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Should you rent a car in Cancun?

 

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Although many cities in Mexico have a substantially longer history, since the 1970s, Cancun has grown extensively around the tourism industry. This a destination which was largely developed around the car. Needless to say, airport transfers here are easy enough to come by. There are plenty resort shuttles travelling around and between the main hotel areas. However, no visit to Cancun can ever really do the area justice without also visiting some of the other coastal areas which are nearby and also venturing inland within the Yucatan Peninsula. In particular to visit the world heritage sites at Chichén Itzá.

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Why do you need a car in Cancun ?


  • Felxibility to explore the Yucatan on your own terms.
  • No rail service in or around Cancun.

foot-in-mouth Why not? Visiting Cancun without a car

Why don't you need a car in Cancun ?


It’s also worth pointing out that many of these historic sites can also be done as part of a packaged day trip, but they are much harder to do by scheduled bus. Although there are various different scheduled bus services to and from Cancun, there is no rail service in this part of Mexico.

  • Most places can still be visited using taxis, local buses, coaches or organised tours.
  • No car needed for any beach activities.
  • Daily first class buses to Chichén Itzá will take you there in around 3 hours. You can also take cheaper, slower and less comfortable standard bus services or collectivos (large minibuses).

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Should you rent a car in Cancun? On balance, Cancun is the sort of destination where our advice leans towards getting a hire car, but it’s certainly far from essential – verdict yes.

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Do you or don't you need a car in Cancun ?

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Acapulco

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Whether or not you want to actually go loco down in Acapulco, this is not a part of the world that is served by trains in any shape or form. Acapulco has little to offer in terms of cycling facilities or walking trails, so to get around, you are going to need to use motorised road transport of some form.

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  • Acapulco is a relatively densely packed city, constrained by hillsides to the east and the coast to the west, and all of the major resorts are actually relatively close to each other. There’s a perfectly adequate bus service serving Acapulco, and taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap. There are also plenty of activities based around the beach and waterfront environment, so driving isn’t really necessary.

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Why do you need a car in Acapulco ?


Why do you need to rent a car in Acapulco?

  • Public transport is poor outside of the city.
  • No trains or trams of any kind – not within the city, and not to other cities.

Venturing inland from Acapulco

  • Acapulco is a good starting point for Mexican West Coast road trip.
  • For visitors who want to start exploring further afield and who want to take a road trip inland, then a hire car becomes a lot more useful.
  • Scheduled coach services are available, but they are primarily aimed at providing intercity service between major urban areas, rather than for touring.

foot-in-mouth Why not? Visiting Acapulco without a car

Why don't you need a car in Acapulco ?


  • For all the beach and resort stuff, a hire car is never really going to come into the equation – it’s much better just to stick to buses, walking and taxis.
  • Plenty to do within the city, especially around the beaches.
  • No real need for a hire car if doing planned excursions.

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Do you need a car in Acapulco? On balance, our Acapulco car hire advice is that there isn’t really any need to get a rental car here. Acapulco is the type of destination where there’s a lot more going on within the city than there is around it. If you do choose to hire a car in Acapulco, you might prefer to focus on a single day rental. You should pick up and return your car in resort, rather than at the airport. Acapulco car hire tends to be reasonably comparable in value to other coastal resort destinations in Mexico.

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Do you or don't you need a car in Acapulco ?