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How much does the entrance to Chichen Itza cost?

Do you want to know how much it would cost you to enter the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza?

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The entrance to Chichen Itza if you are a foreign visitor is $643 pesos mxn per person

If you are a Mexican citizen and have an INE credential or passport, the price is $285 pesos per person from Monday to Saturday

We are not the archaeological zone, but we go to Chichen Itzá every day, so the information is always updated

Mexican Citizens with INE or Passport

$285.00 MXN

  • Monday to Saturday $285 pesos mxn
  • Sunday FREE
  • Kid's Price (3-12 years) $95 MXN
  • It is mandatory show INE o Passport
  • This fee only applies to mexican citizens

Foreign visitors

$643.00 MXN

  • Foreign adult price +12 years $643 MXN
  • Kid's price (3-12 years) $95 MXN
  • Foreign visitors only have this rate
  • They only accept payments in national currency

Here is some very important information about Chichen Itza

1.- What types of payment do you accept to buy the entrance to Chichen Itza 2024 - UPDATED -

They accept Mexican pesos; you can pay in cash or with a credit / debit card

2.- It is possible to pay the entrance to Chichen Itza with a credit card

You can pay by credit or debit card, however they only accept Visa or MasterCard

Payment by credit or debit card will be made in two separate charges for the different government agencies

3.- I am at the entrance of Chichen Itza, but I only bring dollars or euros. What I can do?

There is an exchange rate company at the main entrance, where you can change your dollars or euros, however, the exchange rate is generally very bad, as they know that you have no other option but to change there

4.- How can I pay the entrance to Chichen Itza?

If you pay in cash: They only accept national currency (Mexican pesos) or credit / debit card. (They only accept visa or MasterCard)

5.- Why do I have to pay in two different places to pay the entrance to Chichen Itza?

The entrance to Chichen Itza is divided into 2 parts.

  • Federal payment to the Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico
  • State payment to the government of the state of Yucatan

6.- What day is the entrance to Chichen Itza free?

The government of Mexico in its desire to encourage culture among its citizens on Sundays does not charge access to the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza

Only applies to Mexican citizens with INE voter ID or passport

If you are a foreign citizen, I am sorry to inform you that you would pay the foreigner rate, even if it is Sunday

7.- What is needed to enter Chichen Itza?

You only need to pay your entrance to the archaeological zone, however there are certain restrictions.

Please check the restrictions tab

8.- Is the purchase of tickets required in advance?

It is not necessary, however, buying tickets in advance saves you time (no waiting in line)

9.- Where can I buy Chichen Itza tickets?

Chichen Itza tickets can be purchased at the ticket office of the archaeological site from 08:00 a.m. to 04:00 p.m.

  • Infants 0-2 years old do not pay
  • Children 3-12 years old pay the child rate, whether they are nationals or foreigners.
  • Over 12 years old pay adult rate

The archaeological zone of Chichen Itza opens every day from 08:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m.

  • It is strictly forbidden to climb the main pyramid or any temple in the archaeological zone.
  • Only water is allowed (if they allowed food, a lot of garbage would be generated, and the problem of wildlife would be aggravated)
  • Access with pets is not allowed.
  • No GoPro, Drones or Tripods allowed (for GoPro and tripods it is necessary to buy a permit)
  • The service hours are from 08:00 am to 05:00 pm
  • The custodians of the archaeological zone reserve the right to check the bags or belongings of the people who enter.
  • Smoking is not allowed inside the archaeological zone.

The entrance to Chichen Itza includes you

  • Access to the archaeological zone
  • Bathrooms
Does not include
  • Drinks or food
  • Guide service (can be hired at the entrance)
  • Parking (there is parking inside and outside the archaeological zone)
  • Souvenir shops
  • Bathrooms
  • Restaurant at the entrance
  • Bookstore
  • Guide services (different languages)
  • Parking lot
  • Place to store luggage
  • Mini museum

Only on Friday, Saturday and Sunday Chichen Itza offers a light show that lasts approximately 1 hour

Important: The light show can be canceled due to weather or force majeure

Function Hours: 7:00 p.m.

Ticket sales at the box office starting at 1:30 p.m.


Friday & Saturday

  • Cultur $383 mexican pesos
  • INAH $325 mexican pesos
  • Total $708 pesos per person


  • INAH $325 mexican pesos

Consult the website https://www.nochesdekukulkan.com.mx/ for more detailed information

Bring Mexican pesos::

  • Greater acceptance: Although some shops and tourist services can accept payments in US dollars, the official currency of Mexico is the peso. In general, you are more likely to find greater acceptance and ease of payment if you carry the local currency.
  • Fairer rates and prices: By using Mexican pesos, you are less likely to be charged unfavorable exchange rates or given an unfavorable exchange rate when making purchases or paying for services. By using the local currency, you can get fairer prices and avoid additional commissions.
  • Flexibility and Convenience: Having Mexican pesos gives you flexibility and convenience during your visit to Chichen Itza. You will be able to make payments faster and without complications, especially in small businesses, local restaurants or when buying souvenirs.
  • Transportation and tips: If you plan to use local transportation services, such as taxis or buses, it is likely that you will be asked to pay in Mexican pesos. In addition, it is common to tip in pesos, especially to tour guides, drivers or service personnel.
  • Less risk of scams or confusion: Using Mexican pesos reduces the risk of confusion or scams related to the exchange rate. By paying directly in pesos, you'll know exactly how much you're spending and won't depend on conversions at checkout.

Hire a guide: Consider hiring the services of a licensed tour guide. A guide will be able to provide valuable information about the history, architecture, and cultural aspects of Chichen Itza. This will help you better understand the meaning of the structures and get the most out of your visit.

Bring sunscreen and insect repellent: The weather in Chichen Itza can be hot and sunny, especially during the summer months. Be sure to bring sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's rays and an insect repellent to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes or other insects.

Hydrate and bring water: It's important to stay hydrated during your visit, as heat and humidity can quickly exhaust you. Carry a bottle of water with you and drink constantly to stay cool and avoid dehydration.

Wear comfortable shoes: Chichen Itza is an extensive archaeological site, and you will probably spend several hours walking and exploring. Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy shoes, such as sneakers or comfortable sandals, to avoid foot discomfort.

Respect the rules and regulations of the place: Chichen Itza is a historical and culturally important site. Make sure to respect the established rules, such as not climbing the structures, not touching the engravings or not damaging the monuments. This will contribute to the conservation of the site and keep it accessible for future visitors.

1.- How long is it from Cancun to Chichen Itza?

The time it takes to get from Cancun to Chichen Itza can vary depending on the means of transportation you choose and traffic conditions.

By Car: If you are driving from Cancún to Chichen Itza, the fastest way is taking the Cancún – Mérida highway and you should be arriving at Chichen Itza between 03:00 and 03:30 depending on the traffic at the exit of Cancún

Check this map https://goo.gl/maps/zQcUiUk58o9ZpFer5

The distance from Cancun to Chichen Itza is 203 kilometers / 126 miles

2.- How long is it from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza?

The time it takes to get from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza can vary depending on the means of transportation you choose and traffic conditions.

There are two ways to get to Chichen Itza from Playa del Carmen

The distance from Playa del Carmen to Chichen Itza is 214 kilometers / 133 miles

3.- What time is it from Tulum to Chichen Itza?

Tulum is one of the large cities in Quintana Roo that are closest to Chichen Itza

From Tulum to Chichen Itza on the free highway it takes approximately 02:00 hours, check this map https://goo.gl/maps/XWVs5ep7PSbHAEG58

The distance from Tulum to Chichen Itza is 149 kilometers / 92.6 miles

4.- How long is it from Valladolid to Chichen Itza?

From Valladolid to Chichen Itza the approximate travel time is 30-45 minutes check this map https://goo.gl/maps/PtXZMVWqGdpAV6P87

La distancia desde Valladolid a Chichen Itzá son 42 kilómetros / 26 millas

Recuerda que estas estimaciones de tiempo son aproximadas y pueden verse afectadas por factores como el tráfico, las condiciones de la carretera y las paradas adicionales durante el recorrido. Siempre es recomendable planificar con anticipación y considerar un margen de tiempo adicional para imprevistos.