Mayan ruins of Tulum Opening Hours
LAST UPDATE: MARCH 5, 2023
Visiting Tulum ruins is one of the top things to do during your stay in Riviera Maya. With over 1 milion of visitors each year, Tulum ruins is the second visited archeological site of Mexico, after Chichen Itza (Yucatan State). Here the Tulum opening hours and useful info to prepare your next visit!
Tulum Opening Hours & Practical Info:
All days 8am – 5 pm, last admission allowed 4pm.
Entrance fee for tourists:
- 90 pesos per person for the Ruins entrance INAH ticket.
- 58 pesos per person for the Tulum National Park CONAP bracelet (mandatory to access the ruins), free for less than 12yo.
- 50 pesos per person for the shuttle to access the entrance if you don’t want to walk 10 minutes from the parking area (available as of 9am), free for less than 6 yo.
- 100 pesos for the parking
Tip: You must bring cash in pesos (they don’t often have change) and they don’t accept USD, Euros or debit/credit cards.
What is the best time to visit the ruins?
Early morning visit if the best to avoid crowds and heat. 8am-10 am is the best time to enjoy the ruins. End of day 3-5pm is also great but it might be very hot walking, especially in spring-summer time.
Should I go for a guided visit?
Yes! You have very few information available if your visit the ruins on your own. You will find some boards with building names but not a lot of information about the Mayan civilization.
Options to hire a guide: you won’t have issue to find a guide but to avoid scams and make sure you have a great experience, we recommend:
– Hire an official guide at the entrance of the ruins site (they offer private – group visits in several languages, count 600-1500 pesos depending on service for a 30/40 minutes visit)
– Book an excursion, once again many options available:
Advantage of taking an excursion is that you don’t need to go to the ruins by yourself, no need to drive as you get transportation from your hotel. Also, booking a tour allows you to add other activities during the day.
Then, you need to choose between group tours or private tours. Group tours can easily be booked from your hotel (keep in mind that in general hotels subcontract tour operators, you end paying intermediaries and experience/inclusions may vary from the tour description your hotel provides), while you will usually book private tours from small businesses operating online.
Taking a private tour has many advantages such as avoiding crowds, not sharing the transportation with other travelers, and getting the full private guided visit at your own pace! Read more about the Tulum Private Tours available.
Covid Sanitary Rules (2020-2021):
After closing a few months in 2020 due to Covid, the mayan ruins of Tulum re-opened in September 2020 following the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTCC) recommendations, under the Safe Travels protocols.
- Face mask mandatory during the full visit
- Temperature check at the entrance with hand gel
- Physical distance to respect for the line entrance and while visiting the site.
- Individual groups of max 10 people or guided tours with 9 people maximum per guide
- 2,000 visitors maximum per day