Ferries to Isla Holbox
Only a short boat ride to the island
By Ferry from Chiquilá to Isla Holbox
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Now it is almost done! Arrived in Chiquilá, a (former) small fishing village, it continues to the port. There are two ferry companies that cross to Holbox Island every 30 minutes. The first ferry leaves at 6:00 am and the last at 9:30 pm (as of August 2023).
Tickets for the ferries
It doesn’t matter if you take the “Holbox Express” or the “9 Hermanos” ferry, the duration and the price are the same for both. Currently, the ticket costs 220 MXN (about 13 USD or 10 GBP) and after a travel time of about 25 minutes you will arrive at the port of Holbox.
You can buy the tickets directly at the pier at the counters next to the small supermarket. If you are traveling by ADO bus, it is also possible that tickets will be offered on the bus during the trip for the same price. If you prefer to book your tickets online in advance, you can do so conveniently at Bookaway. It can be even cheaper and you will avoid the often long queues at the ticket counter.
Boarding is only possible a few minutes before the scheduled departure. While luggage is loaded in the front part of the ship, passengers can board in the rear part. There is an air-conditioned interior and an open upper deck. If the weather is bad, it is better to go inside, where it can be a bit noisy due to the blaring advertisements on the monitors. Otherwise, you’ll be fine on the top deck, where you can also enjoy the beautiful view. Do not underestimate the strong sunlight here, and apply a good sunscreen, even if the crossing is only short.
Arriving at the port of Holbox Island
After the ferry has docked at the port of Holbox and you have disembarked, it is best to line up for a taxi in the large covered waiting area of the harbor. It doesn’t take long to be assigned a golf cart taxi. There are very few cars on the island. Depending on the distance and time, the taxi will cost you about 100-200 MXN (approx. 6-12 USD or 5-10 GBP) and will bump you along the sandy, potholed roads, as you will not even find paved roads here.
The longed-for accommodation can be reached in a few minutes from the port, no matter where it is located. Now you can relax and refresh yourself after the long journey.
Impressions from the crossing
From the departure in Chiquilá to the arrival in the port of Holbox:
Overnight in Chiquilá
If you are unlucky enough to miss the last ferry, or if the weather is exceptionally so bad that there is no ferry, you will have no choice but to spend the night in Chiquilá. Near the harbor are the Hotel Pelicano and Casa Mary, and about 0.6 mi from there are the Mayan Villas and the much more modern Villas Yalahau and Villas Ixchel. The prices are about 37-65 USD (28-52 GBP) and you should not expect too much comfort. The choice of restaurants and their quality is also very limited. It is best to go to bed early and catch one of the first ferries the next morning.
Return from Holbox to Chiquilá
Ferries also run in the opposite direction every 30 minutes. The first ferry from Holbox to Chiquilá leaves at 5:00 am (the second only at 6:00 am) and the last at 8:30 pm. Of course, there may be variations depending on the season and weather conditions. Short term changes are usually announced first on the Facebook pages of Barcos Holbox Express and 9Hermanos Holbox. It is recommended to check these pages in case of doubt. You can also conveniently book your return tickets online in advance.
Review of the Journey
Here you can go back to the previous sections of the journey:
Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions about ferries to Holbox: