Getting To Isla Mujeres From Coz
Posted 14 November 2011 - 07:54 PM
Posted 14 November 2011 - 09:26 PM
This is the 'puddle jumper' airline that services Cancun/Cozumel. Flew with them once from Coz to Cancun - took about 15 minutes and cost around $75.00US one way about 3 years ago. Nice SMALL plane, didn't feel afraid at all. Once you got to Cancun, you could arrange transportation to Isla from there. This would be the quickest way I know of.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 10:34 PM
Mayair is a good option to get to the Cancun airport and their prices have been around $50 each way. There are a couple of companies that you could book transfers from airport to ferry terminal. For about triple the regular cost, if the times work, you could cut the travel time in half. Easiest and cheapest is to take ferry to Playa, take ADO bus to downtown Cancun and then catch a taxi to ferry. It wouldn't be bad if you're spending the night, but a day trip to Isla would be work.
Ferry and then bus to Cancun isn't bad, I just got to hate it myself after about 30-40 trips. The Mayair flight is a scenic flight, I have only flown with them once, but have dozens of trips on the previous puddle jumpers. Maybe go using Mayair for the experience and then return by regular means of bus and ferry.
Posted 14 November 2011 - 11:43 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:58 AM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 09:55 AM
In answer to your question, why? There are two posters on other forums that claim to love the bag drag trip. One person had a Cozumel to Cancun flight cancelled about 15-20 years ago, he doesn't remember the reason why, but he regards the ferry and bus option to be more of a sure thing. He has never experienced a delay on the highway as I have (going to Cancun, not the airport)where a major accident or a huge military security operation can cause a several hour delay. (How about that world summit conference at the Moon Palace last year, visiting heads of State and International dignitaries backed up traffic for miles.)
The actual cost to the average person is about double to fly vs ferry and bus. If you have local discount ferry plan locale and a Mexico over age 60 half price bus fare, the difference in price is larger. Some people are cheap, some are very frugal with their money.
To me the rational more logical reason to not fly Mayair is a general fear of flying and especially being uncomfortable flying small planes. I had a recreational pilot father who flew as a hobby. I have flown "bush planes" in both South and Central America as well as numerous flights in small planes in Alaska. Mayair uses I believe 20 passenger planes. I worked for a local puddle jumper airline in Alaska, we flew very small three and five passenger planes. I learned that many people had never flown on small planes before and some could be apprehensive, especially in bad weather.
I dealt with flying in to Cancun dozens and dozens of times. Out of all the trips I have made over the years, I have only flown into Cozumel Internationally a half dozen times. My trips did not involve one week vacations, but stays on the island for months or years between trips. I can deal with the bag drag coming to Cozumel, but before living here, I could always arrange my Cancun departures to allow flying to the Cancun airport from Cozumel. I did the bag drag to Cancun for the first time five years ago.
I'm frugal, you could say I am cheap as I watch my budget on annual cost of living, to me, I'd gladly pay double, I'd pay triple to avoid the ferry bus hassle which is easy enough. Over the years, about 95% of my International flights, besides the airfare price being $300-500 dollars more to fly to and from Cozumel directly, the trips often involved multiple layovers. I did pay $350 extra one time for a direct flight to/from Cozumel that the travel time was the same to Cancun.
Mayair has not been charging extra for baggage above their limit of 50lbs, but they will. If you have extra baggage and over weight, that too can add to the cost of flying.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 01:40 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:05 PM
Looks like Maya Air to CUN and take the ferry from there is the most practical solution. Now I have another question. With the airfare only $50 from CUN to CZM, why does anybody EVER do the bag drag on the ADO and ferry? They're practically the same price.
Or you like a nice boat ride with music and beer?
Wishing I was retiring to Cozumel.....
Posted 16 November 2011 - 02:12 PM
I don't have a problem with the bag drag because as soon as I land and feel the tropical air, I'm on vacation....I'm not in a hurry. Yes, I would prefer to fly direct into and especially out of Cozumel, but the $avings and availability of flights into Cancun have trumped it. Also I often take advantage of it by doing different things, like spending time in Playa or Isla Mujeres when landing in Cancun.
With the airfare only $50 from CUN to CZM, why does anybody EVER do the bag drag on the ADO and ferry? They're practically the same price.
I drink to forget, but I eat to remember.... so it all balances out
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Posted 16 November 2011 - 03:15 PM
There's lots of exceptions and depending on your situation, but Mayair is a now a major option for many while some preach a doom and gloom and try to scare people away from their service. I have heard of people paying between $75 and $90 for round trip is their travel involved some code sharing partners. My $48 dollar price was the full, regular price reserved and paid online two days prior to travel. For most people (tourists) they haven't charged extra for weight, but they made a strong point of telling me that they most likely would the next time.
If you are just going to Cancun for shopping and not an International connection, then the ferry and bus will most likely be a better choice. I just tire of hearing people that try to talk people out of it. It is like they have such an emotional hangup, they take personal offense.
I can deal with dragging the bags from Cancun, been there, done that dozens of times, but every single chance I could I flew to the airport for my return. We used to have half price discount cards for AeroCaribe, for business people only, not the general public. That was sure a blessing and cost saver when we had a bunch of business meetings at the Cancun airport. The wife and I happened to be flying on the day before service ended in 2002 (?). If we had to catch an early morning flight out of Cancun, I never will accept a departure before noon and 2:00PM is better, we'd fly to Cancun and stay the night. When you are dealing with multiple layovers, airline changes and 20 hour plus trip times, every little bit that eases the start the better. When I have to ferry and bus to the airport and still arrive two hours plus before departure, I find it a blessing to depart from Cozumel.
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