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Cancun Airport Guide

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In this section you will find traveller airport reviews as well as our Cancun Airport Guide with info on WiFi, lounges, facilities and services....and yes, even the names of some airport hotels in case you decide that sleeping in the airport is not for you!

Please be careful, I have an iron stomach but after eating something at the airport my husband and I both got violently ill. - a traveller

Airport Overview

To help you plan your layover or overnight sleepover, we are here to give you the low-down on Cancun Airport.

What to Expect

  • Cancun International Airport has three terminals; the airport is expanding because it has become the busiest point of entry to Mexico. Terminal one has seven gates, terminal two has twenty-two gates and terminal three has fifteen gates.
  • The domestic terminal shuts down around 10-11 and the bathrooms at midnight, the international terminal is clean and safe.
  • Aggressive porters
  • This is a major travel destination with many tourists so the airport can be loud and busy with long customs waits.
  • WiFi is available, although the connection can be poor at times. See WiFi in the airport guide below.

Where to Sleep

  • If you are sleeping in Cancun Airport overnight, bring a blanket, pillow, and sleeping pad if possible. Terminal 1 has virtually nowhere to sleep. Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 have padded seats with armrests. Terminal 2 has a few double seats where you can stretch out if you aren’t too tall. Keep an eye on your luggage while sleeping in Cancun Airport or use one of the lockers, which aren’t very expensive. This is a bright and loud airport, a sleep mask/eyeshades and earplugs would be helpful for an overnight stay.
  • For uninterrupted sleep, there are hotels near the airport that provide free airport transfers. See Airport Hotels in the airport guide below.

Good to Know

  • The distance between the three terminals is too far to walk. You can take an overpriced taxi ride between the two, or the free shuttle bus, which comes around every 30 minutes. Airport staff can direct you to it.

For more information about the services and facilities available, scroll down to continue exploring our Cancun Airport Guide. Send us your airport tips to help us keep this information up to date.


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Cancun Airport Information

In this guide we may refer to locations as "landside" and "airside". Landside is the public area of the terminal located in the non-secure zone, before security. Airside is the secure area of the terminal that you must reach by going through security.

Airport Lounges

Pay-per-use, Single Visit Passes & Lounge Memberships

Regardless of what class of service you are flying, there are lounges that you can enter by paying at the door, purchasing a lounge pass or through a lounge membership program. Visit the individual lounge page for more details (ie. facilities, hours, pass and membership information):

» Buy a Lounge Pass

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Airport WiFi / Internet

WiFi is available at Cancun Airport for a fee.

Pro-Tip: "Do not pay for the airport wifi, it is unusable. I didn't get a chance to investigate if the Starbucks in terminal 3 has free/paid wifi - this might be something to look into." (traveldoc, June 2016)

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Airport Hotels