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If you need a taxi to get somewhere from your hotel, you can either ask your hotel´s receptionist, who should have a cell phone or a radio to call the taxi center in the pueblo, or you can just stand out on the coastal highway and flag one down (this is often faster, especially in the high season, when there are more taxis around). To get a taxi in Tulum pueblo, either flag one down on the main avenue, or head straight to the taxi center, across the street from Don Cafeto near the beginning (north end) of the pueblo.
There are also buses that travel between Tulum and Playa Del Carmen. There are various classes. The first class ones have a/c and don’t stop along the highway to pick up passengers, they head straight to their destination. The second class buses will sometimes make a lot of stops along the highway to pick up additional passengers, making the ride a little longer. There are terminals in both towns where you can purchase tickets (Tulum has one main terminal in the pueblo, and a smaller terminal near the ruins). The first class buses fill up faster, as they are much quicker. You can take the other buses in the same way as the colectivos, with similar fares.
The easiest (and cheapest) way to get around is by Colectivo. These are little white vans that go up and down the highway between Playa Del Carmen and Tulum every 10 minutes or so. The fares range depending on how far you want to go, but the most you should pay is 25 pesos (about $2.50USD), most of the time you pay 15 pesos. You just stand on the edge of the highway in the direction you would like to go, and if there is room in the van the driver will flash their lights. All you do is wave and they will pull over. Tell the driver where you would like to go, and he will drop you there. You pay him as you exit. You don’t have to worry about having exact change, as they usually do, but big bills are probably not a good idea. Collectivos are primarily used by locals, so flashing large amounts of cash is not wise. Also be aware, they drop you off only along the highway, so for some places that are a long ways off the road ie) Yal Ku Lagoon, Tulum Ruins, you may want to consider a taxi. They charge a lot of money, but some people prefer them as they take you directly to where you want to go.Get the price before you get in. They are usually set fares, and there’s not really any negotiating involved.
Bicycles may be rented in Tulum pueblo, or at Punta Piedra cabanas on the beach. They are an inexpensive way to get around to the ruins, Tulum pueblo, or to many of the area´s cenotes.