Playa Express is a shared shuttle service in the city of Cancun. A service whose purpose is to help travelers to economize the costs of the transfer from Cancun to Puerto Morelos or Cancun to Playa del Carmen and right now we will tell you about it.

Playa Express

Playa Express

Playa Express is a shared transportation service that currently has 2 bases and routes in the city of Cancun. Its first base was the first to be born in the city and can be found in downtown Cancun and the second base is located at the end of Nichupte Avenue, with Lopez Portillo Avenue.

The base in downtown Cancun normally follows a route that leaves from Tulum Avenue and arrives at the ibis Cancun downtown hotel where it makes a short stop to pick up more passengers. After that, it continues its trip out of Cancun and arrives first to Puerto Morelos and finally to its base near the fifth avenue in Playa del Carmen.

Its second base covers all of Nichupte Avenue and from here it goes directly to Puerto Morelos and Playa del Carmen. It should be noted that Puerto Morelos is located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, therefore: The shared shuttle service makes short stops there to drop off and pick up passengers.

Playa Express cancun

How much does the Playa Express shuttle cost?

The Playa Express shuttle service costs 55.00 MXN and departs every 30 minutes from its location in downtown Cancun. Specifically, in front of the ADO terminal. It takes approximately 1 hour to get to Playa del Carmen and starts operations at 5:00 AM.

After that, it is available every 30 minutes. That is to say: Its departure time is from 5:00 AM and the next timetable is at 5:30 AM, the next at 6:00 AM and so on, successively every 30 minutes. It should be noted that its last departure time is at 11:30 PM.

Is it safe to take the Playa Express shuttle?

Like any transportation service in Cancun, this service has its advantages and disadvantages. First of all, it is a shared service and therefore, you will be traveling with other people who are strangers to you.

Secondly, this service has to follow a «route schedule», so the drivers tend to drive very fast, aggressively and without much respect for traffic regulations.

Lastly: There is no insurance for passengers in case of accidents. This means that, if for any reason an accident occurs along the route, the company will not be held responsible.

Playa Express Schedules

The Playa Express terminal located in downtown Cancun, less than 50 meters from the ADO terminal, is the busiest terminal for hundreds of locals and visitors. Therefore, it is the one with the most departure and arrival schedules and we will present them below.

Cancun to Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen to Cancun
05:00 a. m. 05:00 a. m.
05:30 a. m. 05:30 a. m.
06:00 a. m. 06:00 a. m.
06:30 a. m. 06:30 a. m.
07:00 a. m. 07:00 a. m.
07:30 a. m. 07:30 a. m.
08:00 a. m. 08:00 a. m.
08:30 a. m. 08:30 a. m.
09:00 a. m. 09:00 a. m.
09:30 a. m. 09:30 a. m.
10:00 a. m. 10:00 a. m.
10:30 a. m. 10:30 a. m.
11:00 a. m. 11:00 a. m.
11:30 a. m. 11:30 a. m.
12:00 p. m. 12:00 p. m.
12:30 p. m. 12:30 p. m.
01:00 p. m. 01:00 p. m.
01:30 p. m. 01:30 p. m.
02:00 p. m. 02:00 p. m.
02:30 p. m. 02:30 p. m.
03:00 p. m. 03:00 p. m.
03:30 p. m. 03:30 p. m.
04:00 p. m. 04:00 p. m.
04:30 p. m. 04:30 p. m.
05:00 p. m. 05:00 p. m.
05:30 p. m. 05:30 p. m.
06:00 p. m. 06:00 p. m.
06:30 p. m. 06:30 p. m.
07:00 p. m. 07:00 p. m.
07:30 p. m. 07:30 p. m.
08:00 p. m. 08:00 p. m.
08:30 p. m. 08:30 p. m.
09:00 p. m. 09:00 p. m.
09:30 p. m. 09:30 p. m.
10:00 p. m. 10:00 p. m.
10:30 p. m. 10:30 p. m.
11:00 p. m. 11:00 p. m.
11:30 p. m. 11:30 p. m.
12:00 a. m. 12:00 a. m.

Conclusion

The Playa Express service is a shared service and as such, it is very economical to travel from Cancun to Puerto Morelos or Cancun to Playa del Carmen. However, there are usually many risks. But we would be lying if we told you that these are very common, as there have rarely been accidents involving this transportation service.

Therefore, if it is not possible for you to take a private transfer service or through ADO. Then, we advise you to take this service without fear.