How to get from Cancun to Cozumel

Posted on mayo 15, 2023 by Eduardo

Cozumel is the largest island in the Riviera Maya, a place you have to know in your visit, but before we tell you about this incredible place, we will first tell you

How to get from Cancun to Cozumel


Cozumel is a beautiful island surrounded by turquoise waters, full of life and perfect for eco-tourism and is considered one of the largest islands in Mexico.

It has elongated and crystalline beaches that make the place a magical place.
Apart from the landscape, it also has jungles and lagoons that are the refuge of hundreds of birds and different marine species. The coral reefs are one of the most attractive tourist attractions in the area,

Cozumel’s Carnival is one of the oldest festivals in Mexico, it is also one of the most important traditions, because during these days of celebration, different cultural expressions of the Yucatan Peninsula and the Caribbean are mixed.

In short, visiting Cozumel is an odyssey you have to do at least once in your life.

How much does the ferry to Cozumel cost?
The cost of the ferry to Cozumel is 250 pesos single trip for adults and 500 pesos round trip, Children 200 pesos single trip and 400 pesos round trip. If you are from Quintana Roo the cost for adults is 150 pesos single trip and 300 pesos round trip, while children pay 100 pesos single trip and 200 pesos round trip.

Cozumel Ferry Fares

Service Adult Children
Plan Premium $500.00 MXN
$400.00 MXN
Plan Quintana Roo
$300.00 MXN
$200.00 MXN
Primera Clase
$600.00 MXN
$180.00 MXN

How long does the ferry to Cozumel take?

The ferry takes from the maritime terminal in Playa del Carmen, very close to Quinta Avenida and takes approximately 45 minutes to 60 minutes. Everything will depend a lot on the weather conditions.

How much does the ferry from Cancun to Cozumel cost?

Because the distance between Cancun to Cozumel is very long, there is no Cancun – Cozumel ferry route as such. This results in having to first make a road trip to the Playa del Carmen maritime terminal to take the ferry to Cozumel or a private flight from Cancun airport to Cozumel.

How to get to Cozumel from Playa del Carmen

First of all you have to understand that Cozumel is an island and to get to it is through the ferries that leave from Playa del Carmen or traveling in a private boat is also a maritime option.

If you are in Playa del Carmen, getting to Cozumel will be easier, however, you just have to go to the marina and take the ferry, if you stay in Cancun it will be a little more complicated, just a little more.

Of course we have the option to go directly to the island through private flights that you can take from the airport in Cancun or from Playa del Carmen.

How to get to Cozumel from Cancun

As mentioned above, if you stay in a hotel in Cancun, going to Cozumel will be a little more “annoying” and likewise if your hotel is in Cozumel.

This is because the city of Cancun is the only one that has an airport if or if, will be your starting point to the island and then we present some of the most common used among visitors to this paradise island located in the Mexican gulf.

ADO buses

You can go to the “ADO” bus terminal in Cancun. There you can take one of the buses that leave every 15 minutes to Playa del Carmen. Their costs are relatively cheap.

There are also collective vans and combinations that are more accessible. You must take into account that you must try to take the route that goes to the Playa del Carmen Tourist Terminal. This is because near this terminal is the ferry terminal that goes to Cozumel.


It is not an economical option, but it is a quick one. If you have enough money available to pay a cab to the Playa del Carmen Maritime Terminal you can take it.

The rates for this service are high and it is ideal if you are traveling alone, because since they are not “big cars” the maximum you can take is 3 to 4 passengers.

Rent a Car

One of the most common options to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun is to rent a car. This allows you to take as much time as you want to get to your destination, as well as enjoy the scenery and a quiet ride behind the wheel of your vehicle.

There are several car rental agencies. You can compare prices and look for the model that you feel best to take you to your destination. It is very easy to find car rental agents at the Cancun Airport, most of them come to you offering their services.

By air

You can also take a flight from Cancun Airport to Cozumel International Airport, it only takes 15 minutes to get from one point to another. The only disadvantage is that you have to be at the Cancun Airport an hour earlier.

If you are coming from abroad as a tourist, this is one of the most used and recommended options by tourism agencies. However, it is also one of the most expensive.


  1. Cozumel is an island located very close to the coast of Playa del Carmen.
  2. To go from Cancun to Cozumel, as such can be done directly through a private jet flight or make the journey by road from Cancun to the maritime terminal of Playa del Carmen.
  3. The duration of the ferry to Cozumel is approximately 1 hour.
  4. The best option to get to Cozumel from Cancun is through our private transfer service.
  5. The best way to get from Cancun airport to Cozumel is by private jet (if you can afford it) or by private transfer service.
  6. No ground service includes the ferry ticket to Cozumel in its fare, so it is an extra expense.
  7. If you do not have much time, you can hire a tour that will take you to the main tourist attractions of Cozumel.


Now that you know the ways to get to Cozumel from Cancun we invite you to read our previous post: How to get to Holbox from Cancun.

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