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Merida: Getting to and away

Airport: Manuel Crescencio Rejón Mérida International Airport (MID), which is served by Aeromexico, American Airlines, Aviacsa, Click, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines, Iberia Airlines, Martinair Holland, Mexicana, Northwest/KLM, and United Airlines. +52 (999) 946-1530.


  • North: Federal Highway 261 between Mérida and Progreso (33 km/22 miles, one half hour)
  • South: Federal Highway 180 between Mérida and Campeche (185 km/115 miles, 2 hours), leading to Tabasco, Veracruz, Puebla and Mexico City
  • East: Federal Highway 180 between Mérida, Chichén Itzá (130 km/80 miles, 2 hours) Valladolid (180 km/110 miles, 2 1/2 hours) and Cancún (340 km/210 miles, 4 hours). The Mérida-Cancún toll road (cuota) is a faster but more expensive option than the two-lane highway that snakes through picturesque villages. Toll road Prices: Mérida-Chichén Itzá: MX$71/US$7. Mérida-Valladolid: MX$124/US$12. Mérida-Cancún: MX$338/US$34
  • Southwest: Mundo Maya Highway between Mérida, Teabo, Peto, Yucatán; Felipe Carrillo Puerto, and Chetumal, Quintana Roo (370 km/230 miles, 6 hours)
  • Northwest: Federal Highway 176 between Mérida and Tizimín (185 km/112 miles, 2 1/2 hours)


The most convenient source of information about all 1st class and some 2nd class buses is Tickets can be purchased online by credit card. Credit cards can also be used at Mérida’s first class CAME station, but not at the TAME or other 2nd class stations. Buses from a variety of lines depart from and arrive at multiple stations so be sure you know which one you need.

First Class CAME Station

Address: Calle 70 No. 555, between Calles 69 and 71, Col. Centro

Tel: +52 (999) 924-8391

Toll-free (within Mexico): 01 (800) 702-8000


Bus Lines: ADO, GL, UNO (+52 (999) 928-6230)


  • Yucatán: Valladolid, Chichén Itzá (6:30 and 9:15 am, 12:40 pm; about 2 hours, MX$100/US$10)
  • Quintana Roo: Tulum, Chetumal, Cancún (many, 2:00 am to 12:00 midnight, about 4 hours, MX$268-364/US$27-36); Playa del Carmen (many, 2:00 am to 12:00 midnight, about 5 hours, MX$300-430/US$30-43)
  • Campeche: Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche (many, 1:35 am to 12:00 midnight, about 2 hours, MX$144-170/US$14-17)
  • Tabasco: Villahermosa (many, 12:10 am to 10:25 pm, about 8 hours, MX$446-684/US$45-68)
  • Chiapas: San Cristobal, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Palenque (8:30 am, 7:15, 10:00 and 11:50pm, 7-9 hours, MX$382/US$38)
  • National: Puebla, Veracruz, Mexico City (10:01 am, 2:00, 5:30, 7:16 and 9:15 pm, about 20 hours, MX$1,128-1,338/US$113-134)

Second Class TAME Station:

Address: Calle 69 No. 554, between Calles 68 and 70, Col. Centro

Tel: +52 (999) 920-4444, 924-8391


  • Ruta Puuc bus - Autotransporte del Sur (ATS): daily round trip service to Kabah, Sayil, Xlapak, Labná, and Uxmal. MX$141/US$14. Departs: 8:00am. Returns: 4:30pm
  • ADO: Tel: +52 (999) 928-6230. Cancún, Valladolid, Chichén Itzá, Playa del Carmen, Cobá and Tulum. Web:
  • Lineas Unidas del Sur: Tel: +52 (999) 924-7865. Destinations: Maní, Oxkutzcab (about every hour, 2 hours, MX$40/US$4)
  • Autobuses de Occidente Tel: +52 (999) 928-6230. Destinations: Tizimín, Celestún, Izamal (MX$20/US$2)
  • Autobuses del Noreste: Tel: +52 (999) 924-6355. Destinations: Rio Lagartos, San Felipe

Economic Class:

Address: Calle 69 No. 544, between Calles 68 and 70.

Tel: +52 (999) 923-2287

Destinations: Ticúl, Uxmal, Umán, Escárcega and other destinations on the Yucatán Peninsula.

Progreso and Dzibilchaltun: Autotransportes Mérida-Progreso,

Address: Calle 62 No. 524, between Calles 65 and 67, Colonia Centro

Tel: +52 (999) 928-3965



Destinations: Progreso, Dzibilchaltun ruins

Departures: about every half hour. Monday to Thursday, 5:00 am to 10:00 pm. Friday to Sunday, 5:00 am to 10:30 pm

Price: RT, MX$22/US$2.20. One-way, MX$13/US$1.30

Additional Information: also offers guided tours of regional sites

Hotel Fiesta Americana (Plaza Bonita) Station

Address: Calle 60 at Avenida Colón, Paseo de Montejo (Hotel Zone)

Tel: +52 (999) 920-5523


Lines: Super Expresso, ADO-GL, Uno.

Destinations: nonstop service to Cancún and Playa del Carmen

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