How early should we arrive at the Cancun airport to return home?
I believe the official guideline is two hours. I go with whatever my private transfer company recommends - which is usually between two and three hours (I figure they know local road and airport traffic conditions more than I do).
Cancun airport can be a madhouse. I've personally stood in line to check in for close to an hour and then had a similarly long wait to get through Security. Arriving at the airport two hours prior to departure would have had me making it to the plane by the skin of my teeth. On other occasions, I've breezed through both check in and Security in about five minutes flat.
I prefer to err on the side of caution because the stress (and potential expense) of a missed or nearly-missed flight simply isn't worth that last margarita on the beach to me. Of course, YMMV.
We have always been told 3 hours prior to departure.
According to the official airport website, they recommend 3 hours prior to departure for international flights.
I always split the diff and do 2.5. i cant stand sitting in an airport for 3 hours lol.
yep 3 hours is excessive. However, there are those things that happen.....
That is the time they want people checking in.
I head to the airport 3 hours prior and go for some food at the TGI fridays upstairs and have that last margarita before detox back home.
I stand corrected - clearly, three hours is the official recommendation.
Better to be safe than sorry. We too have been in some horrendous lines. No one wants to go home, but missing your flight is a pain.
Thank You all so much for your wisdom!
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