Have you booked flights to Cancun in Mexico? If you are already making plans for your trip, make sure you find out which terminal of Cancun International airport you will be landing in, what passenger services are available upon arrival and departure, how to obtain your tourist card to comply with the current travel regulations for foreign visitors and, last but not least, the best ways to arrive safely at your hotel in Cancun. The list below contains valuable tips for first-timers in this holiday paradise.
Mandatory tourist card for travellers visiting Mexico
The current entry immigration form for tourists who want to spend their holidays in Cancun and other areas of Mexico is referred to as Tourist Card. While it has normally been provided by the airline staff before your flight lands in Cancun, today it is most commonly filled out online and printed afterwards. To register, wait until you have your flight details and confirmed hotel reservation and visit Cancun airport’s official website to submit them alongside the passport and contact information that may also be required. Then get a printed copy and do not forget to bring it with you when you fly. Upon arrival, it will be checked against your registered data by an immigration officer, who will stamp it as a sign that you are allowed to stay in the country for a maximum of 180 days.
How to get to downtown Cancun in Mexico
Cancun International airport is about 20 kilometres away from the downtown and the port, and commuting times vary depending on the transportation means you choose although the average journey takes no longer than thirty minutes.
Direct shuttle buses link Cancun airport bus station to Cancun, Merida, Tulum, Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos, and public bus lines departing from the terminals transport arriving passengers to the central bus stations in the downtown; however, they do not reach the resort area. If you have made a reservation to stay in a hotel in Cancun, you are advised to confirm whether they can pick you up at the airport at no extra charge, as is the case with the Courtyard by Marriott, the Comfort Inn airport hotel, the Hampton Inn by Hilton, the Four Points by Sheraton Centro and the Hampton Inn by Hilton.
If you are carrying heavy luggage and consider taking a taxi from Cancun airport, bear in mind that this is not possible because taxi services are not allowed from or to the terminals. Instead, you may rent a car after landing in Cancun airport: the rental car center stays open 24 hours a day all year round.
Cancun International airport: terminals and airlines
Cancun airport in Mexico (CUN) is the second international airport in the country in terms of passenger traffic, only behind Mexico City. It remains operational around the clock 365 days a year and serves as a base for Interjet, Volaris and VivaAerobus. If you are searching for flights to Cancun, you will be able to find seats to fly with holiday carriers and international airlines from destinations in South America, Central America, the United States and Canada and main cities across Europe.
Cancun airport has three passenger terminals connected by a free shuttle service. Aerocaribe and Aeromexico operations are handled in Terminal 1. Terminal 2 is home to some Aeromexico flights and all services by Air Canada, Allegiant, Amerijet, Austrian Airlines, Blue Panorama, Condor, Copa, Corsair, Cubana de Aviación, Edelweiss, Euro Atlantic Airways, Eurofly, First Choice, JetBlue, LAN Chile, Martinair, Miami Air, TAM and Tui. Lastly, Terminal 3 is the building from which flights by Air Europa, Air Transat, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, Delta, Frontier, Iberia, Spirit, Thomas Cook, United, Viva Aerobus, Volaris and West Jet are managed.
Restaurants and shops in Cancun airport
Once you have cleared security, the departures concourse awaits you with a wide range of dining and shopping outlets. Among some of the franchises you will find in Cancun airport we count Burger King, TGI Friday’s Dominos Pizza, Corona Beach Bar, Colombian Coffee, Haggen Daz and Peking Xpress. If you are hungry after a long-haul international flight to Cancun, the arrivals hall also features several restaurants like the Coconuts Bar, the Welcome Bar and the Meeting Point. For a last-minute shopping spree before boarding your plane and fly out of Cancun in Mexico, go to duty free shops like Cinco Soles, Sunglass Island, Ocean Blue and Oprendi, all of them located after the security checkpoints.
Business Lounge in Cancún airport, Mexico
Business class travellers and frequent flyer card holders departing Cancun airport towards an international destination may access the “Mera” VIP lounge, open from 8 am to 9 pm every day of the week. It can be reached from the airside of both terminal 2 and terminal 3. Conferences spaces are available for a surcharge, while complimentary amenities include unlimited Internet connection, WiFi, local telephone calls, satellite TV, flight live info, bar and catering, press and magazines, a kids area and massage chairs.
For longer stays in Mexico, we recommend you secure your hotel reservation well in advance.