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Cancun Airport Transfer Information

cancun airport to playa del carmen

Cancun Airport Transportation InformationWhen it comes to traveling to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and mostly anywhere in Riviera Maya you are going to a destination that requires flying into the Cancun International Airport in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Then you will need transportation from the Cancun Airport to Playa del Carmen, located 45 minutes south in the peninsula.

Airport Transfers to Playa del Carmen, Tulum and Cozumel Ferry

There is a few options for transportation which I list in here. From taking the bus, shuttle, van, taxi or other private transport. From all of these, a private van is by far the best options available and I will tell you why by listing all your options below. All your options will range from $30 to about $150USD depending on what you choose and also the season of the year. It is also important to take into account if you are traveling solo, or with a group. So read up!

cancun airport to playa transfer shuttleThis is by far the best options of all for people who are traveling solo, or even better with a group of up to 8 people with luggage. A driver will meet you as soon as you exit the airport doors with a sign and your name on it. Will grab your luggage and get you loaded into a private van. This van will then take you straight to your destination in Playa del Carmen, be it a hotel, resort, condo rental or wherever you are staying. The driver will help you with your bags upon reaching your destination. There will be drinks and snacks provided for you. The cost is only $85USD one way. Or $160 if you book two way in advance. On your way back to the airport, the driver will come get you to your place of stay, and take you straight to the airport. No stops for other people to and from the airport. This is the safest, fastest and most convenient by far. Book your Cancun to Playa or Tulum Transfer Shuttle Online Now!

 

Cancun to Playa del Carmen Ferry
*not an option

URLThere are many people looking for a Ferry from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. As a matter of fact, there isn’t one. From Cancun there is a Ferry to Isla Mujeres and one to Cozumel. Which is an island across form Playa del Carmen. There is however a Ferry from Cozumel to Playa del Carmen that runs during the day and stops at late night. So this option is really not an option at all. You would have to take a cab to the Ferry in Cancun, take one to Cozumel. Then from Cozumel to Playa, and once there a cab to your Hotel or Vacation Rental. So you can take this one out entirely. I’m only including this option, because many people ask about it, so I rather address it right away. No booking available.

Taxi Cancun Playa del Carmen
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URLTaxi from cancun airport to playa del carmen, this option is for those with a higher budget and traveling solo or up to 2 people with luggage. As there is limited space in the trunk. This is a passenger car and the cost will be around $100USD. The good news about this service is that it will take you straight form the airport to the door of your stay in Playa del Carmen. Which is very nice and convenient. Catch a cab right at the airport, there is no booking that can be done online. Unfortunately, there is no way to catch a regular cab or taxi from the airport in Cancun. As the airport is outside of the city, and regular city cabs are not allowed in. As their rates are much lower. The taxis at the airport are much more expensive as they need to acquire a special permit to be able to serve visitors arriving on federal grounds. Right as you exit, you will see the booths selling you the service. You can pay with cash mostly any currency or a credit card.

Cancun to Playa Shared Shuttle
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playa del carmen to cancun airport shuttleTaking a shuttle is a good option for solo travelers that have a better budget and don’t want to waste as much time. This is a shared service with other people and the van will make stops along the way to drop off other passengers. When you get to the airport and walk out, you will see vans waiting for people to take to Playa del Carmen. The cost will be around $35USD per person. They will load you into a van and have you wait until the van is completely loaded and ready to go. Normally they load 8 passengers in season. And low season, they will go with 5 to not make you wait so long. Waiting times can range from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the flights coming in. The van will take you to a central point in Playa del Carmen from where you can take a cab or a taxi. Some will take you to your Hotel or Resort depending on where you are staying. If it’s a big hotel where many passengers go to regularly, they will sure make a stop there. You can pay with cash or a credit card, and you book right when you exit the terminal doors.

Cancun to Playa del Carmen Bus
STAND IN LINE AT AIPORT

URLThis is the worst option for all, but works for solo travelers on a budget. This is an attractive options as the cost is about $30USD. The bus leaves every half hour in high season, and every hour in low season. The bus is slow and will take about an hour to go from Cancun to Playa del Carmen. Also you may encounter a line and tickets may be sold out, in which case, you will need to wait for the next one. Once you get to Playa del Carmen, you will have to drag your luggage to the hotel, rental or place of stay. If you are located somewhere along 5ta, then you will have to walk there. If you are located within downtown or anywhere else in Playa, you will need to take a taxi or cab, and spend another $15 to $30. Making it a total of about $45 to $60 with much hassle and time delay. If you are a lone traveler, by all means, this is not a bad option. Cash only in Mexican Pesos, and you will need to stand in line to buy your ticket.