Mérida Medical Tourism
All the resources you need to create your personal Mérida medical tourism experience
There are many hotels in Mérida for every budget, including US based brands and other options that are unique to Mérida.
Here are two we recommend for clients receiving services at Star Médica.
This new modern boutique hotel is in the safe and predominantly North American ex-pat community, of Garcia Ginerés. This area has wonderful artisan local shops, multiple restaurants and wellness spas.
Directly across the street from the Star Médica medical campus, this beautiful property is a favorite for many visitors coming to Mérida medical tourism procedures.
Required Travel Documents
- To board an international flight you will need a valid passport.
- Please check with your airline carrier to familiarize yourself with their specific requirements for luggage and other details including wearing a face covering.
- Helpful guidelines and international travel tips are also available from the US Department of State.
- To enhance your personal Mérida medical tourism experience, be sure to carry with you a list of people to contact in case of emergency and we will ask you to provide that information to us as part of your file.
Airline Flights to Mérida
There are several direct flights to Mérida from these carriers depending on the hub city.
- United Airlines
- American Airlines
There are direct flights to Cancún from many US cities. Cancún is approximately a 2.5 – 3 hour car trip and a 4 – 5 hour bus ride to Mérida.
Airline Pricing Options
Mérida is serviced by several carriers including Delta, United, American and Areomexico. Average round trip pricing from markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Miami can range from $350 to $520 per person. Prices also vary based on time of travel. The most popular time to visit Mérida is from December to March.
To search flights from your departing location, SkyScanner is a helpful source.
Bus Connection from Cancun
- There is a safe luxury bus service to Mérida from the Cancun Airport from ADO.
- ADO Schedule to Centro Mérida: Click here.
Rent a Car
- To rent a car in Mérida, Cancún or other towns in the Yucatán, you will need a valid drivers license and proof of automobile insurance, if you own a car in the US.
- If you don’t own a car you can purchase insurance as you would in the US.
- Car rental options at the Mérida and Cancún airports, can be found.
Taxi & Shared Ride Services
Taxis, Uber, Lyft and other shared ride services are plentiful and easily accessible throughout Mérida. Finding options is easy via the same ride share apps used in the US or flagging down a local taxi when available on the street.
Another helpful resource is Ride Guru, which offers estimated costs by shared ride providers based on searched location. This is a wonderful pre planning tool to use when you might have questions about specific appointments and the availability of ride share options in that area in advance of your appointment.
We also facilitate vans and private transit services for small groups that may not be able to be accommodated by area ride share or taxi companies.
We encourage you exchange some of your US dollars to Mexican pesos at your local bank or currency exchange before you travel. This is recommended as a safety precaution in case you need pesos when you first arrive and may not be able to find an open location to exchange dollars upon arrival in Mérida. You can also exchange upon arrival at the Mérida airport.
Once you have arrived, there are many convenient locations all over the city and surrounding neighborhoods to facilitate the exchange.
Here are some options:
- Any ATM is a fast convenient way to use your debit or credit card to receive pesos directly from your accounts. One tip, whether you plan on using or not using, your debit or credit cards while in Mérida you should notify your local bank so they know where and when you are traveling so they can be sure to review any unusual transactions.
- If they know you are using the cards while traveling they won’t freeze your accounts when you first begin to use them in Mérdia.
- There are several currency exchange booths located throughout the city and they will exchange US dollars for Mexican pesos.
- Some international bank branches may also exchange US dollars, even if you don’t have an account with them but that is not a standard policy with all international banks.