As the capital of Yucatan state, Merida is extremely well-connected by land and air to other parts of the region and the country. It is serviced by the Manuel Crescencio Rejón International Airport, which offers daily non-stop service to major cities in Mexico and international points (Miami, Houston, Habana), and often receives charter flights to and from Europe and Canada. Travelling to Merida is also easy through the International Airport in Cancun (a 4-hour drive from Mérida), which receives a wider variety of flights to and from North, Central and South America, Asia, and Europe.
For ground transport from the Airport to local destinations there are two main options:
1) Taking an authorized taxi cab or van
2) Public transportation
Due to its location, day-trips can be made from Merida to explore either inland Yucatan or the coast. Merida is just two hours from two enchanting and important colonial cities, Valladolid and Campeche,. Those interested in exploring traditional Maya towns, cenotes, and other attractions, can spend a day in the Abalá region, just 30 minutes away. The ports of Celestun and Progreso, located to the west and north of Merida, can be reached in less than 60 minutes. Important archaeological sites, such as Chichén Itzá and Uxmal, are also about 60 minutes away from Mérida. Excellent first-class bus service is available to travel to these sites. Cancun and the Caribbean coast are only 4 hours to the east, but they deserve extra time to fully enjoy all they have to offer.