Ready to enjoy your vacation in the heart of the Riviera Maya? Playa del Carmen is considered by many the gateway to the Riviera Maya. This is because it is the heart of the Riviera Maya. It is located between the city of Cancun and Tulum, which allows you to be surrounded by the best and biggest attractions such as the Xcaret group parks (Xcaret, Xpolor, Xenxes, Xel Ha, Xoximilco), cenotes, lagoons, caves, beaches, islands and endless activities both day and night.
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And that’s not all, because the city is very active, so get ready to walk its more than 5 km of the famous Quinta Avenida and be dazzled by the attention, architecture and activities of its hotels.
Playa del Carmen will be a place to enjoy and so you won’t be caught off guard, right now we will tell you how to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun or from Tulum. So let’s go with all the information.
Is there uber in Playa del Carmen?
Yes, in Playa del Carmen as well as in the city of Cancun and various areas of the Riviera Maya Uber transportation service is active. However, there is not a large number of drivers who can provide the service, therefore cabs are a very good solution and means of transportation to get around in Playa del Carmen.
Are there cabs in Playa del Carmen?
Yes, there are public cabs and private cabs in Playa del Carmen, which is a good option to move from one place to another within the city.
Generally, cab fares within the city range from 60.00 MXN to almost 120.00 MXN. It all depends on where you take it and where you decide to go,
If you want to go to other places outside the city, such as Puerto Morelos, Cancun or even Tulum, the cost of the cab can be a little more expensive and is estimated in a maximum of up to 2 thousand MXN.
Getting around in Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen is a big city like Cancun and therefore has a wide variety of public, shared and private transportation services, among which we find the following:
- Buses: 10.00 MXN
- Buses: 10.00 MXN
- Cabs: 60.00 MXN to 120.00 MXN
Shared transportation services are services to go outside of Playa del Carmen and have the following costs
- Playa Express: 45.00 MXN – 00 MXN
- Shuttle service Tulum: 45.00 MXN – 00 MXN
- ADO: 216.00 MXN – 250.00 MXN
What is the distance from Cancun to Playa del Carmen?
The distance between the city of Cancun and Playa del Carmen is 68 km and the approximate transfer time is 50 minutes to 1 hour.
What is the distance from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen?
The distance between Cancun city airport and Playa del Carmen is 55 minutes and the approximate transfer time is 50 minutes.
What is the distance from Tulum to Playa del Carmen?
The distance between the city of Tulum and Playa del Carmen is 69 km and the average transfer time is 1 hour and 15 minutes.
How to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun
Whether you are staying at a hotel in Cancun and want to visit and get to know Playa del Carmen or you are flying from a city or country to vacation in the Mexican Caribbean and you chose Playa del Carmen as the perfect place for your vacation.
So, whether you are in downtown Cancun or at the Cancun Airport, we will tell you right now what are the best ways to get to Playa del Carmen from Cancun.
The private transfer service is one of the best options to travel to Playa del Carmen and the most viable in terms of comfort, quality, service and attention.
Being a private transfer service, it will pick you up at your hotel in the hotel zone of Cancun, downtown Cancun or to the terminal 1,2,3 or 4 of the Cancun airport and without further delay, will take you to the door of your hotel in Playa del Carmen.
It is worth mentioning that most of the transfer companies have a standard rate and if you want to know our list of the most recommended ones, you can click here.
Know the transfer rates from Cancun to Playa del Carmen
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The ADO is a semi-shared service that you can take from downtown Cancun and is a perfect option to go to Playa del Carmen from Cancun if you are in downtown or in the hotel zone.
Just find the ADO terminal in downtown Cancun and buy your ticket to Playa del Carmen which costs approximately 218.00 MXN.
In front of the ADO, there is a line of foreign transfers (Colectivos) that belong to the company Playa Express. They are vans that leave every 30 minutes to Playa del Carmen, very close to the fifth avenue and have a cost of 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN per person.
Cab is a service that is recommended only if you are in a hurry to get to Playa del Carmen and if you are at the Cancun airport. As such, we do not advise you to take a cab from downtown or from Cancun’s hotel zone to Playa del Carmen.
How to get to Playa del Carmen from Tulum
If you are on vacation in the city of Tulum and want to visit Playa del Carmen, you are probably wondering how to get to Playa del Carmen from Tulum? The answer is very simple: Buses or Taxis.
You can take from downtown Tulum a colectivo from the line «Transporte Tulum», which has the purpose of shared and low cost transfer from Tulum to the fifth avenue of Playa del Carmen.
The average cost is 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN and leaves every 30 minutes. So you won’t really have a problem with taking this low cost service and getting to the main tourist area of Playa.
There are cabs in Tulum and if you want to travel privately and get to Playa del Carmen as fast as possible, cabs are an excellent option.
Playa del Carmen is a true paradise, a place to enjoy all the goodness that the Riviera Maya has to offer and without a doubt, staying here has many advantages. So now that you know all your options to get from Cancun airport to Playa del Carmen, from downtown Cancun or even from Tulum, you have no more excuses not to choose this destination as the site of your unforgettable vacations.