How to get to Playa Del Carmen from Cancun

Posted on May 31, 2023 by Eduardo

When traveling through the wonders of the Riviera Maya, there are certain destinations that should not be missed, Playa del Carmen is one of them and here we show you the most common and safe ways to reach this natural paradise.

But first of all it is necessary to mention that Cancun is one of the 2 cities that have an airport in the state of Quintana Roo,

In other words, Cancun is the starting point to go to Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos, Isla Mujeres, Tulum and other destinations that are part of the Riviera Maya.

How to get to Playa Del Carmen

As we mentioned from the beginning, to go to Playa del Carmen you first have to get to Cancun, and from its airport you have several options that will allow you to choose depending on your budget and the amenities you prefer to make the trip with.

We also clarify that it is not necessary to go directly from the Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen, because you can stay in Cancun and from there go to spend a day in Playa del Carmen.

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The trip from Cancun to Playa del Carmen, in particular, is almost 70 kilometers long, and this can take 1 or 2 hours, depending on the type of transportation you choose.

Now without further ado, we invite you to review the following options so you can have an experience more adapted to your taste and needs.

Renting transportation from the airport

We recommend that if you are considering using a cab, opt for private transfer company options, they cost about the same, but you won’t have to go looking for a cab, wait or negotiate payment, plus they know exactly how to get to the beach.

You have at your disposal the service offered by Transfer Cancun Airport, they are safe, punctual and comfortable, but do you know what is the best? You can book this service from their website in a safe, fast and reliable way.

Shared transport

There is a transport service that shares people going to the same destination and in this way the payment of the ticket can be paid between several people, they are called combis, vans or collectives.

In particular, this shared transport to go to Playa del Carmen from Cancun can be taken directly from the airport or from a point in the city.

Playa del Carmen can be reached directly from the airport or from any point in the city.

And if you are a person who stayed in a hotel in the city, you just have to go downtown, exactly in the ADO where you can see the terminals of the shared transportation to go to Playa del Carmen.

ADO buses

Our next mode of transportation is a shared ride that can be taken either from your arrival at the airport or from the ADO terminal in Cancun.

These are the most popular buses in Mexico, which have comfortable seats, air conditioning, some have satellite internet and other small televisions.

They are a little more expensive than the vans, but have several advantages such as direct access to Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue,


If on the other hand you want to have a faster and more customized tour you can count on cabs that make the trip to your hotel or from there to Playa del Carmen

This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but it is usually more expensive than the previous ones and we really don’t recommend it much, but we had to quote it.

Car Rentals

If you want to drive yourself to your destination, there are several car rental agencies where you can ask about their options and compare the costs of each one.

This option is ideal if you want to go at your own pace, make stops on the way to the beach and visit the sites that offer this route.

The car rental agents can be found without much difficulty since they approach all the visitors offering their services.

Now that you know the different ways to go to Playa del Carmen from Cancun, we remind you that you can get a 10% discount when you book with us by applying the TRANFER10 coupon