A Comparison of Ferry Services from Cancun to Isla Mujeres

by Paul Joseph  |  Published July 8, 2024

With just 13 kilometres between them, the Mexican island of Isla Mujeres in the Caribbean Sea makes for a memorable excursion from Cancun.

(Photo: Grupo Xcaret / Courtesy GetYourGuide)

A mere 20-30 minute ferry ride makes journeying from Cancun to Isla Mujeres easy breezy – little wonder that so many make the voyage to enjoy the island’s sun-kissed beaches, coral reefs and ancient Mayan temple every year. If you’re visiting Cancun and would like to fit a trip to Isla Mujeres into your itinerary, we’ve compared some of the best ferry options that run between the two below.

Ferry Tickets to Isla Mujeres

Travellers can pick from a total of 12 departure times, all leaving on the hour, with Xcaret Group, who run and operate daily ferry journeys between Cancun and Isla Mujeres. Leaving from the impressive Xcaret Sea Terminal with its state-of-the-art facilities, passengers will board an ultra-modern ferry where they can make use of onboard WiFi and luggage storage as they make the 20 to 30-minute ferry crossing to the island. Tickets can be purchased as single or round-trip options and both include free access to the Scenic Tower of Cancún located next to the sea terminal. From $15 per person.

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Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to/from Isla Mujeres

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For a more luxurious experience, the Ultramar ferry service from Cancun to Isla Mujeres invites travellers to ride in comfort on a spacious 157-foot JETLINE Class catamaran-type ferry with reclinable leather seating and a host of other impressive on-board amenities across its three decks. Among the most notable are live music, TVs, a play area for kids, a snack bar, and more. Various departures are available throughout the day. There are also both covered and open-air decks and panoramic windows so passengers can enjoy the views as they cruise. Both single and round-trip services are available. From $32 per person.

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Isla Discovery

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If you have the time and budget, you can also combine a ferry trip between Cancun and Isla Mujeres with a full-day tour. Starting in Cancún, you’ll begin your adventure with a relaxing ferry ride, that allows you to admire the landscape from the ferry’s open-air section. On arrival on the island, you’ll quickly step onto the exclusive Dolphin Discovery Beach Club on Isla Mujeres where you’ll get to savour a delicious buffet lunch and drinks from the unlimited bar. Over the ensuing hours, there’ll be opportunities to embark on a guided bike tour of the island and to kick back on Playa Norte, ranked as one of the best beaches in Mexico. Later, you’ll return to Cancun by ferry to bring your tour to a close. From $96 per person.

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