How to get to Holbox from Cancun?

Posted on May 15, 2023 by Eduardo
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Holbox is a Mexican island located in the Yucatan channel that in recent decades has become a tourist destination for adventure and relaxation. The tours in the island are refreshing and the local food is exquisite, and today we will show you how to get to Holbox from Cancun and in this post we will tell you how to get to Holbox from Cancun.

In a quick summary of everything you will find in this article, we will tell you that to get to Holbox from Cancun or really, from anywhere in the Riviera Maya.

Also before arriving to this paradisiacal island; first you have to go to the maritime terminal of Chiquila and from Chiquila take the Ferry to Holbox Island which has a cost of 220.00 MXM single trip for adults or 440.00 MXN round trip and 160.00 MXN single trip for children and 320.00 MXN round trip.

In addition, there are two ferry companies to cross from Chiquila to Holbox and the first departure is at 5:00 AM and the last departure is at 11:30 PM. It is worth mentioning that the ferry to Holbox leaves almost every 30 minutes.

A little about Holbox

Its climate is warm and its atmosphere is rustic. It has become the sanctuary of a large number of protected species, both flora and fauna. It is a happy and very quiet place, where you will find unpaved streets and charming people.

During the day it is common that all the people attending the island are on the beach, taking advantage of the majestic sun to toast their skins and acquire luminous tans. In the evenings, the center of town offers a variety of entertainment for families and couples.

Holbox Island is a quiet place par excellence. Vacationers enjoy the tranquility of the place and feel comfortable with the local attention. If you want to know how to get to Holbox, I invite you to continue reading this post, where we will show you several ways to get to Holbox from Cancun or from Cancun Airport.

Frequently Asked Questions

Before we get into the article, we will quickly answer some of the most frequently asked questions by our hundreds of readers, passengers and travelers.

How to get to Holbox from Cancun?

To get to Holbox from Cancun you can use private transfer services, cabs, colectivos, buses or your own car. However, you must first take a road trip to the Port of Chiquila and from there take the ferry to cross to Holbox Island.

How much does the ferry from Cancun to Holbox cost?

The current cost of the ferry to Holbox is 220.00 MXN (12 USD) for adults and 160.00 MXN (8.5 USD) for children. This price is for one way or round trip only and the round trip cost is 440.00 MXN (24 USD) for adults and 320.00 MXN (17 USD) for children.

How long does it take to get from Cancun to Holbox?

Between the road trip and the sea trip, it takes about 2 hours to get to Holbox from Cancun.

How much does it cost to fly from Cancun to Holbox?
Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Cancun to Holbox Island.

How to cross to Holbox?

To cross to Holbox you have to take a ferry from the maritime terminal of Chiquila in the municipality of Lazaro Cardenas.

How much does the transfer from Cancun to Holbox cost?

The one way trip from Cancun or from Cancun airport to Holbox costs 229 USD and the round trip costs 439 USD. This cost may vary depending on the number of passengers.

How much does the ADO from Cancun to Chiquila cost?

The cost of ADO to Chiquila is 343.00 MXN (18 USD) and is the cheapest way to travel to Holbox.

How to get to Holbox from Cancun?

If you want to know The only way to get to Holbox Island is by ferry, so there are several ferry companies that offer their services to move people to Holbox Island

They can be found in Cancun or Chiquila. BUT in the same way, you must acquire a means of transport to be able to reach the shipments from where the ferries leave to the Island.

In short you need some way to get from Cancun to the port of Chiquila, which is the place where you “take” the ferry to Holbox Island.


While not an economical option, it is a quick one. A cab or an Uber can take you from Cancun to Chiquila to take a ferry to Holbox Island in 20 minutes. You should take into consideration that the trip from Cancun to Chiquila is approximately 2 hours.

Rent a car

If you are one of those who likes to drive to your destination, you can contact a car rental agency. You can take the intercity route that will take you through various towns, so you can enjoy the local culture. This way, you can schedule your arrival time in Chiquila. An alternative route is the toll road.

ADO buses

You can go to the “ADO” bus terminal in Cancun. There you can take a bus to Chiquila and take a ferry to Holbox Island. There are also collective Vans and Combis that are more economical.


As we have indicated before you can take a ferry from the city of Chiquila to Holbox Island. These ferries leave several times a day. In case you can’t take it you can go sightseeing in the area to make time and wait for the next one. Otherwise, you can stay in a hotel and wait until the next day.

From Cancun there is also a ferry service that takes you to Holbox, however, this trip is a little slower than the options presented above.

Now that you know all the ways to go to Holbox from Cancun, we invite you to read our post that will show you How to get to Tulum from Cancun.