There are 5 ways to get from Mérida to Tikal by bus, car or shuttle

Select an option below to see step-by-step directions and to compare ticket prices and travel times in Rome2rio's travel planner.

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Bus, drive via Belize City  •  13 h 18 min

  1. Take the bus from Mérida to Bacalar
  2. Take the bus from Bacalar to Belize City
  3. Take the bus from Belize City to Belmopan
  4. Drive from Belmopan to Tikal

$53 - $78

Cheapest option

Bus, drive  •  13 h 40 min

  1. Take the bus from Mérida to Bacalar
  2. Take the bus from Santa Elena to Benque Viejo del Carmen
  3. Drive from Benque Viejo del Carmen to Tikal

$42 - $49

3 alternative options

Bus  •  19 h 24 min

  1. Take the bus from Mérida to Chetumal
  2. Take the bus from Chetumal to Flores
  3. Take the bus from Santa Elena - Mercado to Parque Nacional Tikal

$65

Drive  •  11 h 27 min

  1. Drive from Mérida to Tikal 455.5 miles

$50 - $80

Bus, shuttle  •  20 h 53 min

  1. Take the bus from Terminal ADO Mérida CAME to Dziuché
  2. Take the bus from Dziuché to Bacalar
  3. Take a shuttle bus from Bacalar to Flores
  4. Take the bus from Santa Elena - Mercado to Parque Nacional Tikal

$49 - $69

Questions & Answers

The cheapest way to get from Mérida to Tikal is to bus and drive which costs $750 - $950 and takes 13 h 40 min.

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The quickest way to get from Mérida to Tikal is to drive which costs $950 - $1500 and takes 11 h 27 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from Mérida to Tikal. However, there are services departing from Mérida and arriving at Parque Nacional Tikal via Chetumal and Santa Elena - Mercado. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 19 h 24 min.

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The distance between Mérida and Tikal is 417 km. The road distance is 728.8 km.

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The best way to get from Mérida to Tikal without a car is to bus which takes 19 h 24 min and costs $1224.

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It takes approximately 13 h 18 min to get from Mérida to Tikal, including transfers.

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Mérida to Tikal bus services, operated by Clase Europea, depart from Mérida station.

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Mérida to Tikal bus services, operated by Horario De Buses, arrive at Parque Nacional Tikal station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Mérida to Tikal is 729 km. It takes approximately 11 h 27 min to drive from Mérida to Tikal.

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There are four+ hotels available in Tikal. Prices start at $100 USD per night.

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  • Distance: 260.8 miles
  • Duration: 13 h 18 min

What companies run services between Mérida, Mexico and Tikal, Guatemala?

You can take a bus from Mérida to Tikal via Chetumal, Flores, Santa Elena - Mercado, and Parque Nacional Tikal in around 19 h 24 min.

Bus operators
Clase Europea
Phone
+52 (999) 924 - 42 - 75
Email
gerenciaturismo@claseeuropea.com, contacto@claseeuropea.com
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Mérida to Bacalar
Ave. Duration
3 h 30 min
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
viajeros.com
Bus from Mérida to Chetumal
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$24
Schedules at
viajeros.com
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Bacalar to Belize City
Ave. Duration
4 h
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$10 - $29
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$21 - $29
Economy
$10 - $15
James Bus Line
Phone
(++501) 662-4475
Email
hickatee@gmail.com
Website
hickatee.com
Bus from Belize City to Belmopan
Ave. Duration
1 h
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$8
Schedules at
hickatee.com
San Juan Travel
Phone
+502 7926 0042 / 79248018 / 55542218 / 55541719
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Chetumal to Flores
Ave. Duration
11 h
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$35
Schedules at
belizebus.wordpress.com
Horario De Buses
Website
thebusschedule.com
Bus from Santa Elena - Mercado to Parque Nacional Tikal
Ave. Duration
2 h
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$6
Schedules at
thebusschedule.com
J&J Bus Line
Bus from Santa Elena to Benque Viejo del Carmen
Ave. Duration
5 h 35 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$10
Schedules at
belizebus.wordpress.com
Autobuses Mayab
Phone
55/5133-2424 or 01800/702–8000
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Terminal ADO Mérida CAME to Dziuché
Ave. Duration
2 h 22 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $10
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Bus from Dziuché to Bacalar
Ave. Duration
2 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$6 - $9
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
Marlin Espadas
Phone
+52 983 837 32 29
Email
marlinespadasmexico@gmail.com
Website
marlinespadas.net
Shuttle from Bacalar to Flores
Ave. Duration
10 h 30 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$30 - $45
Schedules at
marlinespadas.net
Book at
marlinespadas.net

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