Chichen Itza is the crown jewel of the Yucatan Peninsula, difficult not to go to this Wonder of the Modern World. How to get to Chichen Itza by car?

We will see the options to go to Chichen Itza by rental car from the Riviera Maya, an easy and simple way to visit this Wonder of the Modern World.

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The first thing you should know is that Chichen Itza is about an hour and a half away from the Riviera Maya. It will take more or less depending on where your hotel is. We recommend you wake up early because it is a long day.

Chichén Itzá It is, more or less, halfway between Merida and Cancun. Approximately one hour and a half from Mérida, and thirty minutes from Valladolid.

Better rent the car before leaving that day to be able to leave early. The companies that rent a car open around 9 in the morning, you would leave late for Chichén Itzá.

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Which road to take from Riviera Maya to reach Chichen Itza?

From the 307 road, it is the one that runs the Riviera Maya, the road is very well indicated, follow the indications and now. There is payment road or you can go for free, check out these tips for driving around here.

  • Payment or fee road: is taken from Playa del Carmen Or from Cancun. The cost per trip leaves you in about 380 mxn (coin converter). There is direct exit to Chichén Itzá. The road is the 180D.
  • Free road: from Tulum you can go by the free address Cobá-Valladolid (109 road up and then you must take the 108). Since Cancun You can also grab the free one (road 108) towards Valladolid. This road has many buffers, very entertaining. If you are in Playa del Carmen, it is better to go from Tulum. The road towards Cobá that takes you to Valladolid is very good: wide, without stops and well paved.


CHICHÉN ITZÁ SCHEDULES: open daily 8 to 17 hours, diary. The best time to visit it because of the heat and the fewest number of tourists, is to enter at 8. So you know, getting up early is the best idea for me. Closing of ticket offices and entrances at 16:00 p.m.

CHICHÉN ITZÁ PRICE: Chichen has a cost de foreign 481 weights y Mexican 202 pesos (INAH 75 pesos, plus the Cultur payment: 406 pesos for foreigners and 146 for Mexicans and permanent residents). On Sundays, the INAH entrance is free for Mexicans and permanent residents. Access to the archaeological sites is free every day for children under 13 years of age, students, teachers and seniors with valid credentials. PARKING PRICE: 80 mxn per car.

SHOW LIGHT AND SOUND OF CHICHÉN: in winter it is done at 7 in the afternoon, in summer time at 20 hours. PRICE: About 450 pesos per person and the duration is one and a half hours.

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PRICE VISIT WITH SPECIALIZED GUIDE: about 1000 mxn for groups up to 10 people, approximately. The rates are official and the guides are at the entrance offering their services.


Chichén Itzá is one of the largest Mayan remains, so take your time to explore it. Personal rhythms and interests in things are so different that it is difficult to answer this question.

Taking excursions as a reference, where they tend to be stingy at times, they leave between two hours and two and a half hours: one hour with a guide and the rest of the room alone. Three hours in Chichén, they fly by.

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Chichen Itza Archaeological Site, Yucatan, Mexico
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We recommend renting a car in the Peninsula for being a safe and easy place to travel by car. It is one of the topics where we are most asked for advice to travel these lands by car. For us, the car is an excellent option in the sense that it is safe.

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Chichen Itza price by rental car from Riviera Maya

Do your calculations and assess what you want to do according to the information. To go on your own in a rental car does not mean it's cheaper, but you do have more flexibility, that some of us look for that in the trip.

Average rental car: 800 pesos Gasoline from Riviera Maya: 800 pesos Toll road: each way about 380 weights Chichén Itzá entrance: foreigners 481 pesos and Mexicans 202 pesos Guide in Chichen: 800 weights and the parking 80 pesos. Food: 150 pesos per person

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What else to visit on the way to Chichén Itzá?

Most excursions from the Mayan Riviera or from Merida offer an interesting stop along the way, such as a visit to a cenote and the city of Valladolid.

VALLADOLID: On the way you have the colonial city of Valladolid. Since you are going to Chichén Itzá, it is a good opportunity to visit this colonial city, one of the most beautiful in the Yucatan Peninsula. Most organized excursions stop in Valladolid. If you visited Chichén in the morning, you can take advantage of having lunch in Valladolid and strolling around for a while.

Valladolid, Yucatán

CENOTES: you can visit a cenote in the area: You have the Ikkil 5 minutes from the site, the Dzitnup 7 kilometers from Valladolid, even the wonderful Zací cenote in the very center of Valladolid. If you come from Mérida you can visit the beautiful Yokdzonot cenote.

Cenote Samula, Dzitnup, Valladolid
Cenote Samula, Dzitnup

Since you do not know the road and the road is long, you will not have more time. Remember that you have two hours and a half to go back, and it's better than Arrive with daylight at your hotel.

When is the sun in the Riviera Maya?

Quintana Roo, the state where it is located Riviera Maya, It has recently had a particularity with respect to most Mexican states, and it does not change from winter to summer: we do not delay or advance the clock.

This leads us, during winter time, to have a one hour lag from Yucatan, where Chichén Itzá is located. How does this affect you?

In winter time (November to May): it means that leaving at 6:30 in the morning you will arrive at Chichén around 8 o'clock. During these months the sun sets between 6 and 7 in the afternoon.

Summer schedule (April to October): to get to Chichén at 8 in the morning you will have to leave at 5.30:7. During these months the sun sets between 9 and XNUMX at night.

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I hope you enjoy and organize with your information your visit to Chichén Itzá. This is one of the many excursions by car what can you do from Riviera Maya. Drive in a prudent manner and respect the signs.

Good way,

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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