Tulum, a state in Mexico is a famous tourist site as it is one of the most visited archaeological zones in Mexico. It is also known as the most prized jewel of the Mexican Caribbean.

This beautiful state features white sand beaches, underwater caverns, stunning lagoons, turquoise blue sea and various other natural amenities. As a visitor, you can enjoy peace and serenity with the astonishing ambience.

But, how do you get to the Tulum town in Mexico? Well, you have options to choose highway for reaching the beautiful town however, we will discuss airports in Tulum Mexico where you can land and get there quickly.

Major Airports in Tulum Mexico

There aren’t any commercial airports in Tulum town however, visitors can use three nearby international airports namely Cancun International Airport, Cozumel International Airport and Merida International Airport.

Cancun International Airport 120 kilometres1 hour 36 minutes
Cozumel International Airport81.7 kilometres2 hours 6 minutes (including ferry route)
Merida International Airport276 kilometres3 hours 26 minutes

Note: The distance and driving time are taken from Google Maps including the fastest route with the usual traffic.

Among these three airports, Cancun Int’l Airport is the most feasible airport to reach Tulum because Cozumel Int’l Airport requires a Ferry ride (have to cross the Caribbean Sea) whereas Merida Int’l Airport is too far from Tulum.

So, we will exclude Merida Int’l Airport and focus on Cancun and Cozumel Airport in this article.

Cancun International Airport (IATA: CUN, ICAO: MMUN)

Cancun Int’l Airport is one of the international airports in Tulum Mexico that is situated at an elevation of 20 ft (6 m) above mean sea level (AMSL). It is owned/operated by the Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste and serves the Cancun region in Mexico.

Cancun Int’l Airport (Airports in Tulum Mexico)

CUN is a hub for MAYAir and a focus city for VivaAerobus and Volaris. Covering an area of more than 40,000 square meters, the airport offers commercial services to various domestic and international destinations.

How Far is Tulum from Cancun Airport?

Tulum is almost 120 kilometres away from Cancun Airport for which you require 1 hour and 30 minutes to drive time with the fastest route and usual traffic conditions.

CUN Runway and Terminal Information

Cancun Airport is equipped with two asphalt runways; Rwy 12R/30L and Rwy 12L/30R.

12R/30L11,483 ft (3,500 m)Asphalt
12L/30R9,186 ft (2,800 m)Asphalt

Talking about the terminal infrastructure, the airport features four terminals named Terminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3 and Terminal 4. Terminal 1 holds 7 gates, Terminal 2 has 22 gates, Terminal 3 accommodates 21 gates whereas 12 gates are available in Terminal 4.

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Mera Lounge at Cancun (Airports in Tulum Mexico)

Airlines and Destinations

List of airlines operating to and from Cancun Int’l Airport

  • Aeroflot
  • United Airlines
  • U.S Airways
  • VivaAerobus
  • Volaris
  • WestJet 
  • Air France 
  • TAP Air Portugal 
  • Avianca 
  • Azurair 
  • British Airways 
  • Eurowings 
  • KLM 
  • LATAM 
  • LOT Polish Airlines 
  • Rutaca Airlines 
  • Swoop 
  • Southwest Airlines 
  • Sunwing 
  • TAG 
  • Turkish Airlines 
  • Wingo 
  • Aerocaribe 
  • AeroMexico 
  • Aerotucan 
  • Air Canada 
  • Air Comet
  • Air Europa 
  • Air Tran Airways
  • Air Transat
  • Alaska Airlines
  • Allegiant Air
  • American Airlines
  • American West Airlines
  • Amerijet 
  • Atlantic Airlines 
  • Austrian Airlines 
  • Belair Airlines 
  • Blue Panorama Airlines 
  • CanJet Airlines 
  • Condor Airlines 
  • Continental Airlines 
  • Copa Airlines 
  • Corsair Airlines 
  • Cubana De Aviacion 
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Edelweiss Airlines
  • Euro Atlantic Airlines 
  • Eurofly, First Choice
  • Frontier Airlines
  • Global Air 
  • Iberia Airlines 
  • Iberworld Airlines 
  • Interjet 
  • JetBlue Airways 
  • KLM Northwest Airlines
  • LAB Lloyd Aero Boliviano 
  • Lan Chile
  • Martin Air Holland
  • Miami Air
  • North American Airlines and much more.

For destinations and flight schedules, please visit the official website of Cancun Int’l Airport.

SDF Technical Information

ELEVATION20 ft (6 m)
AREAMore than 40,000 square kilometres
RUNWAY12R/30L (11,483 ft) – Asphalt Surface12L/30R (9,186 ft) – Asphalt Surface
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Cozumel International Airport (ICAO: MMCZ, IATA: CZM)

Cozumel Int’ Airport (CZM) is also among the international airports in Tulum Mexico situated at an elevation of 15 ft (5 m) AMSL. It is owned and operated by the Military of Mexico/Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste.

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Cozumel Int’l Airport (Airports in Tulum Mexico)

Located in Cozumel, Quintana Roo (Mexico), the airport is 81.6 kilometres away from Tulum Mexico. It is a feasible airport to reach Tulum after Cancun International Airport (CZN) however, travellers are required to take a ferry ride to cross the Caribbean sea before reaching Tulum.

Cozumel can be taken as an alternative airport to reach Tulum.

CZM Runway and Terminal Information

Cozumel Int’l Airport features two asphalt runways with the designation Rwy 11/29 and Rwy 05/23. Runway 05/23 is used for the military purpose only.

11/298,858 ft (2,700 m)Asphalt
05/23 (Military Use)10,165 ft (3,098 m)Asphalt

The terminal of Cozumel Airport was enhanced in 2003 and it holds six boarding gates. With this infrastructure, the airport handles more than 500,000 passengers yearly.

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Cozumel Airport Terminal (Airports in Tulum Mexico)

Airlines and Destinations

Air Canada RogueMontrealSeasonal flights to Toronto
American AirlinesDallas/Fort WorthSeasonal flights to Philadelphia, Chicago O’Hare and Charlotte
American EagleAustinSeasonal Flights to Miami
Delta Air LinesAtlantaSeasonal flights to Detroit and Minneapolis/St. Paul
Frontier AirlinesOrlando, Chicago-O’Hare, Denver
MagniSeasonal flights to Monterrey and Mexico City
MAYairMerida, Cancun
Southwest AirlinesHouston-HobbySeasonal flights to Austin and Denver
Sun Country Airlines Seasonal flights to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Dallas/Fort Worth
United AirlinesLos Angeles, Houston-IntercontinentalSeasonal flights to Newark, Denver and Chicago O’Hare
VivaAerobusMexico CitySeasonal Flights to Monterrey
VolarisMexico City
WestJetSeasonal Flights to Toronto 

CZM Technical Information

ELEVATION15 ft (5 m)
RUNWAY11/29 (8,858 ft) – Asphalt Surface05/23 (10,165 ft) – Asphalt Surface


We discovered two major international airports in Tulum Mexico with technical information, general details, airlines and destinations. If you are planning to visit Tulum and enjoy the natural ambience, you can land at any of the two nearby international airports and reach there.

Merida International Airport was also an option for reaching Tulum however, we excluded it as it is far from Tulum and 2 major international airports are located nearby.

Cozumel Int’l Airport is 81.7 kilometres away from Tulum whereas Cancun Int’l Airport is 120 kilometres away. But, you will reach Tulum faster from Cancun than Cozumel because you require a ferry ride from Cozumel Airport. Also, lots of commercial airlines operate numerous passenger flights from Cancun whereas flights are limited at Cozumel.

So, Cancun International Airport is the best option to access Tulum town in Mexico.

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Suman Karki
Suman Karki is the founder of the AviaTech Channel blog and YouTube Channel. He is a passionate aviation enthusiast and holds experience working as a Ground Operations Officer for Swissport International. He is currently serving as a Flight Data Feeder for FlightAware (a US-based company for Flight Tracking). Besides, he has worked as an aviation content editor for various aviation media.


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