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There are 9 ways to get from San Diego to Cancún by plane, ferry, bus, train or car

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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Fly Tijuana to Cancun  •  7 h 51 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Cancun (CUN) TIJ - CUN

$144 - $1,374

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Fly San Diego to Cancun  •  9 h 14 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Cancun (CUN) SAN - CUN

$195 - $454

Fly Tijuana to Cozumel, ferry, bus  •  12 h 9 min

  1. Fly from Tijuana (TIJ) to Cozumel (CZM) TIJ - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
  3. Take the bus from Playa del Carmen to Cancún

$176 - $718

Fly San Diego to Cozumel, ferry, bus  •  12 h 16 min

  1. Fly from San Diego (SAN) to Cozumel (CZM) SAN - CZM
  2. Take the ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
  3. Take the bus from Playa del Carmen to Cancún

$367 - $1,218

Bus ACN Autobuses  •  2 days 8 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana Buenavista to México Politécnico 1385 Puebla-Ensenada / ...
  2. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun México-Cancún

$163 - $213

Bus Autobuses Elite  •  2 days 19 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
  2. Take the bus from Guadalajara to Mexico Central Norte
  3. Take the bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna Ado
  4. Take the bus from Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna to Cancún Terminal ADO

$193 - $317

Bus TAP  •  2 days 21 h

  1. Take the bus from Tijuana to Mexico
  2. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun México-Cancún

$149 - $299

Train, bus  •  3 days 9 h

  1. Take the train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
  2. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station
  3. Take the bus from San Antonio to México Central Norte
  4. Take the bus from Mexico City to Cancun

$335 - $846

Drive  •  2 days 1 h

  1. Drive from San Diego to Cancún 2845.9 miles

$380 - $550

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The cheapest way to get from San Diego to Cancún is to bus which costs $160 - $220 and takes 2 days 8 h.

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The quickest way to get from San Diego to Cancún is to fly which costs $140 - $1,400 and takes 7 h 51 min.

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No, there is no direct bus from San Diego to Cancún. However, there are services departing from San Diego, Ca and arriving at Cancun via Tijuana Buenavista and Mexico City. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 2 days 8 h.

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The distance between San Diego and Cancún is 2033 miles. The road distance is 2845.9 miles.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Cancún without a car is to bus which takes 2 days 8 h and costs $160 - $220.

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It takes approximately 7 h 51 min to get from San Diego to Cancún, including transfers.

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San Diego to Cancún bus services, operated by ACN Autobuses, depart from Tijuana Buenavista station.

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The best way to get from San Diego to Cancún is to fly which takes 7 h 51 min and costs $140 - $1,400. Alternatively, you can bus, which costs $160 - $220 and takes 2 days 8 h.

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The quickest flight from Tijuana Airport to Cancun Airport is the direct flight which takes 4 h 28 min.

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San Diego to Cancún bus services, operated by ADO, arrive at Cancun station.

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Map of how to get from San Diego to Cancún.
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  • Distance: 2032.8 miles
  • Duration: 7 h 51 min

What companies run services between San Diego, CA, USA and Cancún, Mexico?

Volaris, Interjet and two other airlines fly from San Diego to Cancún hourly. Alternatively, you can take a bus from San Diego to Cancún via Tijuana Central Bus Term, Mx, Tijuana Buenavista, México Politécnico, and Mexico City in around 2 days 8 h.

Airlines
Volaris
Website
volaris.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun
Ave. Duration
4 h 28 min
When
Wednesday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
6 h 32 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Leon/Guanajuato
Ave. Duration
6 h 31 min
When
Thursday and Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Puebla
Ave. Duration
6 h 39 min
When
Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 54 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
6 h 53 min
When
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Estimated price
$200 - $2,800
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
9 h 8 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Monterrey
Ave. Duration
10 h 55 min
When
Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
12 h 14 min
When
Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Culiacan, Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 55 min
When
Sunday
Estimated price
$240 - $950
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Phoenix
Ave. Duration
7 h 6 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Miami
Ave. Duration
8 h 19 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Chicago O'Hare
Ave. Duration
9 h 4 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Philadelphia
Ave. Duration
10 h 39 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Charlotte
Ave. Duration
10 h 54 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $1,100
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Miami
Ave. Duration
11 h 41 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$400 - $2,200
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Dallas/Ft.Worth
Ave. Duration
15 h 38 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$330 - $1,900
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston
Ave. Duration
6 h 19 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Los Angeles
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Francisco
Ave. Duration
8 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Washington Dulles
Ave. Duration
10 h 20 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$290 - $1,600
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Los Angeles, Houston
Ave. Duration
15 h 35 min
When
Tuesday and Friday
Estimated price
$380 - $1,900
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via San Francisco, Houston
Ave. Duration
16 h 3 min
When
Tuesday
Estimated price
$450 - $2,200
Interjet
Website
interjet.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 33 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$180 - $2,500
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
9 h 36 min
When
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$330 - $2,400
Southwest Airlines
Website
southwest.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Houston Hobby Apt
Ave. Duration
6 h 35 min
When
Monday to Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Denver
Ave. Duration
8 h 20 min
When
Saturday
Estimated price
$280 - $1,000
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via San Antonio
Ave. Duration
10 h 10 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$250 - $900
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from San Diego to Cancun via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
9 h 42 min
When
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$200 - $850
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Atlanta
Ave. Duration
12 h 10 min
When
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Estimated price
$430 - $2,500
Viva Aerobus
Website
vivaaerobus.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$150 - $650
Aeroméxico
Website
world.aeromexico.com
Flights from Tijuana to Cancun via Mexico City
Ave. Duration
6 h 47 min
When
Every day
Estimated price
$210 - $4,000
Mayair
Website
mayair.com.mx
Flights from Tijuana to Cozumel via Cancun
Ave. Duration
7 h 5 min
When
Wednesday
Estimated price
$230 - $900
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Los Angeles, Cancun
Ave. Duration
7 h 40 min
When
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Estimated price
$370 - $1,900
Sun Country Airlines
Website
suncountry.com
Flights from San Diego to Cozumel via Minneapolis
Ave. Duration
13 h 55 min
When
Friday
Estimated price
$360 - $1,200
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
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from San Diego Santa Fe Depot to Los Angeles Union Station
Ave. Duration
2 h 58 min
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Antonio Amtrak Station
Ave. Duration
28 h 50 min
Frequency
6 times a week
Estimated price
$180 - $550
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$180 - $270
Flexi Coach Seat
$320 - $460
Business Coach Seat
$380 - $550
Room
$700 - $1,000
Bus operators
Transporte Foráneo Cancún-Playa del Carmen
Phone
(52) 998 8886990
Website
taxistascancun.com
Bus from Playa del Carmen to Cancún
Ave. Duration
1 h 15 min
Frequency
Every 10 minutes
Estimated price
$2 - $3
Schedules at
taxistascancun.com
ACN Autobuses
Phone
(01)66429904887
Email
clientes@acnautobuses.com
Website
acnautobuses.com
Bus from Tijuana Buenavista to México Politécnico
Ave. Duration
28 h 26 min
Frequency
Twice daily
Estimated price
$94
Schedules at
acnautobuses.com
ADO
Phone
+52 800 369 4652
Website
ado.com.mx
Bus from Mexico City to Cancun
Ave. Duration
24 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $100
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$65 - $95
Bus from México Central Norte to Playa del Carmen Alterna
Ave. Duration
25 h 45 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $110
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$70 - $100
Economy
$60 - $95
Bus from Playa del Carmen Terminal Alterna to Cancún Terminal ADO
Ave. Duration
1 h 10 min
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$3 - $23
Schedules at
ado.com.mx
First
$16 - $23
Economy
$5 - $8
Autobuses Elite
Phone
01 800 507 5500, 57290807
Website
facebook.com
Bus from Tijuana to Guadalajara
Ave. Duration
30 h 25 min
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$95 - $105
Schedules at
estrellablanca.com.mx
Primera
$96
Primera Select
$104
Primera Plus
Website
primeraplus.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico Central Norte
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$39 - $44
Schedules at
viaje.primeraplus.com.mx
Regular Price
$44
Internet Discount
$40
Omnibus de Mexico
Website
odm.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico City North Bus
Ave. Duration
6 h 30 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$26 - $40
Schedules at
odm.com.mx
ETN
Website
etn.com.mx
Bus from Guadalajara to Mexico Central Norte
Ave. Duration
6 h 45 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$35 - $60
Schedules at
etn.com.mx
Web Advance
$35 - $50
Full Fare
$40 - $60
Regular Price
$48
Internet Discount
$44
Grupo Senda
Phone
US: (81) 8151 5253, México: 1 800 733 7330
Website
ticket.gruposenda.com
Bus from San Antonio to México Central Norte
Ave. Duration
21 h 5 min
Frequency
Once daily
Estimated price
$60 - $120
Schedules at
ticket.gruposenda.com
Diamante
$60 - $90
Ejecutivo
$100 - $105
Ferry operators
Mexico Waterjets
Phone
9878721588
Email
datos@mexicowaterjets.com.mx
Website
winjet.mx
Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$2 - $9
Schedules at
winjet.mx
Book at
winjet.mx
Regular
$9
Local
$3
Ultramar Ferry
Phone
01 998 881 5890
Email
info@ultramar.com
Website
ultramarferry.com
Ferry from Cozumel Port to Playa del Carmen Ultramar Ferry Port
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $12
Schedules at
ultramarferry.com
Premium Plus
$9
First Class
$12
Plan Peninsular (Residentes en Yucatán, Campeche)
$6
Plan Quintana Roo (Residentes Q.Roo)
$4
Barcos Caribe
Phone
01 987 120 3982
Email
contacto@barcoscaribe.com
Website
barcoscaribe.com
Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen
Ave. Duration
40 min
Frequency
Hourly
Estimated price
$3 - $7
Schedules at
barcoscaribe.com
Book at
barcoscaribe.com
ADULT
$7
Quintana Roo Residents
$4
Yucatan Peninsula Residents
$6

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Cancún is 3 h ahead of San Diego. It is currently 11:39 PM in San Diego and 2:39 AM in Cancún.

Yes, the driving distance between San Diego to Cancún is 2846 miles. It takes approximately 2 days 1 h to drive from San Diego to Cancún.

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

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There are 1197+ hotels available in Cancún. Prices start at $30 USD per night.

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The best way to get from San Diego to San Diego Airport is to line 992 bus which takes 9 min and costs $2 - $3.

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