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How to move around Merida, public and private transport

When arriving to a new city, the first thing you face while figuring out how everything works where you are, is understanding how to get to your first stop, usually your airbnbhotel or accommodation site. Even if this is easily solvable, the dilemma doesn’t end there… you’ll still be challenged when heading to a restaurant, a tour, bus stations, museums, airport...

Of course, needless to say there is no worldwide standard, not even national nor city-wide, about how to plan and organize a city. Each place showcases its history and (unplanned) growth, leaving you first-comer in the middle of a street, with a map in a best-case scenario, and without knowing if you are pointing to the right direction. Here are some Merida tips to help you reach your destinations with ease.

1. Streets are numbered

Going from North to South street numbers are even, and odd from East to West. You will find most addresses by the main street and signaling its crossings; which use the conjuction “by = por”, and written as “x”.

For example, the Peón Contreras theater is at Calle 60, x 57 and 59.

This mechanism is used throughout the city; however some street numbers are repeated at different neighborhoods, so if you head outside the city center make sure to know the borough.

2. Public transport within the city

Pro: Public transport is safe and connects you to any point in the city. Con: Bus routes, especially bus stops, are almost unpredictable.

Make sure you know beforehand or ask where the bus stop is, where you’ll get off and what route will it follow. Although the routes and stops are defined, they are not necessarily visible and may seem like a hidden-treasure. Most routes start before 6am and end, on average, 11pm.

3. Bike (or walk) within the city

Mérida is a safe, quiet city and it’s easy to travel by bicycle or walking. With 2 exceptions: if you have to commute from one end to the other on the same day more than once, or if you are transiting at noon. Remember heat can be extreme, mainly from April to September.

If you can use a bike, I would say that’s your best option. Many times it is a better to bike than go by car, mainly in downtown since it is much more efficient with stop lights and traffic. To find routes, you can follow Google Maps recommendations. Also remember you can get the exact location of attractions, along with a technical file for each place in Yucatan peninsula: YucatánQuintana Roo (Cancún, Tulum, Playa del Carmen, Chetumal) and Campeche.

4. Taxi and digital platforms

Taxi service in Merida is affordable, and there are several private transportation options. Some of the alternatives are:

  • ryde (use code TWP375), big driver - #consumelocal and support this yucatecan transport platform; you can request the service through facebook or with their app

  • cabify - legally constituted transportation platform in Yucatan, with good service, and which constantly has offers / discounts

  • taximeters - variable rate depending on distance and time

  • taxis - fixed rate

5. Public transport outside of Merida

Yucatan public transport connects the whole state with highways or roads. The only con is that as the state is so big, many bus routes can take quite a while.

You can check out routes details (estimated duration, cost, useful info, etc), how to get by car, and other transport options in the “Map/How to get to...?” section of places or cities

Or see a Yucatan list of public transportation here

Merida has 5 bus stations:

There are also “Colectivos” (vans) services from 5am to several places in Yucatan. These vans are faster than buses and the price is almost the same but, they usually don’t have a schedule, instead their departure is until they are full.

6. Transport and private or specialized services outside Merida

At Wanderlum we can help you find safe services. Even if you are searching for a private experience or if you want a tour or if you are getting on your own, our goal is that you enjoy your stay in Yucatan, being surprised by great adventures you'll experience.

Contact us if you need a car rental or need ideas or search your own adventure:

  • Ecotourism: cenotes (sinkholes), kayaking in mangroves (at sunset or at night), trail biking, rappel (from 15m to 70m), camping, hiking, scuba diving...

  • Cultural: Chichén Itzá, Uxmal, Puuc Route…

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How to get here

Merida has an international airport, highways in excellent conditions which connect all Yucatan, as well as Campeche and Quintana Roo, providing easy commutes from Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Tulum.

Recommendations

[+] Merida is a perfect base point to visit most of Yucatan, and even Campeche.

[+] It is advisable to bring biodegradable insect repellent and sunscreen, and water. Remember heat can be extreme, especially from April to September.

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