How to get to Coba? Complete guide for easy travel!

Are you visiting Mexico and want to explore the ancient Mayan ruins of Coba? Then you’ve probably wondered how to get to Coba easily and quickly. 

Although located in the heart of the Yucatán Peninsula, this incredible archaeological site is still hidden in the Mayan jungle. But don’t worry, getting there is easier than it looks.

How to get to Coba
Discover the best routes to get to Cobá

In this guide, we’ll provide you with detailed information for hassle-free travel. Whether you are coming from Cancun, Tulum or Playa del Carmen, we will show you the best options to get to this incredible destination. So let’s get started!

Routes to Coba

1. Discover the magic of Cobá

Before we dive into the logistics of the trip, let me introduce you to the wonders that await you in Cobá. This picturesque destination is not only home to one of the tallest pyramids on the Yucatán Peninsula, but also offers a unique connection to nature.

From exciting biking adventures exploring its ancient ruins to relaxing kayak rides along Punta Laguna and experiences in the crystal clear cenotes, Coba is a hidden treasure worth discovering.

2. The best ways to get to Coba

Now, let’s talk about the practical aspect. Firstly, it is important to mention that Cobá is located exactly northwest of the state of Quintana Roo and within the municipality of Tulum.

This makes it close to other equally attractive tourist areas such as Cancun, Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Valladolid.

How to get to Coba from Cancun?

Located approximately 2 hours from Coba, Cancun is one of the main routes to get to this mystical town. To do so, you can opt for the following forms of transportation:

How to get to Coba from Cancun
Cancun, world tourist destination

By Car or rental car: If you prefer the flexibility to explore at your own pace, visiting Cobá by car is a great option. From Cancun, take the Cancun-Kantunil highway (Mexico 180D), then merge onto the Nuevo Durango highway and follow the signs to Coba. 

Don’t forget to have a map or GPS on hand to make the trip go smoothly. Below you can see the detailed route.

By bus: On the other hand, a cheaper option is to take an ADO bus. However, for this you will have to travel to Tulum and from there take public transportation to Cobá.

Buses leave from Cancun’s ADO central station and the whole trip usually takes between 2 and 3 hours. It is recommended to check bus schedules in advance to plan your visit.

How to get to Coba from Playa del Carmen?

Coba is only 120 km away from this popular Riviera Maya destination, and to get there you have the same options as the previous destination.

How to get to Coba from Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, the heart of the Riviera Maya

By car or rental car: The most comfortable way to get there is by car. Leaving Playa del Carmen, take federal highway 307 towards Tulum and continue until you join the Nuevo Durango – Coba highway. 

The trip usually takes 1 to 2 hours, depending on traffic conditions.

ADO Buses: If you prefer public transportation, you can take an ADO Bus from Playa del Carmen to Cobá. Following a similar route to Cancun, you can buy a ticket to Tulum and, once there, take a colectivo directly to Coba.

Here is the address of the terminals you will find in Playa del Carmen.

How to get to Coba from Tulum?

Finally, if you are in Tulum, you can get to Coba in less than an hour. Unlike the previous destinations, this incredible Magic Town is located only 47 km and 40 minutes away. Which makes it the best starting point for your trip.

How to get to Coba from Tulum
Archaeological zone in Tulum

By car or rental car: If you are coming by car from Tulum, be sure to take Federal Highway 109, then take the third exit towards the Nuevo Durango – Coba highway. This way you will have a smooth trip.

If you are not sure of the route, take a look below and find out all the details.

Colectivos: Another efficient way to get there are the colectivos, shared vans that circulate along the main roads in the area. These offer an economical option for travelers and usually leave when they are full. 

To board them, go to the center of Tulum or ask a local for guidance. Also, do not forget that this type of transportation does not have a definite schedule, so you must be aware of their departure. 

Cab Service: You can also take a cab service; however, it is usually one of the most expensive options. Since it is a tourist destination, fares are usually high. Therefore, before leaving, we recommend you to ask the price of the service.

3. Practical tips to get to Cobá

Regardless of which route you decide to take, if you wish to have a smooth trip, we recommend you to take into account the following tips

Cómo llegar a Coba en auto
Travel hassle-free on your own
  • Plan Ahead: Before you start your trip, make sure you have all the necessary information about available transportation options, departure times and any additional requirements you should take into account.
  • Departure Time: If you are traveling by bus from Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Tulum, it is best to reserve your tickets in advance to guarantee your spot.
  • Be prepared for the weather: The weather in the Riviera Maya can be hot, so be sure to bring sunscreen, a hat, water and comfortable clothes for your visit.

Explore the Mayan Train: Coming soon, an exciting option for getting to Cobá will be via the Mayan Train, a project that connects several tourist destinations, including Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

With stations and stops at all of these locations, the Mayan Train will provide a scenic way to get close to Cobá.

4. Explore Cobá and relax at Pischán Restaurant

Now that you know how to easily get to Cobá, it’s time to explore this wonderful destination. Take your time to stroll through the ancient ruins, explore the sacbes (Mayan trails) and immerse yourself in its fascinating history.

After a day of exploring, recharge yourself at Pischán Restaurant, the perfect place to indulge in authentic Mayan cuisine. Located 5 minutes from the ruins of Coba, our restaurant offers an appetizing menu inspired by local flavors and traditions.

From fresh ceviche to lime soup and Poc Chuc, our dishes showcase the best of Mayan cuisine. Sit back, relax and enjoy a refreshing mixology while soaking up the unique ambiance of Coba.

For more information do not hesitate to contact our direct line 998 342 0198, or if you prefer, check out our website.


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