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BUS ROUTE INFO

Travel Isla Mujeres like a local! Jump on and jump off the island’s buses. With 4 routes across the island, each traveling to different parts of Isla Mujeres, this is a great and cheap way to explore and see Mexico’s Caribbean paradise. 

 

Are you coming off the ferry and wanting to head to Punta Sur to enjoy one of its stunning beach clubs for the day? If you’re in no rush to get to your destination on Isla Mujeres and want to save some money to enjoy an extra beer, why not hop onto a bus to take you there?

 

 Isleños Bus is the island’s newest form of public transportation and only bus company. 

They have 4 routes covering the island from the North End to Mid-Island, Punta Sur or Sac Bajo. Based next to Isla Mujeres’ Convention Centre, close to Playa Norte, the buses leave every 10 minutes, passing Playa Centro and stopping by the ferry terminal, before covering the rest of their route. If you are waiting for a bus along with one of their routes, you will need to be patient as they pass approximately every 20 minutes. 

Route information can be found below… 

 

When you jump on a bus, check with your driver to see if they pass your destination and when you can pay for a single ticket from your location to your stop ($1 USD / $20 MXN), or if you are planning on traveling more throughout the day, you can purchase an All Day Pass, their hop on hop off ticket ($4 USD / $80 MXN), valid on any bus journey on that day, across the island, from 7AM - 9PM. Flag a bus down from the main road, get on, pay and press the button or tell the driver when you want to get off. 

 

Buses run across the island from  7AM - 9PM (they are usually all returned to the station at 9PM so be sure to get on before 9PM).

Bus Tickets Available:

 

One-way Tourist Ticket - $1 USD / $20 MXN pesos 

Hop on Hop off Ticket - $4 USD / $80 MXN pesos

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Bus Route 1 Mid- Island (Cancun Side)

If you’re staying in an accommodation Mid-Island, in the colonias (before Punta Sur and Sac Bajo), or are looking for a spot for lunch outside of the north downtown area and Punta Sur, or even if you’re wanting to visit a spot along this route (e.g. Chedraui Supermarket, the Women’s Beading Cooperative, Madera Art Gallery), this is the perfect route for you. 

This route goes along the main road (Avenida Rueda Medina) from Playa Norte, stopping at the Ultramar ferry terminal, and going straight down the Cancun side of the island until the island’s general hospital, here it goes left, and down the Caribbean road and through Salina Chica, back to downtown Isla Mujeres.

BUS ROUTE 1

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Bus Route 2 Mid- Island (Caribbean Side)

If you’re staying in an accommodation along the Caribbean side of the island (Mid-Island only - before Punta Sur and Sac Bajo), or are looking for a spot for lunch outside of downtown and Punta Sur, or even if you’re wanting to visit a spot along this route (e.g. Delfino’s Vet Clinic, The Church of Guadalupe, or the Cemetery), this is the perfect route for you. It is the exact opposite route to Route 1 (going the other direction).

This route goes along the main road (Avenida Rueda Medina) from Playa Norte, stopping at the Ultramar ferry terminal, and going left down the Caribbean side of the island, through Salina Chica, to the Church of Guadalupe, to the Cemetery where it turns right, and goes back to downtown Isla Mujeres, along the Cancun side of the island. 

BUS ROUTE 2

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Bus Route 3 Sac Bajo 

Wanting to visit a Zama Beach Club or the Ice Bar on the island’s peninsula of Sac Bajo? Or Maybe you want to take a trip to Isla’s Totuganja turtle farm. This is the route that you will need to take. This route goes along the main road (Avenida Rueda Medina) from Playa Norte, stopping at the Ultramar ferry terminal, and going straight down the Cancun side of the island, past Hacienda Mundaca and right at the roundabout and down to Sac Bajo, turning around at the end Sac Bajo, and following the same route back to downtown Isla Mujeres.  

BUS ROUTE 3

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Bus Route 4 Punta Sur

This is the only bus route that does a complete circle of the island from north to south and back. 

If you’re staying in an accommodation in Punta Sur, or are looking for a great Beach Club to spend the day, or if you want to visit the most southern point of the island, including some great photo opportunities at  Templo Ixchel and the lookout point at Garrafon, then this is the perfect route for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Bus Route Info

Are there specific bus stops I should be waiting at?


Along the main roads on any of the routes, you can wait to flag a bus down. Downtown you can take a bus from close to Playa Norte, next to the Convention Centre where they are based, and also from close to the Ultramar Ferry Terminal (turn right out of the ferry terminal and there will be a representative waiting there who can help you). You can not flag down a bus next to the Taxi Stand or in front of the Ultramar Ferry Terminal.




Can I pay with my card?


No, pay with cash. They take USD or MXN pesos. Try to use smaller bills or coins.




Can I buy a ticket for my entire stay on the island?


No, you cannot buy one for more than a day. However, they do have their Day Passes (which are valid for just one day) for hop on and hop off trips, valid between the hours of 7AM - 9PM.




I want to go to a restaurant in the middle of the island, away from the main road, are there buses that go there?


If you are going to a restaurant in the Colonias, for example, Tonicho’s or Bato’s in La Gloria or La Casa Del Waffle, you will need to push the button or tell the driver where you want to get off close to the restaurant and walk from the main road/route to the restaurant.




I want to get on the Route 4 bus from Punta Sur outside of Nomads Hostel, how long should I wait?


The bus should pass approximately every 20 minutes, however, it may take a little longer. If you are traveling at night, be aware that all buses are returned to downtown Isla Mujeres by 9PM so it may be a little more difficult to get a bus between 8-9PM from this spot.




I want to get on the Route 3 bus from Sac Bajo outside of Zama Beach Club, how long should I wait?


The bus should pass approximately every 20 minutes, however, it may take a little longer. If you are traveling at night, be aware that all buses are returned to downtown Isla Mujeres by 9PM so it may be a little more difficult to get a bus between 8-9PM from this spot.




Do I need change?


Yes, it is better to have change before you take the bus (smaller coins or bills) as the driver.




I use a wheelchair, is the bus accessible?


The bus is not wheelchair accessible, as it does not have a platform or ramp. There are steps to get up onto the bus. We would recommend taking a taxi or renting a Golf Cart.




Can I take my luggage from the Ultramar Ferry Terminal onto a bus to my accommodation along the route?


Yes, this depends on how much luggage you have got and how busy the bus is.




Are animals allowed on the buses?


No, pets are not allowed on the buses. You may see the occasional dog allowed on in a bag (at the driver’s discretion).




I am a solo traveler, is it safe to ride the bus alone?


Yes, it is safe, but as with everywhere, look after your valuables and keep them safe on you.




Does it get hot on the buses in the summer?


All of the buses have AC to keep the passengers cool.




Are there drinks or snacks available on the bus?


No, while some buses through Latin America allow vendors to sell, this is not available on the island buses, there are lots of corner shops around Isla for drinks and snacks.




Can I drink alcoholic beverages on the buses?


Yes, you can eat and drink on the buses.




Can I ask the driver to stop and wait for me while I get off and take a photo?


No, the bus company does have a City Tour available. However, on the normal buses, there are other passengers and you can not get off and get back on straight away, the bus driver will drive away as soon as you get off of the bus.





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