However, because it's on a separate island from Mexico, it takes the longest time to travel from, as it requires you to get a ferry. Still, Cozumel is a breathtaking island. And if you wanted to visit the island and make a day or overnight trip to Chichen Itza, it's entirely possible. Cozumel has connections to several destinations in the US, Canada and Mexico.

Airlines that fly to Cozumel International Airport

  • Air Canada Rouge: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • Air Transat: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • American Airlines: Charlotte, Chicago–O'Hare, Dallas/Fort Worth
  • American Eagle: Miami
  • Delta Air Lines: Atlanta, Detroit, Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • InterJet: Mexico City
  • Magni: Mexico City, Monterrey
  • MAYAir: Cancún, Mérida
  • Sun Country Airlines: Dallas/Fort Worth, Minneapolis/St. Paul
  • Sunwing Airlines: Montréal–Trudeau, Toronto–Pearson
  • United Airlines: Chicago O'Hare, Denver, Houston–Intercontinental, Newark
  • Volaris: Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey
  • WestJet: Toronto–Pearson

Getting to Chichen Itza from Cozumel

By car & ferry

Driving from Cozumel to Chichen Itza takes between three and four hours each way. You'll have to get the ferry across to Playa del Carmen (Calica), which roughly costs $500 MXP, as well as factor in the prices of fuel, car rental, tolls and parking.

You'll also have to consider ferry times, as you'll need to make the last ferry back to Cozumel if you're staying on the island after your visit to Chichen Itza. Ferry times frequently change, so it's important to check the last scheduled ferry with the company that you're travelling with.

Ferry companies that operate offer vehicle ferry services between Cozumel and Calica are:

  • Transcaribe
  • Ultramar Carga

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Chichen Itza flights FAQs

What is Chichen Itza?

Chichen Itza is a ruined ancient Mayan city in Mexico. It's one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and the second most visited archaeological site in Mexico.

What is the best airport to fly to from North America?

It depends where in North America you're flying from, however, Cozumel International Airport is the closest airport to Chichen Itza by distance and time taken to travel. Cozumel International Airport has regular connections to destinations within Mexico, the US and Canada.

However, if the city that you're flying from doesn't connect to Cozumel International Airport, it might be a better option to fly into Cancún International Airport.

What is the best airport to fly to from outside of North America?

Cancún International Airport is the best airport to fly to from outside of North America. It has flights from worldwide airlines flying from destinations across Europe, Asia and Central and South America.

How far is Chichen Itza from Cancún?

It's around 120 miles from Cancún to Chichen Itza. The journey takes between two–two and a half hours by car and three hours and 15 minutes by bus.

How far is Chichen Itza from Cozumel?

It's around 140 miles from Cozumel to Chichen Itza. However, because Cozumel is on a separate island, the journey requires you to drive and take a ferry across to mainland Mexico. This means that it can take up to four hours to travel to Chichen Itza from Cozumel.