Driving from Cancun to Chichén Itzá is fairly easy, the roads are in good shape and has good signage. If you’re up for a mini road trip and sightseeing in Mexico, renting a car to Chichén Itzá can be a great option. The advantage is that you’ll be on your own schedule and can make multiple stops – there are many cenotes along the way!
There are two routes you can take. If you’re on a budget and you’re not tight on time, avoid the main toll road and drive up the 307. The drive will take slightly longer, just under three hours. There’s still a toll on this road (about 75 pesos each way) but it’s significantly cheaper than the other route.
The 180 toll road will cost you 254 pesos each way and will cut the drive down to 2 hours and 15 minutes.
Remember to fill up your tank! There aren’t a lot of gas stations along the way.
Once you’re at Chichén Itzá, you can opt to hire someone at the entrance for a guided tour of the ruins (the entrance fee doesn’t include a guide). It’s the perfect way to learn about the history and significance of Chichén Itzá. Alternatively, bring a guidebook and explore the site at your own pace!