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Traveling on the Island
Buses and taxicabs abound on Isla Mujeres. Taxis are scattered all over the island, with a central stand downtown, and are available to pick you up anywhere. The bus routes circle the outside part of downtown and stop near the ferry docks, with the end of the route located near Sac Bajo. Buses provide quick, inexpensive transportation to the docks or to the “non tourist” areas of the island, but a taxi is probably your best bet if you’re heading to a tourist destination.
The main taxi stand is located downtown, but there are also a few scattered around the island. You can pick up a taxi at the stand, or simply hail one on the street. It is customary to greet your driver and then tell them where you’d like to go. If your Spanish is rusty, you can indicate directions by pointing.
Taxi fares are based on your destination rather than the number of people in the car. Often, drivers will pick up other people if there is space available. Rates double between the hours of midnight and 6:00 AM. Tips are not required, but it’s considered good manners to give your driver a little extra if they were especially helpful and/or friendly.
The basic fares for common trips around the island are listed below, but be sure to check with the concierge at your hotel for up-to-date pricing for all of your travel arrangements. For island tours, taxis are available for 150 pesos per hour.
- Downtown to Garrafon: 44 pesos
- Downtown to Sac Bajo: 44 pesos
- Downtown to Colonias: 9 pesos
- Downtown to North Beach: 13 pesos
- Downtown to Turtle Farm: 22 pesos
- Downtown to Cristalmar: 32 pesos
- Downtown to South Point: 44 pesos
- Downtown to Playa Lancheros: 22 pesos
- Colonias to Garrafon: 22 pesos
- Colonias to Sac Bajo: 22 pesos
- Garrafon to Sac Bajo: 44 pesos
Riding the bus is an affordable alternative to taxis while on Isla Mujeres. The low cost per passenger makes this an attractive method of transportation for those going to the ferry docks or to the general downtown area. Passengers can disembark anywhere, and it’s usually a short walk from the bus stop to the final destination. Bus routes usually begin behind the downtown market and end at Hacienda Mundaca, near Sac Bajo. The charge per passenger is 4 pesos for each leg of the trip.