How much does it cost to go to Holbox

Posted on April 30, 2023 by Transfers
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Holbox is a Caribbean island that is part of Quintana Roo and is located north of Cancun. An island paradise that still jealously guards its virgin island charm, its flora, fauna and of course a place where you can even take your pet to enjoy the sea.

So surely you are interested in visiting this place and of course, remember that we have already talked about the island here, here and here. But then, how much does it cost to go to Holbox? Keep reading this article because right now we will give you a breakdown of costs to visit Holbox.

How much does it cost to go to Holbox

If you are planning to go to Holbox you need to consider the costs that usually have to visit this paradisiacal island in the Mexican Caribbean. From the cost of transportation to the cost of food. So, are you ready to get to know it?


Holbox is located 60 km from the city of Cancun and although it seems a very short distance, the reality is that the road has “many curves” and therefore, the transfer time can be from 1 hour and 30 minutes to 2 hours,

Being a “place apart” from the Riviera Maya and Cancun, there is no public transportation service, but there are several ways to get to Holbox and now we will get to know them.

  • Private Transportation: $4,275.00 MXN
  • ADO: $326.00 MXN
  • Bus to Holbox: $316.00 MXN

The above costs are reflected in the cost of the transfer only for the outbound trip, that means that the return trip is a little more expensive, depending on the type of service you choose.

  • Private Transportation: $8,265.00 MXN
  • ADO: $652.00 MXN
  • Bus to Holbox: 632.00 MXN

It is worth mentioning that each of these services has its advantages and disadvantages, for example: The private transfer service to Holbox, although it is expensive: It offers more freedom to come and go to the island without time restrictions and it is totally private.

The shared ADO and colectivo transfers have specific departure and return schedules. In addition, they are shared with other users and if for any reason we miss it, we will have to wait for the next day to return to Cancun.


If you travel in your own car, you must leave it in a private parking lot in the town of Chiquila. As such, Holbox is an island and in order to get there, you have to take a ferry. So, if you are traveling with a car, you will not be able to bring it into the island. So how much does parking cost? The cost of parking is $100.00 MXN.


Regardless of the type of transfer you choose, when you arrive at the port of Chiquila you have to take a ferry to cross to the island and the cost of the ferry is $220.00 MXN per adult.

This cost is only per trip, that means that the round trip will be $440.00 MXN.


Because the island still has its virgin island charm, you won’t find any cars here, so cabs are more like golf carts and the general cost is $40.00 MXN per trip.


Holbox offers camping, hostels and private rooms. There are also luxury accommodations and humble places to spend the night.But what is the maximum and minimum cost to stay here? Here you can find camping and beachfront accommodations for as little as $180.00 MXN per day.

But if you prefer something more private and elegant, you can book a room in a 3, 4 or 5 star hotel and the average cost can be $800.00 MXN per night.


Holbox lives off tourism and that is why restaurant prices tend to be expensive. For example, a meal consisting of a fish fillet, rice, beans and a beer can cost $500.00 MXN.

Pretty expensive, isn’t it? But not in all places it usually has this cost, there are some food places, even in front of the sea that can cost $150.00 MXN for a similar meal or there are some stores where you can buy provisions and save even more.


What would the island be without tours, right? The island offers different tours to get to know more deeply its charm, such as the bioluminescence tour or the 3 islands tour.

Of course, let’s not forget about the whale shark swimming tour or the romantic dinner. Well, the cost of these tours varies depending on which one you want and they are as follows:

  • 3 Islands Tour: $550.00 MXN per person
  • Bioluminescence Tour: $400.00 MXN per person
  • Whale Shark Swim: $2,500.00 MXN per person

There are other tours, however these are the most outstanding.

    Final cost

    Assuming that we are looking to economize as much as possible, the breakdown of expenses and final cost for visiting Holbox in one day is as follows:

    • Transportation: $632.00 MXN
    • Ferry: $440.00 MXN
    • Cab: $80.00 MXN
    • Lunch: $300.00 MXN
    • Lodging: $180.00 MXN
    • Tour: $1,000.00 MXN

    The total cost to visit Holbox Island is $2,632.00 MXN.

    This is the cost of visiting Holbox Island, this is clearly considering that you will require lodging and you will take at least 2 tours. However, this can be more or less, depending on the type of transportation, if you find accommodation or not and even if you decide to bring your own provisions or not. Therefore, it has to be taken as a budget estimate and not a necessary expense to visit this wonderful Mexican Caribbean island.