Bahamas Express — Bahamas Express is a company dedicated to maritime transport, that offers fast-ferry service between Port Everglades (Florida) and Bahamas (Bimini and Grand Bahama island). It is owned by the Spanish group Baleària. Call (866) 699-6988 or see www.ferryexpress.com for rates and other information.
For those who want to venture outside of the PuntaCana-Bávaro area and visit the capital, but are unable to rent a car, some choose to board an “Expreso Bávaro” bus, with pick-up locations such as Plaza Verón (a small shopping area for locals between the airport and Bávaro (809-455-1473), and Friusa (a shopping area for locals just outside of Bávaro) (809-552-1678). There are morning and afternoon departure times for this bus. A one-way (three hour) ride from the Punta Cana-Bávaro area to Santo Domingo costs just RD$400 pesos (or US$11.), which make some wonder why the US$35 charge for a 15-minute ride from the airport to the resorts to being with.
Turibus (Mexico City) – in existence since 2000, this double-decker tour bus (Turibus) gives visitors the option of seeing Mexico City’s famed sights in an “hop on, hop off” setting. Since the Mexican capital is massive, there are 4 different intersecting Turibus lines across the city – the primary one (Zocalo to Chapultepec ) runs through the heart of the city, Polanco to the wealthy & modern districts, the southern circuit to Coyacan, and a short Basilica tour.
Turibuses run from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm, and you can catch a bus at any of the official stops and buy tickets on board. Price: MX$160 (adult weekday); MX$80 (children weekday);
Metro (Mexico City) – Mexico City’s answer to New York’s subway is the best way to move around the city. Its network is large enough to get you to the areas visitors need to explore. It is fast, cheap, well connected and easy to use. You can buy single tickets ($5 pesos) in any train station, or a rechargeable card for $10 pesos extra (this card can also be used in the Metrobús). More info on the Metro system can be found on its website: https://mexicometro.org
Uber in Cancún: Uber started operations in Cancún in late 2016, amid strong opposition from local taxi trade unions. By the end of 2017, Uber (whose customer base there grew to 300,000 passengers) temporarily suspended its service in Cancún, due to problem it had with local officials (including being barred from accepting cash from its customers). However, latter Mexican court rulings declared that Uber is a private service and cannot be regulated the same way as traditional taxis are. In June 2019, Uber Mexico announced its resumption of service in Cancún, which is good news for visitors. Nearly two thirds of Uber’s customers were travelers. See the Uber Cancún page for more info: www.uber.com/cities/cancun/
TAXIS (Cancún) – at this tourist enclave, taxis are a popular transport option, although they’re not regulated and cabbies frequently overcharge. If you choose to take a taxi, negotiate the price before getting in the car. Most hotels have taxis on standby, and are easy to hail throughout the Hotel Zone. Also, updated rates are posted in most hotels near the front desk, so that you have a better idea on what the fare should be.
Taxi companies functioning in Cancún:
Cancún Airport Transportation: +52 998 500 2133
Cancún Cab: +52 998 840 0321
Cancún Taxi: +52 998 688 4348
Caribbean Cab: +52 998 398 8256
Discoverymundo: +52 998 275 6289
ESL Transferencias: +52 998 143 9385
Uber in Mexico City: in recent years, Uber has entered the Mexico City taxi market in a big way, bringing much needed competition among pre-existing taxi companies, more safety, and a level of modernization that was non-existent before. The lower cost of using Uber versus the other taxi companies are a big factor in Uber’s popularity among locals.
Uber in Mexico City is SUPER cheap when compared to Uber in New York or Ubers that tourists take in the UK. If you are going from Condesa to Roma, it will probably cost about 40 pesos or just over US$2. If you are going from Polanco or Condesa to the Centro Historico, it might cost up to 65 or 70 pesos, which is about US$4. The most expensive Ubers you will likely take are those from the airport. If you take an Uber from the airport to the city center, depending on what time of day it is, it can cost anywhere between 130 pesos and 200 pesos. That means the most you’ll spend is just over US$10. Check Uber’s Mexico City page for more info: https://www.uber.com/cities/mexico-city/
TAXIS (Mexico City) — There are several types of taxis in the capital, the most common are white. You can pick up a taxi in any avenue or street in the city. However, we recommend you go to the taxi stop (sitio), or you may identify these taxis by the B card they display on the right-hand side rear window of the vehicle with the driver´s data. You may also find tourist taxis at the airport and top hotels.
Taxi companies functioning in Mexico City:
Sitio 300 Yellow Cab: +52 55 5785 7949
Taxi Excelencia: +52 55 5562 8047
Taxis Radio Union: +52 55 5514 7709
Yellow Cab: +52 55 2599 6024
Keys and atolls
For those whose final destination is this tourist-friendly beach resort area (which faces the Caribbean), simply getting from Belize City to these locations is an adventure unto itself, with water taxi service being the more budget-friendly option (those with more cash to spend can fly from Belize City to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker on turboprop air services like Tropic Air (www.tropicair.com) and Maya Island Air (www.mayaislandair.com).
Those arriving from Belize City can take a water taxi to this part of the country. Those going to Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker (for example) can take the Caye Caulker Water Taxi service (http://cayecaulkerwatertaxi.com) (US$10/adult, US$5/child) from Belize City’s Marine Terminal (near the Swing Bridge); those going to San Pedro can take the San Pedro Belize Express water taxi (www.belizewatertaxi.com) (US$15/adult, US$7.50/child). There is a service called Coastal Xpress (www.coastalxpress.com), which provides services up and down North Ambergris Caye (between Amigos del Mar pier in town and Blue Reef Island Resort in the north – with stops and pick-ups on demand at all private docks and seaside hotels & restaurants). Fares range from BZ$8 to BZ$40 (with weekly passes available).
Another water taxi service, San Pedro Water Taxi (www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com) provides service between Belize City and Caye Caulker (BZ$24/one-way) and between Belize City and San Pedro (BZ$35/one-way).
Taxis within San Pedro – since this is the main town in this part of Belize, taxi (cars) are plentiful here (ranging in price betwee BZ$6 to BZ$10).
Note on Caye Caulker: here, chauffeured golf-carts replace taxis. You can rent a golf cart for the day for about BZ$100 (about US$51 ). Those staying at Ambergris Caye are also advised to rent a golf cart or bike for getting around within that area.