The new road from Tulum via Coba to Valladolid is quicker but less traveled, so check your rented car tires and engine prior to taking the drive, if you don't have a mobil phone and you get a flat tire, chances of getting help are drastically reduced compared to the regular more often drived Cancun toll highway to Chichen Itza.
Hope this tip helps.
Many thanks for your comments. I was wary of the road as we hear a lot about the potholes.
My family and I are going to do the same. However, I feel better about taking the bus. First class busses go directly to Chichen Itza from Tulum at 9:30 am and 2:30 pm every day (I believe). The cost is about $7 per person, but we won't have to worry about car trouble. Travel time is about 3 hours. You may want to consider this option as well. Suerte!!
Just wondering if anyone in this forum discussion had any feedback after completing their trips. Most posts here were made around Feb 07, so I'm wondering... how was it? Would love to know what you think is the best way to get to Chichen Itza from Tulum by car.
Would love to hear from anybody who did the trip by car recently too.
Yes, we ended up going from Tulum to Chichen Itza by bus. It goes direct from Tulum to Chichen Itza via Coba and Valladonid. It was ok, but took about 5 hours or so, if I remember correctly. It is just a VERY small two lane highway, but it is paved the entire way. On coming traffic and semis were a little intimidating. Also there were one or two check points / toll booths. They were armed by guards and were stopping traffic, probably to check their documents. I'm sure they can pick out a rental car.
Taking the bus was safe but probably a little slower. I would have preferred to have our own car if I were to do it again. I wouldn't dare do it at night. This is just my opinion. Let me know if you have any other questions.
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