Cancun to Isla Mujeres Ferry Information [2023]

Looking for information about the Cancun ferry to Isla Mujeres? How long does it take? Where can I take it? What are the options? How much are they? We are going to talk about them in this article.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres Ferry
The view at Cancun to Isla Mujeres Ferry

Have you been searching for the best options to travel to Isla Mujeres from Cancun? Probably you have found that there is a Ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres available and that’s why you are here looking for more information. Here I am going to explain to you the options, prices and my opinion.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres Ferry Options, Costs, and Schedules

First, we need to know that there are different ferry companies. I personally recommend you choose the one that best fits your needs, not the price. As some of the Isla Mujeres Ferry docks have no parking available, or it has no public transportation. So if you have a car and there are no parking lots it can be dangerous and more expensive; or there is no public transportation, so to grab a taxi back to your hotel is going to be more expensive than your whole trip to Isla Mujeres itself.

Before I start with all the information I also leave here three alternatives for the Isla Mujeres Ferry. They are from Viator which offers payment options and flexible cancellation policies.

Where is the Ferry to Isla Mujeres?

You can find Isla Mujeres ferry docks pretty much anywhere in Cancun Bay area. But listing them there are locations:

  • Punta Sam. This is the best location if you are staying in Costa Mujeres or Playa Mujeres. Some hotels are within walking distance from here. Although this is one of the first locations ever, it’s becoming famous now.
  • Puerto Juarez. The most famous dock as you can find almost all ferry companies here. It became really famous because this is the location that locals use. And it use to be cheaper for tourists too. NOT ANYMORE! So, if you are trying to save some bucks, just use the closest dock. However, if you are bringing a car, this is the ferry dock with parking available. (Also now the one in Zona Hotelera Km.4 Playa Linda)
  • Cancun Hotel Zone. In Cancun Hotel Zone you can find also all companies in different locations. One in Playa Linda, one in Playa Tortugas, and one in Playa Caracol near the Party Center.

How long is the ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres?

The ride from Cancun to Isla Mujeres is from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the location you choose. The schedules to Isla Mujeres vary, but it runs every 30 minutes from 6:00 to 00:00. Each company has its own schedule but they are pretty much similar.

  • Punta Sam & Puerto Juarez. These are the fastest ones, it takes from 12 to 15 minutes. If a fisherman tells you it’s the same time as the ferry, don’t listen, it’s not true.
  • Cancun Hotel Zone. As these docks are located further, the ride goes from 25 to 40 minutes depending on the weather conditions.

How much is the ferry to Isla Mujeres

The Ferry to Isla Mujeres cost starts from $15 USD roundtrip. But, as I described before, it really depends on the location and the service itself.

  • Ultramar. Roundtrip prices start from $23 USD for an adult and $15 USD for children.
  • Xailing. Roundtrip prices start from $29 USD for an adult
  • Jetway. Roundtrip prices start from $20 USD for an adult

What’s the Best Ferry from Cancun to Isla Mujeres

In my opinion, the best one is Ultramar. Some years ago I roasted them in this article because they were having very bad practices when they were a monopoly. But they have more schedules open (06:00 to 00:00) and more locations.

The schedules are every hour from 6:00 to 00:00. But it changes depending on the location. Find the locations here.

You can check the full schedule and prices on their official website here.

Cancun to Isla Mujeres Marinsa Ferry

Marinsa Ferry is the cheapest way to go to Isla Mujeres for students and locals. Prices from Cancun to Isla Mujeres Ferry start from 2 USD! For locals, it is $4 USD roundtrip. And, it has a discount for Mexicans as well. The price for tourists is the same as Ultramar’s. It is located at Puerto Juarez. 500 meters from Ultramar Puerto Juarez.

I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s old and slow.

The schedule is every hour from 6:15 to 21:15.

Once you arrive at Isla Mujeres you can rent a Golf Cart or make so many other activities. Remember that the ferry to Isla Mujeres is only a shuttle, but there are options such as All-inclusive tours.

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