There are 6 ways to get from Cancún to Mexicali by plane, bus, train or car

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Fly to Mexicali  •  8 h 1 min

  1. Fly from Cancun (CUN) to Mexicali (MXL) CUN - MXL

$93 - $367

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Fly to Tijuana, bus  •  10 h 8 min

  1. Fly from Cancun (CUN) to Tijuana (TIJ) CUN - TIJ
  2. Take the bus from Tijuana International Airport to Mexicali

$146 - $1,339

Bus via Gómez Palacio  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Cancun Terminal ADO to Puebla CAPU
  2. Take the bus from Puebla CAPU to Gómez Palacio
  3. Take the bus from Gómez Palacio to Mexicali Bus Terminal

$224 - $388

Bus TAP  •  2 days 20 h

  1. Take the bus from Cancun to Mexico City Cancún-México
  2. Take the bus from Mexico to Mexicali, MX

$144 - $279

Bus, train  •  3 days 5 h

  1. Take the bus from Cancun to Mexico City
  2. Take the bus from México Central Norte to San Antonio
  3. Take the train from San Antonio Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
  4. Take the bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street 95
  5. Take the bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Mexicali Bus Terminal

$282 - $685

Drive  •  2 days 0 h

  1. Drive from Cancún to Mexicali 2637.9 miles

$350 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from Cancún to Mexicali is to fly which costs $1700 - $7000 and takes 8 h 1 min.

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The quickest way to get from Cancún to Mexicali is to fly which costs $1700 - $7000 and takes 8 h 1 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Cancún to Mexicali. However, there are services departing from Cancun Terminal ADO and arriving at Mexicali Bus Terminal via Puebla CAPU and Gómez Palacio. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 19 h.

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The distance between Cancún and Mexicali is 3096 km. The road distance is 4220.7 km.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Mexicali without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 19 h and costs $4200 - $7500.

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It takes approximately 8 h 1 min to get from Cancún to Mexicali, including transfers.

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Cancún to Mexicali bus services, operated by ADO, depart from Cancun Terminal ADO station.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Mexicali is to fly which takes 8 h 1 min and costs $1700 - $7000. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $4200 - $7500 and takes 2 days 19 h.

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There is no direct flight from Cancun Airport to Mexicali Airport. The quickest flight takes 6 h 10 min and has one stopover.

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Cancún to Mexicali bus services, operated by Greyhound Mexico, arrive at Mexicali Bus Terminal station.

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Map of how to get from Cancún to Mexicali.
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  • Distance: 1935.2 miles
  • Duration: 8 h 1 min

What companies run services between Cancún, Mexico and Mexicali, Mexico?

Viva Aerobus, Aeroméxico and two other airlines fly from Cancún to Mexicali hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from Cancún to Mexicali via Puebla CAPU and Gómez Palacio in around 2 days 19 h.

Airlines
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
9 h 38 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$100 - $390
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Guatemala City, Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
9 h 54 min
When
Tuesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$110 - $440
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Mexico City, Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
10 h 34 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$100 - $400
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana
Ave. Duration
4 h 53 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
7 h 17 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
7 h 52 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 2 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$130 - $1,200
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 9 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Leon/Guanajuato
Ave. Duration
7 h
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Flights from Cancun to Tijuana via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
7 h 13 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 10 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$85 - $340
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
8 h 5 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Villahermosa, Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
9 h 15 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $360
Flights from Cancun to Mexicali via Tuxtla Gutierrez, Monterrey
Ave. Duration
9 h 30 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$90 - $370
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 1-800-872-7245
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Antonio Amtrak to Yuma Amtrak
Ave. Duration
23 h 4 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$150 - $450
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$150 - $230
Flexi Coach Seat
$270 - $390
Business Coach Seat
$310 - $450
Room
$600 - $850
Bus operators
ABC
Website
abc.com.mx
Bus from Tijuana International Airport to Mexicali
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$12 - $18
Schedules at
reservamos.mx
Book at
reservamos.mx
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Cancun Terminal ADO to Puebla CAPU
Ave. Duration
24 h 30 min
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$65 - $95
Economy
$60 - $95
Bus from Cancun to Mexico City
Ave. Duration
28 h 15 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$65 - $100
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Puebla CAPU to Gómez Palacio
Ave. Duration
15 h
Frequency
3 times a day
Estimated price
$65 - $120
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$65 - $95
Full Fare
$85 - $120
Regular Price
$106
Internet Discount
$90
Greyhound Mexico
Phone
01-800 890 6821
Website
greyhound.com.mx
Bus from Gómez Palacio to Mexicali Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
25 h 50 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$95 - $160
Schedules at
greyhound.com.mx
TAP
Website
tap.com.mx
Bus from Mexico to Mexicali, MX
Ave. Duration
39 h 20 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$80 - $180
Schedules at
tap.com.mx
Confort
$120 - $180
Grupo Senda
Phone
US: (81) 8151 5253, México: 1 800 733 7330
Website
ticket.gruposenda.com
Bus from México Central Norte to San Antonio
Ave. Duration
21 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
ticket.gruposenda.com
Diamante
$60 - $90
Ejecutivo
$101 - $107
YCAT
Phone
+1 928-783-2235
Website
ycipta.org
Bus from 3rd Street @ Gila Street to 2nd Ave and B Street
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 20 minutes
Estimated price
$2
Schedules at
ycipta.org
Tufesa
Phone
7022546899
Email
serviciosvegas@hotmail.com
Website
tufesabus.com
Bus from San Luis Río Colorado to Mexicali Bus Terminal
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $14
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GotoBus
Plus
$6 - $10
Platinum
$10 - $14
Ejecutivo
$10 - $14

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Mexicali is 3 h behind Cancún. It is currently 4:52 PM in Cancún and 2:52 PM in Mexicali.

Yes, the driving distance between Cancún to Mexicali is 4221 km. It takes approximately 2 days 0 h to drive from Cancún to Mexicali.

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Aeroméxico, Viva Aerobus and Volaris offer flights from Cancun Airport to Mexicali Airport.

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There are 45+ hotels available in Mexicali. Prices start at $39 USD per night.

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The best way to get from Cancún to Cancun Airport is to bus which takes 30 min and costs $70 - $400.

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