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Mexico City to Cancun drive

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Mexico City to Cancun road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from Mexico City to Cancun. If you're planning a road trip to Cancun, you can research locations to stop along the way. Make sure you check road conditions to double check the weather. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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 Day 1

10:00 am  start in Mexico City
drive for about 2 hours

12:03 pm  Puebla
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:03 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

3:30 pm  Cordoba (Mexico)
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:30 pm
drive for about 3.5 hours

7:49 pm  Coatzacoalcos
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 1 driving ≈ 8 hours
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 Day 2

10:00 am  leave from Coatzacoalcos
drive for about 2 hours

12:14 pm  Villahermosa
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:14 pm
drive for about 2 hours

3:04 pm  Ciudad del Carmen
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 4:04 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:29 pm  Campeche
stay overnight and leave the next day around 10:00 am

day 2 driving ≈ 6.5 hours

 Day 3

10:00 am  leave from Campeche
drive for about 2 hours

12:07 pm  Merida
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:07 pm
drive for about 1.5 hours

2:41 pm  Chichen Itza
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:41 pm
drive for about 2.5 hours

6:04 pm  arrive in Cancun

day 3 driving ≈ 6 hours

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Mexico City to Cancun questions


Where should I stop along the way?

Puebla  (7 answers)
    Puebla  (4 mentions)

Cordoba (Mexico)  (3 answers)

Coatzacoalcos

Villahermosa

Ciudad del Carmen

Campeche  (7 answers)

Merida  (22 answers)
    questions about Merida:
        Accommodations with character in Merida?

Chichen Itza  (20 answers)
    Chichén Itzá  (17 mentions)
    questions about Chichen Itza:
        Anyone been to El Castillo on the Equinox?


What are some things to do in Cancun?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Cancun. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Jenna from Providence asked:
What are the most popular areas to stay in Cancun?  (8 answers)

profile  Tandy from Miami asked:
Free things to do in Cancun?  (5 answers)

profile  Shaina from Hilton Head Island asked:
Anyone know any cool places for nightlife?  (4 answers)

profile  Jordon from asked:
Recomendation for All-Inclusive in Canun?  (4 answers)

profile  John from asked:
Tulum or Chichen Itza - only have time for one, but which one?  (4 answers)

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Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Cancun to Mexico City drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from Mexico City to Cancun. Or get a full Mexico City to Cancun flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend.

And if you know Mexico City well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about Mexico City!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 1,013 miles
driving time of 19 hours, 30 minutes
Cancun is the same time as Mexico City
58 Mexico City travel answers
7 Puebla travel answers
3 Cordoba (Mexico) travel answers
1 Villahermosa travel answer
7 Campeche travel answers
22 Merida travel answers
20 Chichen Itza travel answers
103 Cancun travel answers





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