Puerto Morelos is a small fishing village located very close to the city of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, a very quiet place where its beaches and daily life is calm and peaceful.
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This small place has in its surroundings large 5 star hotels, adults only, luxury and humble beachfront accommodations. It also has the proximity of the second largest reef in the world, sunken ships that have become part of the tourist attractions and a large number of cenotes.
Thanks to its proximity to Cancun and Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos has become a place of rest and peace for hundreds of travelers. Are you one of them? Then keep reading because right now we will tell you how to get to Puerto Morelos from Cancun, from Playa del Carmen or from Tulum.
What is the distance from downtown Cancun to Puerto Morelos?
The distance between downtown Cancun and Puerto Morelos is 38 km and the transfer time can take from 30 to 40 minutes approximately.
What is the distance from Cancun airport to Puerto Morelos?
The distance between Cancun airport and Puerto Morelos is 25 km and the approximate transfer time is 23 to 27 minutes.
What is the distance from Playa del Carmen to Puerto Morelos?
The distance between the city of Playa del Carmen and Puerto Morelos is 34.5 km and the approximate transfer time is 35 minutes.
What is the distance from the city of Tulum to Puerto Morelos?
The distance between Tulum city to Puerto Morelos is 97 km and the approximate transfer time is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Is there Uber in Puerto Morelos?
Yes, there is an Uber transfer service in Puerto Morelos. However, it is necessary to point out that as such there are not many operators of the service. Therefore, the prices can be very high and the waiting times very long.
In addition, he considers that due to the lack of Uber drivers, there are areas and times where there are no active services to take this means of private transportation.
Are there cabs in Puerto Morelos?
Yes, within Puerto Morelos there is a cab service that is part of its region and municipality. You can generally find them in the hotel zone of Puerto Morelos and between the federal highway Cancun – Tulum, under the bridge that leads directly to the entrance of the hotel zone.
The price can generally range from 40.00 MXN to 100.00 MXN. It depends a lot on which part of the city you take it from and where you decide to go.
How to get to Puerto Morelos from Cancun
To get to Puerto Morelos from downtown Cancun, either because you want to visit and get to know this region or because you will be staying here for a few days, you have the following transportation options: Private Transfer, Taxi, ADO and the Playa Express bus.
If you want to avoid any kind of inconvenience, the most convenient option to go to Puerto Morelos from Cancun city is the private transfer service.
As its name suggests, it is a totally private service that will pick you up at the door of your hotel in the hotel zone or downtown Cancun and take you to Puerto Morelos in a comfortable, fast and safe way.
Generally most of the private transfer services allow you to book from their website and use a standard rate of 40 USD per trip, if you want to know the most recommended companies you can click here.
Private transfer rates to Puerto Morelos:
Cab service is a service that can be taken from any avenue in the city or region. Generally not all of them are «air-conditioned» or in good condition. However, they are not a means of transportation for anyone who is in a hurry to get there.
It is worth mentioning that we do not recommend taking a cab from the hotel zone, as the costs are very high. The most advisable is to take a cab from downtown Cancun and the cost can range from 500.00 MXN to 1,000 MXN.
As such there is no ADO bus that travels directly from Cancun to Puerto Morelos, however: Due to demand, they make small stops in the center of town.
The center of the city of Puerto Morelos is strategically located on the Cancun – Tulum Federal Highway. This allows you to have a small detour to the ADO bus to be able to «drop off and pick up passengers in Puerto Morelos».
If you are looking for a way to travel to Puerto Morelos economically, you can opt for the shared service of Playa Express. This is a service that can be taken in front of the ADO terminal. It departs every 30 minutes and has a cost of 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN.
As such it does not have a «base» in Puerto Morelos, but like the ADO, it makes a short stop in the center of town to drop off or pick up passengers.
How to get to Puerto Morelos from Cancun airport
If you are at the Cancun airport, the fastest and least tedious option to get to Puerto Morelos is by private transfer or cab.
Although there are other ways to get to Puerto Morelos, such as ADO, they are not really recommended, but we will explain it now.
Private Transfer and Taxi
The private transfer service or cab are good options to go to Puerto Morelos from Cancun airport. The difference is really in the prices, the amount of passengers and the amount of luggage that can be transported.
Generally private transfer services are provided in vans with capacity for up to 9 passengers, ample space, air conditioning and WIFI, while cabs are Tsuru type cars with capacity for 3 to 4 passengers without much luggage and only have air conditioning.
As such there is no ADO bus to Puerto Morelos from Cancun airport, therefore: You can take an ADO bus that costs approximately 55.00 MXN to 98.00 MXN, to downtown Cancun.
From downtown Cancun, you can take an ADO bus to Playa del Carmen, but ask to get off in Puerto Morelos or take a Playa Express shuttle service to Playa del Carmen, and ask to get off in Puerto Morelos.
How to get to Puerto Morelos from Playa del Carmen
Are you in Playa del Carmen and want to visit Puerto Morelos? Then you can choose to take an ADO shuttle, the Playa Express bus or a cab to get to this small but emblematic destination of the Riviera Maya.
Remember that there is no direct ADO bus route to Puerto Morelos, therefore: You have to take a transfer from Playa to Cancun and ask to be dropped off in downtown Puerto Morelos.
Because Puerto Morelos is located «in the middle of the road«, between Playa and Cancun, the buses take a small detour to drop off or pick up passengers at the port.
The Playa Express colectivo is a «shared and economical» transportation service. Like ADO, it does not have a direct «Playa to Puerto» route, but it does make stops near downtown Puerto Morelos.
Finally, the cab is a good option if you want to get to Puerto Morelos as fast as possible from Playa del Carmen. Remember that the cost can be up to 700.00 MXN per service.
How to get to Puerto Morelos from Tulum
Do you want to visit Puerto Morelos but you are staying in Tulum? From the city of Tulum it is a little more «complicated» to get to Puerto Morelos, but not impossible. Although our options are limited to colectivos and cabs.
From downtown Tulum you can take a shared transportation service, called «servicio de transporte Tulum«. This service is a vans type van.
The cost per person is from 45.00 MXN to 55.00 MXN and is based in Playa del Carmen.
From Playa del Carmen, we can take the Playa Express transfer service, which is similar to the one from Tulum. Then, we simply request the drop off in Puerto Morelos. It should be noted that the cost of this service is 45.00 MXN to 45.00 MXN.
If what you want is to get there quickly and in the most comfortable way possible, then you can take a cab service. It should be noted that we are talking about a cost of up to 2,000 MXN to 2,500 MXN or more.
As you can notice: It is easier to get to Puerto Morelos from Cancun or Playa del Carmen and in other destinations such as «Tulum», it gets a little complicated, but it is not impossible not to get there. What we can guarantee is that Puerto Morelos has to be a place you have to visit on your vacations. So are you ready to have fun?