Most vacation packages that include airfare and hotel will also include round-trip airport transportation in the form of a shared van. If you booked airfare and hotel separately, you may need to arrange for your own transportation. Some visitors prefer to not use the shared transportation provided, and purchase private transportation instead (it's a faster method to your hotel).
The three types of transportation services
An inexpensive and efficient way to get from the airport to bus stations located in downtown Cancun, the city of Puerto Morelos, and the city of Playa del Carmen. In most cases, you'll need to catch a taxi from the bus station to your hotel. You can also connect with other bus routes—or use a taxi—to inexpensively reach destinations farther away from the airport.
A moderately-priced service that will transport guests to nearly all hotels in Cancun and the Riviera Maya, as well as the Isla Mujeres and Cozumel ferry docks. The only drawback is that you'll have to wait for other passengers to fill the van before departure (typically quick for Cancun destinations; a little more of a wait for more remote areas), and you'll probably have to wait as the van drops off other passengers along the route. This is the type of service included with most vacation packages.
This is the fastest service available. A driver will be waiting for you upon arrival, and you'll be whisked away to your hotel. More expensive than shared vans for Cancun hotels, but for longer distances the price difference can be minimal (or even cheaper if traveling with four or more people.