Cancun International Airport: How To Stay Safe & Navigate It

Cancun’s airport is the gateway to the Yucatan Peninsula. But before you arrive at your Caribbean resort, it’s important to familiarize yourself with Cancun International Airport’s four terminals and how to stay safe. 

I’ve flown into and out of Cancun over a dozen times. I’ll share the top things you need to know to ensure a smooth and safe experience. 

About The Cancun International Airport

The Cancun International Airport debuted in Quintana Roo state in 1974, corresponding with the year when Cancun’s first hotel opened.  Nowadays, hotels in Cancun abound — as does the traffic around the airport — with tourists coming and going from their vacations. 

Unless you’re staying in Cozumel, Cancun International is the best airport to fly into for beach destinations.  Next is an estimate of how long it will take you to travel from the Cancun airport to popular beach towns in the Yucatan: 

Self-Guided Tours

Cancun’s Hotel Zone: 20 – 30 minutes Playa del Carmen: 50 – 60 minute Akumal: 1 hour Tulum’s Hotel Zone: 1.5 hour

Is The Cancun Airport Safe?

The Cancun airport is a safe place to fly into, as the U.S. Department of State (DOS) doesn’t currently list travel restrictions for Quintana Roo state on their Mexico travel advisory page.  

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