Palenque is located in Chiapas, the most southern state in Mexico.
Drive time is 2 hours from the Villahermosa airport, 12 hours from Cancun, 6 hours from Merida, 5 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas, 2.5 hours from Bonampak, 3 hours from Tonina.


NEW!  There are now non-stop commercial flights from Mexico City directly into the Palenque airport!  Thursdays and Sundays on Interjet Airlines.

There are a number of ways to get to Palenque.  The closest international airport to Palenque is in Villahermosa (2 hours away by car). 

-- Fly into Villahermosa and take a taxi to Palenque (around $100), or if you're joining a MayaSites tour you will be met by a MayaSites driver at the Villahermosa airport and transferred to Palenque. United Airlines has daily non-stop flights from Houston and there are several non-stop flights a day from Mexico City to Villahermosa on Aeromexico and Interjet Airlines.

-- Fly into Cancun, take a 1 hour non-stop flight to Villahermosa on Vivaaerobus.  Flights only run certain days of the week, but the cost is really low -- as little as $150 roundtrip.  From the Villahermosa airport you can take a taxi to Palenque (around $100) or take a taxi to the bus station in downtown Villahermosa (around $25) and from there take a 2nd class bus to Palenque (around $10).

-- By car:  Approximate drive times to Palenque are 12 hours from Cancun, 6 hours from Merida, 5 hours from San Cristobal de las Casas.

--- Fly into Cancun and take an overnight 2nd class bus to Palenque, about a 14 hour ride and costs around $45.  Or, take a very comfortable overnight 1st class bus, about a 12.5 hour ride and costs around $75.

-- From Tikal (Guatemala) you can get to Palenque by land and boat. Travel either by public bus or private car to the Mexico border, take a fun long boat ride across the river and then go by land to Palenque. If done by private car or van the trip takes around 7 hours.

For more info about travel to Palenque phone toll free 7 days a week at 877-620-8715, or outside the U.S. (1)505-255-2279, Or e-mail us [email protected].  Or, visit our Palenque Excursions page.

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