This is the time of year when a lot of people from the USA and Canada start showing up in Mahahual and Costa Maya for the winter. So because of this today I am going to do an update on the ADO bus service to Mahahual.
I took the bus from Playa del Carmen to Mahahual a couple of weeks ago, and I noticed some things have changed since I last wrote about how to get to Mahahual on a ADO bus.
The bus now leaves at 8am and costs 310 pesos for the three and a half hour trip from Playa to Mahahual. The bus leaves Mahahual at 5:30pm to return to Playa del Carmen and gets there about 9pm, and also costs 310 pesos.
The bus makes stops at Tulum and Felipe del Carrilllo for 5 minutes, but besides that, it is a direct bus to Mahahual, and drops people off at Quinto Sol in Mahahual.
The bus is a mini-bus, kind of like a shuttle bus, with air conditioning and plenty of room, and leg room. The seats are big and comfortable, and all in all it is a pretty comfortable trip.
At the moment, it is the easiest and most convienent way to get to Mahahual if you arrive in Mexico from a flight to Cancun. I was talking to some know- it -all guy from the USA last week in Mahahual on the malecon. He was in town looking to buy a condo, and I ran into him and we were talking about Mahahual and the future of Mahahual. He is married to a Mexican women from Florida, so he knows everything about Mexico and Mahahaul supposedly. He started telling me Mahahual will really start to grow once the airport in Chetumal gets expanded. I asked him why, he said then people from the USA and Canada will start flying into Chetumal instead of Cancun, because the car ride or bus ride from Cancun to Mahahual was too long. I then tried to explain to this genius, that to get to Chetumal, you have to fly through Mexico City, because Chetumal does not accept flights from the USA and Canada. Plus it would add 3 or 4 hours flying time to say fly from Houston or Miami, to Mexico City, and then take a flight from Mexico City to Chetumal. Chetumal is an hour and a half away from Mahahual, and Playa del Carmen and Cancun are three and four hours away respectively.
The flights into Cancun are relatively inexpensive, in fact I have a guy flying down from Buffalo to visit on Tuesday this week, and he bought a one way ticket for around $165 into Cancun. So as I tried to explain to this man the other day in Mahahual, if you fly into Chetumal it will cost you around $1,000 USD, and take you three to four more hours of flight time, and you still have to take bus or shuttle to get from Chetumal airport to Mahahual.
So as I tried to explain to him, if you fly into Cancun from the USA, take the shuttle from the airport into Mahahual, your cost could be around $200 USD versus $1,000 USD and up flying into Chetumal from Mexico City. Also the average flights from the USA to Cancun are between 2 and 4 hours. So technically you can be in Mahahual in 6 to 8 hours from the time you leave your home in the USA. Also as Mahahual and Costa Maya continue to grow more and more bus routes and transportation outlets will be added.
I deal with people like this guy from the USA all the time, they read some things on the internet, know somebody who lives here, or someone in their family is married to a Mexican, and they know everything. How to get to Mahahual, real estate, laws about Mexico, they know it all, and are not afraid to tell you about it. He then proceeded to tell me he was going to buy a condo in Mahahual, and fly into Chetumal to get to Mahahual. I then asked him who he was buying his condo from, and he told me, and I thought to myself, this guy is going to get a rude awakening with the realtor he is dealing with, and he probably deserves it.
So to sum up, the best, cheapest, and easiest way at the moment, if you cannot take the direct weekend shuttle, to get to Mahahual, is to fly into Cancun, take the ADO shuttle to Mahahual from the Cancun airport, or spend a night in Playa del Carmen and take the morning ADO shuttle from there to Mahahual. The ride is not bad, and there are a lot of things to see along the way. I take it all the time.
Thanks for reading,
Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina